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Sofitel Through The Ages
More than a hotel, the site of the Sofitel has seen plenty of stories down through the ages… (By Stuart Dowell)  The site of the Sofitel Warsaw Victoria has been important throughout Warsaw’s past. It has been the scene of a failed assassination attempt on a major international terrorist... Read more
Past, Present, Future…
Warsaw’s sensational Polin Museum has already made an international impact since opening in October. The Insider finds out more about its story… (Text: Paula Rewald | Photos: Ed Wight) Stunning, transformative, enlightening, entertaining – Polin, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which formally opened its permanent exhibition in... Read more
Once Upon a Christmas

Once Upon a Christmas

Features 4 December 2014 0

Empty shelves and general privation don’t tell the full story of the 80s Polish Christmas… By Stuart Dowell “No we didn’t decorate our trees with toilet paper, are you crazy!” Okay, that myth is well and truly busted. But what was Christmas in People’s Poland like? Many Poles remember... Read more
Golden Arch-aeology

Golden Arch-aeology

Features 25 November 2014 0

When Ronald McDonald rolled into town he caused pandemonium – now, the city says goodbye to the nation’s first McDonald’s… (By Alex Webber) Poland’s first McDonald’s closed its doors for the last time on September 30th, pulling the curtain on 22 years of business. Launched on June 17th, 1992,... Read more
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Features 13 March 2014 0

This March marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most celebrated prison breaks ever: The Great Escape. The Insider heads to the forests of Żagań to learn the story. (By Alex Webber | Photos Ed Wight) Of all of the crafty plans formulated by the Nazis, perhaps one... Read more
Completely Bunkers

Completely Bunkers

Features 7 November 2013 0

All is not what it seems – in a slow corner of Wielkopolska, secret Cold War preparations for Armageddon have come to light after lying hidden and forgotten beneath a quiet suburban house… Text & Photos: Ed Wight For six decades it remained hidden, a secret known only to... Read more
The Comeback Kid

The Comeback Kid

Features 10 October 2013 0

Reduced to ashes and dust by the end of the war, the story of Warsaw’s Old Town could easily have been portrayed as one of tragedy. Instead, it is the reverse: the remarkable tale of an indomitable city that never gave up…  “I have seen many cities destroyed, but nowhere... Read more
The Legends of Old Town
Warsaw’s historic center is wrapped in legend and lore; from the wistful and sad to silly and absurd, we examine the best. The Mermaid Warsaw’s iconic mermaid (syrenka) has been displayed on the city’s coat of arms since 1390, and her story varies according to the source. The most... Read more
Wine of the Times

Wine of the Times

Features 22 September 2013 0

The words wine and Poland are not natural bedfellows. But, after years on the sidelines, the grape is back with a bang. Wine is once more making a splash in Poland. “Once more?” you ask… Yes indeed. “It’s wrong to say the culture is new to Poland,” corrects Katarzyna... Read more