WTMG Leadership Committee Meeting
May 25-May 30, 2016
Program and Visit Information:
– Arrival in Prague with accommodation and welcome dinner at the PYRAMIDA Hotel.
Called the City of a Thousand Spires, Prague is a UNESCO monument and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
From the Old Town Hall with the famous Prague Astronomical Clock to the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, made famous in the novels of Franz Kafka to the Gothic Charles Bridge and Church of St. Nicholas, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague, it is a city for the ages.
Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. Prague is truly a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners.
Just minutes from the historic city center of Prague and walking distance to Prague Castle, the Pyramida Hotel is the perfect place to stay while in this historic and romantic city. The hotel features 351 rooms and suites, the restaurant Koppernik (specializing in seasonal dishes), the restaurant Bohemia, Franz Kafka lobby bar, multifunctional conference rooms and the relaxation center with pool and sauna. It is the perfect place for the World Travel Media Guild meetings to begin and end.
May 26, 2016
– Check out, half day city tour on actual anniversary themes in Prague, transfer to Brno, capital of South Moravia (approximately 2 1/2 hours from Prague)
– Arrival in Brno – Expected arrival time is 3:00 p.m. Accommodation and refreshment in the hotel.
– 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sightseeing in the city center with coffee break
– 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Stopkova Pilsner restaurant
Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic and the cultural and administrative centre of the South Moravian Region. This university town has a thousand-year-old history and can offer services on the European level.
The city is a unique cultural center of the whole region. There are permanent theater ensembles, opera, ballet and musical stages, a philharmonic orchestra, and you can also visit a number of museums, galleries and libraries, a recently modernized observatory and planetarium, a zoo and a botanical garden. More than 20 festivals of culture and theater take place in the city each year.
Dominating historical features of the city are the fortress of Špilberk castle and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul. The unique medieval Ossuary under the St. James Church is a new tourist attraction, as well as a complex of underground corridors and cellars running underneath the whole downtown.
May 27, 2016
– 9:30 a.m. Visit Špilberk Castle
– 12,00 p.m. Lunch Cafe Era
– 1:30 p.m. Visit world famous architecture – Villa Tugendhat
– 3:00 p.m. visit Augustinian Abbey at Old Town of Brno
– 4:00 p.m. Visit VIDA Science Centrum,
– 5:00 p.m. Dinner at Queen Elisa Restaurant. Performance Folklorein the Middle of Europe,
– 10:30 p.m. Firework on the Špilberk Castle
Brno’s hilltop castle is considered the city’s most important landmark. Its history stretches back to the 13th century, when it was home to Moravian Margraves and later a fortress. Under the Habsburgs in the 18th and 19th centuries, it served as a prison. Today it’s home to the Brno City Museum , with several temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Tugendhat Villa in Brno
The Tugendhat Villa in Brno, designed by the architect Mies van der Rohe, is an outstanding example of the international style in the modern movement in architecture as it developed in Europe in the 1920s. Its particular value lies in the application of innovative spatial and aesthetic concepts that aim to satisfy new lifestyle needs by taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by modern industrial production.
The house is, arguably, one of the most influential houses of the 20th century, whose open plan and panoramic glazing are still imitated today. Most importantly, they achieved what Greta Tugendhat called “a modern spacious house… with clear and simple shapes” that gave “a completely special calm”. It did justice, she said, “to the primarily spiritual sense of life of each and every one of us, as opposed to mere necessity”.
May 28, 2016
– 9:00 a.m. Departure for Lednice Castle, (possible to take small boat trip to Minaret)
– 12:30 p.m. Lunch at Restaurant U Tlustých – Lednice
– 1:45 p.m. Visit Czech Republic´s Wine Salon at Valtice Castle
– 3:00 p.m. Visit town of Mikulov
– 5:00 p.m. Visit wineculture Sonberk
– 6:00 p.m. Accommodation, lunch in the hotel
– 10:00 p.m. Visit wine cellars Bořetice with entertainment and refreshment
May 29, 2016
– 9:00 a.m. Departure for town of Znojmo
– 10:00 a.m. Sightseeing and lunch in the historical part of the town
– 1:45 p.m. Visit wine street of New Šaldorf with presentation of „Winebus“.
– 3:00 p.m. Departure for Prague, accommodation at PYRAMIDA Hotel
– Evening. Farewell dinner
Located above the Dyje River, Znojmo – which is surrounded by mediaeval city walls – has preserved its Renaissance look and is full of crooked lanes, romantic views and picturesque nooks and crannies. Znojmo is also the center of a well-known wine region.
May 30, 2016