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|
|Evening program||Evening program||Evening program||Evening program||Goodbye evening|
2. Social activities before and after the event
3. Crash courses before the Gathering
4. 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?
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 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 (“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.
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! (In 2019 we had 654 participants and we are ready for even more.)