VENUE


Conference Location

The conference takes place at the Department of Telecommunications of the AGH University of Science and Technology and will be held in the Auditorium Maximum (building D-6, room 201, level 0). The Department of Telecommunications is located in buildings D-6 and D-5 on the AGH campus, ul. Czarnowiejska 78, which is about 1 km west of the Kraków city center.

The reception desk will be located at the building D-6 (except from Monday, June 15 - see the conference programme for details). You can find the buildings D-6 and D-5 here in the map of campus or the AGH map at Wikimapia.

It can be easily accessed by public transport (using tram 13, start from the "Main Station", direction: "Bronowice Małe", and then switching at "Plac Inwalidów" stop to bus 159, direction: "Cichy Kacik", get off at "Kawiory" bus stop).

Those arriving by car can access the building D-6 from the car park located in the south of them. The car park is accessible form Reymonta str. through Miechowska str. or Akademicka str.


Accomodation

Following hotels are within close walking distance to the IIS'09 Conference Venue:

FORTUNA Hotel***
5, Czapskich St. Old Town
10 min. by walk to the Conference Venue

SASKI Hotel***
3, Sławkowska St. Old Town
15 min. by walk to the Conference Venue

OSTOYA Palace Hotel ****
24, Piłsudskiego St. Old Town
10 min. by walk to the Conference Venue

For reservation please fill in the form by POLISH TRAVEL AGENCY ORBIS Co. Ltd. - Congress Bureau. Then send the form by fax or by e-mail. All the contact details are given in the form.

Budget accommodation:

- Alfa at AGH UST Campus, or
- The residential College ITAKA
contact person: p. Marta Staniszewska, +4812 617 34 71,
marta.staniszewska@agh.edu.pl
Please do not forget to mention that you attend the IIS Conference.

The conference organizers are not responsible for hotel reservations. Please contact these hotels directly.


Kraków

Kraków is one of the largest and the oldest cities in Poland. The history of this city dates back to the 7th century. By the end of the 10th century, the city was a leading trading centre. From this time come the oldest buildings in Kraków such as St. Adalbert's Church or so-called "Church B" placed in the Wawel Hill. In 1038 Kraków became the capital of Poland and it stayed a capital until 1596. In memory of that fact the official name of Kraków used on ceremonial occasion is Royal Capital City of Kraków.
The period of Kraków's greatest splendor began with the reign of King Casimir the Great, who was a generous patron of art and scholarship. In 1364 The Jagiellonian University has been found. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The time of Kraków prosperity lasted for the next three centuries and brought many works of Polish Renaissance art and architecture e.g. High Altar of the St. Mary's Church or Cathedral Church located on Wawel Hill.
In the 18th and 19th century Poland was occupied by its powerful neighbours: Russia, the Habsburg empire (present Austria), and Prussia. During this hard times for Poland Kraków was a capital of small and dependent ,,Grand Duchy of Cracow''.
The rules of occupants in Kraków ended on 31 October 1918. With the emergence of the Second Polish Republic, Kraków restored its role as a major academic and cultural centre with the establishment of new universities such as the AGH University of Science and Technology and the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts.
The brief independence time following World War I ended for Kraków in September 1939. During World War II Kraków was designated capital of the Central Government incorporating all Polish territories not directly included to the Third Reich.
Nowadays Kraków is an important center of science, education and business. Thanks to its history, monuments, unique atmosphere of the old town district and excellent restaurants Kraków attracts turists from the all parts of the world.
Among lots of historic places and buildings, the following are of the special interest: The Main Market Square, The Cloth Hall - Sukiennice, St.Mary's Basilica, The small Church of St.Adalbert, Town Hall Tower, The Royal Castle, Kazimierz District.


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