TOOLS celebrates the 50th anniversary in the Golden Prague.

Venue

TOOLS 2012 will take place in Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, in the Diplomat Hotel.

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. Prague is famous for its many historical monuments. Some of them are within walking distance from the hotel, while others are easily accessible using Prague's transportation system (metro, tram, bus). However there is not only a historical attraction to Prague, it is also a bustling city for the young and energetic, offers parks and recreational areas for those who want to escape from the busy city centre and plenty of cultural events all year round.

Diplomat Hotel

Diplomat Hotel
Diplomat Hotel

The 4-star Diplomat Hotel Prague is one of the largest hotels in Prague. It is renowned for its excellent conference and event facilities. Surrounded mainly by diplomatic residences, it is located close to Prague castle, to the historical city centre and to the international airport, the hotel constitutes the perfect place for business as well as individual city travellers.

For more information, please follow this link to the hotel website.

Prague Castle

St. Vitus' Cathedral
St. Vitus' Cathedral

The most important site within walking distance is the Prague Castle. Nowadays it consists of three courtyards, many important buildings and several gardens. The Prague castle was the seat of the Czech princes and kings from the 9th century. The last king who had his seat in Prague was Rudolf II. who died in 1612. You can visit the St. Vitus' Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George amongst others.

City center

Vltava river
Vltava river

Diplomat Hotel is very close to the historical city centre. You can reach Wenceslas Square within 7 minutes. It is probably the most convenient starting point for the city centre tour: from Wenceslas Square to Old Town Square, Charles bridge and the Prague Castle.

Strahov and Břevnov Monastery

Brevnov monastery
Brevnov monastery

Břevnov Monastery is now used as a library for precious and valuable historical books. You can also visit a Curiosity Cabinet. Brevnov Monastery is very convenient for afternoon walks in the beautiful gardens and you can also attend a church service. You can visit the baroque basilica of St. Marketa, Romanesque crypt from 11th century and the baroque seat of the prelate.

Hvězda Summer Palace

Hvezda summer palace
Hvezda summer palace

Hvězda Summer Palace was built in 1555 for Ferdinand I. of Tyrol. The horizontal projection of this building is a six-pointed star (hexagram). Hvezda Summer Palace was decorated by Italian Maria Aostalli and Giovanni Lucchese. The underground symbolizes earth, ground floor water, first floor air and second floor fire. You can also enjoy a walk in the gardens.

Šárka recreational area

Sarka recreational area
Sarka recreational area

You can escape from the busy city day in the Šárka recreational area. In Sarka you can find wildlife, Džbán lake, swimming pool or cycle-ways and is just 10 minutes from the hotel by car or tram. In Sarka, there is also a Golf Club and green with 17 driving ranges, chipping, putting, refreshments and a Golf shop.

Dancing House

Dancing House
Dancing House

The Dancing House or Dancing Building (CzechTančící dům) is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague,Czech Republic at Rašínovo nábřeží 80, 120 00 Praha 2. It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.[1]

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square
Wenceslav Square

Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of PragueCzech Republic. Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic centre of Prague, a World Heritage Site.

Formerly known as Koňský trh (EnglishHorse Market), for its periodic accommodation of horse markets during the Middle Ages, it was renamed Svatováclavské náměstí (English: Saint Wenceslas square) in 1848 on the proposal of Karel Havlíček Borovský.