Christmas in Warsaw

Every December Warsaw turns into a Christmas amusement park, full of light decorations and seasonal markets. The festive atmosphere lasts until the end of January. Last year, the winter lights display covered approximately 20 km of streets and cost 6. 5 million PLN (divide by 4 to get the amount in EURO or USD). What is…

Praga: eastern bazaar, bears at the tram stop and more…

The eastern bazaar is called in Polish Bazar Różyckiego and it is the oldest in Warsaw; bears are for real as they live in a zoological garden enclosure. What more can you find in Praga? Praga in Warsaw, the eastern part of the city, is a district where you can explore multicultural traditions. Jews, Roman Catholics…

Stalin’s gift and five star decadence

Some love it, some hate it – but every one notices it while in Warsaw; The Palace of Culture and Science was a gift from Joseph Stalin and symbol of the Soviet Union political domination over Poland after WWII. Today, you can meditated on the turbulent history of the last century over a sophisticated cocktail…

Chinese garden in the heart of Warsaw

There is a piece of Beijing in Warsaw. The red lanterns will guide you along the paths of the most loved park in our city. Perhaps, it is a bit controversial – some people simply adore it, but some just ask why we decided to have a Chinese garden in the middle of our capital…

War/saw: Warsaw and WWII

Are you interested in the city’s complex and heroic past? Would you like to find some traces of the WWII in Warsaw? It is possible even if you have just 3-4 hours to spare for a city walk and you prefer to stay in the city centre.     You can start your walk in…

Royal Baths of Warsaw: peacocks, squirrels and gondolas

 Peacocks, squirrels and gondolas… you will find all that, and more in Łazienki / the Royal Baths of Warsaw  or Park Łazienkowski. These names are given to one place that is considered the most magical in Warsaw. This is a common belief shared by the local people and visitors. So, what is all the fuss…

To the Heroes of the Ghetto: memorials and daffodils

Young men, women and children from the Warsaw’s ghetto armed with guns and Molotov cocktails or fighting with their bare hands. You will see them sculptured on the walls of the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial. If you look around standing at the memorial you will discover many other ghetto commemorations. Let’s begin with…

#selfiewithchopin, multimedia and national pride

Let’s start from the beginning – there is a photo competition in Warsaw organised by the Bureau of the city’s promotion. It is simple: take a selfie with Chopin, hashtag it: #selfiewithchopin #contest and wait for the results. It lasts until May 14th (2017), but there are Chopin themed multimedia that you can enjoy all the…

Praga and its Jewish heritage

The original hideout where a Righteous Among the Nations family was hiding Jews during WWII, two prayer halls and a glimpse of a pre-war city. The stories and architecture of the eastern part of Warsaw inspired Hollywood directors and local street art artists. For years Praga in Warsaw (the district on the eastern bank of…

Summer means Chopin

It feels like summer in Warsaw lasts as long as the open air concerts in the Royal Łazienki Park. Every year, from May to September the area next to the Fryderyk Chopin Monument (the Polish spelling!) turns into an open air concert hall. It has been a city tradition since 1959. Worth experiencing even if you…

Wilanow

Warsaw became a capital city of Poland at the turn of the 17th c. Subsequently, the kings and the most influential aristocrats turned the new capital into a city of palaces and gardens – all in the Baroque style! The Wilanow Palace and Garden, located in the distant southern part of the city, and not…