Business Studies School Trips to Prague, Czech Republic
The largest city of the Czech Republic and often referred to as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague makes a beautiful destination for a Business Studies Trip. As a thriving tourist destination and an important trade centre, Prague is a prime example of what a rapidly changing economy and influx of investment can do for an economy. Give your students a truly unique opportunity and visit the Skoda Car Factory where they will get to witness the entire production process as it happens and with a number of other large car manufacturers in the region, students can get to compare and contrast automotive production processes and business models.
Did You Know?
Prague has the highest density (2,000) of castles in the world and also holds the largest castle in the world which covers an area of 18 acres!
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Prague Fact File
London Gatwick, London Stansted, Edinburgh, Bristol and Manchester.
Václav Havel Prague Airport
Czech Republic Koruny (CRK)
Greenwich Mean Time + 1
1.262 million in Prague, 10.5 million in Czech Republic
GDP per capita:
$18, 608 in Czech Republic
Business HQs located here:
European GNSS Agency, T-Mobile Czech Republic, AVAST Software, Siemens
Transport, refined oil products, electronics, chemicals, food, printing, automobiles
Climate: (click to enlarge)
Prague Business Studies Recommended Visits
Prague and its surrounding areas make for a great trip for those students looking to further their understanding of the manufacturing and production process offering visits to a variety of automobile plants, glassworks and breweries. The city also offers ample opportunities to compare global organisations with local Czech businesses. Here are just some of our recommended visits.
Škoda Car Manufacturing Plant
Škoda is a world renowned brand that has overcome hard times including war, economic depression and political change and today is part of the Volkswagen AG group –the largest car manufacturers in Europe. The tour begins with a film and exhibition on the history and development of car production, including the chance to see a display of cars from various ages. This is followed by a coach transfer to the car manufacturing plant for an extended guided tour, during which students have the opportunity to follow the entire production process as it happens and visit both the engine and car assembly areas. This visit is perfect for learning more about production processes whilst at the same time acts as a great case study when considering the implications and challenges of repositioning a brand.
Toyota Peugeot Citroën Automobile Plant
This £880m joint venture of PSA Peugeot Citroën of France and Toyota of Japan produces 330,000 vehicles every year from its factory located to the east of Prague. It makes equal numbers of Citroën C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo ‘city’ cars all on a common platform. A visit to the plant starts with a DVD about the origin, history and production of TPCA before students board an electric train for a 45 minute audio-guided tour through the workshop. The tour culminates in a Q&A session with an expert at TCPA for which a translator will be provided.
A guided tour of this family-run factory takes visitors through its workshops to see experienced craftsmen at work in all stages of the glass production process. The visit includes 30 minutes in the museum and a 30 minute guided tour of the glassworks. There will be seven short films to watch and audio guides are available for your students. This visit offers a great insight into the production processes used by a small company as opposed to an international corporation such as Škoda.
Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Plzeňský Prazdroj is the leading producer and exporter of Czech beer, currently exporting beer to over 50 countries worldwide. Pilsner Urquell is one of the leading brands and a guided tour of its famous brewery incorporates a visit to the brewery museum, the brewery plant and the cellars to explore the malt house and the traditional art of barrel making. The tour provides your students with a varied insight into the production of beer and is an excellent example of a successful Czech brand.
Slavia Prague Football Stadium
Students go on a guided tour of this modern stadium that will give them an insight into how the football club is run and allows visitors to see the pitch, dug out areas, the directors’ boxes and seating areas.
Museum of Communism
The Museum presents a vivid account of Communism, focusing on the totalitarian regime from the February coup in 1948 to its rapid collapse in November 1989. The theme of the Museum is “Communism – the Dream, the Reality, and the Nightmare” and visitors will be treated to a fully engaging experience. Immersive factories, a historical schoolroom, an interrogation room, and video clips in the Television Time Machine are all part of the experience.
Becherovka distillery & Jan Becher Museum
Visit the Jan Becher Museum, built on the site of the former factory, to take a tour of the Becherovka distillery and original cellars. The museum takes students on a journey through the, often turbulent, history of the liquor starting with a film before showing you where the liquor was originally made and the instruments and utensils used.
Rückl Crystal Glassworks
The history of the company Rückl Crystal Inc, initially A. Rückl and sons, dates back to the year 1846, when the first of four glassworks was founded. The glass factory in Nižbor was built in 1903. During the guided tour through the glassworks, the glass-manufacturing process in all its stages is explained and shown. Students have the chance to witness the work in the furnace department, the quality control department, the glass cutting department and the painter’s studio.
The CERGE Institute is a great visit for those students who are looking for an insight into Economics. The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education is associated with two of the most highly respected institutions in the Czech Republic, Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. A visit here involves a welcome speech and basic information about the history of the building and CERGE, followed by a 1 hour discussion with a local expert. The subject and depth of the discussion depends on each group’s request and can be tailored to meet your study aims.
Museums in Prague
For a cultural visit, Prague has a number of galleries and museums that would make an intriguing visit for your students including the Franz Kafka Museum, Jewish Museum and the National Museum.
The Franz Kafka exhibition tells of the life and works of the author and showcases most of the first editions of Kafka’s work as well as letters, diaries, manuscripts, photographs and drawings that have never been displayed in Prague before. Your journey through the museum is aided by audio visual displays and guided worksheets which are available in English.
The Jewish Museum holds artefacts that are significant to Prague’s history, whilst the National Museum houses an array of natural scientific and historical collections.
The Staropramen Brewery is the largest brewery in Prague and the second largest in the Czech Republic. Students can take a guided tour of the brewery to get an insight into the brewing method passed down through generations that has been a large part of the Czech cultural tradition. Students are also able to track the route of the beer that is exported around the world via a large electronic world map.
Prague Guided Walking Tour
A walking tour of the city is a great way for students to get their bearings as well as see many of the famous sights of Prague in just a few hours. Students will start their walking tour in the Prague Castle area, where they get to view the exteriors of the city’s most important buildings like St. Vitus Cathedral. The tour will then move onto the Lesser Town Square with St. Nicholas church then over the Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square.
Prague Sample Itineraries
Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group, but just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itinerary created for one of our clients below.
Dates: 26th – 29th October
Passengers: 17 students and 2 teachers
Accommodation: Hotel Duo
Board Basis: Half Board
Overview of visits: Walking tour, Skoda Museum, Skoda Factory Tour, CERGE Institute, Evening Buffet Dinner Cruise, Rückl Crystal factory, Pilsner Museum and Brewery, Museum of Communism, Slavia Football Stadium
It was a very early check in for the group at Gatwick airport for their morning flight to Prague International; upon arrival they met their coach and transferred straight to the hotel for check in. Once all settled in, the group left the hotel on foot and used the metro to go to Pohořelec, where they had free time to get some lunch before meeting their guide for an afternoon walking tour of the city where they saw all the famous landmarks of the city including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Lesser Town Square with St. Nicholas church, Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square. On returning to their hotel the group settled in for the night with their evening meal and the remainder of the evening at leisure.View the full day-by-day itinerary
Day two started with breakfast and meeting the coach for a visit to the Skoda Car plant in Mlada Boleslaw for guided visits around the museum and the car factory. Firstly the group began with a tour around the Skoda Museum; the tour started with a film and exhibition on the history and development of car production and then there was a chance for the group to see a display of cars from various ages. The group then moved onto the Skoda Factory Tour, where the group got to see the entire production process and visit both the engine and car assembly areas. After the tour had ended the group made good use of the café area and ate lunch before departing for Prague and the CERGE Institute. The group started with a welcome speech learning the history of the building and CERGE before an expert held an hour discussion on the European Union. Following this the group then made their way to the Cechuv Bridge for their Evening Buffet Dinner Cruise. The 2 hour cruise took the group through a lock on the Vltava River and down towards the beautifully illuminated Charles Bridge and Castle District while they ate their evening meal from the delicious buffet. Once on dry land again the group returned to the hotel and spent the remainder of the evening at leisure.
The group departed bright and breezy after breakfast for the Rückl Crystal factory in Nizbor. The factory dates back to 1903 and the guided tour took the group through the glassworks, the glass-manufacturing process, the furnace department, the quality control department, the glass cutting department and the painter’s studio. After a quick stop in the shop for a souvenir or two, the group departed for Plzan for a guided tour of the Pilsner Museum and Brewery. On arrival the group had some free time to grab a bite of lunch before they began their Pilsner Museum and Brewery tour. On the tour the group saw the Brewery Museum, the brewery plant and the cellars and they got to explore the malt house and the traditional art of barrel making. This visit provided the group with an in depth insight into the production of the beer and gave an excellent example of a successful Czech brand. After a busy day, the group returned to the hotel for their evening meal before heading out for a bit of healthy competition at the local bowling alley.
The day started with a visit to the Museum of Communism – a museum with the theme ‘Communism – the dream, the reality, and the nightmare’. The group got to experience the Immersive factories, a historical schoolroom, an interrogation room, and video clips in the Television Time Machine. On leaving the museum, the group made their way back to the hotel with time for lunch before checking out of the hotel and loading their luggage onto the coach. The next visit of the day was the Slavia Football Stadium for a guided tour of this modern stadium that gave an insight into the football club and how it is run along with seeing the pitch, dugout areas, Directors’ boxes and seating areas. After the tour the group had free time where they made the most of the Modern Eden Shopping Centre opposite the stadium for last minute shopping and getting a bite to eat before transferring to the airport for their flight home.
There is a wide choice of accommodation centres within the city and on the outskirts and we have selected a number of those most suitable for school groups. Here is one of our favourite hotels located just on the outskirts of the city.
Hotel Duo, Prague
This large hotel on the outskirts of Prague had a large number of amenities including restaurants, gift shop, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, snooker table, large meeting rooms/lounges, outdoor terrace and garden and a 24 hour reception desk. The Hotel has 647 rooms spread over 2 wings in 9 and 10 storey buildings. All rooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and have a private bathroom.
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