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Warsaw is the capital city and largest city of Poland located on  the Vistula River, in the  central part of the Republic of Poland, which is one of the largest country in The European Union. Rebuilt after extensive total demage throughout its war history, nowadays is an multicultural place to live, European  important economic as well as international tourist destination, see more → http://en.poland.gov.pl/


University of Warsaw Libraryhttp://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/images/mapa/

Situated on the Vistula river embankment, nearby heritage University campus on Krakowskie Przedmieście, The University of Warsaw Library has been one of the biggest architectural attractions in Warsaw since its opening in 1999. The building, which was designed by architects Marek Budzyński and Zbigniew Badowski consists of two parts; commercial parts, and house of the library with a glass roof. The internal building space was designed in accordance with the idea of an open library in modern style (painted in shades of green and gray) with one of the largest roof garden in Europe, namely a gentle sloped surface with planted vegetation. The internal space was divided into levels, most of level 1 and 2 is occupied by an o n store house where readers have direct access to more than four hundred thousand volumes On 2 level there is chasitsu, the Japanese pavilion, which is the venue for courses on the culture of the nation of the Rising Sun as well as on the culture of ceremony of chanoyu tea.  the only facility of its kind in Poland and the second one in Europe. On 3 level of the Library, readers can access special collections: print room, early imprints, maps, manuscripts, music collections, ephemera, 19th century collections as well as the Austrian Library.

 

TRAVEL:

VISA
Participants requiring a visa to visit a Poland are advised to aplly for one at a Polish Consulate well in advance. http://www.msz.gov.pl/index.php?portlet=login/login

Warsaw  Chopin Airport → http://www.lotnisko-chopina.pl/en/airport/about-the-airport
Warsaw is served by the Frederic Chopin Airport located within the city limits, 10 km from the city center. Bus routes 175 connect the airport with the nearby residential districts and the city center. Please note that pickpocketers tend to be an issue on airport buses. 

Maps

Warsaw City map, Top 10

Local transportation, public transportation

Airport and the City Center and most of the hotels can be reached by bus 175. Bus tickets are available from vending machines at bigger bus stops or from bus drivers (exact amount in cash is needed) or at kiosks. To plan your own travel, check  http://www.ztm.waw.pl/index.php?c=110&l=2
Price for a 40-minute time-limit ticket is 3.80 zloty. It entitles to as many changes of lines as necessary within 40 min, trip to the Central Railway Station (located at the city center) takes about 24 min. Your final stop is Uniwersytet (33 min from the Terminal 2 at the airport). Don't forget to validate ticket inside a bus.

Taxis

Recommended taxis ordered by phone are :
19191 (MPT Taxi),
196-22 ( Super Taxi)
22 6444444  (Sawa Taxi).
Taxis are available directly at the exit doors of all terminals at the Frideric Chopin Airport Taxi prices vary between the companies (2 - 3 PLN/km day rate, with 50% late night and weekend surcharge). Route to the city center should cost about 50 PLN (złoty).  Please, be aware of private taxi drivers waiting in the airport hall. Please note, that privarte taxis corporates can be very expensive.

Arriving by train

Warsaw main railway station Warszawa Centralna is located in the city center, with many bus and trams routes  connecting it directly with all parts of the city. The taxi stand can be found by following the signs on the platforms and along the underground passages. See also http://www.e-warsaw.pl/2/index.php?id=607.

Telephone

When calling from abroad to Poland dial +48 followed by the area code ( omitting the initial zero) and the number required. When calling abroad from Poland : dial double zero ( 00) plus the country code.


Time Zone

Poland is in the Central European Time. The difference between Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) and the time in Warsaw  is +1.


Opening Hours

Most shops normally are open between 10.00 hrs and 18.00 hrs, and weekends until 14.00 hrs. Food stores, department stores and shopping centers are usually open longer. Many grocery stores are open until 23.00hrs. Pubs and restaurants are open  mostly  till 23.00 hrs.


Smoking

Poland is smoke free in all public buildings as well as in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Designated smoking areas are located outside.


Language

Polish is the national language. Many Poles, especially young speak fluent English. Many restaurants have menus in both  Polish and English


Emergency General emergencies, ambulance, fire and police: dial 112

Money

The exchange rate is approximately 1 EUR = 4,1 PLN
Banks are usually open Monday through Friday from 10.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs although exchange offices usually have longer opening hours. Exchange services are available from Bank and X-Change , both of which have offices located generally all overt the city as well as cash dispensers marked  in Poland "Bankomat". All major credit cards are accepted in Poland. 

In the web page of the Warsaw Tourist Office you can find useful information for tourists, in particular various interesting brochures could be downloaded,  for instance Warsaw ,  Warsaw City map, Top 10, Maria Skłodowska-Curie, John Paul II, Fryderyk Chopin


Restaurantshttp://www.warszawa.restauracje.com.pl/

MAPS: Warsaw City map, Top 10

 
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