Host Country

Form of GovernmentParliamentary republic
LocationEurope, 49° 45′ 0″ N, 15° 30′ 0″ E
Area78,866 km2
Population10.65 million
Climatetemperate continental climate
Religion80% non-declared or non-religious, 10.3% Roman Catholic
CapitalPrague (Praha)
Local TimeCET (UTC+1)
ElectricityCEE 7 standards, the plugs used are two round pins
DrivingOn right side
Telephone Country Code+420
Mobile Phone NetworksT-Mobile, O2, Vodafone
CurrencyCzech Crown/koruna (CZK, EUR 1,00 = CZK 23,00)

Host City

Poděbrady is a historical spa town in the Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic. It lies on the river Labe 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Prague on the D11 highway. It has obtained the status of town from the Czech king in the year 1472. A historic milestone in the life of the town was the year 1905, when it was visited by the German estate owner Prince von Bülow. This well-known water diviner found in the inner courtyard of the castle signs of a strong spring, which was later bored to a depth of 97.6 meters (320 ft). The discovery of carbonic mineral water resulted in the opening of the first spa in 1908. After World War I Poděbrady rapidly changed into a spa town which from 1926 specialized in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, rapidly gaining renown not only in the Czech Republic, but also abroad in countries including Austria, Germany, Russia and the United States.

Business Hours Shops, Government Offices, Banks

General business hours in the Czech Republic are from 08:00 to 18:00. Some establishments have different hours, such as banks (08:00 to 17:00) or post offices (08:00 to 17:00 with lunch break 11:30 to 12:30). Large department stores and shopping malls stay open till 20:00.