Excursions

 

 

CESKY KRUMLOV

Explore the extensive historic and artistic traditions that give life to the quaint town of Cesky Krumlov. Nestled within a horseshoe bend of the Vltava River in the South Bohemia Region of the Czech Republic, a visit to this town will introduce you to the hand-crafted puppets, an amazing castle and diverse architectural jewels for which this town is known. Cesky Krumlov was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

 

KARLOVY VARY (CARLSBAD)

To start the day, take a trip to the city of Pilsen to tour the brewery of Pilsner Urquell, the famous Czech beer which has been brewed here since 1842. Once in Karlovy Vary, snack on spa wafers and taste the local sparkling water from the region while spending the day enjoying the walking tours of the city and visiting the beautiful colonnade. Throughout the centuries, Karlovy Vary has grown ever popular with European royalty and celebrities alike who come for the soothing spas.

 

KUTNA HORA

This UNESCO World Heritage city once competed to be the capital seat of the Czech Republic and is one of the most historically important cities in the country. The large silver mines and silver mint here made Kutna Hora one of the wealthiest towns in Europe during the 14th and 15th centuries. Visit the "Bone Church," a small chapel decorated with over 40,000 skeletons. A 10-minute drive down the road lies St. Barbara's Cathedral, one of the most famous Gothic churches in Central Europe.

**NOTE: For semester/academic year programs, this excursion is ONLY included for students at Charles University who enroll in the Intensive Czech Language class (required for all students with no previous Czech knowledge). This excursion is NOT included for students at the University of Economics, Prague or for students who attend a summer program.

 

CESKE SVYCARSKO (CZECH SWITZERLAND) NATIONAL PARK (SUMMER ONLY)

Hike through this northern Bohemian national park and enjoy the beautiful scenery of rolling green mountains and sandstone cliffs. Search for fossils in the cliff walls and explore the natural stone archways and enchanting beauty of the land, made famous in the Chronicles of Narnia movie. Be sure to keep an eye out for the indigenous animals of the region: lynxes, eagles, and peregrine falcons.

 

TEREZÍN

Touring the grounds behind the walls of this former WWII concentration camp will give students new insight into the history of this ominous land. Learn how the Nazis hid the camp to deceive international Red Cross inspectors and pay respects to those who lost their lives at the solemn sight of mass graves.

A former fortress and garrison built by emperor Joseph II in order to protect the town and the region from enemies, Terezín is located in northeast Czech Republic. During World War II, the garrison and fortress became a "transit ghetto" and concentration camp for Jewish people, many of whom were later transported mostly to Auschwitz. During the time of the existence of the "Ghetto," Jews were secretly culturally active and wrote many theatre plays and poems. Works of local painters and artists are exhibited today in the local museum.

 

MORAVIA (SUMMER ONLY)

The region of Moravia in the Czech Republic is well known for its prolific wine making, medieval castles and beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and amazing cave systems. During this excursion students will explore the many wonders that Moravia has to offer. First, tour the castle and the gardens of one of the historic castles of the region to see how ancient royalty once lived. Venture on to explore Moravsky Kras, a protected nature conserve with a rustic landscape and a labyrinth of many intricate caves. Wind down the day sampling some local Czech wines at a winery and stay the night in a very quaint, picture perfect Moravian town.

*This excursion is available for summer programs only.

 

VIENNA (SEMESTER/YEAR ONLY)

Vienna is rich in culture and full of museums, galleries, concert halls and top-notch shopping. Wander through this historic yet modern city and discover hidden alleys and shops as street musicians play a lovely Mozart tune in the distance. Tour the beautiful gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace, visit the Hofburg Palace and revel in the many musical delights of this worldly city. Fall students have the chance to visit the famous Christmas market, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Europe.

 

BERLIN (SEMESTER/YEAR ONLY)

This major metropolitan city boasts 100+ art galleries and architecture to amaze the eyes. Completely devastated at the end of WWII, Berlin has sprung back as a bustling Mecca of young minds, hip culture, flea markets and a diverse body of students and young professionals. Learn lessons from the past at Checkpoint Charlie, the historic entrance between former East and West Germany, the colorful East Side Gallery painted on the Berlin Wall, or one of the many top-quality museums around the city.