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. The Palace was built in three years (between 1952 and 1955) by over 3500 construction workers…

selfie with Chopin, multimedia and national pride

Let’s start from the beginning – there was 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 ended on May 14th, 2017, but there are Chopin themed multimedia that you can enjoy all the time….

Dzień dobry! Hello!

My name is Agnieszka. I am a guide and I run Tailored tours in Poland with my friend Renata. As for guiding and tourism, I have been working for 17 years and I am licensed to guide in the major Warsaw’s museums such as the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Royal Castle,…

Gardens, parks and Frederick Chopin: a day in the countryside

Planning a day trip in the countryside? Then, perhaps, you could consider a visit to the palaces and manor houses of the western Mazovia. Just one hour of drive from Warsaw you will find gardens, parks and Frederick Chopin. What is more, our itinerary will give you a unique yet nostalgic insight into traditional country…

The perfect Polish chef and a notorious wizard on the road to Lithuania

“A perfect cook” [Kucharz dostkonały] is the title given to one of the oldest cookbooks published in Polish whose author, Wojciech Wielądko, was born in a small village located on the ancient road from Warsaw to Vilnius, a little more than one-hour drive from Warsaw. Truth be told,  Wielądko’s book was a translation from the…

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…

Jukebox, Jewkbox! Music in Polin Museum

Warsaw and all kinds of music: classic, pop, folk, dance, indie rock – all that in one exhibition and with a Jewish twist. Here are some photos from a special meeting for the Polin Museum guides… “Only the empty sleeves” -Hanno Loewy, the curator of the exhibition, has informed us, just at the entrance. So,…

While in Warsaw – go to Edo!

Early spring weather in Warsaw may be tricky. There is an old Polish saying: w marcu jak w garncu – it means that the weather in March is like a cooking pot: expect everything from snow and freezing wind to nice sun. What to do in the worst snow storm scenario? Our recommendation for spring…

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…