|Cultural and Social Events|
Our team has prepared for you a number of different cultural, sport and social activities which are designed to accompany and enhance the academic program. They’ll give you the chance to explore the beauty and charm of Prague beyond the tourist highlights and fully enjoy everything this city has to offer. You can join us and participate in all of the activities or you can choose just the ones you like best!
All following events are included in the total price of your course. You don’t have to pay anything extra!
A professional guided tour is one of the best ways to learn about Prague. We will take a walking tour through the historic centre. You will admire the delights of Prague’s Old Town (Staré město), above all the Old Town Square with Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock. After crossing the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River, we will make our way through the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). (http://www.praguewelcome.cz/en/visit/monuments/top-monuments/)
The Vltava River is without doubt an outstanding place from which to admire the beauty of Prague, and a river cruise through the heart of Prague is the most relaxing way to explore this beautiful city. The cruise will allow you to experience the magnificence of Prague in the late afternoon. We will enjoy views of the most notable and beautifully sights, as many of Prague’s famous attractions border the river.
The Prague Castle, an ancient symbol of the Czech lands, is the most significant Czech monument and the seat of the head of the state. Most likely it was founded in the 9th century. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m2. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is comprised of palaces, ecclesiastical buildings (the best-known is the St Vitus Cathedral), defence towers and other buildings of various architectural styles. You will have the chance to walk through the castle compound with a professional guide in the late evening, when there are fewer tourists and you can enjoy a relaxing walk while listening to myths and facts about the Prague Castle and its surroundings.
After a workshop about the Art Nouveau Style, you can take part in an excursion to learn more about Czech works of art made within the 20th century. We are going to visit the Bilek Villa and the Mucha Museum. The tour will be guided by Carol Sherwood, an American artist and educator, who has spent summer in Prague every year for already more than ten years.
Prague’s nightlife is all encompassing. Prague clubs and pubs spin their tunes from dusk till dawn, so whether you are interested in serious clubbing or just a late drink and a quick dance, Prague is the ideal place for a good night out for everybody. The tour is led by local guides, who have selected only the very best (the quality of beer and/or music being the meter). Despite being a foreigner, you will feel like a real insider! And remember – drinking beer is a national pastime in the Czech Republic so some of the pubs have a very long tradition and history. This lovely evening tour is therefore also a voyage of discovery into Czech social traditions.
Prague is surrounded by a lot of magnificent and beautiful castles and historical towns. We will visit one of the much-frequented monuments of Czech history:
Founded by the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV on April 7, 1348, Charles University is the oldest university in Central Europe. The very first lectures were given in various churches, monasteries and private flats. Afterwards, the son of Charles IV, Wenceslas IV, bought three houses in the city centre for the purposes of the university. In addition, a new university chapel and a big hall for ceremonial assemblies (Aula Magna) were built. In 1611 the new complex, known as the Carolinum, became the central building of Charles University. The history of the Carolinum is closely connected to Czech history and of course also with great names, Jan Hus being among the most prominent. Nowadays, Charles University is in possession of many buildings throughout the whole city, and the Carolinum remains the seat of the rector. We will enjoy a tour through rooms that are not usually open to the general public. In the great hall, for example, you will see a tapestry with the motive of Charles IV kneeling in front of St Wenceslas, and a bronze statue of the university founder himself. (http://foto.mapy.cz/46501-Praha-carolinum)
While watching a popular Czech movie you can not only have fun and relax, but also learn more about Czech society, culture, history and sense of humour.
There are many places for sporting activities in Prague. If the weather is not appropriate for outdoor activities, then we can go bowling in the late afternoon or even in the evening. We can also go to see a football match, if there is a group of fans among our students – sometimes it is really interesting for foreigners to be able to compare the top Czech league with their national league, to see a sport which is not so popular in their country, or for those less interested in the sport itself, just to experience the social and cultural atmosphere of the event.
The Prague Jewish quarter is one of the most exciting places in Prague. Its rich history which covers more than 1000 years, gives you an excellent picture of the life of Jews in Europe. From the 9th century, Jews have played a significant role in making Prague one of the most interesting places in Central Europe. The many monuments that have been preserved reveal the prosperity and intellectual vigor of Prague’s Jewish culture. Our programme offers you the possibility to take part in a walk which will not only show you the most famous places connected with Jewish history, but a professional lecturer from the Jewish Museum will also explain the historical and social context of what you are seeing. (http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/aindex.php)