English version France version Česká verze 18 – 20 May 2017   Karolinum, Prague

Social Program

Guided Tour in Karolinum 18.5. 17:00

Tour through the usually inaccessible areas of Karolinum. Included in the registration fee.

Welcome Reception 18.5. 17:30

Welcome reception at the historical spaces of Karolinum. Only for the congress delegates and invited guests. Included in the registration fee. Sign up for this event. Sign up for this event.

Gala Dinner 19.5. 20:00

The XVII. AIFREF Congress will offer not only a comprehensive scientific program but also a great opportunity to establish new contacts and strengthen old friendships. So do not hesitate to sign up for the Gala dinner on May 19th at the magnificent Restaurant U Labutí.

The restaurant is situated at Hradčanské Square directly opposite the Schwarzenberg Palace and not far from the main gate of Prague Castle. The establishment of the restaurant dates back to 1925. For almost three quarters of its existence, it has become a sought-after place for most prominent personalities from cultural, diplomatic and political circles. In the summer months, it also offers a pleasant garden sitting in the courtyard of the historical house.

How to get to the restaurant:

  • By walk:

    Commented 45 mins. tour, meeting at 19:00 at the registration desk. Maps available also at the registration.

  • By the Ekoexpres train:

    Special tourist train offers an extraordinary knowledge of Czech history and Prague itself. Meeting is at 19:00 at the Jan Hus Memorial (the Old Town Square), train is leaving at 19:20 sharp. Price per person is 6 Euro. Please note that the capacity is limited for 50 persons.

  • By public transport:

    From the metro station Staroměstská to the station Malostranská (metro line A), then tram 22 to the station Brusnice. Approx. duration 30 minutes.


72nd International Music Festival Prague Spring – 11.5. – 2.6.

The Prague Spring International Music Festival (Czech: Mezinárodní hudební festival Pražské jaro) is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world.

The first festival was held under the patronage of Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš, and its organizing committee was made up of important figures in Czech musical life. In that year, 1946, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, and was therefore given the highest accolade: to appear in all the orchestral concerts. The project was initiated by Rafael Kubelík, chief conductor of the orchestra at the time. Such musicians as Karel Ančerl, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Firkušný, Jaroslav Krombholc, Rafael Kubelík, Moura Lympany, Evgeny Mravinsky, Charles Münch, Ginette Neveu, Jarmila Novotná, Lev Oborin, David Oistrakh, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Jan Panenka have won enthusiastic ovations on the Prague Spring Festival stage. Since 1952, the festival has opened on 12 May — the anniversary of the death of Bedřich Smetana — with his cycle of symphonic poems Má vlast (My Country), and it used to close (until 2003) with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

Prague Spring's traditional venue is the Rudolfinum concert hall, a venerable Neo-renaissance building with an excellent auditorium, situated on the bank of the Vltava River. It is complemented by Prague's ornate Municipal House (Obecní dům), which has a larger seating capacity.


More events available at:

T1 Grand City Tour

Departures: 10:00, 14:00 daily
Time: 3,5 hours

During this detailed sightseeing tour, we will introduce Prague (UNESCO) as the historical and architectural jewel of Central Europe. Our guide, who will be available the whole time, will acquaint you with the history of Prague and its quarters (Old Town, New Town, and Lesser Quarter) from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. The second part of the tour will take you to the grounds of Prague Castle and the inside of Prague’s most dominant feature – Saint Vitus’ Cathedral. After a 75-minute walk (approx.) with our guide, you will return by bus to the banks of the Vltava River, where you will board a tour boat. Here you will have the chance to relax or enjoy refreshments while admiring the beauty and panorama of Prague from a different perspective. From the deck, you will also see world-renowned Charles Bridge. Refreshed, you will continue your pleasant walk through the Jewish Quarter to Old Town Square (Astronomical Clock, Týn Church), where our tour ends.

T2 Panoramic Prague

Departures: 11:30, 13:30 daily
Time: 2 hours

This sightseeing tour aims to introduce Prague to you in your native language in two hours. The first part of the tour is on an air-conditioned bus equipped with a modern audio-phone system. We will show you the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and the Lesser Quarter. You will then have about 45 minutes of free time to visit Saint Vitus’ Cathedral at Prague Castle. After your individual walk around the grounds of Prague Castle, you will continue your bus tour through the Old Town Square, around the Municipal House, and back to the point of departure, with commentary on the various historical monuments along the way.

T3 Grand City Tour + Prague Castle + Charles Bridge

Departures: 11:15 daily
Time: 3,5 hours

If you decide to take this tour, our professional guide will acquaint you thoroughly with Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and with its thousand years old history and architecture. From the komfort of our air-conditioned bus we will show you first the New Town with the Wenceslas Square, the National Museum, the National Theatre, the panorama of Prague Castle and the Lesser Town as well as the Charles Bridge.

Then you will continue walking in the courtyards of the Prague Castle, become acquainted with its history and you will visit the inside of its biggest monument, Saint Vitus’ Cathedral. After visiting the grounds of Prague Castle, you will descend to the Lesser Town and the Kampa Island. The Charles Bridge, the architectural gem of Central Europe will lead you to the opposite bank of the Vltava River, from where you will continue on foot to the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. The tour ends in the Old Town Square at the Astronomical Clock situated on the frontage of the Old Town Hall near the Týn Church.

Although this is a combined bus and walking tour, it is more physically demanding than TOUR 1. We therefore recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and that you should be in good physical condition.

T4 Jewish Quarter and Old Town

Departures: 15:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Time: 2,5 hours

This half-day walk tour takes you to the historic heart of the city – the Old Town. That was settled more than 1,000 years ago. The tour begins in the Old Town Square with the magnificent houses, palaces and churches of various architectural styles and the famous Astronomical clock. The trip continues into the Jewish Quarter. Story of the Prague Jewish community can be followed to the mid-tenth century. During this walk you will visit the Old Jewish Cemetery, whose foundation dates back to Fifteenth century, the oldest European synagogue - the Old-New Synagogue and several more.

T5 Prague Castle incl. Interiors

Departures: 11:15 daily
Time: 3,5 hours

This sightseeing tour to Prague Castle – You will take part of one sightseeing circle in the Prague castle including Old Royal Palace, St. Georges Cathedral, St. Vitus Cathedral and visit of Golden Lane. You will walk through the Prague castle area and you will hear lot of interesting things about the history, architecture and the present life here.

Including entrance fee to: Old Royal Palace, st. Georges Cathedral, st. Vitus Cathedral, Golden lane.

T6 Prague All in One

Departures: 10:00 daily
Time: 6,5 hours

The tour starts with a walk in the Wenceslas Square in the NEW TOWN, continues along the Royal Route to the OLD TOWN Square with Astronomical Clock and through the JEWISH QUARTER with its synagogues to the Vltava River embankment, where our restaurant boat is waiting for you. While you are enjoying delicious lunch on board, you will be taken on a 1hour voyage through the heart of the city. Your guide will provide you with informative commentary about the city and its landmarks. Nicely relaxed, you will continue by bus through the LESSER TOWN to the Infant Jesus of Prague. Climb on-board the popular funicular up to the the top of Petřín hill to the Petřín Lookout Tower, a smaller copy of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. After taking a stroll through the Petřín Park you will get to the Strahov Monastery from where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Prague Castle and the core city. Our walk takes you further to Loretto Cloisters and the PRAGUE CASTLE, from the rampart of where you can admire the St. Wenceslas' vineyard with the unforgettable views. Then you will descend to the Lesser Town and Kampa Island. Your tour ends at the Charles Bridge. During the tour, you will have time for short breaks with refreshments and taking pictures.

T8 – Evening Cruise with Dinner and Sightseeing Tour

Departures: 18:00 daily

You don't have any plan for tonight yet? We would be pleased to take you by bus to our restaurant tour boat. During three-hour-cruise you can enjoy tasty dinner and live music. Our guide will be available the whole time to provide information about the beautifully illuminated monuments on both banks of the Vltava River as you pass them by. Of course, there is a bar with a wide assortment of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and pleasant serving staff for you on call. The tour includes a short drive through Prague by an air-conditioned bus to show you the most beautiful places of the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter and the New Town. After the cruise you will be brought back to your hotel.

T9 Český Krumlov – UNESCO

Departures: 8:45 daily
Time: 11 hours

Český Krumlov, a medieval town in South Bohemia, has retained its almost fairytale-like atmosphere to the present day and is, understandably, on the UNESCO list of heritage sites. The historical centre comprises narrow, winding streets full of gothic, renaissance, and baroque buildings from the times of the Rožmberk, Schwarzenberg and Lobkowitz noble families. You will enjoy a walk through the town with our guide and lunch in a medieval tavern. You can also visit the local castle: this second biggest Czech castle is full of historical furniture, artwork, tapestries and exquisitely adorned weapons. Český Krumlov also prides itself with the oldest preserved baroque theatre in the world.

T10 Karlovy Vary and Moser Factory

Departures: 8:45 daily
Time: 9,5 hours

This day trip takes you to the most famous spa town in the West of Bohemia - Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary was founded in 14th century by King Charles IV. These spa treatments are well known for a lot of health problems. You can try water from twelve medicinal thermal springs and visit the distillery Jan Becher, where you can taste the excellent product "Becherovka" - known as the 13th spring of Karlovy Vary. You can admire beauty of historical and modern colonnades and buy typical souvenirs such as wafers, glass, porcelain, and Moser glass.

T13 Karlštejn Castle

Departures: 9:00 Thursday, Saturday
Time: 4,5 hours

This half-day trip takes you to the Karlštejn Castle, built in the 14th century on top of a inaccessible cliff above the river Berounka. You can explore the Crown jewels and relics of the most popular Czech king Charles IV. The castle s surrounded by a beautiful and a romantic countryside and it is the most visited castle in the Czech Republic.

T16 Terezín Memorial

Departures: 9:00 daily
Time: 5 hours

Terezin (Theresienstadt), originally a military fortress built in the 18th century by Emperor Josef II, is inseparably tied to the history of World War II. The better known walled garrison town of Terezin (Big Fortress) served as a collection camp for Jews from all over Europe and was misused for Nazi propaganda purposes during the visit by the Red Cross in 1944. The less known Small Fortress was a cruel prison of the Reich’s secret police - the Gestapo. If you are interested in the history of World War II and the Holocaust, come with us to the Small Fortress of Terezin and to the museum located in the Big Fortress.

T18 Kutná Hora – UNESCO

Departures: 13:00 daily
Time: 5,5 hours

Kutná Hora, a medieval centre of silver-mining was the second richest town of Bohemian Kingdom. The variety of Kutná Hora architectural monuments and its well preserved structure of town centre reflexes its ancient fame and wealth until present. During your walk in Kutná Hora you will visit the Gothic St. Barbara Cathedral and Italian Court - originally a Royal Mint. You will no less admire the other beautiful Gothic, renaissance and baroque burgher houses or the unique stone well from 15th century. You also will visit one of the most interesting burial places in the world called Kostnice (Ossuary) in a small nearby village Sedlec. This chapel is decorated by more than 40 000 human bones, including e.g. a chandelier or the coat-of-arms of the noble family Schwarzenberg. Kutná Hora town has been registered at UNESCO heritage list since 1995.