The conference is organized in Poland's premier mountain resort Zakopane, the beautiful and picturesque capital of the Polish High Tatra Mountains. Even though Zakopane is called Poland's winter capital, it is an excellent place to visit in spring. Situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains and the Tatra National Park (with Poland's highest peak, Rysy mountain (2499m)), it offers you a chance to hike on over 240km of marked hiking trails for beginners as well as experienced climbers and explore caves (accessible only in summer). The town boasts many historic monuments, museums, art galleries and exhibitions. On your way to Zakopane you may visit Cracow, one of the most historic Polish cities, with a wonderfully preserved old city center and the largest medieval square in Europe.
Information about Krakow
Cracow tourist information: (+48) (12) 422 60 91, (+48) (12) 421 77 06
How to reach Zakopane
Zakopane is linked with Cracow by a 100 km highway known as the Zakopianka and a railroad. The road journey should take about 2 hours. There are several bus lines connecting the towns. There are airports in Cracow (Kraków) and Warsaw (Warszawa, 450 km from Zakopane). There are several flights a day between Warsaw and Cracow (LOT Polish Airlines). Alternatively, you can use a train from Warsaw to get to Cracow or directly to Zakopane (Polish State Railways Time-table). There are several car rental operators at the Cracow airport as well as the Warsaw airport:
|Avis||(+48)(12) 639-32-89 / (+48)(12) 629 61 09||(+48)(12) 639-32-89|
|National||(+48)(12) 285-50-25||(+48)(12) 637-00-89|
|Europcar||(+48)(12) 285-50-45||(+48)(12) 285-50-45|
From Cracow to Zakopane
From Balice Airport in Cracow you have to get to the Cracow PKP Railway Station area to take a bus to Zakopane. To do so you can:
- call a taxi (phone numbers e.g. 9661 or 9622 in Cracow) cost apr 40 PLN,
- or take a bus number 192 or 208 (ticket is less than 3 PLN).
When you arrive in Cracow you do not need to book a bus to Zakopane as there are frequent shuttle buses to Zakopane, which leave apr. every 40 min. from the area of the PKP Railway Station. The Cracow-Zakopane line is serviced by Szwagropol, trans-Frej and PKS companies. The ticket costs apr. 10 PLN. Alternatively you can use a train but the train is slower (Polish State Railways Time-table).
How to reach ICAISC from Zakopane
Participants who arrive in Zakopane are advised to take a private mini-bus (or a taxi) in the direction to Mercure Kasprowy Hotel. The cost of taxi is apr. 30PLN. You can call a taxi from a payphone (phone number in Zakopane: 919 or (+48)(20) 66666).