Venue & General Info

Conference Venue

University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927, Warsaw
Poland

University of Warsaw

The city of Warsaw

Warsaw became the capital in 1596 and since then has flourished as one of Europe’s most prosperous cities. As a result, this city is a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. Excellent museums interpret its complex story, from the joys of Chopin’s music to the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto. Since 1980, its old town, one of the main attractions, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Today Warsaw offers a dynamic and stable business environment, historic and modern facilities and a vibrant cultural life.

The Old Town (Stare Miasto) is, in some respects, a misnomer for the historic nucleus of Warsaw. After World War II the beautifully arranged Baroque streets were destroyed, only to be painstakingly reconstructed so accurately that the area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town comes alive in the summer, as tourists, street performers and festivals take over the cobblestone streets.

On the east side of Castle Square is the thirteenth-century Royal Castle, now home to the Castle Museum. Though the structure is a replica, many of its furnishings are originals. After passing the lavish Royal Apartments of King Stanisław August, you visit the Lanckoranski Gallery, which contains a fascinating range of aristocratic portraits including two paintings – Girl in a Picture Frame and Scholar at His Desk – by Rembrandt

On ul. Świętojańska, north of the castle, stands St John’s Cathedral, the oldest church in Warsaw. A few yards away, the Old Town Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) is one of the most remarkable bits of postwar reconstruction anywhere in Europe. Flattened during the Uprising, its three-storey merchants’ houses have been rebuilt in near-flawless imitation of the Baroque originals. It’s also home to the Warsaw Historical Museum.

Warsaw’s most lavish tribute to its favourite son is the achingly modern Chopin Museum, east of Krakowskie Przedmieście at ul. Okolnik 1. With interactive handsets to guide visitors through exhibits on the musician’s life, it’s a must for Chopin enthusiasts, but only 100 people are allowed into the museum at a time so tickets must be reserved in advance.

About 2km south of the commercial district, on the eastern side of al. Ujazdowskie, is the much-loved Łazienki Park (bus #116, # 180 or #195 from Nowy Świat). Once a hunting ground, the area was bought in the 1760s by King Stanisław August, who turned it into a park and built the Neoclassical  (Tues–Sun 9am–6pm; 17zł) across the lake. But the park itself is the real attraction, with its oak-lined paths alive with peacocks and red squirrels.

West of the National Museum lies the commercial heart of the city, the Centrum crossroads from which ul. Marszałkowska, the main north-south road, cuts across al. Jerozolimskie running east-west. Towering over everything is the Palace of Culture and Science, a post-World War II gift from Stalin whose vast interior now contains theatres, a swimming pool and a nightclub. The platform on the thirtieth floor (daily 9am–8pm, Fri & Sat till 11 pm; 20zł; offers impressive views of the city.

Travel information

VISA AND PASSPORT

Poland is a member state of the European Union and a member of the Schengen Area. All international visitors from non-EU countries must present a valid passport when entering and may be required for Visa. Relevant information can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland website. The list of Visa-free countries is available here.

Apart from exempted citizens, a short stay visa (Schengen visa) is required to attend the conference. The visa should be applied for at the consular office of the country of residence. You will need to apply for your visa as early as possible, the length of processing time will vary based on the circumstances of each case (up to 3 months).

BY PLANE

Warsaw has two airports: Warsaw Chopin Airport and Warsaw-Modlin Mazovia Airport, both with direct flight connections to all major cities of Europe and to major hubs worldwide. Several low-cost airlines operate their flights between Warsaw and the large European cities (British Airways, LOT, Ryanair, Lufthansa, KLM, AirFrance, Swizz Air, etc).

BY TRAIN

Warsaw is connected to the European railway system. There are direct railway links between Warsaw and the capital cities of Europe. Many international trains have dining and sleeping cars or couchettes. Most international express trains arrive and depart from the Warszawa Centralna Station.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Warsaw has an extensive bus and tram system crisscrossing the city as well as a good metro system running from north to south and a second line that opened in March 2015 running east to west. Over 1,500 buses operate in and around the city, and most run from between 05:00 and 23:00. After that night buses run on most routes twice every hour. All night buses display the letter N, followed by a two-digit number. ‘Fast buses’ (marked with red digits) skip the smaller stops. Tickets (all valid for use on metro, bus and tram) can be bought from a series of ticket machines with instructions in English dotted around the city, at all metro stations, and some bus and tram stops, with English translations printed on tickets. Tickets can also be purchased from machines on buses and trams, where you can pay by card, or using exact change only. Alternatively, kiosks also sell tickets.

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

Climate
The average temperature in July is 23.6° C and the average minimum temperature is 12.9° C. 

Insurance
The registration fees do not include provision for the insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage. Participants are advised to take adequate personal travel insurance.

Tipping
Service charges are not added to accounts by hotels and restaurants. You may tip taxi drivers, hotel porters and restaurant waitstaff (up to about 10% of the bill) if you wish to acknowledge exceptional service. At any time, tipping is your choice.

Emergency details
In an emergency call 112 for Ambulance, Fire Service or Police.

Currency
The Złoty (PLN), the official national currency, is convertible. The exchange rates applied in Warsaw banks, official exchange offices and hotels may vary. All the major credit cards are accepted in Poland.
Exchange rate: 1 Euro = 4,29 PLN in Ocotober 2019.

Credit cards
In general, VISA, EC/MC and American Express credit cards are accepted in most restaurants, cafés, shops and petrol stations.

Store and shopping
The opening hours of Warsaw stores are generally 10.00-19.00 on weekdays and 10.00-15.00 on Saturday.
The big shopping centres are open from 10.00-21.00 from Monday to Sunday.

Pharmacies
Warsaw’s pharmacies (apteka in Polish) are well stocked. Every neightbourhood has an all-night pharmacy open every day.

Electricity
In Poland the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz

Time Zone
CET=GMT+2




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