Useful information

All buses will stop at the following hotels:

  • Quality hotel
  • Mercure hotel
  • Stodolni street - tram stop (esp. for hotels Brioni and Rubby Blue hotel)
  • Imperial hotel
  • Clarion hotel


The 5th INFORM EU Plenary Meeting will be held at the Dolní Vitkovice (DOV) - Multifunctional GONG hall situated in Ostrava, a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Address:
Multifunctional hall GONG
Ruská 2993
703 00 Ostrava-Vítkovice
Czechia

Location:

Please note that you are responsible for arranging your own travel. We recommend that you book your flight, train or bus to Ostrava as soon as you receive the email confirmation of your participation. The European Commission will not be held responsible if there are no more places available.

For flights, please check for example the following sites::

Please note that airport transfers will be organised (see below) as well as transport from the venue to the various locations for the project visits within the programme of the event. In cases not mentioned below or in the programme, there is no individual transport.

The Leoš Janáček Airport Ostrava (OSR) is located about 20 km from the city center. It is an international airport with limited international flights and many of the destinations are served only by seasonal charter flights. Alternatively, it is possible to travel to other cities, such as Prague, Brno, Katowice in Poland or Vienna in Austria (3h by train) and get to Ostrava by train or bus.

Ostrava is one of the major cities in Czechia, therefore there are several train and bus connections to choose from. Please check the website for train and bus timetables. The main train station in the city is Ostrava hlavní nádraží.

If you would like to order a private transfer, it is possible between Prague and Ostrava, or in the opposite direction, with Prague Airport Transfers. To check the prices for trips between Prague and Ostrava please click here.

How to reach Gong hall:

The Gong hall is easily reached by public transport – please get off at the tram stop “Dolní Vítkovice” and continue on foot approx. 5 min. (map)

From hotels in the city centre – the closest tram stop is “Stodolní” (map) – use tram line 1, 2 or 6 with a duration of 8 minutes without changes.

From the Mercure hotel – the closest tram stop is „Důl Jindřich” (map) – use tram line 1, 2 or 6 and with a duration of 10 minutes without changes.

From Quality hotel – the closest bus stop is “Hornopolní” (map) – use bus line 37 to stop “Náměstí Republiky”, where you need to change (map) to tram line 1, 2, 6 or 10 with a duration of 12 minutes.

From Clarion hotel – the closest tram stop is “Městský stadion” (map) – use tram line 12 to stop “Ředitelství Vítkovic” (map) and here change to tram line 2. Duration of 9 minutes.

Preregistration is mandatory
From Ostrava Airport to Ostrava city center (hotels), duration 25 min

  • On Monday 13 November (flight from Warsaw) – buses will be ready at the airport at 00:00 (from Sunday to Monday); departure of buses towards Ostrava-hotels approx. at 0:30

From Katowice Airport to Ostrava city center (hotels), duration 1h 30 min

  • On Monday 13 November (flights from Frankfurt and Warsaw) – buses will be ready at the airport at 14:00; departure of buses towards Ostrava approx. at 14:45.
  • On Monday 13 November (flights from Frankfurt) – buses will be ready at the airport at 21:45; departure of buses towards Ostrava approx. at 22:30.
  • On Monday 13 November (flights from Warsaw) – buses will be ready at the airport at 23:45; departure of buses towards Ostrava-hotels approx. at 00:30.

From the meeting venue Multifunctional Gong Hall to Katowice Airport, duration 1h 30 min

  • On Thursday 16 November (flight to Warsaw) – buses will be ready in front of the GONG (conference hall) at 12:15; departure of buses towards Katowice-airport at 12:30

From the meeting venue Multifunctional Gong Hall to Ostrava Airport, duration 25 minutes

  • On Thursday 16 November – buses will be ready in front of the GONG (conference hall) at 12:45; departure of buses towards Ostrava airport at 12:30

From Ostrava city center (hotels) to Ostrava Airport, duration up to 40 min with stops

  • On Friday 17 November (flight to Warsaw) – buses will be ready in front of the Quality hotel at 04:00 and will continue via Stodolni street (tram stop) and Clarion hotel towards Ostrava-airport

From Ostrava city center (hotels) to Katowice Airport, duration 1h 50 min with stops

  • On Friday 17 November (flight to Frankfurt) - buses will be ready in front of the Quality hotel at 15:30; departure of buses towards Katowice-airport at 15:45

Participants from EU countries and countries that are part of the Schengen Agreement do NOT need a Visa in order to travel to the Czech Republic. The majority of citizens of other European countries can also travel to the Czech Republic without a visa.

All participants are required to check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic here to see whether they are required to obtain a Czech Visa when entering the Czech Republic, and/or any required Visa in the stopover countries.

Please note that participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation.

The CZ hosts have negotiated rates with the following hotel:

Clarion Congress Hotel Ostrava
Zkrácená 2703
700 30 Ostrava-jih
Czechia
Maps
Webiste: https://www.clarioncongresshotelostrava.com/en/

Standard single use: 125 EUR
Standard double use: 145 EUR
+ City tax: 0,85 EUR per person per night

To book a room: please send an email to Mrs. Aneta Goldemundova, e-mail: a.goldemundova@clarion-hotels.cz or call +420 596 702 807.
Code: GONG
Deadline: Sunday 15 October 2023.
Please note that the number of rooms is limited.

Below is a list of other hotels, which are in the wider city centre and will be covered by transfers:

IMPERIAL HOTEL OSTRAVA****
Tyrsova 6
OSTRAVA
https://www.imperialhotelostrava.com/

BRIONI BOUTIQUE HOTEL****
Stodolni 8
OSTRAVA
https://www.hotelbrioni.cz/

HOTEL RUBY BLUE****
Stodolni 11
OSTRAVA
https://hotelrubyblue.cz


Ostrava is the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region in the north-eastern part of Czechia. It is the third largest city of the country. The city is divided between the two historical lands of Moravia and Czech Silesia. The Moravian part is called Moravská Ostrava, and the Silesian part is known as Slezská Ostrava. They are separated by the Ostravice river.

The development of the town and a large part of the Moravian-Silesian region relates to coal mining and iron ore processing. In Ostrava itself, coal has not been mined since 1994 and the city is developing rapidly, also thanks to EU funding, in a number of other areas.
Please watch a short video here.

Main Sights

Lower Vítkovice (Dolní oblast Vítkovice) was included in the country’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites in 2001 and in 2002 it was declared a national heritage site. It is the area of former ironworks preserved for posterity as industrial heritage. The former Hlubina coal mine supplied fuel for the blast furnaces and coke ovens. This has made Lower Vítkovice unique, as it is the only preserved complex in Europe where the entire process of iron production took place at a single site. The industrial complex has been transformed into a cultural and educational center. More information can be found on the official website. Lower Vítkovice is sometimes jokingly called Ostravské Hradčany (the Hradčany of Ostrava), after the famous Hradčany where Prague Castle is located.
Please watch a short video here.

Masaryk Square (Masarykovo náměstí) is the central square of the city. Many Czech cities and towns have squares named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, and so does Ostrava. The top photo in this article shows Masaryk Square in Ostrava. There are quite a few cafés on Masaryk Square, where you can relax after sightseeing.

The New Town Hall (Nová radnice) is located on Prokešovo Square (Prokešovo náměstí). It belongs to the largest town halls in Czechia and boasts the highest tower (85.6 m / 280 ft) of all Czech town halls. And the best thing about it is that there is an observation platform at 73 m (239.5 ft) above ground. If the visibility is good, you can see the bordering region in Poland and Mt. Praděd in Hrubý Jeseník mountains. The opening times of the observation platform can be found here.

Stodolní Street with its numerous bars and clubs is the centre of the city’s nightlife.

Please find tourism information here.

Currency

The Czech Republic’s currency is the Czech koruna or Czech crown (Kč / CZK). Notes come in denominations of 100 (4 EUR), 200 (8 EUR), 500 (20 EUR), 1000 (41 EUR), 2000 (83 EUR), 5000 CZK (207 EUR).
Coins come in 1 (4 ct EUR), 2 (8 ct EUR), 5 (20 ct EUR), 10 (41 ct EUR), 20 (83 ct EUR) and 50 CZK (2 EUR).
Credit cards are widely accepted in shops, restaurants, and hotels. Only small businesses such as newsstands, street vendors and neighbourhood shops require cash payments.
You can consult the current rate here.

Safety and Emergency Services

The Czech Republic is safe to travel to, the crime rates are very low, and pickpocketing is not that common. However, it is advised that you remain vigilant at all times, especially on the streets.
The three most commonly used emergency services in the Czech Republic are the police, fire service and emergency medical service. If you need to contact any of these services in the case of an emergency, dial 112. These calls can be made from any phone and are free of charge – only use them in a real emergency.

Getting around

Public Transport in Ostrava operates a dense network of tram, bus and trolleybus lines. Timetables of all the lines are posted at the stations, and they are also available online www.dpo.cz.
The e-fare (45 min., 24h and 3-day) can be purchased directly in the vehicle by contactless debit/credit card - with this method, you do not receive a paper ticket and your debit/credit card is used for any transport checks. The card no longer needs to be touched out at the terminal in the vehicle when you exit. Please note - if you are transferring, you will need to touch in with your card at the terminal when boarding the new vehicle, even if it is within 45 minutes of the ticket being valid. The same applies to the other types of tickets (24 hours, 3 days) - here you must touch in with the card each time you board the vehicle and again when you change trains. Don't worry, the terminal won't charge you extra money.
There are also other ways to buy your ticket - via mobile application “Moje DPO” or Credit Ticket (prepaid) by DPO (Kreditní jízdenka), which is sold in the Tourist Information Offices, authorised newsstands, ticket machines or in the DPO points.
Please find information about public transport (timetables, routes…) here.

Health and safety

COVID-19 | Measures implemented in Czech Republic
It is your responsibility to be aware of the latest health and safety obligation in place in the Czech Republic. In case you do not comply with them, the European Commission will not be responsible, please make sure you anticipate your trip.
More information: www.visitczechia.com/en-US/Covid-19

Official Languages

The working language of the meeting is English; interpretation services will be provided for some of the project visits from Czech to English.

Photography and video recording

Photography and filming will take place at this event. When participating in this meeting, you may be filmed and have your picture taken. Kindly be informed that your registration to this meeting implies your irrevocable consent for being filmed, recorded and photographed throughout the duration of the event, as well as giving the European Commission the right to use this media at its sole discretion.

Useful Contacts, Links

For any query, please contact the INFORM EU team at INFORMEU@wmhproject.fr