Social Programme

Icebreaker party on the beach

The icebreaker party will be held in a beach bar upon the Vistula (Wisła) river bank. This place attracts people due to its unique atmosphere and a picturesque view across the river. See: the Beach Club.

Conference Dinner

 

The joint Gala Dinner will be held at the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO world-heritage museum site, in a restaurant located several hundreds of metres underground in an abandoned excavation chamber – a most unique and memorable place. The price per person is 65 Euro. This evening dinner event will be combined with a breath-taking trip along the mine's old collieries (www.wieliczka-saltmine.com).

 

Leisure options

Kraków is a very lively city, full of major touristic attractions, with many interesting places to visit in its surroundings. The Jordan Group, our organizing partner, will offer a wide range of daily cultural and site-seeing trips both before and after the IAS Meeting and for the accompanying persons also during the meeting. Particularly worth visiting outside the town are:

  • The Wieliczka Salt Mine, 10 km from the Kraków centre (see www.wieliczka-saltmine.com), with its impressive underground chambers (now a museum and a UNESCO world heritage site).
  • The Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec, a picturesque monastery located on a hill of Upper Jurassic limestones on the Wisła river side ca. 5 km away from Kraków (see www.tyniec.benedyktyni.pl).
  • The Ojców National Park in Prądnik river valley, ca. 20 km north of Kraków, the smallest but probably best-known national park in Poland, featuring rocky limestone cliffs, caves, monadnocks (including the famous Hercules Cudgel) and the spectacular Renaissance Pieskowa Skała Castle are the main tourist attractions.
  • The Pieniny Mts with the traditional rafting on the Dunajec river (www.splyw-dunajcem.com/english), starting in Sczawnica, 120 km south-east of Kraków.
  • The city of Zakopane (110 km south of Kraków, near the border with Slovakia), famous for its unique highlander culture and food, especially home-made cheeses; a good place to take a close look at the Tatra Mountains – the highest mountain range of the Polish Carpathians, with Rysy standing at 2503 m above the sea level.
  • The former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp near Kraków (another UNESCO World heritage site).

For more touristic information about Kraków and the Małopolska region, see www.krakow.pl and the folder.