Trip around Czechia and Hradec Králové

University of Hradec Králové would like to invite all potential students and partners to visit, study or stay for research. As the Czechs have a reputation of being a hospitable and friendly people, we would like to take you on a short trip around our beautiful country and the university town of Hradec Králové, to assure you that you have something to look forward to, and that we fully deserve the our national characteristics centuries have attributed to us.

  • Czechia
  • Hradec Králové
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  • The University of Hradec Králové


Czechia, officially known as the Czech Republic, is a country in the very heart of good old Europe, whose culture has been shaped over the millennia by the great legacies of the ancient world, Jewish traditions and Christian values. The country is placed right in the middle of Eastern and Western cultures, which in past centuries was a crossroad for variety of people and nations, who left their imprints in the soul of the local folk. Thanks to these external influences, the Czech nation has been shaped into open and friendly society, highly tolerant towards other cultures and values.
As you will see in the pictures throughout this book, Czechia is a country with rich history, diverse culture, a land flowing with many natural beauties, but also with rich tradition of cutting-edge science, art and advanced economy. All this can be found in just 78 000 square kilometres (48 750 sq mi). Although this figure may look small indeed, at the same time, the short distance of only a few hundred kilometres between the state borders could be seen as an advantage. Mountains, forests and lakes offer variety of natural recreational and sport activities, in addition to lively urban centres bustling with fun – not just Czech towns and cities for that matter, but also major European cities. The map will show you how surprisingly close Berlin, Vienna, Munich, as well as Paris, London, Rome or St. Petersburg are. Czechia is simply a small jewellery box with a rich content.
When a stranger hears the name of our country, in most cases, he will recall its beautiful capital city of Prague. Countless visitors and tourists instantly fall in love with her (for Prague is a maiden), a royal panorama with hundreds of towers and spires, an ancient castle towering above the Moldau (Vltava) river with a medieval bridge connecting the Old and the New town. It is the city of dreams for countless tourists, visitors, art lovers and romancing couples. Marvels of past centuries written in stone by different artistic styles gave the city the nickname Golden Prague. No doubt that you soon, as well, will love the unique atmosphere of that city, which is at any time easily reachable from Hradec Králové, in a matter of mere tens of minutes, via motorway by car, or by the convenient bus and train public services.
Life in the Czechia offer all the comforts and conveniences of modern developed society. The currency is the Czech crown (CZK) with an approximate exchange ratio of 20 crowns per U.S. dollar, 35 crowns for one British pound, and 27 crowns towards Euro. Details of average general pricing and the cost of living can be found in the practical information section later in this booklet. The Czech nation of ten million citizens is democratic, homogeneous – socially and nationally, egalitarian, extremely tolerant, emancipated, honouring the equal rights of men and women and children's rights, favouring civic involvement, with atheistic worldview for the major part. However, the most common religion is Roman Catholic Church, which is followed by other Christian churches.
The advantage of living in the heart of Europe is the fact that in one year you can experience the continent’s mild climate spreading through all four seasons. As indicated on the attached temperature chart, during the Spring you can take advantage of calm weather with pleasant temperatures that allow for walks in the city or countryside, dressed lightly. The Summer, with sunny days and high temperatures, invites one for refreshing dips in open water areas built in urban areas, or in many ponds in the picturesque countryside. Autumn in the Czechia brings in the atmosphere of melancholous mists brightened up by coloured leaves of trees, naturally preparing for hibernation. The Winter alone is inevitably linked with all the nature peacefully resting under white veil of snow, and frozen lakes and rivers, which make the country an ideal place to enjoy winter sports, such as skiing or skating. (Not surprisingly then, that the Czechs, although a nation small in number, are traditionally excellent hockey players.) Thus, traveling to our country mean that you may need to pack a small variety of clothing required for each season. On the other hand, that will allow you to make regular changes of style and image.
And who can we expect to meet here, dressed either in light summer clothes or muffled in a winter scarf and hat? From the perspective of research and studies, there are some interesting figures who in the course of time re-wrote the history of science. Czechs certainly have something to build on! Did you know, for example, that the first sugar cube was produced in Moravian town Dačice in 1843? Or almost completely unknown to the wider world, a Czech priest called Václav Prokop Diviš (1698 – 1765) engineered in the 18th century the lightning rod, independently of the better known Benjamin Franklin? Or that inventor Josef Ressel (1793 – 1857) tried here the first water propelled turbine in one of Prague's fountains? And that friar Gregor Johann Mendel (1822 – 1834), who in the Augustinian monastery in Brno discovered the very idea of the genetics using pea plants, setting foundations for an entire scientific discipline? At the beginning of the 20th century, the world renowned inventor Otto Wichterle (1913 – 1998) invented and developed eye contact lenses, and Jaroslav Heyrovský (1890 – 1967) won in 1959 the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery and development of the polarographic method of analysis. You simply cannot avoid the Czech spirit of creativity! A propos, the world famous word robot coined writer Karel Čapek (1890 – 1938) in his fictional drama RUR (Rossum’s Universal Robots), a term that refers to an artificial intelligent working machine. It first came to life on the stage in 1920, quickly adapted by a number of other languages.
And as the Czech mind is inventive, the Czech soul is creative in the realm of art. There is no need to explain why the famous passage of the Symphony’s No. 9 From the New World, immortal music written by composer Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) was played when the crew of Apollo 11 successfully landed on the Moon in 1969. The nation’s musicality is widely recognized and according to an old saying that “Every Czech is a born musician”, the cities here resonate with music. A fact once acknowledged by no one smaller than the ingenious Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791), who during one of his visits to the metropolis in 1787, said these memorable words: "My people of Prague do understand me".
The painter Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) is globally recognized for his posters, large canvases and small art works in the fashion of the late Art Nouveau, giving epochal expression to the world standing on the doorstep of modernity. And because the Czechs are also men and women of the pen, as well as avid readers, we cannot forget to mention work of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Jewish citizen of Prague writing in German language – Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924), or writings of more contemporary author, the widely translated Milan Kundera (born 1929), or the fact, that the first democratic president after the end of the totalitarian regime, Václav Havel (1936 – 2011) viewed the world through the prism of the philosopher and author of an absurd drama. Among the globally recognized individuals surely belongs the movie director and winner of two Academy Awards for best direction Miloš Forman (born 1932). Certainly, it is no coincidence that culture and creativity play a very important role in Czech life.
The picture of the Czechs as a nation with a healthy inner drive would not be complete without mentioning sport. Among many outstanding athletes who competed in the history of Olympic Games, achievements of Emil Zátopek (1922 – 2000) and Věra Čáslavská (born 1942) remain in live memory; the former world number one tennis players Martina Navrátilová (born 1956) and Ivan Lendl (born 1960) remain important figures of the white sport. Of course, that we cannot miss name of one of the best ice-hockey players of all times and member of the victorious Olympic team Jaromír Jágr (born 1972), or most recently name of Petra Kvitová (born 1990) who in 2014 won the Wimbledon championship for the second time. Passion for sports can be seen everywhere. Almost every village and small town has its own football pitch, and during the ice-hockey season families are glued to television screens, if not encouraging their team at the stadium, and sport is certainly favourite topic for a chat around here.
The adjective Czech is inseparably linked to beer, which, according to the place of origin, gave a few general names for this traditional drink all around the world. For example, Pils is nothing else but the original beer from the West Bohemian town of Pilsen (Plzeň), and Bud is abbreviated from Budweiser, the name of the brewery in the South Bohemian metropolis Budweis (České Budějovice). You cannot mistake the zesty smell of hops and dense foam of the Czech brew. Be prepared for the fact that in many pubs you will be automatically served refills with freshly tapped beer because one pint is never enough!
Another namesake is Czech crystal, appearing in many forms. From splendid glass chandeliers to beautifully cut and engraved drinking glasses – usually raised to a toast of  good health, or noble glass vases that multiply the beauty of any flower bouquet, or even as an original piece of art decorating the interior of a number of public and private places. By mentioning these decorations, we should not forget the beautiful dark ruby gemstone – the Czech garnet – which completes many jewellery masterpieces.
A unique place within the lifestyle and culture is occupied, of course, by traditional cuisine. Those who have already tasted its flavours find the meals very tasty, hearty, rich in meat and generous on sauce. King of the Czech dishes is roast beef with cream sauce and dumplings, typically cooked for special occasions and celebrations throughout the year. The meal should not be missing on the menu of any good restaurant, and certainly not in the repertoire of an experienced housekeeper who takes pride in their work. Give it a try! And to entice the opposite range of your taste-buds, there is a pure delicacy in the form of sweet fruit dumplings with cottage cheese and melted butter. Especially those with freshly picked strawberries or blueberries – making this dish an irresistible treat.
Regarding traditional drinks, with the exception of beer, one renowned throughout the world is probably the herbal liqueur - Becherovka, which can be recognized instantly by its uniquely-shaped dark green bottle with a yellow label. This favourite export item and souvenir is made according to an old secret recipe, from a mixture of more than twenty herbs, thus widely consumed for invigorating and therapeutic effects. No wonder that in the most famous Czech spa Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) Becherovka is referred to as the thirteenth natural spring.
And if you ask for a purely local culinary treat which you can enjoy while staying at the University of Hradec Králové, then we can reach out for the traditional wafer rolls that could be prepared in many different ways. The secret of its production was allegedly left in eastern Bohemia by one of the personal chefs to Napoleon Bonaparte, who was at the time returning with the retreating French army and entrusted the original recipe for these delicacies to a local peasant girl as thanks for the help in a difficult situation. Whether served with whipped cream or coated in chocolate, it is always delightfully crunchy and tastes just great. Please tuck in!  

Choices on how to spend one’s free time in Czechia are limitless. Many of the natives prefer to depart to their weekend cottages, built in areas of dense forests, or gardening and relaxing in garden areas around cities. Resting on the porch of a wooden hut hidden somewhere in the river valley, or growing your own vegetables are the most common activities in which the Czechs like to get involved to on a Saturday afternoon. The fall is high season for those who have fallen in love with mushroom picking, wandering through the woods and groves enjoying a small adventure in the bosom of nature, excitedly collecting many types of edible mushrooms that taste so good, for example, if fried only in butter! If you see a number of cars parked along a road leading through a forest, you have clear evidence that the mushroom season is in full swing.
Let's stay for a few moments in nature and look around the Czech countryside. Did we not promise that our small country has many colourful experiences on offer, when one is longing to escape the rush and noise of big cities? The countryside offers plenty of opportunities for leisure. Forests cover a good third of the country, but you do not have to fear to getting lost. Czechia have one of the densest and fully signed networks of hiking trails that make all marvels of the nature easily accessible, as well as historically important places. One weekend you can follow the blue trail to the protected area of ​​the Czech Paradise to admire the sandstone rock formations and enjoy the magical atmosphere in a fantastic maze of so-called rocky towns. Another time you could, for example, follow a green line that will take you through countryside between ponds that are freely accessible for bathing, or towards mountains, with a viewpoint built right on the top offering views of the entire region.
Since the Czech landscape is beautifully corrugated and hilly, you can easily explore the countryside using a bicycle which is very popular means of transport around here. And as you will learn in the following pages Hradec Králové itself benefits from a relatively flat terrain which is ideal for moving around the city and the surrounding area on a bike.
But what would the Czech landscape looked like without the work of human hands! Natural scenery is enhanced by silhouettes of rural churches with bulbous baroque domes, majestic medieval stone castles, the silent witnesses of the past, and numerous chateaus carefully nestled in beautiful parks and gardens. There are twelve unique memorial sites entered on the list of UNESCO with such gems as the medieval mining town of Kuttenberg (Kutná Hora), renaissance town of Crumlaw (Český Krumlov), the pilgrims’ church of St. John of Nepomuk (sv. Jan Nepomucký) built on the Green Mountain in the Czech unique and a seemingly incompatible combination of baroque and gothic style, or Lednice-Valtice area with a large landscaped park, to name a few.
The heritage of old folk knowledge and cheerfulness is nowadays reflected in the music and theatre, with its unique form of puppet theatre, which has a long and rich tradition around here. Various traditional story-tale characters can take – in the realm of puppets – mind blowing designs, shapes and characters. Some of the quirky characters are popular even abroad, like the serious Mr. Spejbl and his son, the adorable rascal Hurvínek, who together with a dog named Žeryk and a little girl from neighbourhood Mánička accompanied generations of children on their way towards adulthood. The wit and kind humour of Czech artists also gave birth to a specific cartoon character that won hearts of children around the world and beyond, because a few years ago he accompanied the American astronaut Andrew Feustel on his way to space. It is the good-natured black Little Mole (Krteček) by Zdeněk Miller.
However, the country does not live only on beauty, spirituality and ancestral heritage. As a reminder of its modernity could serve the traditional automotive industry, one of the most developed in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2010, Czechia annually produces more than one million cars. Especially automobiles made by Škoda, (now a part of the Volkswagen group) which have become an internationally valued brand, and export cars to every continent. Almost all production of Hyundai cars manufactured in Nošovice head for the foreign market. And one last example of the automotive industry -  thousands of cars roll off the production line plant at TPCA Kolín every day, which is a joint venture between the Japanese company Toyota Motor Corporation and PSA Peugeot Citroën French. Let us now bring up to the light an example of engineering industry in the direct surroundings of University of Hradec Králové, where hands of skilled craftsmen at the Petrof factory produce for more than 150 years pianos and grand pianos whose sound is championed by interpreters and listeners alike. You can meet these creations at various locations around the world, for example at the Norwegian Opera in Oslo, the Children’s Palace in Beijing, and many U.S. universities concerto halls.  

In the middle of this colourful mosaic lies the town of Hradec Králové with its young and budding university. The Czechia was built upon three historic provinces, namely Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia, with Hradec Králové situated in Bohemia near Prague. Only some 100 km (62 miles) is between the capital city and our charming Eastern Bohemia metropolis which is pleasant to live, work and study in. Journey by comfortable bus takes about hour and a quarter, operated on regular basis, as well as the direct train connection reaching Prague Main Train Station in 100 minute’s time. Using the motorway the journey take less than an hour, with the International airport Vaclav Havel at Prague-Ruzyne accessible by additional half of hour of driving.
The city of Hradec Králové was in recent years repeatedly evaluated and voted as the best place to live in Czechia. No wonder why. It is all around a pleasant city, architecturally beautiful, clean and safe, with no environmental burdens caused by large industrial zones. A typical resident would be an office worker, student, or employee of the residing top university hospital. Let us take a closer look!

The city unfolds at the confluence of two marvellous and mighty rivers, the Elbe (Labe) and the Wild Eagle (Divoká Orlice), and it is embraced by a forest-park from the south-east, both contributing to the convenient range of local leisure facilities. When residing in Hradec Králové, you can comfortably travel around Central Europe from the nearby town of Pardubice by a direct trains to Vienna, Berlin, Bratislava and Warsaw, for example.
For a better idea, have a look below at some distances and journey times for traveling abroad from Hradec Králové:

Berlin  (DE)   446 km (277 mi)  approx. 4 hours of driving  
Wien  (AT)   291 km (180 mi)  approx. 3.5 hours of driving 
Bratislava (SK)  289 km (179 mi)  approx. 3 hours of driving 
Wroclaw (PL)   173 km (107 mi)  approx. 2.75 hours of driving 
Dresden (DE)  244 km (151 mi)  approx. 2.5 hours of driving 
Munich (DE)   496 km (308 mi)  approx. 4.5 hours of driving 

The whole of Czechia, Hradec Králové included, benefits from a very dense railway network that will allow you to travel practically anywhere, from the busy metropolis to rural settlements. Thanks to comfortable railway service and high accessability of the surrounding landscape you will have decent number of various attractions at hand. Eastern Bohemia combines natural beauty with a rich historical heritage. Only an hour’s drive to the north you will find the Giant Mountains (Krkonoše) with the highest Czech mountain Snowy (Sněžka) at 1602 m (5255 feet) above the sea level, which are renowned for winter sports and summer hiking. Another strip of mountain range called the Eagle Mountains (Orlické hory) are located even closer, ideal for any ski-beginner to gain initial experience in the exciting downhill or the more physically demanding cross-country skiing, with trails heading around gentle slopes, mountain ridges and flat plains. A real gem of natural beauty is the complex of sandstone rock-towns in Adrspach-Teplice Rocks (Ardšpašsko-Teplické Skály). This trip is virtually an obligatory point in the itinerary of every visitor of this region. Even if you are not keen alpinist who regularly climbs up on rock towers, you can enjoy this wonder of nature as well with convenient visitor footpaths leading through darkened gorges and high ravines with bizarre rock formations on every step. Human imagination brought up some original names for many of those natural arrangements, and it is up to you to find what hidden fables the rock formations have up their sleeves for you.
Right from the city centre you can make a short cycling trip to the forest-park with many kilometres of bike trails and a great in-line skating circuit, right in the middle of nature. Hradec Králové is nicknamed as a paradise for cyclists. The rather flat disposition of the surrounding terrain goes hand in hand with decent network of bike-ways, which together, strongly favour the bicycle as the ideal means of transport. From a residence to the school, or to the train station, where you can leave your bike in a secure robotized bike tower, you can travel everywhere just by using your own legs.
Some may be tempted to try a golf course either in the city, or in one of the large resorts spreading over the nearby foothills, or maybe the one which has been created in a romantic English park attached to a neo-gothic castle. Hradec Králové also benefits from a beautiful open-air swimming pool, Flošna, a modern indoor swimming pool with sauna, spa and aqua-park fitted with a sophisticated artificial wave system. Followers of winter sports can enjoy the ice-skating ring. Without going into any more detail on this topic, rest assured that in Hradec, everyone can find sport to his, her or its liking. Yes, that includes open-water rowing too.
On the account of historical sightseeing, we have picked only a small representation linked to the major historical periods. A very impressive witness to the knight's medieval period is the castle Kost (Bone) in the romantic setting of the rocky valleys area in the Český ráj (Bohemian Paradise). The renaissance period is represented, for example, by the UNESCO protected chateau in Litomyšl built in the 16th century with stunning sgraffito decoration on its facades. One can really feel the mystical power of hidden symbols embedded in the work of the dynamic Baroque era when visiting the former 18th century spa in Kuks, or the monumental Benedictine abbey in Broumov. If you are looking for something a bit different, and are also perhaps fan of our ancestor’s craftsmanship, there is a unique wooden, moving Nativity scene (Betlém) in Třebechovice pod Orebem, a technical marvel that received accolades of admiration at the World's Fair EXPO in Montreal, Canada in 1967. In the context of the global world, we must not forget one more memorable event of the past, which is closely associated with Hradec Králové. Not far from the city, on 3rd June 1866 the final battle which ended the war between Prussia, Austria and Saxony took place. Bloodshed - known to the world as the Battle of Königgrätz - which is also the German name for Hradec Králové, was one of the greatest conflicts of the 19th century and caused a completely new arrangement of forces in Central Europe with far-reaching consequences in the 20th century.
But let us return to the contemporary Hradec Králové, because there is really no need to go anywhere outside the city in order to find amusement. For example, the city's theatre scene is on the top national level. Although the plays are staged in the Czech language, at least once a year at the International Theatre Festival of European Regions, thanks to international staging, performances can be understood by everyone. Thanks to the vast number of diverse theatre companies, the city is during this time nicknamed the Czech Avignon. All the town becomes alive with street performances, concerts, spontaneous improvisations on squares, streets and literally on every corner. If you have not listened to an alternative concert on a hot night in a bar on the square, has really not experienced the uniqueness of the city and its cultural spirit. Try it next time with us! And we must not forget the magnificent, world-renowned puppet theatre Drak (Dragon). Their performances are based on the precise mastering of puppets and their gestures, mime and body language symbolism, thus opening the space for imagination equally to both a local and an international audience.
It seems that the city loves festivals. The nearby festival park on the outskirts of the town regularly fill up with tens of thousands fans devoted to rock music, hip-hop and many other genres. Students themselves, always at the turn of April and May, celebrate the arrival of the spring with a traditional feast called Majáles (Rag day). The spontaneity of this feast a few decades earlier, in 1965, impressed the famous American poet of the Beat Generation Allen Ginsberg to the extent that he immortalized his impression in the poem King of a May Day parade, in which he expressed sympathy with Czech students oppressed by the then totalitarian regime. And in the autumn, the streets resonate with music thanks to the Jazz Goes to Town festival.
From the wide array of festivals is obvious that Hradec Králové is a city of young folk. The academic year brings each year to the town thirteen thousand students from three different universities, rejuvenating the population of slightly less than one hundred thousand regular inhabitants. In addition to four faculties of the University of Hradec Králové, the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy of the Charles University, and Faculty of Military Health Sciences from the University of Defence resides here. Such a large community of youngsters certainly has a beneficial effect upon the atmosphere of the city and – quite frankly – on the number and style of many restaurants, pubs and bars too. For example, on the main square and adjacent streets of the old city, you can choose from dozens of restaurants, all different in style and cuisine. From cosy clubs for intellectuals, such as the stylish Knihomol (Bookworm), through sports, cocktail or retro design bars to fine wine cellars. Let your taste, mood and appetite make a choice! (A traditional Czech beer cost here literally a few coins.) In some pubs and clubs you can find live music played by local bands, art exhibitions, listen to travelogues or lectures and participate in engaging discussions in the student’s AC club, for example. And finally, you can take a picnic basket and go to a large central park named Šimkovy sady (Simek’s orchards) where you can - under the beautiful blue sky - enjoy a merry barbecue with a bunch of your friends. You can easily meet there, maybe on the grassy field while waiting for a beer from the local kiosk, other international visitors, because hundreds of pupils from dozens of countries from all continents live and study in Hradec Králové. So there is no chance that you will lack the opportunity to share joy and views on some aspects of living abroad with other internationals.
Well, while we're talking about life in the city, we still did not manage to discuss the setting in which all these happenings takes place. Our wait for the introduction of the town’s architecture does not mean, however, that Hradec Králové lacks something in this regard. There certainly are many beautiful and much more famous European cities, but our Hradec is architecturally clearly unique.

Originally the royal dowry town, whose former glory resembles a gothic cathedral of the Holy Spirit (Svatý duch) and the renaissance belfry called the White Tower (Bílá věž), which got a completely new look during the 19th and 20th century. The reason for the renovation was closure of the huge military fortress, which in the 18th century gripped the whole city within its massive walls. Their removal gave the city council an opportunity not to leave the expected construction boom to a chance, but to take advantage of the extensive surrounding open areas for organized and thoughtfully planned development. This lucky decision began to unfold a remarkable story of courage and great visions that have become reality. The city commissioned the best architects and urban developers of that time to develop the town’s empty green meadows into a city for the 20th century.
In the following decades, a generous city grew around the preserved medieval settlement, with wide boulevards cleverly respecting the ancient city landmarks; new embankments lined with trees, imaginative squares and magnificent public buildings, as well as residential districts. Architecturally, the city has become a storefront of Art Nouveau, Cubism and especially the typical Czech design and art style functionalism and constructivism. The main monuments that reminding the glorious era of the city, praised for its urbanistic value and widely referred to as the Salon of the Republic (Salon republiky), are in particular the buildings of the Museum of East Bohemia (Muzeum východních Čech) created by architect Jan Kotěra, respected founder of  Czech modern architecture, and then the purposefully austere building of the priest Ambrose congregation, built by Kotěra’s pupil and successor Josef Gočár. Hradec Králové give thanks to these architectural achievements, characterized by high aesthetics and elegance, and makes a positive imprint on the quality of life; and carrying almost a festive feeling within its streets. We are sure you will agree once you will know the city personally.
Previous passages revealed some aspects of life in our Central European country. Now we would like to provide you with some additional details with focus on everyday life in Czechia. The whole country is, in the terms of living standards, among developed societies enjoying high quality of life. This fact can be demonstrated, for example, on the absolute literacy of the population, complete technological infrastructure unimaginable without reliable 3G mobile network coverage giving oomph to the latest smartphones, dependable high-speed internet connection, and trouble-free payments available through major credit card companies with cash withdrawals from ATMs readily available.
Living costs are reasonable for a developed economy, and similarly, as in every other country, life may be both, relatively inexpensive or costly, depending on the location, your type of accommodation, lifestyle, personal diet and entertainment, etc. Let us show you some examples directly from Hradec Králové.
A two course lunch in a restaurant comes in at around 100 CZK from a lunch-time menu, lunch or dinner á la carte together with drinks is widely available for 150 – 200 CZK, a menu at a fast food restaurant is usually around 140 CZK. Similarly, the same amount of money will buy you a cinema ticket. Beer and soft drinks are typically around 30 and cup of good coffee about 40 crowns. According to statistics we spend monthly around 5 000 CZK on food alone. But again, the final amount will depend on the extent of your appetite. Prices for accommodation in university dormitories comes in around 2 500 CZK per month. When renting a flat, the monthly sum needed to pay the bills depends on the location and condition of the accommodation, typically somewhere between 4 000 and 10 000 crowns. One ride on the city’s public transport costs 18 CZK.  
There is top-quality medical care easily accessible throughout the whole country, with the population properly vaccinated against basic infectious diseases. Every student or employee can reach first-class help, whether it is a consultation with a qualified general practitioner or more complex medical treatment, free for EU citizens. Clean drinking water is easily accessible from the public conduit. As in most European countries, electrical appliances in Czechia use the single-phase power supply via two pins plug. All other questions related to everyday life in the Czechia will be gladly answered by our international office before your arrival. Please find list of contacts here.
In this moment we are fully equipped to enter the University of Hradec Králové. It is a young yet established public educational institution, founded in 1959. The university consists of five parts which are: the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Philosophical Faculty, Faculty of Science and the Institute of Social Work – all of which offer studies in more than a hundred fully accredited bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree courses taken up around 9 000 students annually.
The rich spectrum of educational activity includes fields of economy, management and computer science at the Faculty of Informatics and Management; social sciences at the Philosophical Faculty; educational and artistic disciplines at the Faculty of Education; science and technology courses at the Faculty of Science, and studies in a variety of social work disciplines accessible at the Institute of Social Work. Faculties and Institute prepare their students with an emphasis on their future successful professional life. Regularly monitored and evaluated statistics show that the number of graduates without job is small.
The continually developing university campus Na Soutoku (At the Confluence), is very conveniently located right in the city centre and is easily accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike, and is linked by public transport to all parts of Hradec Králové. At the time of this publication, the university is setting foundations for a brand new pavilion designed primarily for our natural scientists. The campus, currently populated in two large modern buildings, is the hub of life and information at the university. You can find there, for example, the central library or the assembly hall where students have regular lectures, but could also freely discuss various topics with important personalities of the scientific and social world - with local or international reputation - including Czech presidents. And in the evening the space regularly changes into a movie theatre, accommodating needs of the Academic film club. In addition to classrooms dedicated exclusively to international students, you can relax in the university gallery or have a pleasant chat in the office of the student organization ESN Buddy System with Czech peers dedicated to giving a helping hand to international students.
Directly next to the campus sits the brand new Study and Research Library (Studijní a vědecká knihovna) with a modern information centre of international standards. Within ten minutes of walking distance lie other important university buildings, like the Faculty of Education and Philosophical Faculty; the rectorate; grandiosely conceived studios of art disciplines, which were re-built from the former town brewery; and classrooms dedicated to musical disciplines residing in the noble and inspiring environment of the former Jesuit College originally built in 17th century.
Since the university is closely linked to the city and the rest of the region and their institutions and companies, you come across its activities virtually everywhere. An example is the unique museum of prehistory in nearby village Všestary – a joint venture of the University of Hradec Králové and the Eastern Bohemia magistrate – equipped with the Centre of experimental archaeology with replica of a Neolithic settlement, brainchilded and actively supported by the Philosophical Faculty. Technology Centre and companies represented in the Hradec Králové IT cluster, of which  the University is a founding member through its Faculty of Informatics and Management, and together with the Centre for Biomedical Technology transfer represent another area of science and applied research, with the university’s direct participation or serving as a start-up think-tank.
The university pays great deal of attention to the care of its human potential (we tend to see potential in humans, rather than a resource), including international students and employees, so all international students in each academic year are automatically booked in for accommodation at the university dormitories. As well as the university’s dedicated international office and the Buddy System, people interested in scientific cooperation and research could turn to a local office of the EURAXESS network, aiming to promote international relations by removing potential barriers whether formal or cultural. The university Counselling Centre also offer reliable and comprehensive service covering many areas of life.
The indisputable advantage of the university is its relatively intimate environment that allows students and teachers to establish personal contact, which helps to discover each pupil’s individual needs and set specific learning targets according to the student’s performance and the chosen specialization.
Although we are modern school with focus on the future, we are proud to keep alive the legacy of the old European academic tradition. Therefore, at the faculties of the University of Hradec Králové you will be invited to join some rituals and ceremonies to underline the importance of further education. Students become members of the academic community, and as such, they later receive their diplomas at ceremonies, which are held in a festive spirit, with music and participation of the university dignitaries in their gowns appropriate to their authorities of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Dean or a member of the Scientific Council. One of the key attributes of the university's higher status, dignity, sovereignty and independence is the mace of the Rector or the Dean of each faculty, an insignia of a special and symbolic meaning, upon which students take an oath of allegiance to the ideals of moral and scientific principles in their field of study and work. We look forward to meeting you soon at this memorable ceremony.

Onřej Tikovský

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