Accompanying programme

BGCI’s 10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

Bringing nature to the city. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden.

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Sightseeing tours September 12th - Warsaw historic parks and natural areas (included in the fee)

I Sightseeing tour group: Warsaw – Cultural Heritage & city parks – Wilanów Park (Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów) and PAS Botanical Garden in Powsin

  • Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden Centre for Biological Diversity Conservation in Powsin
    The Polish Academy of Sciences Botanical Garden Centre for Biological Diversity Conservation in Powsin was founded in 1970 year. It is located in the southern outskirts of Warsaw and occupies area of 40ha. The garden holds extensive collections of Polish Flora, trees and shrubs with special focus on Ericaceae family, fruit tree and vegetable cultivars, ornamental plants. It is also famous for its National Collection of Rose Cultivars. The greenhouses hold collections of mediteranean and tropical plants. The garden is very active in the field of science and biodiversity conservation.  The key research areas include: collection and storage of genetic resources of wild plants and crops and their use in science and agricultural production; maintenance in ex situ rare, endangered and protected species of Polish flora; population genetics and analysis of genetic diversity of plants and plant bioengineering. The PAS Botanical Garden established the wild-flora seed bank in Poland for plant diversity conservation based on the cryogenic technique.  Important educational activities include lectures for the university students, variety of workshops, educational paths organised for school students and children. Plant exhibitions and cultural events attract attention of a wide public throughout the year.
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  • Wilanów
    The royal residence was primarily constructed in 17th century by Jan III Sobieski and then extended by consecutive generations of other nobleman owners. It is one of the best examples of Polish baroque architecture and gardens that has survived untouched through turmoil of history to our times. The residence inspired by royal gardens of Versailles combines also traits of  Italian villa suburbiana and Polish noblemen seats of that era.
    In 1805 its owner, Stanisław Potocki, has opened to the public his art collection, thus forming the first public museum in Poland.
    The park is divided into two contrasting parts, terraced baroque gardens extending from palace façade towards  Wilanów Lake are surrounded by romantic, English style landscape park.
    The palace and gardens are site for concerts and other prestigious cultural events. Read more

II Sightseeing tour group: Warsaw – “Nature wonders in the city” –  Kampinos National Park

  • Kampinos National Park
    Kampinos National Park is the second biggest national park of Poland, and located on the Mazovian Lowland to the north east of Warsaw. It is the only national park in Europe located in vicinity of the country’s capital.
    Its landscape is dominated by sharp contrasts between swamp and dune areas. Numerous plant communities host species typical for both continental and atlantic climate. Linnaea borealis and Chamaedaphne calyculata represent the remains of glacial flora. Among 74 protected plant species stand out showy Daphne mezereum and Lilium martagon.
    Numerous animal species are represented by frequently encountered racoon, lynx, roe deer and bats. The moose, the biggest park animal, became the park’s symbol. The characteristic birds species are stork, corn crake and lesser spotted eagle.
    Cemeteries and monuments scattered in the forests commemorate the Second World War. Located nearby Żelazowa Wola, a birth place of Frydeyk Chopin, belongs to cultural heritage of the area.
    Numerous tourist trails invite for walking, bicycle and horseback rides.
    In 1999 European Parliament has granted the park with status of European bird refuge. In the 2000 year Kampinos National Park together with its protection zone was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List as a World Biosphere Reserve as the „Puszcza Kampinoska”. Since 2004 year it is also a part of the Natura 2000 network. Read more

Post-Congress sightseeing tours September 14th - 16th - Polish National Parks (additional fee)

I. National Parks Group – National Parks of NE Poland

Price: 203 EUR (place in a triple room), 227 EUR (place in a twin room), 265 EUR (single room)

14.09 – Biebrza National Park
15.09 – Wigry National Park
16.09 – Białowieża National Park

  • Biebrza National Park
    Biebrza National Park is the biggest national park in Poland. It protects vast areas of swamps and mires of Central Poland and Central Europe located along the Biebrza river. The slow flowing lowland river forms numerous meanders creating niches for various types of wetland habitats.
    The park is a reserve for numerous rare and endangered Polish flora species. Among 90 protected species stand out: Betula humilis, Salix lapponum, Huperzia selago, Pinguicula vulgaris, Iris aphylla. Forests are composed of alder, birch, hornbeam and oak stands.
    The wetlands host the biggest in Poland as well as in Central Europe bird reserve with 270 species, among them: aquatic warbler, greater spotted eagle and also ruff, the symbol of the park.
    Other interesting animal species include the most numerous in Poland moose population, Eurasian otter, raccoon, stoat. A total of 600 km of tourist trails can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle or kayaks. There are special observation towers for the birdwatchers.
    In the 1995 year Park was inscribed as the object of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. According to BirdLife International it also holds the European status of a bird refuge. Since the 2004 year Biebrza Valley is inscribed onto Natura 2000 network list. Read more
  • Wigry National Park
    Wigry National Park localized in the north-eastern Poland is one of the youngest parks in Poland. Its most precious part are aquatic ecosystems with spectacular Wigry lake and its subsidiary Czarna Hańcza river affording kayak routes. Typical for this area are small forest lakes covered with floating layers of Sphagnum moss.
    More than half of the park area is covered with pine and spruce forests. 75 of the plant species are under protection, including 22 orchid species with critically endangered Herminium monorchis and Neottianthe cucullata.
    Among 300 animal species stand out: lynx, gray wolf, moose and eurasian beaver that became a symbol of the park. Among predatory birds one can find black kite, red kite, white-tailed eagle. Rare fish species include common whitefish, vendace.
    One of the park landmarks is post-Camaldolese cloister complex at Wigry lake. The park can be accessed by car, bicycle, horseback or by foot via numerous tourist trails, frequently having educational character. The lake itself creates opportunities for various kinds of sport activities.
    In 2002 year Wigry National Park was inscribed as the object of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Since 2004 year is enlisted onto Natura 2000 network as a site of special protection for the birds and their habitats. Read more
  • Białowieża National Park
    Białowieża National Park is the oldest national park in Poland and one of the first to be established in Europe. It is located in eastern Poland and extends over Byelorussia border. The park protects one of the last and very well preserved fragments of primary forest of the European Lowlands.
    Park is characterized by high biodiversity. Trees of all age categories can be found, including those fallen, dead and decomposing. The majority of area is covered by hornbeam and oak stands, frequently harboring even the trees 200-400 years old. On the more humid sites dominate forests of ashes, elms or alders. In total more than 800 plant species can be found in the Park.
    The symbol of the park is the european bison, the animal that became extinct in the times of I World War. Nowadays the special reproduction center in the park aims to reestablish population of this iconic animal and now holds the most numerous population of this species in the world. Other important animal species include lynx, gray wolf, and moose.
    Tourists can enjoy walking and bicycle trails, education paths and showcase enclosures with animals. Other points of interest include Forest Museum and landscape style Palace Park, previously part of Tsar Hunting lodge. In the 1977 year Białowieski National Park was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List and granted with World Biosphere Reserve status. Read more

II. Coastal Region Group

Price: 203 EUR (place in a triple room), 227 EUR (place in a twin room), 265 EUR (single room)

14.09 – Malbork castle
15.09 – Słowiński National Park
16.09 – Gdańsk and comeback to Warsaw

  • Malbork
    Malbork is a small town located at the Nogat River a branch of the Vistula River in northern Poland.  In 10th century it was an important center for local economy. Today its biggest attraction is  Teutonic Malbork Castle.
    It is the biggest and the most powerful of all 13th century Teutonic fortresses built in the upper course of the Vistula River
    In the years 1308-1457 it was a political center for the Teutonic Order, then in 1466 it was passed to Polish kings and served as a seat of prefecture.
    One of the most powerful medieval fortresses, Malbork Castle is composed of three parts, each surrounded by individual defense walls: High Castle, Middle Castle with the the seat of the Great Master of the Teutonic Order and hospital, and Lower Castle having utilitarian character.
    In 1997 Malbork Castle was inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage List. Read more
  • Słowiński National Park
    Słowiński National Park is located in the midst of Polish seashore border extending over 32,5 km of sea line. Within the park there are Łebsko and Gardno lakes, swamps, mires, meadows and pine forests with stands of Empetrum nigrum. The most prominent feature is the complex of moving sand dunes on the peninsula covering a total area of 5000 ha, the biggest of its kind in Europe. The sand, translocated by the wind, uncovers sometimes long gone forest stands.
    Plant communities are organized into characteristic narrow bands laying parallel to the sea line. Among 50 protected plant species stand out: Linnea borealis, Eryngium maritimum, Rubus chamaemorum – relict of glacial era. Commonly encountered animals include moose, red deer and fallow deer. There are 250 species of birds living in the park, among them white-tailed eagle, great cormorant, black stork, European herring gull - the symbol of the park. Sightseeing is only possible by foot and along tourist trails.
    In the 1977 year park was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List  as a  World Biosphere Reserve. Since 1995 year park  is inscribed as the object of  the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Read more
  • Gdańsk
    Gdańsk is a city located in the North of Poland at the Baltic Sea. Its identity, during over one thousand years of history, was shaped  by many cultures.
    Gdańsk is a symbolic city. The Second World War started there and the beginning of the fall of communism in the Central Europe
    The old town with its city gates, marketplace and richly decorated townhouses belongs to the most precious architecture complexes in Poland. The most prominent landmarks are City Hall, St. Mary's Church and the Neptune Fountain.
    Nowadays Gdańsk is a  center for culture, science and economy as well as a significant seaport. It is also internationally famous for amber  fairs and trade. Read more


University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

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ph.: +48 22 55-30-511

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