Prague Area Studies | Summer School | Faculty | University

Cultural and Social Events


Our team has prepared for you a number of different social and cultural 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 the course. You don’t have to pay anything extra!

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Guided tour of Prague

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). (prague.eu)

The Prague Castle compound

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.(hrad­.cz)

Field work: Uncovering Cultural Heterogeneity in Prague

Despite the fact that only a relatively small number of foreigners live in the Czech Republic, you can still find a great deal of cultural heterogenity in Prague. We have prepared a special guided tour focused on cultural traces, particularly those that you might not expect would exist in our country. The tour will include an interactive element in which you will need to solve tasks and seek out answers to intriguing questions directly in the streets of the city.

Mucha Museum

Let’s visit the Mucha Museum, dedicated to the life and work of the world-famous Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha (1860–1939). He is widely known for theatre posters, costumes and stage decorations that were done for one of the greatest actresses of his time, Sarah Bernhardt in fin-de-siècle Paris. The exhibition gives an overview of his artistic work and includes paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia. Special attention is paid to his time in Paris (1887–1904), which is the most celebrated period of his work. A half hour long documentary film about the life and work of the artist is also part of the exhibition. (mucha.cz)

Bowling

Let’s bowl! Bowling is „a sport activity“ for everybody – both experienced players and people who are trying it for the first time in their life, can enjoy it together. That is what Czech people like about it and we believe you will like it as well. We will reserve places in a very nice bowling club, where you can also play billiards, air hockey, table soccer and darts. (bowlingdejvi­ce.cz).

All-day trip

In the sourrounding of Prague there are many beautiful castles and historical towns. We will visit one of the much-frequented monuments of Czech history:

Konopiště

Originally castle from 13th century, today chateau inherently connected with its last nobleman owner Franz Ferdinand d’Este. On guided tour you can find representative and inn-holders rooms or collection of arms and hunting trophies. After the tour you can sit down in the Chateau Park, walk through the Rose Garden, along a fish pond or you can make an even longer tour to a picturesque village church on the top of a near hill. (zamek-konopiste.cz)

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Karlštejn

High Gothic castle founded in 1348, which has a unique position among Czech castles. It was built by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping of the royal treasures, especially Charles's collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. (hradkarlstejn.cz)

Excursion & Discussion: Position of the Czech government in the EU

Let’s experience politics in practice. We are going to organize for you a discussion with a politician or a high state executive officer. If it is possible, we will take you on an excursion to one of the most important Czech political institutions. It is too early to prepare such an excursion in detail, so for now it must remain a surprise where we will visit and who we will meet. Our most likely partners are the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic (vlada.cz) or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (mzv.cz).

 

 

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