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Conference starts on Friday, November 6 and ends on Tuesday November 10, 2015

Warsaw (Warszawa) can be conveniently reached by plane, train, or bus. Hotel Zamek Pułtusk (Pułtusk Castle) is located in a small historical town Pułtusk, ca. 65 km North of Warsaw close to White Forest, on the river Narwia.

The Pułtusk Castle is located at the Szkolna St. 11, 06-100 Pułtusk. There is a parking lot near the hotel, which is free of charge for the guests.

For the convenience of the participants there will be two buses to Pułtusk departing from the premises of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, (Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw) on Friday, November 6, 2015. One will depart at 1:00 pm and second at 3:00 pm.

After the Workshop, buses from Pułtusk to Warsaw will depart on Tuesday November 10, 2015 immediately after lunch. They will stop at Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Główna), as well as at the Warsaw Airport. The Warsaw Central Railway Station will be reached around 2:00 pm, while the Warsaw airport will be reached at around 3:00 p.m. Finally, buses will stop at the premises of the Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS.

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 Pułtusk venue of the Workshop. The first will depart from the parking lot of the institute at around 13:00 p.m. and the second one at around 15:00 p.m.

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 "Pętla" 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 zł/trip).

You can find more information on the Public Transport Authority of Warsaw website.


How to reach the Pułtusk Castle on your own?

By car

Best route to Pułtusk can be conveniently found using Google Maps service.  The distance is ca. 60 km and estimated driving time is ca. 1h 30 min.
Please, be advised that although roads are quite well marked with road signs, a freeway network in Poland is still limited. So, the driving takes more time than in other European Union states.


By bus

Alternatively, it is possible to get to Pultusk by public transport. Direct coaches depart from the bus terminal at Warsaw West Railway Station (Dworzec Zachodni) every ca. 15 mins. The journey lasts approximately 90 mins and costs ca. 10 PLN. Tickets can be bought online or from the driver (then only cash). Timetable can be found here.

The easiest way to get to West Railway Station bus terminal from Warsaw Chopin Airport is to take S2 or S3 city train (red colour). Journey lasts ca. 15 mins, tickets can be bought at vending machines at the station and have to be validated in the train. Leave at Dworzec Zachodni/Warsaw West Station stop. Timetable for airport trains can be found here.

Pultusk Castle is located about 1 km from from Pultusk bus station. Best way to reach the Castle is to go along Nowy Rynek Street in the direction of Reformacka St., then continue along Nowy Rynek until Zaulek St. and then turn left. After ca. 20 m one need to turn right into Przechodnia St. and continue along until Stare Miasto St., where one need to turn right. After ca. 50 m one need to turn left into Bulwar 5 brygady saperow, cross Narew River and continue straight along Juliusz Slowacki St. until Town Square. The Pultusk Castle will be seen on the right side.

You may also consult map here to find suitable route.


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 Foregin 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'2015 Workshop.


Local information

Time zone

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.

Mobile phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Pułtusk use the +(48 23) prefix.

Emergency telephone numbers

General emergency: 112


Police: 997
Fire squad: 998
Medical first aid: 999

Internet connection

There is a cable network connection in the hotel rooms (network cable can be rented at the reception) in the Pułtusk Castle 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 (zl), 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 June 2015, this rate was about 4.14 PLN for 1 EUR, 5.74 PLN for 1 GBP and 3.69 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveller'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. Sockets take two round-pin 4-mm in diameter plugs. Ground connection is afforded with an extra 4-mm round pin in a 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 jewellery 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 jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewellery.


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).