ATypI is proud to host its 2016 conference the sprawling capital of Poland. Warsaw’s varied architecture, vibrant music scene, and thriving typographic movement are the perfect framework for ATypI’s global type conference. Here is some basic information to assist you in planning your trip.
Did you know?
• Frédéric François Chopin (né Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin) was born just west of Warsaw in the small village of Żelazowa Wola. Among other tributes, there’s a Chopin museum, a statue in Łazienki Park, and the city's airport is named for the brilliant composer and musician.
• Speaking of Łazienki Park (Łazienki Królewskie), it’s Warsaw’s largest, designed in the seventeenth century by Tylman van Gameren. Its grounds encompass 76 hectares in the city center, linking palaces and providing sanctuary to an array of strutting peacocks.
• Pierogi may be the country’s most well-known stuffed pillowy treat, but with its countless varieties of kluski, Poland may well be the Dumpling Capital of the World.
• Załuski Library (Biblioteka Załuskich) – one of the oldest public libraries in the world—was founded by the Załuski brothers in Warsaw in 1747.
• The mermaid is Warsaw’s symbol and its protector, depicted on its coat of arms. You can't miss Syrenka, the Little Mermaid: a zinc cast replica of the 1855 sculpture by Konstanty Hegel reigns over Old Town Market Square. The original bronze monument was moved to the Museum of Warsaw for safekeeping. There are other mermaids in Warsaw – see how many you can find.
• Although vodka and beer are top tipples in Poland, the country's wine-making tradition, which dates back to the tenth century, is experiencing a resurgence. Other favored potables include cider (cydr), mead, slivovitz, and a plethora of fruit liqueurs (nalewki). Research your poison before you sample the wares in Warsaw.
(courtesy of Warsaw Convention Bureau)
Warsaw is very well connected by rail to other European cities. There are three train stations in Warsaw that provide international and domestic train services: Warszawa Centralna (Central Warsaw) – situated in the city centre and well connected to public transportation network; Warszawa Zachodnia (West Warsaw) which is set next to the international bus terminal; and Warszawa Wschodnia (East Warsaw) located on the east bank of the Vistula River (Praga). Timetable information is available here.
The easiest way to get to the capital of Poland is, of course, by plane. The international Warsaw Chopin Airport is located around 10 kilometres from the city centre. It is served by five bus lines, two of which reach the city centre directly – 175 and night bus N32. A railway connection with Chopin Airport is also available. If you decide to take a taxi, for safety reasons, use the licensed taxi services offered at Chopin airport. A fare to the centre should be around PLN 35-40. There are direct flights to Warsaw from most European destinations, as well as major US cities and other long-distance destinations like Dubai, where Emirates Airlines flies once each day. A smaller airport servicing only budget airlines is situated in Modlin, 35 km from Warsaw. The easiest way to get to the centre from this airport is to take the ModlinBus. The trip takes around 40 minutes.
From the airport to the city centre
For safety reasons, we suggest using only licensed taxi services at Chopin Airport. Taxi tariffs should be clearly displayed in the car window. The fare from the airport to the city centre is approximately 40 PLN. Recommended taxi companies include:
As of 1 June 2012, Chopin Airport has been linked to Legionowo and Sulejówek Miłosna (through the city centre) by a railway service. The service is operated by two companies: Szybka Kolej Miejska – SKM (Fast Urban Railway) and Koleje Mazowieckie (Masovian Railways).
(courtesy of Warsaw Convention Bureau)
If you are moving around the Old Town and the Palace of Culture and Science area, you might find it more convenient and scenic to walk. Otherwise, Warsaw boasts a quick, safe and efficient public transport system of metro, trams, buses and night buses, all operated by ZTM. All public transportation tickets can be purchased at ZTM points, in some newspaper kiosks, and at ticket machines located in the metro stations, in close proximity to some bus stops, and on some buses and trams. You can pay with cash or card. Tickets may be used for all means of transport. Select from 20-, 75- and 90-minute tickets. Longer-term options include one-day and weekend tickets. It's also possible to travel around the city by bicycle using Warsaw's bike rental system Veturilo. Click here to find out more about the public transport system in Warsaw.
WarsawTour free mobile application
The WarsawTour app will guide you through the city's most interesting places. Once you choose a walk, you will see your preferences on the map and a list of attractions on the dropdown menu. Information about museum opening hours and restaurant phone numbers will assist you in choosing sites to see and booking a table. Intuitive icons allow for easy identification of attractions on the map. The description of each walk, as well as a key to icons, are in the app menu. Create your own route by combining two selected walks. The app may be used offline and allows you to track your location via GPS. Download the WarsawTour app for iOS and Android.
Source: Ministry of Public Affairs, Government of Poland
Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and visa (if required). Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 includes the lists of third countries whose nationals must possess valid visas in order to cross external borders, and countries whose nationals are exempt from this obligation.
For more information on how to apply for a visa, please visit this page or your local Polish consulate.