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About Krakow

Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland with 750.000 inhabitants (1.750.000 in the metropolitan area). Situated on the Vistula River, the city dates back to the 7th century. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural and artistic life and is one of Poland’s most important economic hubs.

Its extensive cultural heritage across the epochs of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture includes the Wawel Cathedral and the Royal Castle on the banks of the Vistula river, the St. Mary’s Basilica, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the largest medieval market square in Europe, the Rynek Glówny. Krakow is home to Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest universities in the world and traditionally Poland’s most reputable institution of higher learning.


Congress venue

The congress is located at the Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre.

Address: Wielopole 4, Krakow, 31-072, Poland
Webhttp://www.hik.krakow.pl/?lang=en

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Transfer from airport to the congress venue

Krakow downtown is most easily accessible from the airport by a direct train connection. Please see here for more details.


Congress language

The official language of the congress is English. Simultaneous interpretation of the plenary sessions and one of the parallel sessions into Polish will be provided.


Visa

Being part of the European Union, Poland applies the same criteria for visa requirement as other EU member states / Schengen Zone countries.

The list of countries whose citizens need a visa to enter Poland is listed here.
For information on how to obtain a visa to Poland, please consult the website of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

The congress bureau will provide an invitation letter if this is required for the visa application. Invitation letters will only be issued to participants who have registered and paid the registration fee. In the event of an unsuccessful visa application, the prepaid registration fee will be fully refunded to the applicant.


Climate

Krakow has a climate somewhere between oceanic and continental climate. End of April temperatures range from 6-10 Celsius in the morning to 15-22 Celsius during the day.


Currency

Poland’s official currency is the Polish Zloty (PLN).


Shopping hours

From Monday to Friday between 09:00-22:00 hrs and on weekends between 09:00-21:00 hrs. Major credit cards, especially VISA and MasterCard are accepted at all commercial outlets.


Electricity

The standard voltage is 230 V. Poland uses the socket type ‘E’.


Insurance

Participants are advised to carry appropriate travelling and health insurance.