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Welcome To Plac Hallera
Offering a sedate tonic to Warsaw’s rampant and aspirational consumerist culture, Plac Hallera in the Praga district is retro throwback to times gone… What’s In A Name Originally known as Pl. Leńskiego after the Communist agitator Julian Leński, Pl. Hallera was rechristened in 1991 and named to honour Józef... Read more
Urban Jewel: Walk at Boernerowo
Tucked in the north-west of Warsaw, the quaint, wooded Boernerowo estate is one of Warsaw’s best-kept little secrets… You sure can trust Warsaw to keep a secret under wraps – after all, how else could you explain Boernerowo. Despite being one of the capital’s most scenic idylls, it’s unlikely... Read more
Neighbourhoods: Old Town
Levelled in 1944, the meticulous rebuilding of the Old Town fully deserves to be classed as one of the capital’s greatest ever achievements. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it presents itself in an atmospheric network of cobbled streets hemmed by tenements capped with sloping tiled roofs –... Read more
Neighbourhoods: Praga
When benchmarking Warsaw’s progress, its commonplace to refer to its downtown skyscrapers as the most visible evidence of economic evolution. Arguably, however, it is the development of Praga that’s a more accurate yardstick. Here, after all, the unthinkable has happened. Once an area of desperate deprivation, today it’s become... Read more
Neighbourhoods: Wola
Born from the Industrial Revolution, Wola’s past is reflected via the old workers’ tenements and factories that fill the area. The last few years, however, have seen an aggressive bout of development that has seen its eastern and southern fringes returned to life thanks to fancy residential compounds and... Read more
Neighbourhoods: Centre
The centre is, of course, where everything happens. A little disorienting at first glance, the skyline hits you in a bang – the ominous presence of the Stalinist era Palace of Culture now softened by modern towers such as Daniel Liebeskind’s luxury apartment building Złota 44. Criss-crossed by the... Read more
Neighbourhoods: Muranow
Levelled during the war in a bid to erase all traces of the Ghetto, the often unsung Muranów district offers more than a handful of key sights to justify a proper day of exploration. Taken on their own the 1950s aesthetics impress architecture buffs looking to snap examples of... Read more