Travel to Wrocław and Poland

As a member state of the European Union, Poland is a part of the Schengen Area. Citizens of the European Union and many other countries do not require a visa for entering Poland. However, we recommend consulting these webpages for more information: entering Poland, visa free countries.

Air travel

Wrocław Nicolaus Copernicus Airport (WRO) serves a number of international and Polish connections. Many of the flights arriving to Wrocław are operated via Frankfurt, Munich or Warsaw. To find convenient flights try visiting websites of the airlines operating in Wrocław: LOT, Lufthansa, SAS, Eurowings, Ryanair, Wizzair, or use a flight search engine such as Skyscanner.

Taxis are available from the airport. The journey to the city centre will cost around 50-60 PLN (which is about 15 EURO) and will take between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the traffic. Some telephone numbers to taxi companies can be found at this page. There is also the bus line 106 which connects the airport to the Wrocław main train station in the city centre.

Rail travel

The Wrocław main station (Wrocław Główny in Polish) operates trains to many Polish and European cities. Check this page for convenient connections.

Road travel by car

The city is linked by the motorway A4 with Dresden and Berlin to the west and Kraków to the east. There is also the expressway S8 which reaches Warsaw. All other Polish and European cities are of course reachable from Wrocław, however not necessarily via a highway system.

Road travel by bus

Many Polish and European towns and cities have a direct bus connection with Wrocław. You can consult e.g. e-podroznik.

Local travel

Wrocław is well served by a public transportation system consisting of buses and trams. One can check the connections on jakdojade.pl or on google maps.

The conference venue

The conference will be held in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Wrocław, ul. Joliot-Curie 15, 50-383 Wrocław. The closest bus and tram stop is "Most Grunwaldzki". More buses and trams call at "Pl. Grunwaldzki", which is an 8 minutes walk from the department. Other close bus and tram stops are “Katedra” and “Urząd Wojewódzki” both of which are around 6 minutes on foot from the conference venue.

Parking

The number of available parking spaces in the campus is limited. Please contact the organizers if you will need one. Keep in mind that paid tickets are needed for parking in most places outside of the campus.

General information on Wrocław

Wrocław is the fourth largest Polish city, located in the south-west part of the country. It has been always rich in history, having been inhabited by Polish, Czech, German, and Jewish communities throughout the last millennium.

The weather

The weather in September is usually pleasant, with warm sunny days and cool nights. A current forecast for Wrocław can be found on accuteweather at accuweather.com.

Sightseeing

We recommend consulting visitwroclaw.eu for information on what to see and do in your leisure time. Some of the places worth a visit are given below.

Rynek of Wrocław

Rynek – Wrocław's main square has an area of 3.8ha and belongs to the biggest market squares in Poland. The late gothic Town Hall with its 66m tower is the biggest building of its kind in Poland. In its underground functions Piwnica Świdnicka - one of the oldest restaurants in Europe. Rynek is a popular meeting place, whith plenty of restaurants and pubs.


Ostrów Tumski

Surrounded by the river Oder, the oldest part of the city has a truely remarkable architecture. Its landmark is the gothic cathedral of St. John the Baptist. From Ostrów Tumski one can enjoy a great view of the historic main building of the University which is located on the other bank of the river. This part of the city takes on even more charm during evenings and nights, when it becomes illuminated by numerous lamps. If you are lucky then you might even encounter a lamplighter taken straight out of the XIXth century. He is on duty every evening lighting the gas lamps located on Ostrów Tumski.



Historic main building of the University of Wrocław

The baroque style main building was raised in 1728 as the seat of the Jesuit University in Wrocław known as Academia Leopoldina. Its facade lies alongside the Oder river and becomes beautifully illuminated during the nighttime. Places inside the building which are worth a visit include the Aula Leopoldinum – the only fully equipped secular baroque chamber in Poland as well as the Mathematical Tower with a viewpoint terrace at the height of 42m and a meridian line on its floor.


Centennial Hall

The centennial hall was opened in 1913 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig and the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte. The city was then a part of the German Empire. The Hall was constructed to serve as a multifunctional structure to host exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and opera performances, and sporting events. It continues to meet these objectives until this day; the Hall was listed as a UNESCO world heritage sight in 2006



Multimedia Fountain

The Wrocław Multimedia Fountain is the largest fountain in Poland and one of the largest in Europe. The fountain was opened in 2009 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first free elections in the postwar Poland. Located inside the picturesque Szczytnicki Park and by the Centennial Hall, it attracts many Polish and foreign tourists. The basin of Pergola has 300 water jets, which create geysers, water mists, spurts and many other shapes. The water installation is synchronised with 800 lights - light, water and music together create a spectacular show. These take place every hour on every day and vary in length. During the special night shows there are animations, photos and films projected on the water's surface.


Wrocław ZOO and Afrykarium

The Wrocław Zoological Garden (Ogród Zoologiczny we Wrocławiu in Polish), is the oldest zoo in Poland, having been opened in 1865. Being home to the largest number of animals among Polish zoos, it is also the most visited zoo in Poland (and the fifth most visited zoo in Europe). One of the main attractions of the zoo is the newly opened Wrocław Afrykarium - a theme oceanarium devoted solely to the African fauna. Its concept is to present the selected ecosystems of Africa, including: The Red Sea, The African Great Lakes, The Mozambique Channel, Eastern Africa, Coast of Namibia and the Congo River jungle. Among the many attractions of the Afrykarium there is an underwater tunnel allowing for a great inside view of the world of water animals.


Hydropolis

Hydropolis – a centre of knowledge about water, was opened in 2015. It is located in a historic XIXth century pure water tank. The whole exhibition has over 4 thousand square metres. The museum is designed to be highly interactive; for instance one of the rooms gives an opportunity to get inside the bathyscaphe “Trieste”, in which two daredevils dived into the Mariana Trench in 1960.




Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The rotunda shaped building presents one huge painting of the Battle of Racławice in 1794. The battle was fought during the Kościuszko uprising between Polish insurgents and the forces of Tsarist Russia. Although the Kościuszko apprising did eventually fall, which resulted in Poland losing its independence for more than 120 years, the battle itself was won by the Polish forces. The painting is one of only a few preserved relics of a genre of XIXth century mass culture, and the oldest in Poland. The panorama stands in a circular fashion and, with the viewer in the center, presents different scenes at various viewing angles. A special kind of perspective used in the painting and additional effects (lighting, artificial terrain) create a feeling of reality. The Panorama was created in the end of the XIXth century in Lwów and for many years it was exhibited there. It was moved to Wrocław after the end of World War II.


National Museum in Wrocław

Established in 1947, it is one of Poland's main branches of the National Museum system. It holds one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the country. The holdings of Wrocław Museum are closely connected with the history of border shifts in Central Europe following World War II. After the annexation of Eastern half of the Second Polish Republic by the Soviet Union, main parts of Poland's art collections were transferred from the cities incorporated into the USSR including Lwów and Kijów. The Gallery was arranged to remind the Polish people coming from these incorporated regions and settling in Wrocław, that they were again residing in Poland.


Cultural activities

In the city one will find many cinemas showing both Polish and International films. The one closest to the conference venue is the Multikino located in the Pasaż Grunwaldzki shopping mall. For the program of cinemas in Wrocław see cinema program. There is also the Wrocław Opera which program can be found here (regrettably the webpage is available only in Polish). In addition, the newly established National Forum of Music (Narodowe Forum Muzyki) is the seat of the Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the festival Wratislavia Cantans. The International Festival Wratislavia Cantans in one of the most important European events in the field of classical music. This year’s edition lasts from 7th to 17th September. Please consult Wratislavia Cantans for more information on the festival.