Prague is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful medieval cities in the world, and it features stunning baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Popularly known as the "city of a thousand spires" for its multitude of gothic and baroque church towers, visiting Prague feels like stepping back in time.
Congress Location: The 24th International Nursing Research Congress will take place at the Hilton Prague
Airport: The Václav Havel Airport Prague (formerly Prague Ruzyně International Airport) is located 20 km/12.5 miles from the Hilton Prague and is just a 25-minute taxi ride away. The airport code is PRG.
Clothing Attire: Business casual is appropriate for the educational sessions and induction and welcome reception. The weather will be warm, but temperatures may vary inside the Hilton Prague. Wearing layers of clothing is suggested. It is also recommended that you bring an umbrella for occasional rain and a light jacket for evenings.
The official currency used in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (Kč), which has the international abbreviation CZK. Banknotes come in the following denominations: 50 Kč, 100 Kč, 200 Kč, 500 Kč, 1000 Kč, 2000 Kč, and 5000 Kč. Coin denominations are: 50 h, 1 Kč, 2 Kč, 5 Kč, 10 Kč, 20 Kč, and 50 Kč. Learn more about currency conversions
Banking Hours: Banks in Prague are generally open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Some banks close early on Fridays.
ATMS: In the Czech Republic you will find a dense network of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) or bank machines which will accept all major credit and debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Plus, Maestro, Cirrus, and others).
Credit Cards: Major cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and others) may be used to exchange currency and are accepted in most hotels, international shops, and more expensive restaurants. Many local shops and less expensive restaurants do not accept credit cards.
Money Exchange Offices: You can change money in the Czech Republic in many places such as banks and exchange offices. However, the simplest means of obtaining currency in Prague is to withdraw Czech crowns from an ATM. You normally receive an excellent exchange rate, although your card provider will likely charge a fee in your home currency.
Travelers Checks: These are accepted in banks, but rarely in hotels and almost never in restaurants. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers checks in U.S. dollars, euros, or pounds sterling.
Electricity: As in most of continental Europe, the electricity supply in Prague is 220 volts. You may need a voltage converter if your appliance does not have a 120-/220-volt switch.
Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs. British, North American, and other non-European attendees are advised to bring adaptors with them. The hotel does not provide adapters.
Language: The official language of the research congress is English. The official language in the Czech Republic is Czech. Czech is a Slavic language, a distant cousin to Russian but more similar to Slovak and Polish. Nearly anyone who works in a hotel, restaurant, or tourist center will be able to speak at least some English.
Taxes: In the Czech Republic, a value added tax (VAT) is added to the vast majority of goods and services. Typically, the VAT will be incorporated into the advertised price of the product or service. The VAT is currently 20%, although for certain items — such as food, books, newspapers, and pharmaceuticals — the rate is 10%. If you live outside the European Union (EU), you can reclaim the tax paid in VAT as long as it is for private, non-commercial use. If you live within the EU, you are unable to reclaim the VAT you have already paid.
Telephone: To make an international call from the Czech Republic, dial access code 00, your country code, then the phone number.
Cell Phone: Contact your service provider to learn whether or not there are compatible companies in the Czech Republic that can provide cell phone service. Cell phones can be rented daily for local use. Ask your travel agent for information.
Emergencies: Please see the information below in case of an emergency. We recommend notifying an honor society staff member of any emergencies so we, too, may assist you.
Emergency Telephone Numbers:
General Emergency 112
Medical Emergency 155
Prague City Police 156
Emergency Medical Services:
Prague 5, Nemocnice Na Holmolce,
tel. +420 257-271-111
Prague 1, Nemocnice na Františku,
tel. +420 222-801-111
Prague 1, Poliklinika Palackého, tel. +420 222-928-111
Prague 2, Všeobecná fakultní nemocnice,
tel. +420 224-961-111
Tipping: In hotels, tip bellhops 20 Kč per bag (more if you have a lot of luggage). Although it's not expected, it's a nice gesture to leave the chamber staff 20 Kč per night (depending on the level of service). Tip the doorman or concierge only if he or she has provided a specific service (for example, calling a cab for you or obtaining difficult-to-get theater tickets).
In restaurants, tip service staff or bartender 10% of the check to reward good service. On smaller tabs it's easiest to just round up to the next highest multiple of 10. For example, if the bill comes to 72 Kč, hand the waiter 80 Kč and tell him to keep the change. For cab drivers, tip 5% to 10% of the fare (provided he hasn't already overcharged you).
Getting Into Town From the Airport:
Contact counters for taxi operators are located at the arriving hall of terminals 1 and 2. Departure points are displayed in front of arriving halls. AAA Radiotaxi is the official taxi company which offers its services at guaranteed tariff prices, according to the number of kilometers passed.
July is traditionally the warmest month of the year in Prague, reaching average highs of 23 C (about 73 F) during the day. Prague evenings in July are mild, with nighttime temperature averages of 13 C (about 55 F). Wearing a light jacket is recommended during the nighttime hours. Average wet days for July in Prague are the highest in the calendar year, so bring an umbrella in case of a quick downpour. See weather information
Discover Prague: Rarely visited by tourists until 1989 and the fall of Communism, Prague is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Prague is the political, economic, and cultural center of the Czech Republic. Learn more about visiting at PragueWelcome.com — the city's official tourist portal.
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