If you already know you want to come to the Polyglot Gathering 2020 (good choice!), then let us help you with some practical decisions:
Buy your Gathering ticket
Reserve your place at the Polyglot Gathering 2020 right away to get the best price here.
When should I arrive / leave?
1. The Polyglot Gathering dates
The event itself takes five days, from Tuesday 26 May (starting at about 6 pm) to Saturday 30 May (ending late the evening). You can, of course, only buy a ticket for a part of the event or for just one day, depending on your time possibilities. We recommend attending the whole event (until breakfast on Sunday 31 May) as this will give you plenty of time to make friends and learn a lot of new things.
|Pre-Gathering activities||Polyglot Gathering||Post-Gathering activities|
|Saturday, May 23||Sunday, May 24||Monday, May 25||Tuesday, May 26||Wednesday, May 27||Thursday, May 28||Friday, May 29||Saturday, May 30||Sunday, May 31|
|Language crash courses in Warsaw||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast||Breakfast|
|Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops||Departure|
|Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||After-Gathering events in Warsaw and crash courses in Berlin|
|Registration, games||Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops||Talks and workshops|
|Evening program||Evening program||Evening program||Evening program||Goodbye evening|
2. Social activities before and after the event
- During the days before and after Polyglot Gathering you will be able to practice Polish (and not only) at Warsaw Tandem meetings. It will be mainly in Green Caffè Nero at Inflancka 4 near metro Dworzec Gdański from 20:00 to 22:00.
- Chopin Concerts in Warsaw have been held at the foot of the Fryderyk Chopin Monument in the Łazienki Royal Park. Eminent pianists perform every Sunday from mid-May until the end of September at noon and 4 p.m. Free entrance. So you can listen to Chopin’s music for free before the Polyglot Gathering 2020 on Sunday, May 24th and after the Gathering on Sunday, May 31st.
3. Crash courses before the Gathering
Are you coming over to the Gathering and have the option of getting here a bit earlier? Would you like to participate in a Polish, German or Italian crash course for a few days before the event? In case you answered yes to both of the above, we’ve got you covered!
You can register to a Polish crash course in Warsaw before the Polyglot Gathering even starts, which gives you the option of coming over on Saturday already (full 3 days before the Gathering) and learn some Polish.
Or maybe you would like to improve your German or Italian (or even both) in a very short time? You want to enter the Gathering atmosphere a bit earlier because 5 days of crazy polyglotism isn’t enough? Register to this three-day course in Warsaw!
4. Crash courses after the Gathering
Do you want to spend more time with language enthusiasts, learn even more languages and discover another European city? You can participate in a crash course of German or Esperanto near Berlin. Both are one week long, from May 31 to June 7.
5. A little trip around Poland?
The Warsaw area is only a small part of Poland. What about getting to know the beaches of Northern Poland, the lakes and forests of Eastern Poland, the historical sites of Kraków, exploring the huge Malbork castle or hiking in the Tatra mountains?
Poland has a lot to offer. See if you can find some travel buddies among the participants at the Facebook event page?
How do I get to Teresin?
First, get to Warsaw. Teresin is about 50 km west of Warsaw. There is a direct local train from many stations within Warsaw to Teresin Niepokalanów, going once every hour, for a one-way ticket cost of around 3 EUR. Tickets can be bought at machines on the stations, they also accept credit cards. The trip takes 38 minutes from Warszawa Zachodnia and around an hour from Chopin airport (with a change in Warszawa Zachodnia).
Get to Warsaw by train
Warsaw has three main train stations: Warszawa Wschodnia, Centralna, Zachodnia (East, Central, West). Usually, all long distance trains pass all three of them, and you should ideally go to Warszawa Zachodnia. From there, take the local train to Teresin Niepokalanów.
Trains From Berlin
Trains From Prague
Direct: 3 day trains and one night train, 8 hour trip, tickets from 500 CZK at cd.cz/eshop.
Trains From Vienna, Bratislava & Budapest
Trains From Moscow
1 day, 1 night train, 14-18 hour trip, tickets from 8000 RUB at https://pass.rzd.ru/main-pass/public/en.
Get to Warsaw by bus
There are 2 main long-distance bus stations in Warsaw: At Zachodnia train station (Zachodni) and at Młociny metro station. Ideally, go to Zachodni, from there you have the direct local train to Teresin. If you get to Młociny, take the metro to Centrum station and from there walk to Śródmieście train station where the local train to Teresin stops.
Get to Warsaw by airplane
Warsaw has 2 airports: Chopin/Okęcie (WAW, closer to the city), and Modlin (WMI, further from the city and mostly served by Ryanair).
From Chopin airport to Teresin
Take a local train to Zachodnia station, and then the local train to Teresin.
From Modlin airport to Teresin
Take a shuttle bus to Modlin station, then a local train to Zachodnia station, and then the local train to Teresin. There is also a direct bus from the Modlin airport to the center of Warsaw – Palace of Culture and Science – at the Śródmieście station and then a local train from this station to Teresin.
Where will I stay?
This year, accommodation will be provided directly in the venue of the Polyglot Gathering. Because the capacity is limited, we have reserved rooms in neighbouring hotels as well. See the page How to participate for more information about the costs of hotels. Breakfast is included and all rooms have a bathroom.
If you do not want to book a room in one of the hotels we offer, you can of course find your own accommodation. It is also possible to commute from Warsaw.
Kuźnia Napoleońska (“The Napoleonic Forge”) is the hotel where the program of the Polyglot Gathering 2020 will take place.
Are you a blacksmith? No? Well, worry not as this is not a real forge, although lacking in crude metal, it will however provide you with the option of sleeping directly at the PG 2020 venue which is partially located in a historical building, the rooms offer a unique combination of classic decorations with traditional elements. Don’t worry about the time, wake up when you want. Double and triple rooms with bathrooms, breakfast buffet, flat-screen TVs, towels and the possibility to use a small pool as well as a jacuzzi for free, moreover you can enjoy a sauna which comes at an additional cost however. A parking lot that will provide you with an ideal slot for your car. Accommodation at the hotel during PG 2020 comes with full-board option only (lunch and dinner).
Distance to the venue: 0 km.
Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00, check-in on Tuesday: 12:00.
Leśne Zacisze (“The Forest Refuge”) is located in Teresin.
As the name suggests, the ideal place for people who enjoy trips to the forest, who like to relax and take their time, a walk to the venue is straight forward and takes twenty minutes on foot, going along the town’s main street where you pass by shops, the train station and restaurants. Rooms mainly for 3-4 people (with limited availability of 1-2 person rooms) with bathrooms, breakfast buffet included. Spacious parking lot, although the hotel doesn’t have an elevator, the accomodation is on the first two floors. Towels are not provided, so be sure to bring your own. So if you enjoy going for a jog in the morning and love the freshness of the forest, this is the place for you.
Distance to the venue: 2.1 km, 4 minutes by car, 25 minutes on foot. Free shuttle buses will be provided for participants every morning and every night.
Karczma Pod Bażantem***
Karczma Pod Bażantem (“The Inn Under the Pheasant”) is located down the road to Warsaw, 5.8 km from the venue, right next to the main road.
Are you participtaing with the use of a car and are looking for a luxurious place to stay? This one might tickle your fancy. 1-2 person luxury rooms with flat-screen TV, private bathroom, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and towels. Breakfast buffet is included in the price and sadly no elevators but with a free parking lot. It is a lovely place to spend the nights with lovely surroundings and fields of green. Should your car be low on petrol, well, worry not for the petrol station is right next to the hotel.
Distance to the venue: 5.8 km, 6 minutes by car. Free shuttle buses will be provided for participants every morning and every night.
Hotel Chopin Business and Spa****
Hotel Chopin is located in Sochaczew, a medium-sized town 12 km West from Teresin.
Are you looking for a hotel that’s not only luxurious but also well situated? Read on to find out whether this one is for you. Ideal for people who want luxury in a four star hotel and for those looking for a single room. You will find shops, restaurants, bars and stunning parks in close proximity of the hotel and let’s not forget the ruins of the Castle of the Dukes of Mazovia right across the road from the hotel. The registration form, provides you with the choice of “Single” and “Single economy”: the latter are smaller and without air conditioning. Are you a group of 3 or 4 and wish to stay at this hotel? Please get in touch. The hotel comes prepared offering a parking lot, breakfast buffet, towels and an elevator.
Distance to the venue: 13.7 km, 15 minutes by car, 11 minutes by train from Sochaczew to Teresin-Niepokalanów. Free shuttle buses will be provided for participants every morning and every night.
Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00.
What will I eat?
Lunches and dinner will be provided in the main venue, hotel Kuźnia Napoleońska (even for participants who are staying somewhere else). Meals will be served as buffets with vegetarian and vegan options. If you have allergies, write it in the registration form and we will do our best to provide you with appropriate food.
Meals are a great way to socialize with other polyglots, but of course you do not have to order meals there: you can go out and eat at places of your choice. There are a few restaurants, cafés and snack stands in the town. There is a small store next to the venue and a supermarket next to the train station.
If you are staying at one of the hotels we offer, breakfast is included there.
What will I do for five days?
Oh don’t you worry about that! 🙂 You’ll have:
- Interesting lectures to attend
- A board game zone to play in
- A no-English zone with hammocks to relax in (ohne Englisch zu benutzen, porque queremos disfrutar de otros idiomas, pour ne pas toujours utiliser que l’anglais, потому что это же Встреча полиглотов, i przecież rozmowa w innych językach jest taka ciekawa! Práve preto sme vymysleli takúto špeciálnu zónu, a všem se to loni moc líbilo. Eble la tuta evento devus esti sen la angla…)
- A bookcrossing zone to get rid of your old books and get some new ones for free
- A coffeebreak zone to enjoy a free coffee in between lectures
- A fun evening program with polyglot games, multilingual concerts, multicultural cuisine
- Hundreds of interesting people to meet! (Last year we had 654 participants and we expect more this year.)