Old Town

Monkey Business: The Legend of Pałac Branickich
Completed in 1753 for Count Jan Klemens Branicki, the Rococo-styled Pałac Branickich is to regain its luster under a new guise as a luxury hotel owned by the Marriott group. Set to open next year, the project is already being hailed for the sensitivity of a restoration that will...
Happy Birthday… Old Town!
“I have seen many cities destroyed, but nowhere have I been faced with such destruction.” So said a stunner General Eisenhower whilst touring the ruins of Warsaw at the end of the war. Even be their own horrifying benchmarks, the Nazis had done a sickeningly proficient job of flattening...
Eastern Secrets of Old Town
A Not So Lucky Pillar? Should you shift the capital to Warsaw, then expect a 22-meter column to go up in your name. At least, that’s what happened in the case of Zygmunt III Vasa. Constructed on the orders of his son in 1644, the granite column was inspired...
Totally Roar-Some!
Even for an institution in the habit of presenting memorable temporary exhibitions, there is a sense that the Museum of Warsaw have excelled themselves with their latest effort. Titled ‘Animals in Warsaw’, the exhibition explores the capital’s relationship with other species, and leaves few stones unturned in the process....
Neighborhood Watch: Mariensztat
Originally established by an 18th century nobleman who named it after his wife, Maria, it didn’t take long for the Mariensztat district to veer from its intended genteel look. By the outbreak of WWII the area had become an unnavigable confusion of tangled streets and tumbledown tenements: pimps, prostitutes...
Happy Constitution Day!
Masterminded by the nation’s last monarch, Stanisław August Poniatowski, the constitution was visionary at the time, seeking to reduce the inequalities associated with serfdom whilst also bringing widespread reforms to the monarchy. Regarded as “a milestone in the history of law and in the growth of democracy,” it was...
1920: In Posters!

1920: In Posters!

Features 19 August 2020 0

Officially opened to the public earlier today, and set to run until New Year’s Eve, the exhibition aims to communicate the facts of “the battle that saved Europe from Communism”, through poster art – a medium that the organizers purposefully picked so as to appeal to younger generations. Following...
Xmas & The Old Town

Xmas & The Old Town

Features 23 December 2019 0

Honeycombed with nooks, niches, passages and alleys, never does the capital’s Old Town feel as enticing as under a glaze of frost at the height of winter… For Dates On Skates There are bigger ice rinks to be enjoyed elsewhere in the city, but none quite as enchanting as...
Świętoszek Tartuffe
Renovated by the renowned stage designers Marcin and Mateusz Stajewski, this subterranean venue is set with arcing brick walls and polished bits of fancy: elegant enough for something special yet casual enough for walk-ins. Originally founded in 1986 by the Theater Guild as a space in which performers could...
Same Fusy

Same Fusy

Going Out 26 September 2019 0

Suffused in a soft candle-lit glow, this 15th century cellar unwinds to reveal a charming, vaulted brick room suspended in another time. Filled with gnarled wooden oddities and tree stump tables, the sweet aroma of fragrant teas helps amplify the fairy tale mood and Hobbit-esque atmosphere. With the first...

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