Venue & Hospitality
Conference Dates: September 20-21, 2018
Hotel Services & Amenities
- Audio/Visual Equipment Rental.
- Business Center.
- Business Phone Service.
- Complimentary Printing Service.
- Express Mail.
- Meeting Rooms.
- Office Rental.
- Photo Copying Service.
- Secretarial Service.
- Video Conference.
- Video Messaging.
- Video Phone.
- Baggage Storage.
Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints. Rising above the city on a steep hill, 9th-century Prague Castle is now the seat of the Czech president. The castle’s St. Vitus Cathedral includes windows designed by art-nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. The city’s former Jewish Quarter is home to the Old-New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active Jewish house of worship, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, with thousands of vertically stacked graves. New Town’s main boulevard is lively Wenceslas Square, where art-nouveau buildings house shops and cafes. Letná Park, with views over Prague’s bridges and red rooftops, has a large beer garden.
Prague truly transforms in spring as pasty-looking people stop to take in the sun and the sight of sprouting leaves in beer gardens. June to October it’s usually overrun - though it’s easy to give tourists the slip in Malá Strana and Žižkov. Autumn is lovely, cool and nearly tourist-free, and snow-capped Gothic spires a sight to savour in winter.
Astronomical Clock: A focal point of the Staré Město district, as it’s known in Czech, the Astronomical Clock has chimed since 1410, testament to the avant-garde thinking that’s always held sway here, its astrolabe face complete with indicators for Babylonian time and Zodiacal ring. Vanity, Greed, Death and the Turk greet the hour. The ruins of Old Town Hall, blown up by the retreating Nazis, surround.
Old Jewish Cemetery: Part of the five-location Jewish Museum, and once part of a walled off ghetto, graves here are 12-deep, lying beneath tumbling headstones sculpted with figures representing symbols of family names. Rabbi Lowe’s lion is the most revered.
Prague Castle: Built on a former pagan sacred site, the rambling castle complex from which Charles IV and mad Rudolph II ruled comprises the Gothic St. Vitus' Cathedral, the Baroque Old Royal Palace, the Romanesque St. George's Basilica, museums, galleries, and the kid-friendly Story of Prague Castle exhibit - but many are content to just wander the atmospheric grounds, especially after dark.
Žižkov Tower: The retro Space Age spire originally built to block Western broadcast signals is a commie classic, newly redone with 360-degree views from 328 feet, a slick caff, one-room hotel, and surreal baby sculptures by Prague prankster David Černý.
Charles Bridge: The city’s signature stone bridge, replete with buskers, lovers and 30 saints standing watch, perfectly frames the sight of Prague Castle above and links Old Town with Malá Strana, as it has since 1357.
Veletržní Palác: The National Gallery’s modernist collection, now including Alfons Mucha's stunning Slav Epic panels, shows off Czech visionary, cosmology-obsessed painters such as Vladimír Kokolia, and Cubist sculpture from the likes of Otto Gutfreund - plus intriguing designs of the emerging pre-war Prague.
Petřín Hill & Observation Tower: This lovely hill in the shadow of Prague Castle offers sweeping views of the city and an idyll among the former royal orchards. Kids and lovers are invariably drawn to the funicular - your tram ticket's all you need - the 299-step faux Eiffel Tower, mirror maze and Štefánik Observatory