General Information



The conference will be held in Rzeszów in Poland.

Poland

Capital: Warsaw
Goverment: Parliamentary Republic
Currency: Polish Złoty (PLN)
[1 € ~ 4,20 PLN]
Language: Polish
Official website: www.poland.gov.pl

From May 2004 Poland is a member of a European Community. Prices are average (loaf of bread costs about 2,5 PLN; 3 PLN for a beer, 10 PLN for cigarettes). Weather in autumn has been enough warm recently, but the average temperature for September is 19 °C. Polish young people are able to communicate in English, and older people speak Russian as well as Polish. In the West of Poland it is most convenient to travel by train (PKP, they have quite a good website: www.pkp.pl), and in the East by buses (Polski Bus, Neobus, and other). In Rzeszów there is an airport with international flights to many European cities.

To find yourself in the centre of Warsaw is almost like being in the heart of Europe. Rising very high and looking around you could see the whole of Poland. Going gradually from the capital towards all parts of the world, it becomes clear how varied this country is; how its landscapes are extremely different and how great is their dissimilarity. There are dunes and pebbly beaches, lakes and big forests, fertile plains and uplands, there are gently rising mountains as well as those with rocky summits. Nature undergoing its seasonal changes during the year composes the landscape's valuable frame. There are many places which are quite and solitary giving alleviation, and places full of life and movement need for those who are looking for such entertainment. Looking to east-west, the landscape becomes more and more rolling. Across the uplands and plateaus we can see crowns of the Tatra Mountains. In the Bieszczady Mountains we can go to mountains pastures. ("A flight over Poland", by Lech Zielaskowski)

The Podkarpacie region covers areas once inhabited by the richest and most influential families of the Kingdom of Poland. You can delight today in the wonderful castles and residences they built. Royal castles, palaces full of pomp, manors in the Old Polish style hidden amongst old parks, and also the majestic ruins of former family nests - all these can be seen while travelling through the picturesque corners of the Podkarpacie.

Interesting towns and places in this part of Poland:

Rzeszów

The cultural and economic centre of the region. The location in the wide Wislok River valley, on the border of the Sandomierska Basin and the Carpathian Foothills, the two physical geographical units stand in contrast with each other, dividing the region into two parts differing in topography and nature. The documented history of the city dates back to the year 1345, when King Casmir the Great granted Rzeszów city rights. About 400 historical, structures and buildings, and a number of historical relics have been preserved in the territory of Rzeszów. Among the most interesting monuments are: the 14th century Fara Church; the City Hall, dating from the 15th century, rebuilt and extended many times (beautifully renovated in the years 1993-1996); the 16th century Castle of the Lubomirski Family; dated from the 17th century: the Church of the Bernardine Fathers, the Monastery Complex formerly belonging to the Piarists and the Summer Mansion of the Lubomirski Family; the 18th century Church and Monastery of the Reformat Fathers; as well as the tenement-houses in the Market Square, which, beginning in the 17th century, gradually gained their present architectural form. In the near future the old underground cellars and tunnels, situated beneath the Market Square of the city, will be renovated and opened to the public for tours.

More information: www.erzeszow.pl

Krakow

The medieval city was founded, according to historiographers, by Krak, the duke of the Wislanie tribe. The capital of Poland from the 11th century until the transfer of the royal residence to Warsaw in the 16th century. It is a many hundred year old centre of material, artistic and intellectual culture. The Old Town with its preserved medieval town plan, surrounded by the Planty Park. The Main Market Square with the Cloth Hall building in the centre and St. Mary's Church. Inside the church is the famous Gothic altar sculptured by Veit Stoss. The Square is fronted by ancient merchants' houses with Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical facades. Wawel - the limestone hill which the complex of buildings was erected - the Gothic cathedral with the crypts contacting royal tombs and chapels built in the Gothic and Renaissance styles, royal castle with the court surrounded by galleries.

More information: www.krakow.pl

Łańcut

One of the most beautiful and best preserved aristocratic residences in Poland. The complex includes an orangery, the Romantic Castle, the Baroque synagogue with the collection of Judaic art, the Coach-House with one of the largest and the most valuable European collections of carriages. In the beautiful park, dating from 17th century - the two-storied castle on the square plan with interior court and towers in corners. In the castle there is a museum of interior decorations with valuable collection of paintings, sculptures and ancient furniture. Near the famous museum of coaches.

More information: www.zamek-lancut.pl