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
Insider’s top 5 at MoMA
Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art doesn’t sound like the most promising way to spend an afternoon, yet it’s positively brilliant in its total peculiarities. And it’s free! See for yourself at Panska 3. Pan Guma by Pawel Althamer The swaying rubber form of Mr Guma – a deceased Praga... Read more
Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Features 3 October 2013 0

Built less than 100 years ago as Poland’s first garden city, the very concept of Podkowa Leśna was seen as futuristic at the time. Today, hidden in a wooded valley, it represents a secret sanctuary from the big city bedlam… Set about 30 kilometers south west of Warsaw, the... 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
Building Utopia

Building Utopia

Features 17 September 2013 0

Intended to be a beauty, it transpired to be beast. The Insider takes a walk around Oskar Hansen’s ambitious Grochowski housing project. Having used ‘open form’ approaches to build housing estates twice before (first in Rakowiec, then Lublin), Oskar Hansen landed another opportunity in 1963, this time at the... Read more
Neighborhood Prowl

Neighborhood Prowl

Features 16 September 2013 0

Scenic, snooty and sophisticated, Saska Kępa is all these and more. With the sun in full swing, take time to investigate its secrets and stories. 1. Resembling a red / white wicker basket, the 58,000 capacity National Stadium occupies the former site of the communist era Stadion Dziesięciolecia: a relic... Read more
An Industrial Revolution

An Industrial Revolution

Features 13 September 2013 0

Formerly left to rot, the disused factory spaces of Warsaw’s right side have been largely responsible for Warsaw’s cultural rejuvenation. Ten years back something very strange happened: Warsaw’s Praga district, hitherto regarded as a decrepit badland of bums and booze hounds, found its mojo. Through a combination of circumstance,... Read more
The Big Kon-Stytucji

The Big Kon-Stytucji

Features 10 September 2013 0

Before winter kicks in for another six or seven months take a walk with the Insider deep in the South Central badlands. The Insider points its compass in a south central direction – an area of sharp architectural contrast and history in abundance. More known for its busy bars... Read more
Gateway to the Past

Gateway to the Past

Features 4 September 2013 0

Poignant landmarks are plentiful in Poland; even so, the remains of Saski Palace are particularly symbolic of this nation’s discordant past. Architecturally speaking Warsaw’s evolution has been dramatic and unpredictable, with influences ranging from the Luftwaffe to barmy Russian town planners. Had time-lapse photography been invented earlier, few cities... Read more