Erasmus in Warsaw

Erasmus in Warsaw

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With this article I would like to create in you the desire to visit or go to Erasmus in Warsaw, telling you what is not found in tourist guides but found only by living it, let’s say a sort of Chiara’s personal guide of Warsaw.

History and culture

Warsaw has been deluded many times over time, it has often been betrayed by fate, but it has always recovered, as if waking up from a bad dream and starting again, the capital of Poland from the seventeenth century, totally destroyed during the Second World War, the city it has been rebuilt and restored in its original form. Today Warsaw is a flourishing and vibrant city which is sometimes called the “new Berlin” .

The new Berlin

Arts and clubs

Theater plays, international festivals, classical music and interactive museums make Warsaw a very lively city from a cultural point of view, with a full calendar of events throughout the year.

Teatr Studio (Studio Theatre) is a place you should definitely check out: not only is it a very active and original theatre but hosts all other kinds of high-profile cultural events.

Teatr Studio

The Zachęta National Gallery Of Art is another amazing place where you should go at least once; then there is the Soho Factory: it is a resurrected post-industrial zone, now home to art galleries, boutique designers and stylists, restaurants, food and fashion markets, and lofts. The idea the founders of Soho Factory had was to create a space that would evoke the atmosphere of the New York SoHo and so far, it is working surprisingly well. There are a lot of things to explore, just like the one and only Neon Museum (an absolute must- see, Warsaw has been long famous for its outstanding neons and now you can see almost all of them in one place), Warsaw Cut– one of a very few barber shops in the town or Warsaw Adventure – a company that gives time-travelling tours around Warsaw, showing you relics of Communist Poland.

The neighborhoods

Warsaw is a city with a vibrant urban scene, full of incredible neighborhoods: one of my favorite is Mokotów, a vibrant neighbourhood located south of the city centre. Head there to enjoy great cafés (such as Relaks on Puławska Street), delicious ice cream at Jednorożec (on Narbutta Street) and do some shopping at lovely shops including This is Paper (on Odolańska Street) and Reset (on Puławska Street). The iconic Iluzjon art house cinema is another must see. It features a 1950 style café and outdoor seating overlooking a charming leafy square by Narbutta Street.

The coolest street of the artistic Praga district, located east of the Vistula River, is Ząbkowska Street, where you’ll find a raft of alternative bars and cafés such as W Oparach Absurdu (meaning “in the fumes of absurdity”) and Łysy Pingwin (“bald penguin”). In the past, part of the street was home to a famous vodka factory Koneser and the area is currently being redeveloped into a trendy retail/office/residential complex.

Warsaw wall

In recent years the Vistula River Bank has become the heart of Warsaw’s summer nightlife, attracting crowds of young party goers. Most popular clubs include Temat Rzeka, Pomost 511 and Cud nad Wisłą. During the day it’s a perfect spot for cycling, skateboarding and simply relaxing on the grass by the water. The adjacent district of Powiśle on the left side of the river is also worth exploring, as it offers many great restaurants, bar and shops scattered around the Lipowa, Radna and Dobra streets.

Last but not least Plac Grzybowski, part of the Old Jewish Quarter, centred around the grand Renaissance All Saints Church, the triangular Plac Grzybowski (the Grzybowski Square) has recently experienced a lot of redevelopment and become one of the coolest areas in the very centre of Warsaw. It now features a number of new cool cafés such as Kosmos and Charlotte Menora and great dining options on the nearby Próżna Street which is made up of beautifully restored tenement houses.

When in Warsaw enjoy each corner of the city

It is just crazy how many things Warsaw offers: starting from strolling along Trakt Królewski (the Royal Route), lazing in Royal Łazienki Park which is the biggest and most charming park of the city to visiting the Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN: is a newly opened, interactive and vibrant museum that also served as a cultural centre, organizing various workshops, debates, lectures and other temporary events. The main exhibition depicts the thousand-year old history of the Jews in Poland. POLIN’s very location is significant, too – it stands in the centre of the former Jewish ghetto of World War II. I could go writing pages and pages about things to do in there, but I will stop here and let you get lost in the city.

a new vibrant museum

My Conclusions

Dear dotters, I can only conclude by wishing you the opportunity to have an Erasmus experience in Warsaw as soon as possible, or at least to visit it. This city has entered into my soul and heart, remaining on me like your favorite dress that you would like to wear every day of your life.

For any information about Poland and useful advices check the official website of Polish Tourism

Written by Chiara Zucchetto Giuseppin

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