Good to Know

Climate

The climate is a mixture of ocean and continental influences. 

Augiust is one of the warmest months of the year for the Czech Republic. Czech summers are usually mild (20–27°C/70–80°F) and somewhat humid, with the highest temperatures climbing to 30–35°C/85–95°F (occasionally higher) for short periods. Such heat waves can be expected in July and August. Sudden showers and thunderstorms are common, so bring an umbrella or be prepared to dash for cover.

The season begins to change in September as average highs dip 10 degrees in Prague, Czech Republic, reaching 18°C (that's about 64°F) during the day. Prague evenings for September are still seasonably cool with night time temp averages of 10°C (about 50°F).

You can find the current weather at www.weather.com.

Currency & Banking

Czech crown (CZK) is the official currency of the Czech Republic. Exchange of foreign currency is available at Prague international Airport and at most hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants and shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops, please ask for details on-site. You can find the official exchange rates on the website of the Czech National Bank at www.cnb.cz.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 230V/50 Hz system. Sockets are the standard European type (two-prong round pin plugs with a hole for a male grounding pin are standard). To use electric appliances from your country you may need a special voltage converter with an adapter plug.

Time Zone

Czech Republic is one hour ahead of GMT (UTC). At the time of the Meeting in July this will be GMT +2 due to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Czech Language

Even though at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague are English spoken, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague.

Hi – Ahoj
Hello – Dobrý den
Good evening – Dobrý večer
Good night – Dobrou noc
How are you? – Jak se máte?
I am fine – Mám se dobře
Thank you 0ľ Děkuji
How much is it? – Kolik to stojí?
Beer – Pivo
Would you like to go for a beer? – Nechceš jít na pivo?
One – Jeden
Two – Dva
Three – Tři
Ten – Deset 

Entry Formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic must possess a passport valid for at least the next three months. Participants requiring visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or diplomatic missions in their countries in order to avoid delay in travel to the Congress.

Important telephone numbers

112: General Emergency for Europe
150: Fire
155: Ambulance
156: Prague Police
158: Police

Health Care

Vaccinations are not required to enter the Czech Republic. An individual travel and health insurance is recommended.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday till Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday till Sunday.
Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest about ten percent.