In order to make you and your accompanying persons visit to the 17th ICPWS as enjoyable as possible, the Local Organising Committee have created an exciting and diverse social programme for Accompanying Persons.

Please note, this is a preliminary programme and schedule may change slightly. Thank you for your kind understanding.

All accompanying persons must register via the Online Registration Form.

Ice-Breaker Cocktail

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 18:00 – 21:00
Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 

All conference participants and accompanying persons are kindly invited to take part in the opening Ice-Breaker Cocktail. This is the perfect opportunity to build up and strengthen your social networks and friendships. Light cocktail refreshment will be served.


Dinner Cruise on the River Vltava

Monday, September 3, 2018, 19:00 – 22:00
Meeting point: 18:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer

This tour offers the opportunity to explore enchanted Prague from the deck of a boat. The river cruise allows you to discover some of the city´s major monuments and sights, while relaxing over dinner or a drink and listening to music or dancing. During the dinner on the boat which is served buffet-style you can admire the illuminated sights of Prague passing the Charles Bridge, the Castle district (Hradčany), the National Theatre, the Vyšehrad Castle etc.

Including entrance fee, dinner incl. welcome drink, all other drinks must be purchased separately, music. 

Transfer from and back to the hotel will be provided.   


Prague Guided Tour 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, time TBD
Meeting point: Hotel Marriott, reception area

During this tour you are going to see all of the most interesting historical sights of Prague – the Municipal House, Wenceslas Square, the National Museum, Charles Square followed by a ride along the beautiful riverside, across the River Vltava to Prague Castle. By walk you will return across the Charles Bridge to the city centre to the Old Town Square. Here you can admire the Tyn Church, St. Nicholas Church and the Astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall where the tour terminates. In total: 60 minutes by bus, 150 minutes on foot.

Including English speaking guide. 

Transfer from and back to the hotel will be provided.


Kafka Museum

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 9:45 – 12:00
Meeting point: Hotel Marriott, reception area

The long-term exhibition The City of K. Franz Kafka and Prague was opened in Prague in during the summer of 2005. Franz Kafka was born in Prague on 3 July 1883, died in a sanatorium at Kierling on 3 June 1924, and was buried in the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague - Strašnice on 11 June. The exhibition opened in Barcelona in 1999, in 2002–2003 it transferred to the Jewish Museum in New York, and in 2005 it opened in Prague, in the unique Hergetova cihelna [the Herget Brickworks] on the Malá Strana [Lesser Town] bank of the river Vltava [the Moldau]. The exhibition consists of two sections - Existential space and Imaginary Topography.

Including entrance fee, English speaking guide. 

For more information about Franz Kafka and the Kafka Museum, please visit: Kafka Museum



Not included in the fee, please purchase your ticket during the registration process.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 19:00 – 22:00, Letenské sady 341, 170 00 Prague 7
Meeting point: 18:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 
Tickets: 90 EUR

Letenský zámeček is a unique restaurant in the heart of Letná park with wonderful views over the historic centre of Prague. More than a century of tradition in restaurateurship is here wedded with contemporary trends in gastronomy and sincere customer care. All this in elegant surroundings which imbue a discreet luxuriousness and against the striking panorama of Prague’s Old Town as a backdrop.

Not included in the registration fee, please purchase your ticket during the registration process.

Transfers from and back to the venue will be provided.



Technical Tour

Please note, you may select one tour only.

Thursday, September 6, 15:00 – 19:00
Meeting point: 14:45, Hotel Marriott, 1st floor, foyer 

  • Tour #1 - Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Tour #2 - The Spirit of Old Town Sewers
  • Tour #3 - Water Supply and Architecture

Transfers from and back to the venue will be provided.



Tour #1 - Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant

Capacity: 100 pax

The Prague Central Wastewater Treatment Plant (PCWWTP) is a principal wastewater treatment facility of the Czech capital, Prague. In time of its construction (1966) it was one of the largest and most modern wastewater treatment plants in Europe. Over the years, PCWWTP has been enlarged and modernised several times (1980, 1995, 2011). To meet the current environmental standards given by the EU directive, a “New Water Line” is being built as a supplement of the existing PCWWTP. Therefore, during this tour you will have a great opportunity to see, and learn about, one of the biggest construction sites of municipal WWTPs in Europe. During this visit, one can also learn the design and technology details of this new facility. In September 2017 the project will be in the final phase and we will have great opportunity to visit construction site. During the tour, you will also see the whole complex of wastewater treatment technologies of the existing mechanical-chemical-biological WWTP, including a highly effective sludge treatment enabling almost 90% energy self-sufficiency.

We ask to bring your boots for construction site visit. Be prepare for dirty environment.


Tour #2 - The Spirit of Old Town Sewers

Cancelled due to lack of interest. 

Capacity: 50 pax

A recent urban drainage concept of the inner city of Prague is based on the original work of William Heerlein Lindley, the renowned British engineer, who designed the combined sewer network of Prague more than 100 years ago. Why this British engineer was invited to Prague at the end of the 19th century and won this prestigious job? The Prague council received two competitive proposals for a new urban drainage system from groups of German and Czech engineers. To select the winner, the council had hired W.H. Lindley, who reported that both proposals were poor and surprisingly, he came up with his own design and won the competition.

During the tour of the sewer system under the Old Town you can admire Lindley’s genial engineering skills. The system has been operating more than 100 years. In the bus you will hear short historical overview  about the work of W.H. Lindley in Prague. In the city we will than visit three locations under the supervision of technicians from PVK a.s. (Prague Sewage Company, Veolia CZ). We will start at Old town square in juntion chamber on collector "A" just beneath the famous Astronomical clocks. Than we will visit junction chamber downstream from inverted syphon under Vltava river at the begining of tunnel under Letna hill which is approachin WWTP. Beautiful structure. We will finish in Stromovka park at the end of this tunnel with one the most luxury entrance to sewer network you have ever seen. Why? The entrance was designed for opening inspection of VIPs, namely Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria.

Be prepared for dirty environment and suitably dressed. We will provide you helmets, latex gloves and medical veil. Overalls not needed. However, we cannot provide you protection in form of Wesley Snipes in Blade II movie who spent hours and hours in Prague sewer network figthing the vamps.


Tour #3 - Water Supply and Architecture

Capacity: 100 pax

The visitors of Prague can find on the right bank of the Vltava River one of the architectural dominant of the southern part of Prague. It is not a palace, but a drinking water treatment plant built in the monumental neoclassicism style by Czech architect Antonín Engel (1897 - 1958) in the mid-twenties of the 20th century. Antonin Engel was also professor at the Czech Technical University (CTU) and designed the first part of the more recently completed CTU campus in Prague’s district of Dejvice.

For decades, Podoli treatment plant was a main source of drinking water for the City of Prague, withdrawing water from the Vltava River. Today the plant serves only as an emergency source of water supply, which is in operation once a year.

However, in this tour the main point of interest is the architecture and history. Therefore, the tour will be guided by prof. arch. Arnost Navratil from CTU, who worked on the team of architects Navratil - Pav – Frydecky on restoration of the treatment plant in the 1990s. Thanks to their work, we can see ‘genius loci’ of that place again.

History of water supply of the City of Prague can be studied in the museum located in the Podoli treatment plant and the history of Czech governance will be presented during the walking tour from PCC to the treatment plant, passing through a nearby castle Vysehrad (45 min walk). This place served as the first headquarters of Czech princes in the Prague region founded in about the 7th century. The visitors of the Vysehrad castle can also visit the Slavin cemetery, which is a resting place of many greats of the Czech culture, including Bedrich Smetana, Antonín Dvorak, Alfons Mucha, Karel Capek and many others.



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