Main conference location
Parallel sessions location
Room 40, 3 Ingardena Street
Kraków, a city that educated Copernicus and nurtured the young Joseph Conrad, has been a major center of learning and culture in this part of the world, with the Jagiellonian University having been founded in 1364.
The city’s historical monuments include Poland’s most famous Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, a whole bevy of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance or Baroque churches, several art museums, and the Old City itself; visitors usually enjoy the many outdoor cafés in Europe’s allegedly biggest medieval town square, dominated by the two towers of St Mary’s Church; from the taller of these, a live trumpeter plays a medieval call four times every hour on the hour (every day since 1836!). More adventurous travelers might want to catch a glimpse of Nowa Huta, the “workers’ paradise” constructed adjacent to the intellectual (and thus suspect) “old” Kraków in Stalinist times. Kraków’s environs include more castles; the Carpathian Mountains are not very far away, as is one of Europe’s oldest salt mines.
Very conveniently, Kraków has its own international airport (John Paul II, or KRK), with most major airports of the world a single connection away, and there are numerous direct cheap and regular flights to many European cities. The direct flights can be checked at the KRK website. The airport is connected with a direct train line to the city center (a ride of 17 minutes); a taxi ride would cost you ca. € 20.
Train journey to Krakow is also a possibility, especially if you want to combine your stay there with a longer stay in the area. That would be a good idea if you wanted to explore Kraków together with the other jewels of Central-Eastern Europe: Prague, Budapest, Vienna. Also, express trains take you north to Poland’s capital, Warsaw, in 2.5 hours. This and other options can be consulted at the Polish Railways site.
If travelling in family/friends mode, you might want to consider renting a car anywhere in the general area. Berlin is not a very long day’s drive away; Vienna and Prague even less than that. Driving directions to the conference venue from your location are perhaps easiest to find here.
Once you get there, Kraków is a very walkable city and it also boasts of a reliable public transportation system; a 20-minute bus or tram ticket is ca. € 0.75.
Kraków offers a good number of hotels and self-catering apartments, bookable through such portals as booking.com and airbnb.com. Hostels can also be booked through hostelworld.com. Additional suggestions are available here.
As Kraków is a popular tourist place and conference venue, please consider booking your accommodation well in advance.