The conference will be held in Jan Błoński Room at the Royal Arsenal in Kraków (ground floor, room 06), at the Jagiellonian University’s Faculty of Polish Studies.
64 Grodzka Street
Royal Arsenal, also known as Ladislaus IV Arsenal (pl. Arsenał Władysława IV), was erected at the foot of Wawel Castle in 1533 by King Sigismund the Old (Zygmunt Stary). Situated just next to the Grodzka Gate, the Arsenal was a part of the city’s system of fortifications. Not far away from it, the defence walls joined the castle’s defences closing the ring of fortifications around the city. Thoroughly rebuilt by Ladislaus IV Vasa (Władysław IV Waza) in 1642, the Arsenal has since born his name. The rebuilt structure of brick and stone blocks in early baroque style replaced the original, single-storey building with two garrets on the sides and three gates. It housed more than 50 cannon and a foundry.
The decorative, rusticated portal of the central gate, the foundation stone of black marble and its inscription, and barrel vaulting on the ground floor are all preserved in the building from the time of King Ladislaus IV Vasa. There is a similar portal, possibly made by the same team, standing nearby in the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian) monastery at ul. Stradomska 4.
In the 19th century, the building was twice rebuilt and increased in height as it was transformed into barracks. The construction of the fourth floor, hidden behind the parapet wall, was associated with a critical simplification of the façade in the modernist style which took place in 1927, when the building was, in turn, adapted to the needs of the Institute of Geography of the Jagiellonian University to the design of Stanisław Filipkiewicz. Since 2005, it has housed the Institute of Polish Philology of the University.
Arriving at the airport
Kraków has a relatively small airport, with one international (T1) and one domestic terminal (T2).
There are three recommendable ways of getting from there to the City Center:
- boarding a train; the best and cheapest option to get to the Central Railway Station; more information about timetables and tickets may be found here: http://www.krakowairport.pl/en/passenger,c70/transport-parking,c76/how-to-get-to-krakow-airport,c77/train,a1756.html
- hiring a taxi; considering ongoing construction works at the airport and renovation of the railway from the Kraków Airport to the Central Railway Station—this might be the best idea, we particularly recommend calling Taxi Wawel at (+48) 12 266-66-66, (+48) 800-66-66-66 or 12 1-9666 (you may ask specifically for English service and, should you need one, also the cab with a credit card reader, not all of them may be equipped with those);
- renting a car; a tad more expensive than cubs, but inevitable in some cases (especially during high season); since we have not tested that option on our own, we would rather suggest checking all certified rental services on beforehand on the Kraków Airport website;
- or last, and in this case the least, using public transport; quite unluckily, the airport is operated by so called “zonal” or “agglomeration” buses, which means that ticket prices are inversely proportional to the frequency of buses; moreover, they are now highly overcrowded because of the mentioned cancellation of the airport train.
There are 3 bus lines: 208, 292 and 902 (the latter operating at night). Since all of them head to the Central Railway Station, it is best to depart at the last stop, “Central Station: East” (“Dworzec Główny: Wschód)—which is conveniently the last one (and closest to the Old Town).
If any of these information is not sufficient for your needs, you may always use a traffic planner provided by the Kraków Aiport at its website.
Central Railway Station
Since all of those travelling to Kraków by plane or train sooner or later end up on the Central Railway Station which is one of the top local transport hubs. However, whilst it is quite easy to get in the Station, it may be a bit trickier to get out—the key to succesfully navigate through the maze of shops at the neighbouring mall (“Galeria Krakowska”) is to follow all signs directing to the Old Town and Pawia St. or to head directly to Jan Nowak Jeziorański Square (all of them labelled on the map below) bordering the junction of Lubicz, Pawia, Basztowa, and Westerplatte Sts.
Having left Jan Nowak Jeziorański Sq., one can again choose between several options:
- take a cab from the stand located alongside Pawia St., but it pays off only if the hotel is located outside the Old Town; if not, it is best either to:
- take a walk, everything in the Old Town is located in the walking distance, which can turn even a wearing quest for finding the hotel into an enjoyable sightseeing tour
- use public transport, primarily tramways that are quite good at bypassing gridlocks during the peak hours (approx. 7-9 A.M. and 3-5 P.M. in the City Center). All bus & trams timetables may be found on a vintage website of the Cracow Transport Company (MPK), but since we realise how Polish stop names may be confusing, we recommend using the interactive map where one can mark start and destination points by simply clicking on the desired place on the webasite JakDojadę.pl.