The workshop will take place at the computer science building of the
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague. The
building is located in the centre of Prague, in short walking distance
to hotels, restaurants, smaller shops and main tourist attractions.
It is well serviced by public transportation. The address of the
workshop building is
Malostranske namesti 25, Prague 1, Czech Republic
Mapy.cz (more precise, but Czech
menus) - the workshop building is the one with "UK", in the center
of the map
map (aerial photos, touristic landmarks, nice panoramatic views
even from the workshop building)
The presentations will take place in room S5 on the 2nd floor of the
building (ground level is marked as floor 0). When you get to the
2nd floor, turn right. Room S5 is on the far end of the hallway.
Registration will be in room S6 just next to S5.
Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is serviced by Ruzyne
Airport (PRG) with direct connections from most European and some
other airports. Detailed travel information is below.
We have negotiated discounts in two nearby hotels (within 5 minutes
walk) for workshop participants. Reservations for the discounted rooms
can be made no later than July 31st, but the number of rooms is
limited, so earlier reservations are strongly suggested.
At hotel SAX, the discounted
price is 105 EUR per "standard room" and 123 EUR per "deluxe room". The
hotel has complimentaty wifi in the rooms, there are even
complimentary notebooks in the rooms. The hotel is unique in that it
is designed in the style of (western European) seventies and has a
terrace with a nice view of the historic part of the city.
Reservations are to be made directly with the hotel, i.e. online.
Please inform the hotel that you are a JTRES 2010 participant.
hotel AMU, the discounted price is 52 EUR per night for a room,
both single and double occupancy. The hotel/guest house is run by the Academy of
Musical Arts and is intended for visiting students and professors. It
does not have a restaurant, but many restaurants are within a 2 minute
walk. There are shared kitchens on each floor and grocery stores are
within a short walking distance. There is a free wifi in the rooms and
24 hour front desk. The hotel is popular among international guests, including professors,
visiting our university (don't be misled by the low price). The
location is very nice and safe, which is the same for the previous
hotel. Reservations are to be made by email to Petra
Novotna (Charles University).
There are other smaller hotels in the close proximity to the
workshop venue. As the end of August is the peak touristic season and
the worshop venue is in the historic part of the city, early hotel
reservations are strongly suggested.
Currency. Czech Krowns (CZK). The exchange rate is about 25 CZK for
1 EUR. Exchange offices are frequent in Prague, but it is worth checking
the current exchange rate before your travel -- some offices are very
expensive. Larger supermarkets accept Euro, though it is again worth
checking their exchange rate.
Credit/debit cards. Accepted in hotels, shopping centers and most
restaurants. Still, one needs some cash in smaller shops, smaller
restaurants, most taxis, or when paying a small amount of money (the
businesses are charged by the bank).
Cell phones. GSM-900 and GSM-1800, as common in Europe and
Middle East. Also UMTS-2100.
Electricity. The voltage is 230V AC. Sockets are
CEE 7/5 (like France, Belgium, Poland or Slovakia). Plugs without
grounding (i.e. battery chargers or notebooks) from other European
countries are compatible with this socket.
Public transportation. Public transportation is the most
effective way to get around in Prague. In addition to single ride
tickets or time-limited transfer tickets, one can buy a 3-day pass
(330 CZK) or 5-day pass (500 CZK). The pass and tickets can be bought
directly in the airport building and then activated (stamped) on the
bus in a ticket stamping machine. Once activated, the pass is not
inserted into any other machine. The pass is good for buses, trams,
and subway. There is an online route
planner and complete fare information
online. The name of the tram stop right in front of the workshop
building is "Malostranske namesti" (can be entered into the route
planner). This is also the stop for the two hotels we have discounts
Taxi. The traffic in the centre of Prague is usually very
heavy, thus public transport and/or walking is usually much faster
than taxis. Taxis can be somewhat faster than public transport when
the airport. The yellow AAA taxis
have the best reputation, most others are infamous for having fixed
meters and overcharging customers. There is an online price estimator for AAA.
Getting to Prague by plane. Prague is serviced by Ruzyne
International Airport (PRG) with direct connections from most European
and some other cities. It has two terminals (T1,T2) that are only
walking distance away from each other and are serviced by the same
public transportation bus lines. It is still good to know the
departure terminal when leaving Prague. The names of the public
transport stops are "Terminal 1" and "Terminal 2". To get to the
workshop building, you would typically take bus 119 direction
"Dejvicka" to "Dejvicka" and from there subway line A (green)
direction "Skalka" to "Malostranska", from there tram 22 direction
"Nadrazi Hostivar" to "Malostranske namesti". The detailed itinary
can be found via the route
planner. The yellow taxis are also available at the exit from both
Getting to Prague by train. Prague has two railway stations
with train connections from Europe. The stations are well serviced by
public transport. Train connections can be found via route planners of
national rail systems of European countries, including the Czech one. The biggest railway station is
named "Hlavni nadrazi" (also the name of the public transport
stop). International trains also arrive at "Nadrazi Holesovice" (again
the same name for the public transport stop). Except from Germany, Slovakia,
and some parts of Poland and Austria, it is usually faster to fly.
The local organization would not have been possible without the
extensive help of Petra Novotna, Viliam Simko, Ondrej Sery, Michal
Malohlava, Tomas Pop (Charles University), Petr Maj (Purdue
University), and Petr Hosek (Charles University).