The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre (www.hik.krakow.pl/en). The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Kraków’s Old City, only a few minutes away from the main Market Square, Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, Wawel Castle, the central train station and bus terminal and Kraków’s biggest shopping centers. The hotel is located 15 m from the tram stop, 8 km from highway A4 and 15 km from Kraków Airport in Balice.
The historical part of the Holiday Inn Krakow City Center building is the Parenski Palace, now beautifully renovated and integrated with a modern glass & concrete construction which blends perfectly with Krakow’s old 19th and 20th century architecture.
The palace used to belong to Professor Stanisław Pareński (1843-1913), a Krakow doctor who participated in the historic January uprising when Poland was under Partitions. Prof. Pareński was a distinguished specialist in internal medicine and a man committed to charity work.
Art exhibitions used to be organized in the Pareński Palace and they attracted all the people important during the Młoda Polska Art Nouveau period. The guests included the very gifted painter Teodor Axentowicz who painted the famous ‘Pareński Daughters’. A patron of the art exhibitions, Tadeusz Boy-Zeleński, married one of the Professor’s daughters while another one died tragically and some people claim to have seen her wandering in the hotel rooms. Jacek Malczewski and Feliks Jasiński also visited the Palace. The famous playwright Stanisław Wyspiański read out the first fragments of his most famous play Wesele in the Palace.