Polyglot Gathering 2021

Practical information

If you already know you want to come to the Polyglot Gathering 2021 (good choice!), then let us help you with some practical decisions:

When should I arrive / leave?

1. The Polyglot Gathering dates

The event itself takes five days, from Wednesday 19 May (starting at about 6 pm) to Sunday 23 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 Monday 24 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
Sunday, May 16 Monday, May 17 Tuesday, May 18 Wednesday, May 19 Thursday, May 20 Friday, May 21 Saturday, May 22 Sunday, May 23 Monday, May 24
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
Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
Evening program Evening program Evening program Evening program Goodbye evening

2. Social activities before and after the event

Information about social activities will come later.

3. Crash courses before the Gathering

Information about crash courses will come later.

4. A little trip around Poland?

Morskie Oko
Morskie Oko in the Tatra Mountains (source: Wikimedia Commons)

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?

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

There are 3 direct trains per day, travel time 6 hours. Tickets start from 29 EUR and can be bought at bahn.de or intercity.pl.

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

Direct: 2 day trains and one night train, 8-9 hour trip, tickets from 29 EUR at tickets.oebb.at, zssk.sk or mavcsoport.hu.

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 want accommodation in a hotel we offer, you can book it in the registration form, please do not contact the hotel directly.

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***

Kuźnia Napoleońska (“The Napoleonic Forge”) is the hotel where the program of the Polyglot Gathering 2021 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 PG2021 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 2021 comes with full-board option only (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Distance to the venue: 0 km.

Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00, check-in on Wednesday: 12:00.

Information about other hotels will come later.

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:

Registration will start in February 2021