Warsaw (Warszawa) can be conveniently reached by plane, train, or bus. The Żelechów Palace Spa and Wellness Centre is located in a small town Żelechów, ca. 87 km East-South of Warsaw.
The Żelechów Palace is located at the Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego 36, 08-430 Żelechów
For the convenience of the participants there will be two buses to Żelechów departing from the premises of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, (Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw) on Friday. More information coming soon.
After the Workshop, buses from Żelechów to Warsaw will depart on Tuesday. More information coming soon.
From the Warsaw Central Railway Station, the Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin Okecie airport or the Warsaw Modlin airport, please, come to our Institute. You will receive your Workshop materials there. Free lunch will be served to all participants in the institute cafeteria. Two busses will take us to the Żelechów venue of the Workshop.
Best way to reach our institute from the Warsaw Central Railway Station or the Fryderyk Chopin Okecie Warsaw airport is to take a taxi. However, Institute can be reached from Warsaw Central Railway station by bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska"). The bus starts from bus station "Dw. Centralny" located just outside the Station. The Institute is located close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski". From the Warsaw airport you should take bus 175 (direction: "Pl. Piłsudzkiego"), step out at the bus stop "Dworzec Centralny" and change for the bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska"). Your final destination is close to the bus stop "Szpital Wolski".
The Warsaw Modlin airport is located about 40 km outside of the Warsaw. To get to the institute you need to take a modlinbus or train to the Warsaw Central Railway Station (travel will take about 40 min - 1 h). Then, you need to take bus 109 (direction: "Os. Górczewska") from the Central Railway Station. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from the Airport to the institute, however it can be quite costly (200-300 PLN/trip).
You can find more information on the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw website.
Passports and Visas
Neither passport nor Polish visa is required to enter Poland for a foreign participant of the European Union states. A personal ID card suffices. Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate or consultweb page of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is necessary then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow sufficient time preceding the Workshop for your Polish visa to be issued. The requested invitation letter sent is meant to help a participant to raise funds or to obtain a Polish visa. However, it is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support or health insurance, unless clearly stated.
Insurance and liability
Participants are advised to take their own arrangements with respect to their health, travel, and property insurance. The Workshop organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2017 Workshop.
The time zone in Poland is GMT+1 h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 h ahead of that in Portugal and the U.K. as well as 2 h behind of that in Moscow.
You can use public telephones with phone cards, which can be purchased in the post offices, airports, railway stations, press/tobacco kiosks, and in receptions of most hotels.
All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Żelechów use the +(48 25) prefix.
Emergency telephone numbers
General emergency: 112
Fire squad: 998
Medical first aid: 999
There is a WiFi network connection accessible free of charge to the hotel guests. There is also wireless network connection in the lecture and seminar halls.
Currency and credit cards
The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zł), which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate of zloty, e.g., to Euro or US dollar, can be conveniently checked if PLN is selected as the Polish currency code. In May 2017, this rate was about 4.22 PLN for 1 EUR, 5.98 PLN for 1 GBP and 3.86 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveler’s checks at several banks located in the city centers as well as in the money exchange offices located, e.g., at railway stations and airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and automatic cash machines.
Power voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. CEE 7 standards.
Ground connection is afforded with an extra pin in a CEE 7/5 socket.
Weather and clothing
The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling colored leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold fall. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure for Poland.
Most shops (except of food stores) are open from 10:00 till 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on weekends. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewelry of amber from Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is a piece of amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewelry, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewelry.
Poles are known for their hospitality and appreciation of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beetroot soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).