Hi guys and welcome to our first out of many trips!!

The first trip will be to our beautiful capital Prague, only a short train ride away from Hradec Králové.

Except for the usual tourist places, you will also get to see many other beautiful buildings linked to age-old stories, controversial art and some fun surprises!

As we want to see as much as possible, we will do most of the travelling within Prague on foot, so bring your walking shoes and your best mood. Also please notice that trolley bags are absolutely FORBIDDEN- backpacks are highly recommended.

But before we can go on our trip, we ask you to please answer some questions so we can give you the best possible experience. It won't take long... I promise

**The price of 1600kč is for students up to 25 years old and with an ISIC. If you don't have it or you are older, please contact us: trips@buddyhk.cz

Check your email for more information.

Event starts: 
22/02/2019 - 08:00 to 24/02/2019 - 18:00
Place: 
Prague
Price: 
1600 CZK
Vacancies: 
40 people
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • The transport by train from HK to Prague and back
  • 2 nights in the hostel (+2x breakfast)
  • 2 day transport within whole Prague
  • Lunch together within the city center
  • Guide (buddies)
  • entrance fees
What to bring: 
  • walking shoes
  • Money for snacks/food/drinks/souvenirs
  • Happy mood
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

It´s our pleasure to invite you for a relaxing Christmas trip to Olomouc, city with a nice historical city center and lovely atmosphere! 


Deadline: 7/11.2018
Payment deadline: 12/12.2018


WHAT IS THE PLAN?
•8:50 meeting at the Hradec Králové railway station
•9:04 the train leaves from Hradec Králové
•9:45 meeting at the Pardubice railway station
•10:00 the train leaves from Pardubice
•11:30-13:00 guided city tour (we have a nice guide from ESN Olomouc )
•13:00-16:45 your free time (for visiting the markets, eating, shopping, whatever you want)
•17:20 the train leaves

DON´T FORGET TO TAKE A VERY WARM CLOTHES WITH YOU!

For those, who wants go back earlier is here the possibility to take the train at 16:31 from Olomouc. In this case please contact Iva Straková.

Event starts: 
15/12/2018 -
08:50 to 18:50
Place: 
Hradec Králové railway station
Price: 
250 CZK
Price with ESNcard: 
150 CZK
Event type: 
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

Join us on discovering one of the cultural treasures of Czech Republic
Less than two hours by train from Hradec Králové to Kutná Hora. 

Kutná Hora is known as the city of silver and it´s part of the UNESCO world heritage. It was one of the richest towns in the Czech kingdom. 


What can you expect? 

- City sightseeing

-St. Barbara´s Cathedral (Chrám sv. Barbory)

-Cemetery Church of All Saints in Sedlec - Ossuary (Kostnice)

-Hrádek - Czech Museum od Silver, Medieval Silver Mine (Hrádek – České Muzeum stříbra a středověký důl)

-Toboggan Run (– the longest in the Czech Republic)

Deadline: 9/10.2018

Event starts: 
14/10/2018 -
08:00 to 20:00
Place: 
Kutna Hora
Price: 
400 CZK
Vacancies: 
23 people
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • train tickets, entrance fees, snack
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

Our next trip is going to be to hospital Kuks.

Kuks is a small village situated in East Bohemia. In 1684, Count František Antonín Sporck became the owner of all local estates, including Kuks. At that time, Kuks was known only for its springs, which were believed by local people to have medicinal properties. 

What can you expect? 

- City sightseeing
- Kuks village
- Braun’s betlem

Be aware that the name in the registration has to be same as on ISIC card
capacity is limited, max 20 people, first come first served (office hours every wednesday from 17:00 till 19:00)
Registration deadline: Monday October 8th 


More informations about hospital Kuks: https://www.hospital-kuks.cz/en

Event starts: 
13/10/2018 -
10:30 to 20:30
Place: 
Kuks
Price: 
250 CZK
Price with ESNcard: 
150 CZK
Meeting Point: 
Meeting point in front of the Palachova dormitory at 10:30
Vacancies: 
20 people
Event type: 
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

ESN Pardubice and especially your buddies team of Martin, Eliška, Lenka, Iryna, Kristýna, Jiří and Perníček are proud to invite you to the first hiking trip of your exchange. This time it's the one for the less lazy among you, it's hiking in beautiful nature of Adršpach-Teplice Rocks 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday October 2nd

WHAT TO EXPECT: We will meet up, take the train to get to the area, do an easy-profiled hike (easy-profiled, but steps included) in the rock area with many nice rock structures, gorges and viewpoints, take a boat ride, get some dinner and beer and take a train back to Pardubice (estimated arrival at 10.30 p.m.)

HIKING DISTANCE: Total walking distance will be approx. 8.7 km for the blue group (if there will be anyone willing to be in the blue group) and 13.3 km for the red group. Both groups start together and they divide later, you can decide during the day which route you’re going to join.

ESSENTIALS: Take some clothes and shoes designated for the nature and I really recommend taking a backpack instead of a bag. Trolleys forbidden! Consider the weather forecast, it's early October so there is a solid chance to face a rain.

FOOD: Once we enter the rock area there will be no place to buy anything to eat or drink, so take something in your backpacks that will help you to survive… We will reach a restaurant once back to civilization, that will be around 5 p.m.

EXTRAS: The autumn mornings are very picturesque and romantic, the foggy sceneries slowly revealing the nature and first shy rays of sunlight, so there will be pretty good chance to see all of that from the warm train interior and come to the rock area just in a clear day 

Event starts: 
06/10/2018 -
09:00 to 22:30
Place: 
Adršpach-Teplice Rocks
Price: 
250 CZK
Price with ESNcard: 
200 CZK
Meeting Point: 
To be added (the train leaves at 10.04 a.m.
Event type: 
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

Hi guys and welcome to our first out of many trips!!

The first trip will be to our beautiful capital Prague, only a short train ride away from Hradec Králové.

Except for the usual "tourist places", you will also get to see many other beautiful buildings linked to age-old stories, controversial art and some fun surprises!

As we want to see as much as possible, we will do most of the travelling within Prague on foot, so bring your walking shoes and your best mood. Also please notice that trolley bags are absolutely FORBIDDEN- backpacks are recommended.

But before we can go on our trip, we ask you to please answer some questions so we can give you the best possible experience. It won't take long... I promise

**The price of 1600kč is for students up to 25 years old and with an ISIC. For other prices, please contact us: trips@buddyhk.cz

Event starts: 
28/09/2018 - 08:00 to 30/09/2018 - 17:00
Place: 
Prague
Price: 
1600 CZK
Vacancies: 
40 people
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • Transport by train - there and back
  • 2 nights in the hostel
  • 2x breakfast
  • 2x lunch
  • Public transport in Prague
  • Entrance fees
What to bring: 
  • Best walking shoes
  • Backpack
  • Own money for drinks and dinners
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

>>> This event is intended for students outside Pardubice as "our Pardubice guys" have their own event in closed FB group <<<

The first ESN Hiking Trip isn't gone yet, but there is already time to reveal the second one. Your buddies team of Martin, Kristýna, Markéta, Jaroslav, Jiří, Anna, Marina, Pavel and Vojtěch is glad to invite you once more to another wonderful event. We will visit one of Czech National Parks, the National Park of Bohemian Switzerland. It is a complex of sandstone rocks and well preserved nature, one of the most beautiful places in our country. The catch is that this kind of beauties doesn’t come to you but you have to come thereto!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Sunday May 27th

Price includes:
• Accommodation in the bed and breakfast accommodation in Jetřichovice: 500 CZK
• train ticket according to the amount of persons: 360 CZK
• boat ride in the Edmund’s gorge (Edmundova soutěska): 80 CZK
• entrance fee to the viewing point by Pravčice gate (Pravčická brána): 75 CZK
• bus tickets: 27 + 15 + 36 = 78 CZK
• and a lot of invaluable memories :)

PAYMENT: First payment will be held during the National Evening on Thursday May 10th.

WHAT TO EXPECT: On Saturday we will take the morning train at 7.10 a.m. from Pardubice and get to the National Park. Here our hike starts in the narrow valley of Kamenice River. The valley slowly grades into a gorge and we will take a boat ride in the narrowest part named Edmund’s gorge. The hike follows to the famous symbol of National park, the largest rock gate in Europe called Pravčice gate (Pravčická brána), where our lunch break will be held. The hike will continue through the National Park to the village of Jetřichovice afterwards. Our cozy bed and breakfast accommodation awaits us in this village. The evening programme consists of traditional Czech way of grilling.
As the sun goes up and a new day comes we will get our breakfast and start another hike, this time we’ll climb up to the Maria’s mountain view and Vilemínina stěna with their impressive views, pass by many other nice rock massives like Rudolf’s stone, visit the ruin of Šaunštejn castle and much more. During the second day there will be more possibilities to shorten the hike if someone feels so. Later on we will reunite in the restaurant, get a dinner and beer and take a train back to Pardubice
Bear in your mind that you must carry your backpack all the time, so take only the stuff you really need and some easy-to-carry baggage.

HIKING DISTANCE: Total walking distance on Saturday will be 21.3 km. But for the lazy group thee will be several places to detach from the group and finish it by bus (first one after 9 km).
Total walking distance on Sunday is subject to decide in the morning, I expect 12.3 km (but a little bit more demanding profile), but there are other version with 7 km, 17 or 22.4 km. We can divide us in more groups led by Buddies or experienced hikers. And the same measure as on Saturday is applied, there will be more points to detach the group and finish it by bus.
There will be some stops and time for resting but don’t expect breaks every 100 m and Sunday walking at a snail's gallop ;)

ESSENTIALS:Take some clothes and shoes designated to the nature and I recommend to take a backpack instead of a bag. Trolleys and high heels forbidden!

FOOD: This time prepare some snack, fruit or other energy sources, plus sufficient amount of liquids to your backpacks, we will be in the middle of “wild nature”, there won’t be so many places to eat. On Saturday we will held a break by the Pravčice gate to enjoy the views of this remarkable place as well as to get fed in local restaurant, but it will be approximately at 3 p.m. Dinner (traditional Czech grilling or anything else in restaurant in the village) and breakfast (buffet breakfast) will be provided in our accommodation. The lunch on Sunday will be held most likely after the trip when back to civilization, so it’s gonna be around 2 p.m.

If you’re not afraid of Buddies as your leaders in the middle of wilderness or of this „long“ distance, don’t hesitate and fill in the registration form (https://goo.gl/forms/1ateZaoExTDGdCy82), let us know that you're in! Don’t be lazy guys and let’s go explore new places.

Event starts: 
02/06/2018 - 07:00 to 03/06/2018 - 21:00
Place: 
Bohemian Switzerland national park
Price: 
1100 CZK
Event type: 
Restrictions: 
  • Signed terms & conditions
  • Registration is necessary

Is ESN Pardubice a serious organization? Do they want to lead us to Safari??? Here, in the Czech Republic, almost in the middle of nowhere??? 
Yes, dear friends, definitely! There is such a unique place, and, fortunately, close to Pardubice, Hradec Králové and Liberec and not so far from Prague that worth to visit before you leave our small country forever… 

What am I talking about? Safari park ZOO Dvůr Králové nad Labem is the third largest coherent ZOO complex in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, unique Lion and African Safari parks are integral parts of this touristy attractive destination. The Lion Safari park, opened in 2015, represents only Safari park of this kind in Eastern Europe. Do you like exotic scents? And exotic animals? So do not hesitate, sign up and meet them all face to face! Enjoy a little relaxing trip with ESN Pardubice!

The trip fee 300 CZK doesn't cover travel costs from your city to Dvůr Králové nad Labem and back. However, we'll manage to purchase the cheapest combination of tickets for you! For more info, contact responsible person of the trip in your ESN section.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENTS

To approve your participation, it is necessary to pass two tradition steps. First, you have to signed up for the event. To do that, click on the registration form and fill it out

Registration deadline is on Tuesday, 22nd May. Once you’re registered, you’ll be entitled to pay for the trip. You'll be informed soon about the payment days by your ESN section.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?

Trains from Hradec Králové (dep. at 9:24 and Liberec dep. at 8:00) will meet ESN Pardubice buddies and international students at the Dvůr Králové nad Labem railway station at 9:55. Then we'll move altogehter to the city centre for a mini city tour and to the ZOO. After short instructions you’ll have free time there. Do you desire to admire long-necked giraffes, atypical chops and tusks of elephants, underwater hiding hippo or tuberous rhinoceros? And many many other exotic animals? Although the ZOO size is around 70 ha, we hope 5 hours will be enough to meet all of them… If you get hungry or tired from walking, plenty of kiosks with food and drinks might make your time spent there much more enjoyable! If finishing works are completed, new ZOO brewery will welcome their first guests as well (can’t be promised!)… 

However, the main highlight of the trip is scheduled on 4 p.m. All of us will take seats in a special truck (an open-space trailers hauled by a tractor) and will experience an adventurous ride in a wild nature of local Safari parks. Within 50 minutes long ride, we’ll get as close as possible to lions, buffaloes, watusis or wildebeests. In order to you get to know all the interesting facts about animals living there, we have already reserved a professional English speaking guide just for you! So fasten your belts, get your cameras ready, be patient, be alert and take unforgettable photos of beasts running around you! Duma, Okawango, Serengeti or Swala – have you ever heard about these worldwide Safari parks? Taste a little bit of them in Dvůr Králové nad Labem. After we leave the entertainment complex, we’ll take a bus to the train station. We suppose to be back in Pardubice at 18:55, in Hradec Králové at 18:34 or in Liberec at 19:56.

ESSENTIALS

It is strongly requested to follow all the instructions of ZOO & Safari employees as well as information and warning signs in the ZOO & Safari parks. Especially for the truck ride, it is forbidden to carry your own cat or other small beasts in the vehicle. If you intend to bring your own one(s), please, avoid that from the security reasons. Thank you ;) Regarding food & drinks, the complex is equipped with many kiosks with variety kinds of food & drinks. You can also have a lunch in the restaurant there. However, I would like to kindly ask at least vegetarians and vegans to bring your favourite food with them to avoid problems with lack of offer for people with food restrictions. Sporty clothes and comfortable shoes recommended. Student cards for getting discount tickets obligatory, otherwise you'll pay more!

For more info contact your ESN section or ESN Pardubice team :)

Event starts: 
26/05/2018 -
08:00 to 20:00
Place: 
Safari park ZOO Dvůr Králové nad Labem
Price: 
300 CZK
Meeting Point: 
Train Station Hradec Kralove at 09:10am
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • Public transport tickets in Dvůr Králové nad Labem
  • ZOO group discounted ticket for students
  • 50 minutes truck ride in a wild nature of Lion and African Safari parks with an English professional guide
What to bring: 
  • Snack
  • Money for lunch
  • umbrella / raincoat in case of bad weather
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary
  • An ESNcard is required.

>>> This event is intended for students outside Pardubice as "our Pardubice guys" have their own event in closed FB group <<<

ESN Pardubice and especially your buddies team of Martin, Anna, Kami, Tomáš, Kristýna, Vojtěch, Markéta, Jaroslav, Veronika and Lenka (and Perníček :P ) are proud to invite you to the first hiking trip of this semester. This time it's the one for the less lazy among you, it's hiking in beautiful nature of to the protected landscape area of Bohemian Paradise. Bohemian Paradise is a complex of sandstone rocks and well-preserved nature. We have prepared an undemanding hiking route following the so-called Golden Path of Bohemian Paradise. But don’t worry, during the day we will be divided into five groups according to your endurance and actual conditions. The groups will detach from the main route earlier and will offer you to choose a hike exactly according to your needs, from the shortest route starting at “lazy” 8.4 kilometers to the “extreme” one with 19.0 kilometers.

REGISTRATION: The registration for this trip has 2 equally important steps:
1. Fill in the registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/1j7N8YlbDJCrEqWi1
2. Pay the trip fee during one of the trip fee payment meeting.

HIKING ROUTES:
We will all start with one bunch, but as each person prefers different pace as well as difficulty, there will be 4 extra options were to take a shortcut to a railway stop. In general, there is the main route, the red one of 19 km. Other routes detach from the red one subsequently taking shorter way to the railway stops (and passing a restaurant on its way too so you have a place where to wait for the train).
• Red route (19.0 km): https://mapy.cz/s/2wx5z
• Green route (17.3 km): https://mapy.cz/s/2wx64
• Blue route (15.4 km): https://mapy.cz/s/2wx77
• Yellow route (13.5 km): https://mapy.cz/s/2wxbU
• Violet route (8.4 km): https://mapy.cz/s/2wxcj

PRICE below – the trip fee covers only the train ticket (there is no entrance fee in the hiking area)

WHAT TO EXPECT: We will meet up, take the train to get to the area, do a hike in a sandstone rocks area with many nice structures, gorges and viewpoints, get a lunch dinner and beer during the hike and afterwards take a train back home, (estimated arrival in case of Pardubice is at 8.28 p.m.)
For more insight put “český ráj” in Google Images and you’ll see.

ESSENTIALS: Take some clothes and shoes designated for nature and I really recommend taking a backpack instead of a bag. Trolleys forbade! Consider the weather forecast, it's early October so there is a chance to face a rain.

FOOD: Along the route, there will be few possibilities to get some refreshment, but naturally feel free to take something in your backpacks that will help you to survive… There will be a lunch stop in Hrubá Skála by the chateau and there will be a possibility to dine in a restaurant when waiting for the return train (this applies for each group, not sure about the red one and dinner, we will see how fast we gonna be, the only issue is timing).

EXTRAS: May is the month when spring is in its strongest swing, come to see it all around you in nature ;)

Event starts: 
12/05/2018 -
07:00 to 20:30
Place: 
Český ráj (Bohemian paradise)
Price: 
150 CZK
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • return train ticket
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

ESN Pardubice is proud to invite you to the second trip of this semester. This time it's the moment to show you western part of our country. It includes the most popular city in our country - Pilsen with its brewery (yes, Pils beer is called after this city, guess why), showcase of our spa resorts Františkovy Lázně and Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad (probably nicest one in the region and also home of Becherovka), historical town of Cheb and as a bonus natural reserve of Soos – volcanic relict area.

PRICE: includes the train tickets for both days, accommodation in a hotel in Cheb, Pilsen brewery excursion entrance fee, entrance fee to the cathedral tower in Pilsen, entrance fee to the Soos natural reserve, public transportation ticket in Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 25th.

REGISTRATION FORM: See below this article

MAXIMUM LIMIT OF PARTICIPANTS: 30 international students (due to hotel capacity), and 19 spots already taken by Pardubice students. And as always, who pays first gets to go! 

TRIP SCHEDULE:
(preliminary timing)
Saturday – March 31st

Meetup in front of Palachova at 5.45!! 
• 6.02 -6.18 Bus 2 from Na Brne to train station (not included in price)
• 6.34 train journey from HK to Pardubice
• 7.10 – 9 .58 train journey from Pardubice to Pilsen
• 10.30 – 11.30 Pilsen – main square with the entrance to the highest cathedral tower in the Czech Republic
• 12.00 – 13.25 lunch in Pilsen
• 13.45 – 15.30 Pilsen brewery and merchandise shop excursion
• 18.05 – 19.27 train journey from Pilsen to Cheb
• 19.50 check-in at the hotel
• 20.20 - … a short walk at the historical city center and a dinner
Sunday – April 1st
• 7.38 – 7.45 train journey to Františkovy Lázně (optional – the other option is to sleep and leave later)
• 7.45 – 9.45 walk at the spa colonnade in Františkovy Lázně (optional – the other option is to sleep and leave later)
• 9.45 – 10.12 train journey from Františkovy Lázně to Soos (leaving Cheb – hotel place – at 9.59)
• 10.15 – 11.00 track through the Soos Natural Reserve
• 11.10 – 12.16 train journey from Soos to Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad
• 12.25 – 13.35 lunch in Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad
• 13.50 – 17.00 walk at the spa colonnade and to the viewpoint
• 17.05 – 20.24 train journey from Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad to Prague
• 20.30 – 21.00 dinner at the main station in Prague (Burger King recommended)
• 21.09 – 22.08 train journey from Prague to Pardubice

Pardubice MEETING POINT: You have two possibilities, it’s up to you where you decide to join:
6.25 a.m. dormitories – reception of block C
6.55 a.m. railway station – in the hall (it will be plenty of us, so don’t worry; you’ll just see a bunch of crazy people)
The train leaves at 7.10 a.m. and be sure that we can’t wait for latecomers after this time…

WHAT TO EXPECT: It’s gonna be pretty busy days, we have a lot to see, but we are sure it’s worth the rush. We will visit two of the top-ten list of most visited places in the Czech Republic (Pilsen and Carlsbad). We will start in Pilsen with a short tour to the city center and it’s dominant – the cathedral of St. Bartolomeo and above all the Pilsen brewery, which is the origin to the world-wide sold Pils type of beer and home brewery for the brands like Pilsner Urquell and Gambrinus that you probably know. After Pilsen, we will visit Cheb, an old town with a pretty nice historical center and we will sleep here in a hotel. First spa city – Františkovy Lázně with its calm colonnade and few spa sources is in our list on Sunday morning. Later on, the natural reserve of Soos with its volcanic relicts awaits us and then we are heading to Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad – the most famous spa of our country with its splendid colonnade and many spa wells.

And naturally feel free to check any list of TOP 5/10/no-matter-how-much sights in the Czech Republic and you’ll find Pilsen and Karlovy Vary/Carlsbad there ;)

ESSENTIALS: Take your stuff for an overnight trip, but think about the fact, that you will have to carry all your stuff in your backpack most of the time. Consider the weather forecast, it's early spring so there is a chance to face a rain.

FOOD: We will do regular stops for lunches and dinners and we will be in urban areas mostly, so you can buy anything you need. But feel free to take any snack or drink with you (and don’t forget to share it with your buddies ;) ).

EXTRAS: You can taste the healing water from the wells (spa sources), but it is pretty hot, so take some cup with you in order to prevent burning yourself (or you can buy one there as a nice souvenir, but the price respects the touristic character of the place). Also, think about the fact that some people face the digesting problems after tasting that water.

Event starts: 
31/03/2018 - 07:00 to 01/04/2018 - 22:00
Place: 
Western Bohemia
Price: 
1450 CZK
Vacancies: 
11 people
Event type: 
What's included: 
  • See the article above
What to bring: 
  • See the article above
Restrictions: 
  • Registration is necessary

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