About the Conference Venue
The Open Education Global Conference will take place at the AGH University of Science and Technology, on the premises of the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics.
A detailed map of the AGH UST campus marking the exact conference venue is available here.
Kraków, with a population of over 755,000 people, is Poland’s second largest city. It is located in the south of the country in the Małopolska Region. It is considered as a cultural capital of the country. As such it is a modern yet compact place, a popular destination for international meetings and a place of interest for educators (17 public universities and 2 oldest in Poland), businesses and tourists.
The attraction is not just the splendid architecture and the treasures of art – reminders of the times when Kraków was a royal capital city – but also the unique ambience of the former Jewish district and the masterpieces of Polish Art Nouveau. However old and beautiful it is, Kraków is not limited to its monuments and museums. Thanks to a great density and variety of bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, Kraków sparkles with life.
But, above all, the city is known as the most popular tourist destination in Poland, with the royal Wawel Castle and the medieval Old Town being rated among its major attractions. The majority of monuments are situated in the Old Town, framed by the ring-shaped park, known as “Planty”. In the centre of the Old Town there is Europe’s largest market square, with the “Sukiennice” (the Cloth Hall) dating from the 14th century and one of the best-known landmarks of Kraków.
As the video is worth more than thousand words, take a short virtual walk around the city center.
Main areas of interest in Kraków:
The Main Square and the Wawel Castle are located within the Old Town. Wawel Castle is a true Renaissance attraction. Tickets need to be booked in advance. Tickets for the Underground Museum of Medieval City (under the Main Square) also need to be booked in advance.
Kazimierz – old Jewish quarter, to the south of Old Town: narrow streets full of history and a touch of magic combined with a lively atmosphere of restaurants, pubs and art galleries.
Nowa Huta – a “perfect communist city”, built after WW2, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not recommended without a guide.
Places of interest around the city:
1. Wieliczka Salt Mine (http://www.kopalnia.pl/), around 10km from Kraków
2. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (http://auschwitz.org/en/), City of Oświęcim, around 50km from Krakow
3. Tatra Mountains – around 2 hours drive by bus/ car
Numerous tours in and around Kraków can be booked here: http://jordan.pl/en/
MINI-GUIDE to Kraków: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/poland/travel-tips-and-articles/76645