ATLAS reality offers comprehensive services associated with the relocation of employees of international companies and their families in Prague. Our clients have access to every one of our brokers who are ready at any hour of the day to help facilitate the move as much as possible. We place emphasis on providing flexible, fast and quality services as well as a friendly, human and individual approach.
Pinpointing Your Property
ATLAS reality listens to your individual needs, using them as the basis for the selection of a desirable location for your housing. Whether the preferred location be dependant upon the proper schooling, or close proximity to the center of the city, the highway or the airport, your every need will be met.
ATLAS reality hear your individual needs placed on searching for a suitable property for housing. Sometimes the preferred location of housing associated with the place where the school children, sometimes the emphasis on proximity to the center of the city or highway or airport.
Getting You Oriented
We hope you will take advantage of the help of our English-speaking professionals at ATLAS reality in getting to know your new home- Prague and the Czech Republic. We will help you to become familiar with the shopping, cultural life, sporting events and activities, public transportation, restaurants, medical facilities and veterinarians, hairdressers and everything else you will need to know to make your transition as comfortable as possible.
Finding Proper Schooling
If you have children in school who will be making the transition and living with you in Prague, you will need to choose the proper schooling, whether it be nursery school, kindergarten, grammar school, middle or high school. Along with finding your housing we would be happy to arrange meetings with international schools as well as transportation to them throughout Prague and the Czech Republic.
Sorting Out the Finer Details
We provide advice and assistance in securing internet, telephone lines, mobile phones, satellite and cable TV, bank accounts, insurance, parking permits, car rental, babysitting, cleaning companies, tradesmen, rental car services and any other service needed to make your changeover as smooth as possible.
Visas, residence permits, work permits
Assembling, filling and processing of documents required for various permits as living and work permits in the Czech Republic can become complicated and stressful. We offer to arrange for the preparation, submission and processing the necessary applications.
Basic data about the Czech republic
The Czech Republic is situated approximately in the geographical center of Europe and has an area of 78,866 sq. km. It is a landlocked country 326 km from the Baltic and 322 km from the Adriatic. It shares borders with Germany (810 km), Poland (762 km), Austria (466 km) and Slovakia (265 km). The highest point of elevation is the peak of Mt. Snezka (1,602 m above sea level) and the lowest point of elevation is near Hrensko where the River Labe leaves the Czech territory (117 m above sea level).
Facts and Data
Area: 78,886 sq.km
Capital: Prague (Praha) (Population: 1,213,800)
Length of State Border: 2,303 km
Bordering Countries:Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria
Location: 12`-19` Eastern Longitude, 48,5`-51` North latitude Population: 10,304,302
Population density: 131 inhabitants/sq. km
Time zone: Central European Time (C.E.T.) - GMT+1, summer time GMT+2
Political system: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Koruna (Kc) - Czech crown (CZK) /1 USD = 19,5. CZK
Climate: mean temperature +20 C in summer and -5 C in winter
Prague basic data
In 1992 the historical centre of Prague, covering an area of 866 hectares, was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register. Prague has 1.2 million inhabitants. Unlike other European cities, Prague, with its extraordinarily rich heritage of historic buildings and virtually intact city centre, has been left untouched by both world wars.
Area: 496 sqkm
Geographical situation: north latitude 50° 05', east longitude 14° 27', height above sea level 235 m (average)
The Vltava river flows through the city in the length of 30 km, its maximum width being 330 m
Parts of the historical centre include: Hradcany, Mala Strana (Lesser Town), Stare Mesto (Old Town) including Josefov, Nove Mesto (New Town) and Vysehrad
Administrative division: 22 administrative areas
Voltage: 230 V
Center – Prague 1 Stare Mesto, Nove Mesto, anything within a 10 minute walk of Staromestske namesti or Wenceslas square. The center offers charming architecture from different ages, many restaurants, clubs, shops, theatres, cinemas and other entertaining possibilities. Similar to most other European cities, rentals tend to be higher in the center and parking can also be problematic or expensive as we do have about half a million cars in Prague. Easy transfer to all metro lines and tram lines in the center makes it quick and convenient to use public transport.
Riverbank: Charming apartments with river views are always attractive. If this is what you’re looking for, such appartments can be found in Prague 1 - Mala Strana, Stare Město, Josefov. Prague 2 – Nove město. And Prague 5 – Smichov.
Prague district and areas
The most central district and the historic center, Prague 1 has several parts built in different centuries, the oldest parts being Mala Strana (Lesser side) and Stare Mesto (Old town). Prague has a uniquely preserved historical center, which other European capitals lost to some degree durring the 2nd World War. The area has a special atmosphere, with many buildings boasting a history which dates back to the 14th and even the 11th century. It is a lovely place to live due to these facts. There are many restaurants, shops, businesses and clubs, and excellent public transportation including easy access to metro and tram lines. Hradcany which surrounds Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), contains quite an assortment of old architecture and a beautiful view of the river and its surrounding hills. Stare Mesto (Old town) encompasses Staromestske namesti (Old town square) and spreads to Karluv most (Charles bridge), which is probably the most massively visited by tourists thanks to a beauty left over from centuries old. In this area, only historic houses containing apartments can be found, family houses or villas are located in the relatively newer areas of the city. Unfortunately, street parking is nearly impossible to find for non-residents and parking in garages tends to be more expensive than in other locations throughout Prague. Mala strana (Leser side), which is on the other side of the Vltava from Stare mesto (Old town), spreads from Karluv Most (Charles bridge) to Prazsky hrad (Prague castle). Prague Castle, probably the most recognized site in Prague, sits atop a hill visible from all parts of Prague. This 9th century icon, containing the gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defense towers, is also the seat of the Czech President, and radiates a dominant beauty often printed on post cards. Just below the castle, Mala strana contains lovely small streets, buildings with beautiful characteristic roofs and picturesque views of Prague below. Mala Strana, thanks to its unique historic atmosphere, offers excellent residential apartments with breathtaking scenery.
Vinohrady is the largest part of Prague 2 and is located east of the center (Prague 1) on the east river bank of Vltava. Vinohrady is named after mediaeval vineyards and is purely a residential area with buildings from the turn of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The area is comprised of buildings containing mostly beautiful secession architecture, with just a touch of new and recent architecture. Apartments with high ceilings and parquets flooring are a staple of this area. Vinohrady is within a 5 – 15 minute walk to Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), and is well served by public transportation, including several metro lines and stations as well as tram lines. Closer to the center of Vinohrany are many historical buildings containing offices and a beautiful park (Riegrovy sady) which overlooks the city and its castle. On the edge of Prague 2 lies Flora mall, a large shopping and entertainment center which also borders Prague 3 and 10. Due to its wonderful atmosphere, close vacinity to the center and gorgeous architecture Vinohrady is a very popular place to live in for foreigners. Nove Mesto is a residential area in the center of Prague which is older than Vinohrady and is also situated on the east river bank of Vltava. Nove Mesto combines both residential and office buildings, and thanks to its central location there are a lot of hotels. Nove Mesto is a great place to live for anyone looking to live in the center of Prague.
Prague 3 consists mainly of Zizkov and envelopes part of Vinohrady. Zizkov, located east of the center, is mostly residential and the architecture is quite similar to that of Vinohrady. However, in former times, Vinohrady was always the more prestigious district while Zizkov took on a more working class feel, although higher classes were not unheard of. Zizkov also boasts a relatively close orientation to the center as well as the main bus terminal at Florenc and due to recent reconstruction there is a wide variety of small offices and apartments available.
The fourth district is located south of the center on line “C” of the Metro and Prague North – South Magistrala, a main road which changes to highway D1 at the edge of Prague 4. D1 represents the main transport via car from the center of Prague, through Brno to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Prague 4 is the site of many new office buildings and complexes as well as shopping malls which surround the highway. On the edge of this district there are several villages such as Točná, Dolní Břežany, Jesenice, Horní Jirčany, Dolní Jirčany, Průhonice and Benice containing quite a few new villas and family houses often chosen by expatriate families who have their children in English schools in Kunratice or Podoli.
Claiming the longest stretch of riverbank appartment houses, Smichov, in Prague 5 is similar to Vinohrady with its secession architecture, buildings from the turn of the 19th and 20th century, high ceilings and parquet floors. Smichov for some time, in certain areas, was more industrial, but the recent transfer of the largest factory to Novy Smichov Shopping mall containing a TESCO supermarket (formerly Carrefour) opened the area up to a plethora of outdoor sport and entertainment possibilities. Recently, the building of large administrative, and many new residential buildings, has opened the area up to modern premises with underground parking. Also, dotting the hills throughout Smichov are many villas and family houses.
The area where probably the most foreigners and diplomats live is Prague 6. Bubenec, with its beautiful villas from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is the diplomatic quarter of Prague and so contains the majority of embassies. The sixth district also contains the area of Dejvice, which is located to the north and north west of the center and borders Prague Castle. Dejvice is full of Secession and Functionalist architecture offers nice apartments often with high ceilings and parquets. Prague 6 offers areas of family housing and villas such as Hanspaulka, Orechovka, Stresovice and Brevnov and also boasts one of the largest schools for foreigners – The Internetional School of Prague. And lastly, Nebusice, surrounded by villages like Horomerice, Predni Kopanina, Cerny Vul, Hostivice where many family homes can be found for rent.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN PRAGUE
The English International School
Address: The English International school
Prague Brunelova 960/12
142 00 Prague 4, Czech republic
Tel: (+420) 261 912 368
Fax: (+420) 261 910 074
Description of The English International School
The English International School, Prague is a fee paying co-educational day school teaching pupils from 18 months to 18 years using the National Curriculum of England. The new campus of The English International School, Prague opened in September 2007 with space for over 500 pupils boasting state-of-the-art facilities. In striving for excellence and education, we aim to provide a caring, stimulating and supportive environment where all pupils have the opportunity to take part and to achieve. The English International School, Prague is part of Nord Anglia Education PLC, a world leader in education provision. Nord Anglia owns and operates schools around the world and is the UK'S biggest provider of Nursery education. The company also works in close partnership with central and local government.
The Riverside School
The Riverside School Roztocka 9
160 00 Praha 6 - Sedlec, Czech republic
Primary School Office:
Tel. (+420) 224 325 183
Fax: (+420) 224 325 765
High School Office:
Tel. (+420) 224 315 336
Fax: (+420) 224 325 765
Description of The Riverside School Prague
An international approach to education based on the British National Curriculum and other curricular models which are adapted to facilitate the child’s successful integration into Riverside School and on to their future schooling. High quality education in the English language for children aged 3-18. Education based on a Christian world view which promotes Biblical Christianity as a way of life and a key to genuine enjoyment, security and fulfilment of life.
The English College in Prague
The English College in Prague
190 00 Praha 9 - Vysočany Czech Republic
Tel. (+420) 283 893 113
Fax: (+420) 283 890 118
Description of The English College in Prague
The College is a six-year independent school, offering an English-style education in English to 320 boys and girls aged 13-19. It is part of the Czech school system and is non-profit-making. 80% of its students are Czech and 20% are international students from over twenty different countries. The average class size is 19 in Years 1-3 and 13 in Years 4-6. The College is a fee-paying school. Academic and music scholarships and bursaries give families from different social backgrounds the opportunity to send their children to the College. Students are selected on the basis of an interview and entrance examination. The teaching staff are experienced graduates, who are native English speakers from the United Kingdom and elsewhere and Czech speakers from the Czech Republic. The College offers education in two curricular programmes: one Czech, the other International. Both programmes offer the full curriculum for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB), but differ in the teaching of native languages. The IB Diploma qualifies students for admission to universities in the Czech Republic, the UK and elsewhere, and for Czech students is recognized as equivalent to the Czech Maturita. The school buildings include specialist Science laboratories, an Art centre and Music room, a computer centre, a well-equipped library and resource centre, a gymnasium and an all-weather outdoor sports area. The College is governed by a Board of Governors drawn from the Czech Republic and the UK.
The Prague British School
The Prague British School
K Lesu 558/2
142 00 Praha 4, Czech republic
Tel: (+420) 226 096 200
Fax: (+420) 226 096 201
Description of The Prague British School
PBS offers an unrivalled education based on the English National Curriculum, to students from both the local and international communities in Prague. The Prague British School is fully accredited and over 600 pupils currently attend daily. The school is registered with the Department for Education and Skills, QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority - no. 1350013), is a member of the Council of International Schools (ECIS) and a member of the Council of British Independent Schools in the European Communities (COBISEC). The school is a recognised Cambridge University exam centre and an IB world school. The British International School has three sites. Bubenec (Prague 6 - north west Prague) Age 3 years – 11 years Modrany (Prague 4 - south east Prague) Age 20 months 6 - Years Kamyk (Prague 4 - south east Prague) Age 6 – 18 years
The International School of Prague
The English International school Prague
167 00 Prague 6 - Nebusice, Czech republic
Tel: (+420) 220 384 111
Fax: (+420) 220 384 555
Description of The International School of Prague
The International School of Prague ISP offers an educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum is that of a U.S. private or independent school, with modifications made to meet the needs of students of all nationalities. The International School of Prague (ISP) was founded in year 1948. The school is a member of the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. ISP is accredited both by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The ISP faculty consists of trained professionals committed to creating a humanistic environment in which each student can feel secure to meet all the challenges of the ISP academic life.
Public Transportation in Prague
Public transportation in Prague is easy and efficient. It takes a few days to understand the system, but once understood, a person can travel everywhere in Prague without the hassle of driving in the busy city.
Tickets may be purchased at most metro, tram, and bus stations. Look for a yellow machine, select the option that suits your needs (usually the information is in English as well as in Czech), add the change, and out comes your ticket. Upon entering the metro, tram, or bus, it is important that you stamp the ticket in the little yellow box because, otherwise, it is not validated. Three month and longer tickets may be purchased at large metro stations like Andel and IP Pavlova. Look for a blue sign with a white “I”.
There are three metro lines, marked Green (also A), Yellow (B), and Red (C). The metro map is fairly self-explanatory, outlining the stops and the connections. You do not need to buy a new ticket if you transfer say, from line A to B. The metro will get you to the general area you wish to go. The metro runs 5 am-to midnight. The last metro will leave its station at midnight, and arrive at its end at about 0:30 (12:30 am). In total, there are 54 stations and 3 transfer stations, consisting 55 km of total track. Depending on the amount of traffic, the metro arrives every 3, 5, 7, or 9 minutes.
There are many tram stops around Prague (26 lines by day, 9 at night). At a tram stop, look at the tram schedule, find what stop you are currently at (underlined and bold), and look below for the stop of your destination. It is important that you go the right direction at the tram stop. In total, there is 533 km of track with 628 stops. Day trams run 4:30 am to midnight.
The 9 night trams can be very useful if you need to get around the city after midnight, until 4:30 in the morning. Night trams are in the 50’s (51, 52…59). If you are going out for the evening, learn which night tram is closest to your residence. If you need to connect, all night trams pass through station Lazarska.
Buses are the last source of transportation and can be necessary to get to more remote locations in Prague. Buses run 4:30 to midnight with 180 daily lines. This includes 20 school buses and 2 buses for handicapped people. There are also 15 buses at night, running 12:30 – 4:30. The same as with night trams number night buses come with number 5 and have 3 digits (501,502 ...) The total length of bus travel is 2197 km with 2510 bus stops.
Depending on where you need to go, you may have to take a combination of the above modes of transportation.
It may happen to you that a transportation authority asks to see your ticket. He may be in a blue uniform, or in plain clothes. He will present his red and gold badge in his hand and ask to see your ticket. If you do not have a ticket, you will be required to pay 500-1000 CZK ($25-50).
If you are in hurry and willing to pay the money, the most reliable taxi service is AAA. It may be reached at telephone number 14014. The English-speaking operator will request the nearest street address or metro, tram, or bus stop. It is recomendet to order taxi by phone rather than by stoping some taxi directly on the street, you can meet unethic taxy driver who will request unreasonable price. This information is valid especialy in the center.