The Conference Venue

About FI MU The federated CSL/MFCS'98 conference is hosted by the Faculty of Informatics of Masaryk University. All talks, tutorials, and workshops will take place in the faculty campus.

The Faculty of Informatics has been established in 1994. It is located at Botanicka 68a street, not far from the city centre. At the moment, the faculty has three departments and approx. 750 students.

How to
Reach Brno
Brno can be reached easily by direct trains from Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest, or by plane to Vienna and then by coach or train (130 km). Another possibility is to go by plane to Prague and then travel about 200 km by coach or train (see map1 and map2).
About Brno Brno is the second-largest town in the Czech Republic (with a population about half a million), located in the south-east part of the Czech Republic. It had been a royal city since 1347. There are six Universities in Brno. Historical and artistic places of interest include:
  • Spilberk castle and fortress
    Founded in the first half of the 13th century as a royal castle for the defence of Brno. After the 17th century it served as a provincial fortress, and in the 18th and 19th centuries was a prison for political inmates, called the "prison of nations" of the Habsburg monarchy. In 1939-1940 it was prison of the Brno Gestapo, and afterwards served as a military building. Since 1960 it has been the headquarters of the Brno City Museum. There is a permanent exhibit in the castle`s casemates, and a new exhibition entitled "Spilberk - Prison of Nations", as well as displays on Brno history and the City Museum gallery, are currently being prepared in the northern wing.

  • Petrov Cathedral
    The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul is located on the hilltop here, on the presumed site of the former Brno castle (including a chapel) from the 11th and 12th centuries. After the castle`s demise a detached Romanesque basilica was rebuilt as a Gothic cathedral in the 13th century, further modified in the 15th and 16th centuries, and converted in the Baroque style in the 18th century. Its current neo-Gothic form dates from the turn of this century. Since 1777 the cathedral has been the seat of the Brno bishopric. The original church crypt from the 12th century is now accessible to visitors.

  • St. James' Church
    National Cultural site. Founded in the 13th century. The late gothic building we see today was constructed in the 14th and 15th centuries. (A. Pilgram, A. Gabri, M. Grim, builders) with its final touches added in the 16th century.

  • Dietrichstein Palace
    Dietrichstejn palace was built in the years 1613-16 by G.G.Tencalla. The monumental palace was rebuilt around the year 1720. Part of the bulidng complex is the "bishop's courtyard" built in 1352. Today's Moravian Provincial Museum.

  • Beseda House
    A Neo-Renaissance building built 1868-73 from the drawings of Theofil Hansen jointly with the adjacent Prazak palace as a conceptual unit in the north italian renaissance style. Built between 1871 and 1873 in the neo-Renaissance style for the use by the Czech Readers` Society, the Beseda House was the centre of Czech culture and education in Brno, and a symbol of Czech national feeling among citizens during the waves of Germanization at the turn of the century. Today it is the headquarters of the Brno State Philharmonic Society and the main venue for the "Moravian Autumn" international music festival.

  • Parnas Fountain
    The Baroque "Parnas" fountain was built in the place of an earlier, Renaissance fountain from the year 1597. The current version is the work of Johann Bernard Fischer of Erlach in the years 1690-97.

  • Capuchin Monastery and the Church of the Holy Cross
    The Capuchin monastery and church in the former Coal Market was built by Ondrej Erna in mid-17th Century. It contains a crypt of the members and benefactors of the Capuchin Order.

  • Old City Hall portal
    The richly decorated portal of the Old City Hall is an extraordinary example of late gothic sculpure, the work of Anton Pilgram in 1510.

  • New Town Hall
    The seat of the city mayor and the highest city administative bodies. The historical core of the site took form in the 1680s, as the place were provincial diets and assemblies of the Moravian nobility were held. The area was expanded in the 17th and 18th centuries to include additional buildings situated around its two coutyards. The present appearance of the building dates from 1934 - 1935.

  • Old Town Hall
    Originally a town house with a tower in witch the city documents and valuables were stored, this building later served as the centre of municipal administration from the first half of the 13th century up until 1935. The premises were enlarged in the 16th and 17th centuries by the buildings in the courtyard, and the tower was modified at the beginning of the 20th century. Today it is the home of the Brno Culture and Information Centre, and the site of such social events as the Brno Summer of Culture.

In the immediate surroundings of Brno are the Moravian Karst with Macocha Chasm and Punkva caves; the site of the "Battle of the Three emperors" (Napoleon, Alexander of Russia, and Franz of Austria), commonly known as the Battle of Austerlitz; the chateau of Slavkov (Austerlitz); Pernstejn Castle; and many other attractions.

For more information about Brno see the city homepage.