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Themed School Excursions


Excursions, Visits and Lectures for Students

We can arrange various excursions and visits for school groups. Either you are involved in social studies, science, technology or art, we will take you to the places where you can gain more knowledge about our country in many areas of interest, and about our nation, too.

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Duration
Bus needed
Kindergarten Visit3 hoursDepends on location
Modry Klic3 hoursDepends on location
School Visit3 hoursDepends on location
Centre for Drug Addicted People3 hoursDepends on location
Senior Home3 hoursDepends on location
Children Home3 hoursDepends on location
Hospital Visit3 hoursWithin public transport

Duration
Bus needed
Hydroelectric Power Plant Stechovice3.5 hoursYes
Hydroelectric Power Plant Slapy3.5 hoursYes
Coal-fired Power Plant Melnik3 hoursYes
Nuclear Power Plant Temelin6-7 hoursYes
Old Waste Water Treatment Plant2 hoursWithin public transport
Waterworks Podolska2 hoursWithin public transport
Techmania Science Centre in Pilsen5-8 hoursYes

Duration
Bus needed
Barrandov Film Studios3 hoursWithin public transport
Architecture in Prague4 hoursNo
Art Nouveau and Cubism4 hoursNo
Modern Architecture4 hoursNo

Social Studies

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KINDERGARTEN VISIT
See what kindergartens are like in another country, ideal study visit for teachers or students

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

We can arrange visit to a private or state kindergarten for children from 3 to 7 years old, but also to day-care centres for babies from 6 months up to 3 years of age. You will see how daily programs are organized in Czech kindergartens and how teachers work with the kids.  A professional will make a short presentation of the institution, its history, Czech education system in general with focus on early childhood development system and you will also be able to see for yourself the way it works. Most of the time this lecture is available only in Czech language so guide service is necessary.

MODRÝ KLÍČ
Visit an institution that helps people with mental and physical handicaps

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

Modry Klic (The Blue Key) is a non-profit institution for people with mental and physical disabilities.  It was founded in 1991 and it offers care for approximately 110 clients, both adults and children. They have created a complex system of services for handicapped people. Their social services are for short-term stays or long-term stays, their care is individually orientated, considering specific needs of each client’s disability and age. They have their own kindergarten, school, workshops, etc. You will receive information about the way such an institution works but also about sociology-politic environment in the Czech Republic. Visits to other similar institutions can be arranged. Guide service is mandatory.

SCHOOL VISIT
Meet students from another country and experience the difference from your own school

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

We can organize a visit to any primary, secondary or any other school. It is a good chance to see how the education system works in the Czech Republic, what are the similarities and differences. You will receive information regarding the Czech educational system in general and about that specific school you will be visiting. It is also possible to participate in a class, to ask questions directly to Czech students and teachers. And you might be asked questions about the educational system in your country. This kind of an interactive visit is very popular especially among student groups that come to Prague. Guide service is mandatory.

CENTRE FOR DRUG ADDICTED PEOPLE

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

One of the centres where we can organize visits is the “Drop In”. This institution focuses on three main directions: prevention, intervention and reintegration. Here are some of their ongoing activities: individual and group therapies, change of needles, prevention at schools, information about sexual diseases and protection against them, social reintegration, sessions for parents, etc. During the visit you will receive information about this phenomenon and its development in the Czech Republic, about the most affected groups of population, about the prevention and rehabilitation programs. Guide service is mandatory.

SENIOR HOME

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

We can organize a visit to a senior home. There are several institutions of this kind that you can visit. Most of these centres offer complex services such as therapy and rehabilitation, free time activities, intensive care, and of course a place to stay for those who have nobody and have special needs. During the visit you will receive information about Czech social care system, concrete facts and figures and also information about that specific rest home. You will see rooms where the senior people live and you might witness some activities that take place at the time of your visit. The excursion is in Czech language, that’s why the guide service is mandatory.

CHILDREN HOME

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Depends on location

We organize visits in several children homes, each with a slightly different focus. There are homes for small children, between 1 and 3 years old, and homes for older children up to 18 years or more. During the visit you will hear about Czech social care system, about reasons why children end up in these institutions, about organizational and managerial issues. You will also see how an ordinary day in the children home looks like. The most of the time the lecture is in Czech language, that’s why guide service is mandatory.

HOSPITAL VISIT

Duration: 3 hours
Bus needed: Accessible by public transport

If you are interested in health care system or if you plan to work in this sector, we can organize for you a visit to a hospital. We can recommend especially the Motol Hospital, one of the most important health institutions in the country. It has a wide range of departments and large room capacity. It also serves as a learning centre for the Charles University’s Faculties of Medicine. During your visit you will see one or two specific departments and at the introductory lecture you will hear about Czech health system, how hospitals are organized, what are their major problems they have to face these days, what is their policy towards clients, etc.

Science & Technology

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 HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION ŠTĚCHOVICE

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours (visit takes 1.5 – 2 hours; info centre + power plant)
Bus needed: Yes

The small town of Stechovice is situated about 30km south of Prague. The Stechovice Dam is one of the most beautiful steps on the Vltava cascade, due to the way it is incorporated into the landscape and thanks to the granite facing of the entire structure. The Stechovice Hydroelectric Power Station was originally built as the second stage of the Vltava Cascade at the end of the World War II. The water reservoir of this power station is 9.4 km long. Its capacity is 11.2 million m3 of water and its predominant purpose is to balance the fluctuating runoff from the peak-load hydroelectric power station at Slapy, and of course, also the generation of electricity. The Stechovice water reservoir was built between 1938 and 1944. The concrete dam is 22.5 m high and 120 m long, with five spillways with crest gates.  The medium-head power station is equipped as a classic run-off-river hydroelectric power station, with two sets of Kaplan turbines. It further includes an outdoor switching station, and outgoing and distribution transformers. The visit to the hydroelectric power station is very interesting, especially for school groups.

HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATION SLAPY

Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours (visit takes 1.5 – 2 hours; no info centre, only power plant)
Bus needed: Yes

The Slapy Hydroelectric Power Station was the first large project of the Vltava Cascade after the World War II. A 65m high concrete gravity dam was built, forming an artificial lake that covers 14 km2 and is 44 km long. In addition to power engineering significance the large retention reservoir assists the regulation of the Vltava River’s water regime. The area is also favored for summer recreation by inhabitants of Prague.
The entire power station is located in the very body of the dam. Under the four spillways there is the machine room, all the supporting shops, administrative rooms, a switching station and all the transformers. The hydroelectric power station, put into operation in 1955, is equipped with three sets of Kaplan turbines. The visit to the hydroelectric power station is very interesting, especially for school groups.

COAL-FIRED POWER PLANT MĚLNÍK

Duration: 3 hours (visit takes 1 – 1.5 hours)
Bus needed: Yes

Power Plant Melnik is one of the nearest power stations to the capital of Prague. It is situated approximately 40 km north of Prague, 13 km below the Elbe and Vltava River confluence.  Formerly, it consisted of three technology units constructed in stages between the end of 60′s and the end of 70′s, as a system of condensing power plants burning brown coal transported by trains from both North Bohemia and West Bohemia mines. A visit can be arranged for specialized groups.

NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TEMELÍN

Duration: 6 hours (visit takes 2 hours; only info centre)
Duration: 7 hours (visit takes 3 hours; info centre + power plant)
Bus needed: Yes

The Temelin Nuclear Power Plant is situated approximately 130km south from Prague. The electricity is generated in two production units with pressurised-water reactors. Process water is drawn from the Hnevkovice reservoir on the Vltava River; it was built as a part of the power plant project. In spring 2003 the Temelin Nuclear Power Plant became the largest power resource in the Czech Republic.
Detailed information about this power plant can be obtained in the Information Centre situated in the reconstructed Vysoky Hradek Castle next to the power station. The visit to the Information Centre itself takes about 3 hours. It includes a lecture about the nuclear power plant, 3D projection, exposition and visit to the machine hall. It is possible to arrange also a visit to the power plant itself, but the access is limited, there can be max one group per day and thus we recommend to make the booking long in advance.

OLD WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT

Duration: 2 hours (visit takes 1 hour)
Bus needed: Accessible by public transport

The Old Waste Water Treatment Plant in Prague Bubenec is an important building reminding of architecture, technique and water management history. It was built between the years 1901 – 1906 as the last part of Prague sewer network. It was in use until 1967 when a new modern central waste treatment plant was put into operation.
Tours through the historic area of the Old waste water treatment plant are only possible with a guide. It is not a typical museum, it’s something like a „technique castle“. The visitors can admire historic premises of the museum incl. remains of the original technologies for waste water treatment and connected operations (such as sludge management) or for drive of machines (steam-engine room and boiler-room). To make the tours even more interesting, there are also available some copies of original plans of the building, historical pictures from the start-up phase of the waste water treatment plant construction or a documentary film.  During each tour, visitors pass through an original (not-functional) sewer. We highly recommend to have some good shoes and warmer clothes (in summer months as well).

WATERWORKS PODOLSKA

Duration: 2 hours (visit takes 1 hour)
Bus needed: Accessible by public transport

The Podolska Waterworks is one of the most significant Prague industrial buildings. It was built in 1920s when the developing city of Prague was in need of a bigger supply of drinking water.  The Town Council of Prague therefore decided to build a new high-density filtration water-station. The Vltava river bank was the area chosen for the construction. The architect’s participation enhanced the building to a European level not only in regard to the technical side of the construction but also in regard to the art work. This recently modernized colossus, which cleans water from the Vltava River, is Prague’s functional reserve in case anything happens with the drinking water supply from the Karane and Zelivka water stations. Currently the water supply from this station is actually being mixed with water from the previously mentioned sources. There is a permanent exhibition on the historic development of the Prague waterworks. The mighty tower of this complex is 45m in height and there is a nice view of Prague from there.

TECHMANIA SCIENCE CENTRE IN PILSEN

Duration: 5-8 hours (visit takes 3-6 hours)
Bus needed: Yes

The Techmania Science Centre is located in Pilsen, about 90 km southwest of Prague. It is housed in a renovated factory building in the Skoda Plzen complex. This modern interactive centre demonstrates that science is not just about research, but is also a possible source of fun. An area of 10 000 square metres offers exhibits focused on physical games, experiments and scientific news or the exposition of original scientific toys (not only) for children. You can experience here newest interactive exhibitions, science shows, workshops in modern laboratories and much more. To extend the tools of informal education the Science Centre decided to create a very special planetarium. It is the first 3D Planetarium in the Czech Republic and it enables full dome projections in 3D. It is a great experience just to enter the house: modern technology set up in a historical building creates a unique example of genius loci.

Art & Architecture

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BARRANDOV FILM STUDIOS

Duration: 3 hours (visit takes 1 hour 45 min)
Bus: Accessible by public transport

A popular excursion for students of all ages. During the tour you will see a large collection of film costumes, uniforms and period clothes. The Barrandov film studios were the place where a lot of famous films were made. Amadeus that received an Oscar for the best costumes, Oliver Twist, The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables or Edith Piaf. The Barrandov Costumes department lent the period renaissance clothes to the Irish serial The Tudors. At the same time you can visit the Props Department.

ARCHITECTURE IN PRAGUE
A combined lecture with a walking tour to the actual buildings.

Duration: 4 hours
Bus needed: No

Prague is one of the few European cities that have all architectural styles represented. This lecture includes a brief overview of these, from Gothic to functionalism. Examples of each genre will be shown. The lecture will cover the back ground information about how Prague was built and many historic events that made Prague what it is today. The best way is to combine the lecture with a walking tour around Prague and see the old historic buildings and new buildings. The participants will get a list of specific buildings which they can study on their own and get an idea about the many various styles of buildings, to name a few, Obecni Dum, Muzeum, Statni Opera.

ART NOUVEAU AND CUBISM

Duration: 4 hours
Bus needed: No

Explore with us the famous Art Nouveau and Cubist period of Prague’s architectural history. A professional guide will show you the most important sights built in these two styles, in context with other architecture and history that formed the city.
The Art Nouveau style prevailed at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. It is easy to recognize it at first glance. On a beautiful facade you will see harmoniously intertwined flowers and leaves along with depictions of beautiful women. Art Nouveau buildings are an essential part of many Czech cities and are among the most beautiful structures that modern architecture brought to the Czech lands. Let yourself be enchanted by the elegant palaces and discover the stories behind such magnificent buildings as the Paris Hotel or the Municipal House. Lovers of Art Nouveau can take a guided tour of the Municipal House or can have a lunch in one of its superb restaurants.
Czech Cubism was an avant-garde art movement active mostly in Prague from 1912 to 1914. Prague was perhaps the most important centre of Cubism outside Paris. This movement realized the epochal significance of the Cubism of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and attempted to extract its components for their own work in all branches of artistic creativity – sculpture, painting, applied arts and architecture.  The first example of cubist architecture in Prague, and probably the most celebrated, is the famous House of the Black Madonna, designed and built between 1911 and 1912 by Josef Gocar. The building is now the home to a Museum of Decorative Arts.

MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Duration: 4 hours
Bus needed: No

Take a walk with a professional guide and see the modern face of the Czech capital. Prague is a city of all historic architectural styles. But it welcomes modern elements as well and the modern architecture has become an integral part of the city. The Dancing House building is probably the most celebrated piece of modern architecture in Prague. It was built by a great American architect Frank Gehry on the corner of Jiraskovo Square and Rasinovo Embankment. You can choose what other important buildings of modern architecture you prefer to see – modern city palaces and shopping arcades, the new developments in the former industrial quarter Karlin on the plots on abandoned factories (offices and residential buildings by KPF, Baumschläger & Eberle, Riccardo Bofill), modern architecture in the Prague Castle gardens (trail through the Deer Moat, Hi-tech Orangery, Josip Plecnik masterpieces),  the campus of the Czech Technical University with its new public buildings (The National Technical Library and Faculty of Architecture) and more. The walk can be guided either by a guide or by a professional architect.


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