Organizing Committee of SOFSEM '96
Faculty of Informatics MU
Botanická 68a
60200 BRNO
Czech Republic


tel. +42-5-41512214
fax: +42-5-41212747

SOFSEM'96 -- Travel Instructions for non Czech/Slovak participants & IT/CT Lecturers

SOFSEM'96 -- the 23rd international seminar on current trends in theory and practice of Informatics -- will be held in Milovy, Czech Republic, from November 23 to 30. Milovy is a small village in the Bohemian-Moravian Uplands (the central part of the Czech Republic) by the town Zdar nad Sazavou, not too far from central higway D-1 connecting Prague and Brno, two biggest cities of the country.

SOFSEM'96 will take place in the hotel 'Devet skal' ('Nine Rocks') located in the village Milovy, at the waterside of a pond. The hotel offers modern and attractive facilities, including excellent accommodation, conference rooms, and recreation facility (swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, day club, coffee-rooms, and other services).

Address: Hotel 'Devet skal' Tel: +42-(0)616-94282 ,84 ,86

592 03 Milovy Fax: +42-(0)616-94311

Czech Republic

Milovy is one of the best known tourist and sport centres of the Bohemian-Moravian Uplands (altitude of about 700 meters). Concerning the weather at the time of SOFSEM, the temperature will be probably ranging from -5 to +5 degrees of Celsius, with occasional rain and snow showers; even heavy snowing, although not very probable, cannot be excluded. Drivers should be aware of icy roads occuring in the winter season. The hilly country is very colourful and pleasant for cross-country skiing (skiing equipment is available at the hotel sport centre) and/or walking -- therefore good shoes and sufficiently warm clothing are recommended.

The nearest international airports are Prague (recommended because of better public transport connections to Milovy) and Vienna.
4.a From PRAGUE:

By Special SOFSEM Bus:

Special SOFSEM bus will be organized for participants travelling from Prague on Friday November 22nd.

The bus will depart from Zikova street No 4 (Rector office of Czech Technical University),
Metro station 'DEJVICKA'
at 18:00.

By Train:

There are several daily train connections from Prague to Zdar nad Sazavou (to be pronounced as 'Zhdyaar nad Saazavou'). Then the transport by Sofsem car should be requested to take you from Zdar nad Sazavou -- railway station to Milovy.
    Departure station     Prague  Zdar n/S.  Destination  Operates
    Prague, Main Station    5:52    8:30   -->Bratislava   daily
    Prague, Main Station   12:07   14:27   -->Budapest     daily
    Prague, Main Station   14:36   17:03   -->Breclav      daily
    Prague, Main Station   18:06   20:19   -->Bratislava   daily
    Prague, HOLESOVICE !   18:39   20:59   -->Brno    not on Sa!
    Prague, Main Station   22:36    1:02   -->Bucharest    daily

  • Train fare Prague - Zdar n/S. is app. 90 Kc (4 USD).
  • You are advised to plan at least 60 minutes for transport from Praha-Ruzyne airport to the centre of the town.

4.b From VIENNA:

You can use InterCity or EuroCity trains Vienna-Prague to get to Havlickuv Brod; then the transport by Sofsem car should be requested to take you from Havlickuv Brod -- railway station to Milovy.
       Train   Vienna   Brno  Havlickuv_Brod  Destination  Operates
       EC 8     7:25 -  9:15 - 10:34          -->Prague     daily
       EC 172  11:25 - 13:15 - 14:34          -->Berlin     daily
       IC 371  15:25 - 17:15 - 18:34          -->Prague     daily

A more precise/convenient travel plan can be prepared for you at SOFSEM'96; below you will find just a few connections for your information:

By Special SOFSEM Bus:

Special SOFSEM bus will be organized for participants travelling to Prague on

SATURDAY November 30.

The bus will depart from Milovy at 7:30 arriving to Prague app. at 10:00 a.m.

By Train:

The SOFSEM car should be requested to transport you from Milovy to Zdar n/S. -- railway station.
   Zdar n/S.  Prague  (station)       Days of operation
     4:06  -   6:35   Main Station    daily
     6:14  -   8:46   Main Station    Mo-Sa
     7:19  -   9:38    Holesovice     daily
     8:29  -  10:49   Main Station    daily
    14:52  -  17:23   Main Station    daily
    18:37  -  21:13   Main Station    daily
    20:18  -  22:34    Holesovice     daily

5.b To Vienna:

The SOFSEM car should be requested to transport you from Milovy to Havlickuv Brod -- railway station.
       Train    Havlickuv Brod  Brno  Vienna   Days of operation
       IC 371          11:28 - 12:50 - 14:33      daily
       EC 173          15:28 - 16:50 - 18:33      daily
       EC 9            19:28 - 20:50 - 22:33      daily


  1. By October 31st, please, let us know your travel plans to allow organize all neccessary arrangements (car transport from/to a railway station, accommodation, etc.)
  2. Contact SOFSEM organizers if none of the above mentioned transport is acceptable for you and a special travel arrangement is needed.

We look forward to seeing you at SOFSEM'96 and wish you an enjoyable stay in the Czech Republic.

Best wishes,


Jan Staudek
Mon Jun 24 06:42:18 MET DST 1996