The Czech Republic has undergone a total transformation in the past 25 years – a transformation that is not only reflected in the way the economy is organised but also in the country’s approach to design and technology.
Perhaps the most famous example of this transformation is the Skoda Car Plant, owned by Volkswagen, which is now one of the most modern car factories in the world. Our tour explores the cutting edge processes employed and delves into the history of the famous car maker.
Skoda is one of only a few car makers to allow visitors into their factory, offering a rare opportunity to follow the entire car production process. We tour both the engine and car assembly areas.
As a contrast students can also visit Bohemia Crystal where design and technology merge with craftsmanship of the highest order. Here students can see the low-tech labour intensive production line of glass cutters and glassblowers, and indeed try out glassblowing themselves.
For students who are interested in design and technology in the arts there is the Barrandov Film Studios where movies such as Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, and Prince Caspian have been made using all the latest high-tech developments of the film industry.
Back with the motor industry there is also the Museum of Tramcars in the permanent “Public Transport Museum” where over 40 historical vehicles plus models, photographs and blueprints, are all on view.
Of course, students will also welcome a break from their study tours, and Prague offers a multitude of distractions including Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral, Modern and Contemporary Art, and the Veletrzni Palace. Visits to any of these locations can also be arranged.