Optional Trip to Krakow
Krakow is one of the oldest and most beautiful Polish cities. It dates back to the seventh century and was the capital of Poland and later of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth until 1596. Warsaw is said to have been destroyed by Hitler and rebuilt by Stalin. Krakow, in comparison, remained relatively undamaged during World War II, and most of the city’s historical and architectural legacy was spared. Krakow has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life. Krakow and Warsaw can be compared to Boston and New York, although Krakow is undoubtedly more similar to Boston than Warsaw is to New York.
When to Go and How to Get There
To see and enjoy what Krakow has to offer, you need a minimum of 1¾ to 2 days. If you plan to visit Krakow before our Symposium in Warsaw, you should go on Wednesday morning at the latest and return to Warsaw on Thursday evening. If you plan to go afterwards, you can be more flexible.
The trip by train takes about three hours from the central station in Warsaw (Warszawa Centralna) to the central station in Krakow (Krakow Glowny). Tickets can be purchased one month in advance, and you can search for connections between Warsaw and Krakow.
- First-class, round-trip tickets cost with seat reservations are 330.00 PLN ($103)
- Second-class, round-trip tickets with seat reservations are 254.00 PLN ($79).
Going by plane is also possible and costs about $177 round trip for the 55-minute flight, but getting to the airports makes the time about the same as by train. You may want to consider flying directly to Krakow before the Symposium and out afterwards from Warsaw.
Poland does not yet use the Euro. The following conversion chart gives quotes based on the rates in the week of March 11 for the Polish Zloty (PLN) and other currencies.
1 USD = 3.2000 PLN 1 EUR = 4.1448 PLN 1 CHF = 3.3539 PLN 1 GBP = 4.7795 PLN
What to See
Where to Stay
You can either try our suggestions or use the hotel portals, Booking.com to find a room or apartment in Krakow.
Map of Sightseeing Locations and Hotels
Location map created by Lech Czerski
March 26, 2013