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Exchange Facilities and Rates

Currency used in the Czech Republic is Czech Crown (CZK, koruna ceska, Kc). There are exchange facilities at the train/bus stations, airport and at the border. The approximate exchange rate is 30.50 CZK for one US dollar and 18.50 CZK for one German mark. Czech Crowns are available in the following denominanions: 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. We advise you to ask for 500, 200 banknotes when you exchange your money as these are easier to change. Do not change money on the street.

Time Zone and Climate

Czech Republic is on Central European Time (MET DST), which means it is two hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT). The average temperature for September is between 15-20 degree C. The weather is normally warm and sunny.

The place

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic, with a population of almost 400,000, and the country's judiciary and trade-fair center. The first written note of Brno comes from the ninth century. City rights were acquired in 1243. After successful defense of the city against the Swedes 350 years ago (in 1643--45 during the Thirty Years' War), Brno became the capital of Moravia. The nineteenth century was a period of technological progress and development for Brno. It became one of the most prominent industrial centers in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was in Brno where J. G. Mendel formulated his theory of heredity, V. Kaplan produced the first water turbine and LeoČ Janacek composed his musical works. Milan Kundera wrote his first novels here. Brno is the place of birth of Kurt Goedel--- one of the most important scientists of the 20th century in the world context.
Brno is the capital of Moravia, which is 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:

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.
Hotel Myslivna where the workshop will take place, is a comfortable hotel in beautitil woods on a hill near a natural reservation area very close to Brno. The surrounding is very quiet and suitable for walks and hiking (jogging) routes.