Conference Program in a glance

Program details are under the sections Discussion themes, Excursion and Cultural program

The conference will start Monday afternoon. On workdays, the mornings will be used for presentations and discussions, the afternoons for more leisure excursions extending the morning program by showing examples of the best practice. Lunches and dinners will be long enough to allow for socializing and further discussion. Details of the cultural program will be given later. Beware, the conference activities end Sunday evening with the arrival in Prague. Overnight stay in Prague is NOT included in the conference fee.

Monday afternoon 28th April

Transport will be arranged for those traveling from Prague.

  • 13:00–17:00Registration for the conference in the Buquoy Chateau and check in to the Residence Hotel.
  • 17:00–19:00Dinner (Hotel Rezidence).
  • 19:00–20:30Formal opening of the Conference (Chateau).
  • 20:30–21:00Break.
  • 21:00–22:00Welcome Concert (Chateau).
  • 22:00Possibilities for informal drinks and some talks (Chateau).

Tuesday 29th April - all sessions, coffee breaks and lunch in the Chateau

  • 09:00–10:30Plenary session with introduction presentation of each New Castle.
  • 10:30–11:00Coffee break and poster time.
  • 11:00–12:30Plenary session - continuation.
  • 12:30–14:00Lunch.
  • 14:00–15:00Session on Barriers and Challenges.
  • 15:00–15:15Short coffee break.
  • 15:15–18:00Visiting the town of Nové Hrady with examples of best practices in using historical buildings
     for tourism including visit to the Blacksmith’s workshop ecomuseum
  • 18:00–19:30Dinner (Hotel Rezidence).
  • 19:30-23:00Visit to the Old Castle - with South Bohemian style, music intermissions, medieval shows,
     and a light late-night snack.

Wednesday 30th April - all sessions, coffee breaks and lunch in the Chateau

  • 09:00–10:30Session on Tourism, Heritage and the Newcastle Card.
  • 10:30–11:00Coffee break and poster time.
  • 11:00–12:30Session on Working together- international networks, town twinning,
     benefits of the Newcastles of the World alliance.
  • 12:30–14:00Lunch.
  • 14:00–15:00Session on Funding opportunities.
  • 15:00–15:15Short coffee break.
  • 15:00–18:00Visit to the Iron Curtain open air museum and presentation of life behind the Iron Curtain.
     Visit to the Academy and University Center.
  • 19:00-23:00Standing Buffet in the Chateau followed by cultural program and music.

Thursday 1st May - all sessions, coffee breaks and lunch in the Chateau

  • 09:00–10:30Session on Economic development and job creation.
  • 10:30–11:00Coffee break and poster time.
  • 11:00–12:30Session Building Equality and Cohesion in our Newcastles.
  • 12:30–14:00Lunch.
  • 15:15–17:30Visit to Mandelstein Hill, Austria.
  • 17:00–18:30Dinner (Hotel Rezidence).
  • 18:30Gala evening at international dance competition "Novohradská číše".

Friday 2nd May

  • 08:30–10:30Plenary session comparing conference results of youth and adult sessions (Chateau).
  • 11:00–22:00Regional excursion to world heritage site Český Krumlov, town of České Budějovice
     and the Budvar brewery.
  • 22:30Approximate return to Nové Hrady.

Saturday 3rd May

  • 10:00–12:00Final discussions (Chateau).
  • 12:00Lunch (on Town Square).
  • 13:00–18:00Newcastle towns quare International market with participating country presentations
     (on the town square, open to public); official start of tourist season in Nové Hrady.
  • 18:00Dinner (Chateau).
  • 20:00Closing Ceremony followed by music and farewell party (Chateau).

Sunday 4th May

Excursion to Nové Hrady in Eastern Bohemia, ending in Prague.

  • 08:30–12:00Departure from Nové Hrady.
  • 12:00–14:00Visit to glass factory and lunch (alternating groups).
  • 14:00–15:00Continuing travel.
  • 15:00–18:00Visit to Nové Hrady in Eastern Bohemia including dinner.
  • 18:30Departure to Prague.
  • 21:00Arrival in Prague.


Beware: the Conference activities end with the arrival in Prague. Overnight stay from Sunday to Monday is NOT included in the conference fee; participants have to arrange this themselves or ask the conference team for help (see also post-conference options on our website).

For people who have to travel back already on Sunday, a special bus will leave Nové Hrady early morning and travel directly to Prague (arriving about 11 AM), skipping the Sunday excursion. If your flight goes before 12 AM, please inform us and we can consult on different options.