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DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
Warsaw, Poland
11 - 14 September 2017
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Warsaw Travel Information

Travel to Warsaw

Join us in Warsaw, Poland

Throughout history Warsaw has always been a centre of important events and activities. Its exceptional vitality and capital status has always been the driving force to strive for and develop new aspirations and where new concepts and ideas are born. Warsaw is testimony to remarkable heroism, commitment and national pride.

Warsaw has existed for several hundred years. Once called “the Paris of the North”, like the mythical Phoenix, it rose from the ashes after total devastation. Although the beginnings of Warsaw go as far back as the 12th and 13th century Warsaw was forced to completely rebuild after the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. The symbol of the capital’s rebirth was an unprecedented post-war re-creation of the Old Town, which in was put on the  list of World Heritage Sites, as an example of a nearly complete reconstruction of the original settlement.

In contrast, the Palace of Culture and Science, which overlooks the city, is just the opposite in terms of ensuring historical continuity of the city. This unparalleled building, which is an example of socialist realist architecture, represents an icon of communism and enslavement. Today, it is one of Warsaw’s youngest monuments, and like the Old Town, is a tourist attraction.

Event location

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Warsaw
Skalnicowa Street 21, Warsaw, 04-797, Poland

Located in the captial city and close to the financial and embassy districts; 25 minutes from Warsaw Chopin Airport, and 20 minutes from the city center. 

Once You Are There

Warsaw, nurturing over 400 years of pride as a capital, is Poland’s largest city and an economic, political, and cultural centre. The symbol of the city is the Mermaid, featured on the city seal. Warsaw is a bustling metropolis and features an unforgettable history. A city where a fourth of the terrain is covered by parkland and a city of culture for all tastes and budgets.

Spending a few days is worth it in order to experience the unforgettable atmosphere. The city’s diversity and richness means that there is something for everyone. Historic palaces and churches meet modern architecture, and cosy cafes compete with fashionable music-filled clubs. Regardless of the goal of your visit, Warsaw will make an impression upon you.

Depending on one's mood, one can go to one of many museums or go for a stroll. Worthwhile is the view from the Palace of Culture and Science. Those tired of the city's bustle can take in Warsaw’s environs, see castle ruins, or take a ride on a historic railroad. Read more at the Tourism Warsaw website.

Dining and nightlife

Special events in Warsaw happen daily: concerts, shows, expositions, outdoor events and sporting events. For those tired from sightseeing, numerous pubs, clubs, and casinos await.

Although Warsaw’s menus feature traditional Polish cuisine, food from around the world can be found at the many restaurants suited to all tastes. The cheapest - Milk Bars - are an attraction offering a slice of years past. One of Warsaw’s culinary symbols is undoubtedly sweet - quite literally! Try the ‘Zygmuntówka’, jelly-filled doughnuts from Blikle, or Wedel chocolate. To learn more, visit  Going Out in Warsaw


Warsaw offers a little bit of everything from malls, to kiosks, to bazaars . Read more about shopping options.

Major airports

Warsaw Chopin Airport

  • The largest and main international airport, sometimes referred to as Okęcie Airport
  • Services approximately 300 scheduled flights daily and is about 6 miles southwest of Warsaw
  • Handles just under 40% of the country's air passenger traffic

Warsaw–Modlin Airport

  • The newer airport at Modlin, serving as Warsaw–Modlin Airport for budget airlines
  • Located 25 miles north of Warsaw's city center
  • The airport is the 5th busiest in Poland

Ground transportation

Traveling to, and in and around Warsaw offers many options; bus, train, taxi etc.

Warsaw Getting Around 


Warsaw/Poland Transport

 Car Rental

Hertz Car Rental is the selected as the official car rental agency for this Event. To reserve a car as a Security + Defence conference attendee, follow the steps below.

 • Call the Hertz International Reservation Center at 1-800-654-3001 in the USA or your local Hertz Reservations Center to receive a special discount for SPIE.  Reservations may also be placed on-line at www.hertz.com.  You will receive 15% off qualifying Affordable rates at participating locations in Poland.
 • Be sure to identify yourself as a SPIE attendee.  The PC# 137480 must be on your advance reservation to receive this special offer.  You must present this coupon at the time of rental in order to receive this discount.  
 • This special offer is available for rentals from September 1-30, 2017.

Driving Directions and Parking

To Hotel from the Airport:
Take Zwirki i Wigury Street for 2.2 km, turn right into Sasanki Street and continue on Marynarska Street. Turn right into Rzymowskiego Street and follow the road until you cross the Vistula River by the Siekierkowski Bridge. Take the first right and continue on Wal Miedzeszynski Street for 4.5 km. Turn left into Skalnicowa Street. 

To Hotel from the City Center:
Cross the river by the Lazienkowski Bridge, and turn right to Wal Miedzyszynski Street, continue about 7.7 km, and turn left into Skalnicowa Street. You will see the hotel on your left.

For further information, please visit the Hotel’s website: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/poland/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-and-conference-centre-warsaw-WAWCCDI/maps-directions/index.html. 

Parking for 340 cars is available free of charge at the Hilton Doubletree open air car park. Garage parking with security is also available at 5 PLN/hour or 50 PLN for 24 hours. 

Visa information

If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now. Strict security requirements may cause delays in visa processing. It is strongly encouraged travelers to apply for their visas as early as possible (at least 3 to 4 months before the visa is needed).

Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas to present their papers may access information and the form on the Visa Information and Invitation Requests page.

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