Technical Tours

Technical tours will be held on Thursday, July 6.

Delegates are kindly asked to meet in the foyer of the Clarion Congress Hotel at least 15 minutes before the departure time.

Tours will depart promptly at the stated times.

All tours include lunch and refreshments.

Time schedule

TT1 - Slapy Dam
A - Slapy Dam (by boat) - Konopiště chateau (by bus) 08:00 - 19:30
B - Konopiště chateau (by bus) - Slapy Dam (by boat) 09:00 - 19:30
TT2 - Nechranice Dam 08:15 - 19:00
TT3 - Pařížov Dam
A - Pařížov Dam - Vrchlice Dam - Kutná Hora 08:30 - 18:00
B - Vrchlice Dam - Kutná Hora - Pařížov Dam 08:30 - 18:30
TT4 - Mšeno Dam 08:45 - 18:30
TT5 - Tailings dam Dolní Rožínka 08:00 - 18:00

TT1 – Slapy Dam
Konopiště château – Slapy Dam – boat trip

The first part of this tour takes you to the baroque style château Konopiště, which was founded in the manner of French fortresses and is famous for extensive hunting and weapons collections. The principal point of this tour is 67,5 m high concrete gravity dam Slapy with 144 MW installed capacity hydropower plant located under the safety spillways, which is vital part of Vltava dams cascade. The dam was completed in 1955 and the first filling of the reservoir took only several days due to flood. The tour will conclude in a boat trip presenting beauties of
Vltava river and also other dams as the boat passes through several locks on its
way to Prague.

TT2 – Nechranice Dam
Nechranice Dam – City of Most – Fláje Dam

The tour will take you to the 47,5 m high earthfilled dam Nechranice, which was built on the river Ohře between years 1961–1968 and with crest length over 3,2 km it is the longest dam in the Czech Republic. The tour leads through the tunnel under the intake tower to the machinery room of the hydropower plant. The lake of Most and the gothic church of Assumption of the Virgin Marry from 16th century, which was transported in one piece on rails to the distance of 841.1 meters in 1975, will be presented on the way to the next dam. The tour ends on a 49,5 m high Noetzli type buttress dam Fláje.

TT3 – Pařížov Dam
Pařížov Dam – Kutná Hora Town – Vrchlice Dam

The tour begins at 31 m high masonry dam Pařížov, which in 2013 celebrated 100 years in operation. The dam presents an example of historical structure adaptation to the needs of 21st century. The program will continue with sightseeing tour of Kutná Hora town, which has been on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage sights since 1995. Part of the tour is a visit to St. Barbara’s Church, originally gothic style double-arched flying buttresses cathedral and the city centre. The tour ends on a 40,8 m high single-curvature concrete arch dam Vrchlice built between 1966-1970. The dam profile lies near place called Dragons’ rock.

TT4 – Mšeno Dam
Mšeno Dam – Josefův Důl Dam – Jablonec nad Nisou Town

Mšeno Dam located in a mountain region of northern part of the Czech Republic is a 15,8 m high masonry dam built in years 1906 – 1908 and also starting point of this tour. Mšeno dam together with several other dams in this region were designed according to a concept introduced by Professor Otto Intze. The dam is a part of unique flood control scheme which includes diversion tunnel under the town Jablonec nad Nisou which is famous for its glass and artificial jewellery production. Part of the tour is a neo-gothic style chateau Sychrov known as blossom of France on a Czech soil. The tour ends at 44 m high asphalt-concrete face earthfill dam Josefův Důl.

TT5 - Tailings dam Dolní Rožínka

This tour will take you to the tailings dam Dolní Rožínka situated at the Highland approx. 2 hours by bus from Prague. This facility is the Europe´s last uranium ore mine. You will see two large tailings dams with dam height up to 54 m and perimeter length 2 500 m. Information about seepage regime and dam displacements will be provided by operator and dam safety engineer. Circa 6.5 million m3 of water has lately been released to water streams from GEAM division through main outputs including treated extra sludge water from the Rožná deposit. The run-of-mine ore is extracted from the depth of over 1,000 m below the surface and, subsequently, refined to uranium in chemical concentrate in the chemical processing plant at a mill, which you will see as well. In the afternoon, you will visit the pilgrimage church of St. John of Nepomuk, listed on the UNESCOs heritages.