České Budějovice, Czechia
České Budějovice (also known by its German name Budweis) was founded at the site of the confluence of the river Vltava (Moldau) and Malše in 1265. The historic town is still mostly in medieval state. The Dominican monastery stems from the 13th century. The Gothic-Renaissance Cerná vež (Black Tower) is with its height of 72 meter a striking dominant on the city skyline and offers a delightful view over the city and its surroundings. On the diamond square one of the largest fountains of Czechia is situated - the Samson Fountain. The city has also become world famous thanks to the Budvar beer, imitated in America under the name Budweiser. Today it is the seat of the Province of South Bohemia.
The central square, seen from the Black Tower
The conservatoire, hostel and venue for rehearsals
A room in the hostel of the conservatoire
The participants can opt for accommodation in the hostel of the conservatoire. This building offers accommodation in quiet single and double rooms, all with private bathrooms. All rooms have an internet connection (ethernet cable, no WiFi).
The conservatoire is equipped with spacious, well-sounding classrooms with well-maintained grand piano and upright pianos. A leading piano tuner comes from Prague to tune all instruments freshly before the course. The building has recently been renovated and now has a light and pleasant appearance.
Breakfast and lunch will take place in a nearby dining room. Czech cooks prepare all meals, including vegetarian. Dietary requirements can be accommodated. Both lunch and dinner are in Czechia a hot meal. Dinner is not included in the course fee. There are many good restaurants for each budget nearby.
Laurie Boltjes: 'I always go on a long cycling tour after the course. Sometimes some of the other participants join me for a short holiday.'
Katy en Jan de Jongh: 'Before the course, we stay in Prague for a few days, and afterwards, we have a quiet holiday near the town. Bohemia is so cheap that we can afford to stay a little longer.'
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