Poznan Airport “Ławica” is located 7 km from the city centre, in the vicinity of the route leading directly to the major city points and next to the road out of Poznań to Berlin and Warsaw. At Poznan airport operate a number of airlines: Lufthansa(a few connections daily to Frankfurt and Munich), Polish Airlines LOT, SAS, Wizzair, Ryanair, Eurowings.
It is possible to get to the city centre from the airport using line 59 or express line L, that is going directly to Railway Station. In line L the ticket price doubles and one can take one piece of luggage free of charge. Poznan public transportation system consists of buses and trams. Very useful trip planner is available at http://poznan.jakdojade.pl/?locale=en. You should choose departure place , e.g. Poznan-Lawica Airport and arrival place, e.g. Polanka 3. The system shows route, transfers and tickets you should buy as well. Tickets can be bought inside some buses/trams from vending machines (only coins acceptable), some newsagent’s and vending machines on stops (coins/banknotes/cards acceptable). The stops closest to the conference venue are called “Baraniaka”, “Politechnika” and “Kórnicka”.
Next to the airport hall exit there is a TAXI rank, it is however worthwhile calling any of the RADIO TAXI services. Travel from Poznan airport „Lawica” to conference venue takes about 30 minuts- 1 hour (depending on traffic conditions). It costs about 25 -35 PLN (Polish Zloty), i.e. 5-8 EUR. (e.g.+48 61 822 22 22; +48 61 8 219 219) .
You can get to Poznań driving A2 motorway (access from the west direction).
The city centre is covered by the Parking Zone. Fare is collected for each vehicle parked within the zone. Drivers pay the parking fee in parking meters located along streets in the city centre. The Parking Zone borders are marked with B-39 road sign.
Drivers coming to the city are recommended to leave their cars in guarded car parks and specially prepared buffer car parking lots placed around the Parking Zone.
It is possible to travel to Poznan by train. Main station (“PKP Poznań główny”) is located close to the city center, next to the shopping mall “Poznan City Center” (main entrance thru it). There are a few direct trains daily from Warsaw and Berlin (where bigger airports are located). Schedule can be checked at http://rozklad-pkp.pl/en
The official currency in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN): 1 zloty = 100 grosz. Bills come in 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 zloty denominations. Coins are 5, 2 and 1 zloty, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 grosz. Money can be exchanged in banks and money exchange offices without commission.
Poznan has a well-developed ATM network supporting Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus cards. Cash machines of particular banks can mostly be found in their branch offices.
In most places payment can be made using credit/debit cards. Exchange offices are located at the Railway Station, at the airport and in the city centre, as well as in shopping centres. Money can also be exchanged in banks.
Addresses of selected exchange offices:
The Ibis Poznan Hotel is located in the centre of the city, near the Old Town Square and the Warta river. Walking distance from the conference venue- approx. 10 min. Reservation number 203898 to be quoted when booking by email or fax.
Hotel HP Park Poznań is situated on the Malta lake shore, just 4 km from the city centre. Next to the hotel and around the lake you can enjoy excellent recreation grounds such as artificial ski slope, luge track and cycle tracks. Walking distance from the conference venue – approx. 20 min. Booking by email at: email@example.com or fax: + 48 61 874 12 00.
The Novotel Poznan Centrum is situated in the city centre, 500 m from the train station, opposite the Old Brewery shopping centre, near the Old Town and the Poznan International Fair. Five tram stops from the conference venue. To book, please use the following form and send to the email address or fax number given therein.
Mercure Poznan Hotel**** is synonymous with comfort and relaxation. The hotel is situated near the Old Town and the airport. Approx. 15 min. away from the conference venue (by taxi/ public transportation). To book, please use the following form and send to the email address or fax number given therein.
Sheraton Poznan Hotel***** is located across the street from the Poznan Fair Grounds, a 15-minute drive from the airport and just 700 meters away from the Central Railway Station.
To book, please use the following booking on-line.
The list of countries Countries whose citizens are not required to have a visa when entering Poland can be found here.
Please check with a Polish consulate in your country what documents are needed to apply for a visa.
For an invitation letter or any other confirmation of being an ISWCS 2016 participant please write to Conference Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When visiting a new place you are always faced with a dilemma - what is worth seeing, where is it worth going. Poznań is an extraordinary city - open and dynamic, filled with unique places and attractions. Here are a few tips which will allow you to enjoy your stay to the fullest - the 10 Must-Do Things in Poznań.
In the very heart of the Old Market Square you will find the most beautiful Renaissance Town Hall north of the Alps. In 1551, a clock with mechanical billy goats has been installed in the Town Hall. Every day, as the clock strikes noon, on the tower above the clock a door opens, and two billy goats appear. Controlled by the clock’s mechanism, they butt their horned heads 12 times.
Good tip for the late-comers - if you didn’t manage to get to the Rynek before 12pm, there is a vintage billy goat mechanism on display inside the Town Hall.
There is a legend connected to the installing of the billy goats. After the clock was finished, it was supposed to be showcased to all the councilmen and the governor of Poznań. A feast had been prepared for this occasion, but due to the clumsiness of one of the cooks, the haunch of venison which was to be served, was completely burned. To save face, the cook stole two billy goats, which he intended to roast and serve, but they escaped to the Town Hall tower. When the esteemed guests arrived, they saw the two billy goats butting heads on the ledge of the tower. It was then that the governor commanded mechanical billy goats to be attached to clock’s mechanism.
A St Martin’s Croissant is made with semi-puff pastry and white poppy-seed. Today it has become one of the most famous Polish pastries, protected by the European Union Certificate of Authenticity, which only allows for its production here in Wielkopolska, under strict instructions. The tradition of baking St Martin’s Croissants goes back to the 19th century and is tightly connected with the November 11th church fair at St Martin’s parish. One of Poznań’s pastry makers, in response to the call of the parish priest, asking for donations for the poor, made as many as three trays of croissants and brought them to the church. Other pastry makers soon followed his lead. And so, the tradition of eating St Martin’s Croissants was created, and it has been continued on until the present day.
Only on St Martin’s day (November 11th), Poznań natives and the many tourists eat around 250 tonnes of croissants - that is about 1.25 million individual pastries!
In the Poznań Croissant Museum and Experience you can see the original shows which reveal the secrets of Saint Martin Croissants and other Poznan’s prides. Let’s meet in a beautiful, renaissance tenement house right opposite the Town Hall. The shows are presented live by the locals and prices include croissant tasting!
Along the northern shore of Malta Lake runs the 3.8km route of the kids’ favorite small-gauge train “Maltanka”, which takes her passengers all the way to the New Zoo.The train operates daily from the end of April till the end of September.
On some weekends, the train is drawn by the antique steam engine Borsig (affectionately called “Agusia”) from 1925. For the locomotive to lead the first train at 10.00, it has to be started at 02:30am.
The MPK (Urban Transport Company), whose care “Maltanka” is in, also organizes rides with vintage trams and buses. The buses are equipped with sound systems and they operate on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays starting from the end of April till the end of September. Further information can be found at www.poznan.travel.
Porta Posnania ICHOT
The remarkable Porta Posnania symbolically connects Poznań’s oldest districts of Cathedral Island and Śródka. It attracts its visitors with a multimedia display, educational workshops, cultural events and tours. It presents the fascinating history of Cathedral Island and encourages visitors to tour it with an audio guide. The Porta Posnania is a perfect starting point for exploring the city along the Royal-Imperial Route.
Poznań Croissant Museum and Experience
You can see there the original shows which reveal the secrets of Saint Martin Croissants and other Poznan’s prides. Let’s meet in a beautiful, renaissance tenement house right opposite the Town Hall. The shows are presented live by the locals and prices include croissant tasting! The shows are presented live by the locals and prices include croissant tasting!
National Museum Gallery of Art and Sculpture
The museum owns rich collections of Romanesque and Gothic art, paintings by famous artists - Polish (among others Malczewski, Matejko, Wyspiański) and foreign (an overview of 15th-18th century Italian, 17th century Dutch and 16th and 17th century Flemish paintings). In the Poznań collection there is also the only Claude Monet painting in Poland - The Beach in Pourville.
Poland's only actual obelisk from ancient Egypt, tools used several thousand years ago by the first inhabitants of present-day Greater Poland, funerary urns in the shapes of faces - these are some unusual sights that can be seen in the Archaeological Museum in Poznan. This is one of the oldest, largest and most active museums in Poland.
Genius Loci Archaeological Reserve
The park presents relics of the early-Piast Middle Ages town fortifications dating back to the 10th Century, and the remains of the Renaissance wall that once surrounded the Cathedral Island. In the state-of-the-art audio-visual hall the visitors can follow through the history of the settlement on the Cathedral Island, which began in the 10th century.
Lech Visitors Centre
Have you ever wondered how log it takes to make LECH beer? What happens during the process of making the golden drink and what it looks like? What is hidden inside the tanks rising above Szwajcarska 11 in Poznań? All you need to satisfy your curiosity is a visit to Lech Visitors Centre.
Poznan Historical Museum
Since 1954, the Museum has been located in the Town Hall, the old seat of the City Authorities. The exhibition shows the history of the city from the thirteenth century to 1954. The most valuable exhibits includes among others the gilded and enamelled crosier from Limoges from the thirteenth century and a large guild of shoemakers rummer from 1651.
Museum of Musical Instruments
One of the few in Europe. Its collection of musical instruments consists of about two thousands items from all parts of the world. The Oscar hall is worth recommending - devoted to Oscar winner Jan A. P. Kaczmarek for the music to the film “Finding Neverland” with the award in the centre.
Models of Former Poznań
The Franciscan Church’s vaults host 3 models: the model of historic Poznań, the model of first Piasts’ town and the model of the Old Market Square. The first one depicts Poznań as presented in Braun-Hogenberg’s picture of 1618 in the scale of 1:150. The second one shows the appearance of Poznań in 10th century. In consideration of blind people, third model (1:100) has been made in the convex technique. The descriptions of the elements are in Braille.
Museum of Arms
The Museum is located on the premises of the former Fort Winiary (the Citadel). Originally used to make gun powder and shells, the facility was later converted to a munitions depot. The biggest attraction of its permanent exhibition are its outdoor displays of military equipment featuring over a dozen military vehicles, nine airplanes, two helicopters, five tanks, as well as numerous canons and mortars.
All materials (photos and descriptions of attractions) have been reproduced courtesy of the POZnan Travel team. For more information please visit: http://www.poznan.travel/.