Cracow School of Theoretical Physics

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About the School

           The Cracow School of Theoretical Physics has been organized yearly since 1961. Its topics cover various aspects of theoretical physics, however, reviews of experimental results are usually also presented. Several pedagogical lectures, aimed at graduate students and young postgraduates who work in the particular field, are always arranged. The written version of the lectures is published in the school proceedings by Acta Physica Polonica B. Lecture sessions will be arranged in mornings and evenings. Afternoons will be free for discussions. Some time in the evening sessions will be allocated for short presentations by younger participants of the School. One day during the School will be free.

About the place.

           Zakopane is a popular summer and winter resort in Southern Poland, 100 km south from Cracow. The Tatra Mountains, a range of alpine character with peaks 2000-2600m high, surrounding Zakopane provide excellent walking and hiking opportunities. Zakopane is also famous for one of the most interesting of Polish theatres and some good art galleries. Cracow, the former capital of Poland is a unique city at the European scale. Its architectural monuments ranging through romanesque, gothic, baroque and renaissance styles containing the imposing fortifcation of the Wawel Castle, several tens of churches and many other historic edefices are the most remarkable. The layout of the City with the immense area of the Main Market Square dating to its location in 13th century is exceptional as well. Cracow is also one of the most important centres of Polish intellectual and artistic life. Its Jagellonian University was founded in 1364. Cracow hosts a great number of active art galleries, theaters, orchestras and choirs and many international art and music festivals take place here. To stress its role in the European cultural life, the European-Community authorities have chosen Cracow to act as one of nine cultural capitals of Europe in the year 2000. One day during the School will be free, in order to allow the participants for going for a longer hike in the Tatra mountains or visiting Cracow or neighbouring Wieliczka, where a medieval salt mine is located.

Accommodation in Zakopane

           The participants will be lodged in the "Geovita" hotel. The lecture hall, the restaurant and the reception desk will be there as well. The hotel is located a short distance from the centre of the town. Its address: DW "Geovita", 34-500 Zakopane, Wierchowa 4. Some participants may be also lodged in one of the hotels in the neighbourhood of the "Tatry" hotel. The accommodation will be mainly in double rooms, however, restricted amount of single rooms is available upon request.


           There is a large number of flights from various European airports to the Cracow (Krakow) airport and they provide the most convenient way to get to Cracow. Otherwise, one can fly to Warsaw and take an express train to Cracow afterwards. It takes 2 hours 40' to get from Warsaw to Cracow, however, it can take almost as much time to get from the Warsaw airport to the railway station, especially in rush hours, so the travel can become long this way. Coach transportation will be organized to take the participants from Cracow directly to the hotel in Zakopane.


Guests needing a visa to enter Poland should apply for it well in advance.


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