Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a most valuable historical city reserve. In 1992, the historical core of the city covering 866 hectares was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register. Prague represents a unique collection of historical monuments dominated by the Prague Castle which towers high above the city. It is a display of all artistic styles and movements. The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava river and consists of 6 parts – formerly independent urban units unified in the 18th century: Staré Město (Old Town), Josefov (the preserved part of the former Jewish Town – today a part of the Old Town), Nové Město (New Town), Malá Strana (Lesser Town), Hradčany and Vyšehrad. Naturally, most of the historical monuments, museums and galleries are concentrated right there.
Venue – Villa Lanna
Located in the residential quarter of Bubeneč in Prague 6, the Neo-Renaissance landmark building was built in 1872 by the prominent industrialist and art collector Vojtěch Lanna as a summer retreat. The villa stands on the site of the former main road used by the Prague social elite to reach their favourite recreation grounds in Stromovka. The frescoes on the outside of the building were painted by Viktor Barvitius using studies produced by Josef Mánes; Barvitius also contributed to the fresco decoration in the interior. The ground floor of the villa features a foyer with a reception desk and two social halls with elaborate wall paintings. The smaller hall with a maximum seating capacity of 18 (originally the billiard room) is ideal for ceremonial lunches and dinners. The larger social hall with an outdoor terrace is suitable for conferences, seminars, weddings and family celebrations. Also available for use in the historic building is a lounge on the first floor with a lovely terrace offering fine views of the villa’s tended garden. The newly opened and restored tower with an observation deck provides impressive views of the area surrounding Villa Lanna as well as the Prague Zoo and the Troja Chateau and its vineyards. Those with a little free time on their hands can enjoy the permanent exhibit of works by the famous printmaker Oldřich Kulhánek. The renovated garden with a number of benches and an arbour is a pleasant place to sit or enjoy a stroll at any time of the year. Secure parking is available on the premises.
Getting around Prague
We strongly recommend to use public transport during your stay in Prague. Prague has a very sophisticated underground, tram and bus transport system. The Prague underground called Metro is quite new and efficient. At peak times, trains run every 2 or 3 minutes, and during off-peak hours at least every 8–10 minutes. The Prague Metro network consists of 3 lines designated by letters and differentiated by colour: A – green colour (Depo Hostivař station – Nemocnice Motol), B – yellow colour (Černý most station – Zličín station), C – red colour (Letňany – Háje station), with transfers possible at Museum station (lines A and C), Můstek station (lines A and B), Florenc station (lines B and C). Metro operates daily from 5:00 to 24:00.
Most visitors find travel passes cost effective and hassle free. If you use public transport more than a few times a day, definitely go for one. Also 3 and 5 day passes allow free transport for a child aged between 6 and 14 (inclusive). Travelling by city transport is possible with a valid ticket only. Passengers have to obtain their tickets before boarding the vehicle or entering the Metro system. The ticket is valid only if marked in the validation appliance.
Basic fare – 32 CZK (€ 1.32) – ticket can be used for up to 90 minutes on all means of public transport
Tickets valid for only 30 minutes – 24 CZK (€ 1.00) on all means of public transport
Ticket valid for 1 day – 110 CZK (€4.5)
Ticket valid 3 days – 310 CZK (€ 12.8)
Find a connection at spojeni.dpp.cz
Transit Schematics are available here.
Getting to the venue
From the airport
The distance from the Václav Havel Airport Prague to the Villa Lanna is 13 kilometres and dozens airlines provide 150–200 international arrivals daily. A taxi ride from the airport to the venue will take approximately 30 minutes and costs about 500 CZK (20 EUR). However we recommend to travel by public transport. Go by bus No. 119 to the underground station “Nádraží Veleslavín” (line A) and carry on to the station “Hradčanská”. Villa Lanna is within walking distance (aprox. 10 min.) from “Hradčanská” station.
From Main railway station
Take underground line C from station “Hlavní nádraží“ to station “Muzeum”. Then change to line A and go to the station “Hradčanská”. Villa Lanna is within walking distance (aprox. 10 min.) from “Hradčanská” station.
From the city centre
Use either underground line A to the station “Hradčanská” or some of several tram lines to “Hradčanská” station. Villa Lanna is within walking distance (aprox. 10 min.) from “Hradčanská” station.
We strongly recommend to book your accommodation well in advance. Prague is very popular congress and touristic city and hotels and hostels fill up quicky even in late autumn. Prague offers a great variety of different kinds of accommodation, ranging from 5-star hotels to cheap hostels and flats. You can check availability and book a room by following this link.