Local BEST Group Brno Survival Guide Summer Course 2009 Security kaleidoscope DESIGN: The different colors of Security@IT 28.6.-11.7.2009 Welcome Welcome to the Survival Guide of Summer course: Computer security DESIGN,, welcome to Brno! Please read carefully our guide. Do not hesitate to ask us for any extra information if there is something that is not clear to you. This guide should serve you all the information you need, so don't forget it at home! We wish you very pleasant stay in Brno.. The Czech Republic The Czech Republic is situated approximately in the geographical centre of Europe, and consists of historical lands Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. The total population is about 10,3 milions. The average height above sea-level is 430 m. Even though the Czech Republic’s area is only of 78,864 square kilometers, its wealth of natural beauty and monuments of cultural heritage contribute greatly to its global prestige as a major cultural destination. The Czech lands have always been the crossroads of European cultures. The cultural character of Czech cities, villages and spa towns has always been a source of inspiration to visitors and guests, who come here from all corners of the world. The Czech Republic, among the youngest in the family of European countries, was born on January 1st, 1993, when the Czechoslovak Federal Republic split into two independent states. Since 2002 The Czech Republic is member of NATO. Since 2004, the Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union. There is more to the Czech Republic than just Prague! The country’s smaller towns have plenty to offer to visitors, who will be impressed by their well-preserved historical centers and carefully maintained monuments whose importance often transcends regional borders. Some of these towns were declared urban monument reservations or even included on the UNESCO, List of World Cultural Heritage. Thanks to the beautiful and colourful nature there are ideal conditions for tourism. It can be realised in the mountains, which surround our country, but also in the romantic valleys of our rivers. Many routes follow the borders of the republic and link up with the touristic or cyclistic routes of the neighbouring countries. The ones, who are not found of long walking tours, can have a walk in the forest, combined for example with picking mushrooms. Mountain climbers can have a good time in the sand stone rocks, followers of winter sports in the mountains. Official Site for the Czech Republic www.czech.cz For incoming turists to Czech Republic www.czechtourism.com More detailed information about Czech turism www.czecot.com More than a destination guide www.myczechrepublic.com Czech Republic travelguide www.travelguide.cz Maps of Czech Republic you can find at www.mapy.cz The City of Brno Brno is the largest Moravian city and the second largest city in the Czech Republic, it’s population is approx. 370 000 inhabitants. The number of inhabitants together with the city’s economic importance place it unambiguously above other cities in the region. Brno is situated in a picturesque countryside, surrounded on three sides by wooded hills and opening to the Southern Moravian lowlands to the south of the city. In the north, the city is guarded by the foothils of the Drahany and Bohemian-Moravian ranges. www.brno.cz Brno University of Technology (BUT) The Czech Technical University was founded in 1899. Over the than a hundred years of its existence the number of study areas have increased and at present the Brno University of Technology, as the only technical university in the Czech Republic, covers the whole spectrum of technical disciplines. With more than 20,000 students, the Brno University of Technology is one of the largest universities in the Czech Republic. www.vutbr.cz BEST Brno With the approval of BUT chancellor and with the support of university’s Academic Centre for Students Activities (ACSA) a BEST Brno was established at BEST’s General Assembly on Crete, 2005. All BEST Brno events are organised in order to provide supplementary education for students at European technical universities. www.acsa.vutbr.cz/best BEST Brno Office Adress: ACSA – BEST Rybkova 1 602 00 Brno Contacts: Hana Bortlová main organiserr hanka.bortlova@BEST.eu.org Aleš Pospíšil president of BEST Brno ales.pospisil@BEST.eu.org How to get there: From Main Railway Station or Main Bus Station use Tram Nr. 12 to Kralovo Pole. Get off the tram at stop Konecneho namesti. Go straight on and follow the railway. Second street on left is Rybkova Street. First building on left is Rybkova 1. BEST Brno office is in 2nd floor. You can find more in chapter Public transport in Brno in this Survival Guide. Transport Airplane Prague The Prague International Airport is an air gate to the Czech Republic. The airport provides daily connection from/to major European cities. Other destinations can be reached via the airports in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam or Paris, where you have to change planes. The airport called Ruzyne is located on the northwest edge of Prague. The City of Brno can be then reached from Prague Ruzyne airport by car, bus, or train. You have to get from Ruzyne airport to the Prague Main Railway station or Main Bus station Florenc using taxi (500 CZK) or means of public transport (20 CZK). You can also také bus directly from the airport to Brno.It takes about three hours from Prague to Brno.Train costs approx 300 CZK, bus approx. 150 CZK. There is a information centre (english speaking staff) on the airport. http://www.prg.aero www.idos.cz Brno There is also smaller airport in Brno, the Brno Turany Airport. The airport is operated by several airlines (Czech airlines, Air France, …), lowcost airlines too (Ryanair, Smart Wings). The centre of the city can be reached by many means of transport. For example, by taxi, the journey downtown is 20 minutes and fare downtown is approx. 300 CZK, but it is much more cheaper to use public transport(40 minutes, 15 CZK). There is a information centre (english speaking staff) at the airport. www.airport-brno.cz Bratislava The Airport Bratislava is the principal airport of the Slovak Republic.. It serves scheduled and non- scheduled air services on domestic as well as the international flights. Connection to Brno is very good and fast, it takes not more than two hours, you can use train or bus. The fare is a bit cheaper than from Prague. But you may need to change your money to Slovak Crowns. This should be no problem, you can also use your credit card. www.letiskobratislava.sk www.idos.cz Wien It is also possible to use an airport in Wien. Located at the heart of Europe and on the threshold to Eastern Europe, Vienna International Airport is the most easterly "western airport". The distance to Brno is comparable with the distance from Bratislava. The best way how to get to Brno from Wien airport is to use a bus of Student Agency, which goes just from the airport straight to Brno, with daily service. It costs 300 CZK. www.viennaairport.com www.idos.cz http://www.studentagency.cz/ Train It is easy to get to the Czech Republic from all major European cities by train. Remember, in summer the international trains tend to be full and you should book your seat at least a few weeks ahead. www.cd.cz www.idos.cz Bus Bus is the cheapest way to travel across Europe. The Czech Republic provides connection from/to major European cities several times a week. Brno main bus station Zvonarka is situated in the centre of the city. www.idos.cz, www.eurolines.com, www.studentagency.cz Car The Czech republic is covered with a network of generally good roads; old routes often go through villages and small towns. There are some 800 km of European-style motorways, the main ones being the D1 or E50/E65 between Prague and Brno. The traffic on motorways and country roads tends to be light. The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h, on major roads 90 km/h, and on motorways 130 km/ h. You'll need a certificate of insurance or "green card", normally valid for three months, showing you have full liability insurance. Your car must be equipped with a first-aid kit and a red-and-white warning triangle. www.uamk.cz Public transport in Brno The City of Brno and its surroundings are serviced by an integrated public transport system with unified travel tickets. The serviced area is divided into several tariff zones. The zones for the area of the City of Brno are 100 and 101. Before each journey, the traveller must purchase a ticket. The validity of a ticket is time and zone limited. The ticket is valid from the moment it is signed for a period specified on it and only in those tariff zones marked on the ticket. All tickets are transfer, except the 8 CZK ticket - this is valid only in the vehicle in which it was signed. The ticket must be signed immediately after boarding a vehicle. During changing, tickets can't be further signed. For most journeys around Brno, a two-zone ticket for 60 minutes will be sufficient(15 CZK). For a longer stay, one-day or three-day tickets for zones 100+101 are offered for an attractive price. www.dpmb.cz What to bring with • travel and medical insurance • pullover and raincoat • passport and visa if needed • sport clothes and shoes • money • music instrument, if you have any • student card • camera • sleeping bag • sunglasses • personal hygiene items • towel • swimming suit • items for the International Evening • medications (traditional drink and food) Meeting point We will pick you up. Let us know as soon as possible the exact date and time of your arrival to Brno. Accommodation Accommodation is reserved at students residence Pod Palackého vrchem, Kolejní street, at north-west end of Brno, which is surrounded by beautiful woods and prairies..There are pubs, store, cinema, restaurant and many more at the place of your accomodation. There is a shower and WC on the apartment. Food and drinks Although Czech cuisine is not the best choice for vegetarians, everybody will most likely find at least a couple of meals "to die for". Czech cooking and eating habits have been shifting in the general direction to a healthier lifestyle, but traditional Czech recipes are still extremely popular - and those tend to be high in calories, fat and sugar. Sauces and condiments are popular. A Czech meal often starts with soup. The main course usually consists of meat and a side dish. The most popular meats are chicken and pork, followed by beef, usually served with some kind of sauce. Fish is not very common although trout or cod are sometimes served. As far as drinks go, a Czech meal is often accompanied by the national beverage, which is beer. Time The Czech Republic uses the Central European Time, CET, which is GMT+1. Weather The Czech Republic is located on the borderline between two great climatic regimes, the oceanic and the continental, and the weather consequently tends to be fairly variable in different regions. The normal summer temperature varies between 23°C and 29°C. The Czech Republic’s climate is marked by a mutual incursion and mixing of oceanic and continental influences. It is characterised by western air currents with predominantly western winds, intensive cyclonal activities causing frequent changes in air mass and relatively abundant precipitations. The coastal influence is mainly manifested in Bohemia; in Moravia and Silesia the climatic influences are increasingly continental. http://www.chmu.cz/ Currency The unit of the Czech money is Česká Koruna, or Czech Crown, abbreviated CZK usually. Banks and hotels accept all convertible currencies, traveller’s cheques and credit cards. Credit cards The following credit cards are accepted in the Czech Republic: Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express. You can use them for paing in the stores, or to get Czech money from the cash dispensers, which are widely spreaded in the cities. There are also exchange offices on the streets in Brno, so you dont need to go to the bank to exchange your money. Exchange rate 1 Euro = approx. 26 Czech Crowns www.cnb.cz Approximate prices in CZK 0.5l beer in store 10,- 0.5l beer in pub 25,- 0.2 l wine in pub 30,- 0,7 wine in store 80,- 0,7 l wine in pub 150,- Lunch or supper in the restaurant 130,- Cofee 25,- Pack of cigarettes 50,- Pizza 100,- Music compact disc 400,- Ice Cream 15,- Sandwich 30,- Taxi per 1km 20,- Small dictionary Hello ahoj What is the time kolik je hodin Good morning dobré ráno Help pomoc Good night dobrou noc Good appetite dobrou chuť One, two, three jeden, dva, tři Cheers na zdraví Four, five, six čtyři, pět, šest Yes ano Seven, eight sedm, osm No ne Nine, ten devět, deset Thank you děkuji Excuse me promiňte Beer pivo Please prosím Wine víno I am.. já jsem.. Cofee káva How are you jak se máš Water voda Left, right, straight vlevo, vpravo, rovně Friend přítel Stupid blbec At request na znamení Boy kluk Zone zóna Girl holka Ticket jízdenka I like you líbíš se mi Transfer přestupní Sex sex Platform nástupiště Use condom vem si kondom Service vehicle služební jízda Out of operation mimo provoz Tramway šalina Wait čekejte Bus autobus I understand rozumím Trolley-bus trolejbus I do not understand nerozumím Line linka The Main Station hlavní nádraží Stop zastávka Airport letiště Terminus konečná www.slovnik.seznam.cz/ Electricity The voltage in the Czech Republic as well as the socket and plug sizes is identical to the most of European countries (220V / 50Hz). Important telephone numbers There are three operators of mobile-phones in the Czech Republic: Eurotel, T-Mobile and Vodafone. You can also buy a SIM card of our local operator if you wish, but it is not necessary. Emergency services 155 Police 158 Fire 150 Metropolitan police 156 General information 12 444 Telephone number information 1180 When you get lost.. You can always call the cell phones of organisers, we will immediately help you..