Prague saw its first golden age under the rule of Charles IV in the 14th century. Prague was, at that time, the third largest city in Europe and witnessed something of an explosion in construction: the Charles University, the New Town, the Charles Bridge, and Saint Vitus Cathedral were all built during this period.
Thanks to strong economic development at the beginning of the 20th century, Bohemia became the industrial hub of Austria-Hungary and factories such as Škoda hummed with activity. After WWI, the first Republic of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed on October 28, 1918 and Prague became its capital.
Today, Prague is indisputably a modern European city and is becoming the capital of Central Europe. Many large companies have their regional headquarters here and the city is an enticing investment location, despite being more wealthy (and therefore expensive) than many Western counterparts.
The Prague Convention Bureau is the official convention bureau of the city of Prague. We are a non-profit organization working alongside other Czech tourism authorities in offering a one-stop-shop service for organising a conference, meeting, seminar, exhibition or incentive event in Prague.
Our mission is to strengthen positive awareness of the city of Prague as one of Europe’s leading conference destinations. Our assistance is free of charge to any national or international organiser of meetings, conventions and incentives. Our knowledgeable team and leading industry members are glad to offer you prompt advice and support in acquiring the components that will make your event in Prague a memorable and successful one.
The Prague Convention Bureau was re-established in 2008 as a private entity for the purpose of promoting Prague internationally as a meetings and convention destination. In order to hold its corner in today’s networked global markets, the Prague Convention Bureau belongs to many international convention and meeting industry associations. Its role is that of a network-based partnership cooperating directly with hotels, conference venues, professional congress organisers and other industry suppliers.
Banking & Currency
The Czech monetary unit is the crown (Kč) and one Euro equals to ± 26 Czech Crowns. Banknotes range from 100 to 5 000 Kč, coins from 1 to 50 Kč. Majority of shops, restaurant and hotels accept payment by credit card or in Euro.
Prague has a continental climate: summers are very hot and winters bitterly cold.
Average November temperature: 6ºC
November average high: 8ºC
November average low: 3ºC
Rain: 6 days / month
Electricity in the Czech Republic is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC. Plug sockets are round with two round-pin sockets. If you are coming from the UK, Ireland or US you will need a plug converter.
The registration fees do not include the insurance of participants against personal accidents, sickness, cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions.
Participants are recommended to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation but also theft and loss of personal belongings.
Prague is a very safe city both to visit and in which to reside. The recent Global Peace Index (GPI), ranked the country the 10th most peaceful destination in the world. Nevertheless, petty crime does exist, and travellers should be on guard against pickpockets – especially on public transit and in crowded streets. Also, Prague taxi drivers are notorious for taking tourists for a ride – in more ways than one. Before setting off, you’d do well to check the fare, or - you simply phone a radio-operated taxi company (The AAA company number: 233 11 33 11)
Emergency contact information: Police, Fire + Medical Emergencies - dial 112 (mobile phone and land line)