Category Archives: Poland

Wolf’s Lair

Wolf's Lair
Wolf’s Lair

Wolf’s Lair (Gierłoż, 11-400 Ketrzyn) — located 3 1/2 hours north of Warsaw, various travel outfits provide tours of this unique World War II-era site:  “Wolf’s Lair” (a.k.a. “wolfschanze” — the former headquarters of Nazi invader Adolf Hitler).  This was a hidden city consisting of nearby 200 buildings, including shelters, barracks, two airports, a power station, a train station, and water works (all built by the German invaders within a short period after their invasion of Poland). An assassination attempt against Hitler also occurred here (highlighted in the 2008 Tom Cruise Hollywood film “Valkyrie”).  The following companies provide tours to this historically significant site:  www.realpoland.eu;  www.intopoland.com;  www.alpventures.com; www.warsawtraveltours.com

Wianki nad Wisłą Festival

Festival Wianki nad Wisłą
Festival Wianki nad Wisłą

Wianki nad Wisłą Festival (Wreaths on the Vistula)(Warsaw) — this is a family picnic inspired by the Slavic tradition of celebrating the Kupala Night (Midsummer night), during which in the times of yore, among joyful celebrations, dances and divination, the girls were floating wreaths of flowers with lit candles on the rivers (“wianki” literally means “wreaths”)

The program of the picnic is dominated by recreation and entertainment. There is a strong representation of traditional Polish folk art and cuisine. The event also gives a promotional opportunity to young musical bands; one of the pivotal points of the evening is the Garlands Star Gala – a concert of artists of worldwide and countrywide fame.

 

Water Tram

Water Tram
Water Tram

Water Tram (Warsaw) — a cruise on the Vistula from the Old Town to the Czerniakowski headland is available from the beginning of May to the end of June at the weekend and everyday during July and August. It lasts 2 hours and has 3 stops – below the Castle at the River Cafe, by Poniatowski Bridge and at the Czerniakowski headland. On holidays and weekends there are 4 cruises a day and on weekdays 3. You can get tickets on the boat or in the Capital Water Transport Office at flat 1, 36 Świętokrzyska Street, Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00. Tickets: adult 18zł, concessions 9zł, family (3-5 people including at least 1 child) – 12zł per adult and kids 9zł.  See the following website for details:  www.ztm.waw.pl

La fiesta callejera multicultural de Varsovia

La fiesta callejera multicultural de Varsovia
La fiesta callejera multicultural de Varsovia

Warsaw Multicultural Street Party (Chmielna St., Nowy Swiat, Krakowskie Przedmiescie) —  held every August, this Parade ‘The Whole World in Warsaw’, passes across Warsaw’s main streets during the summer. Representatives of various cultures present in Warsaw participate in the Parade. This event is organized by people and organizations represented by ethnic minorities that live in Poland, and also by institutions and people interested in promoting ethnic minority cultures there.

Warsaw Marathon

Warsaw Marathon
Warsaw Marathon

Warsaw Marathon — held annually in late September, this is one of the best marathon runs in Europe. Optimal weather, flat and fast course, lots of spectators on the streets of Warsaw and finish line on The National Stadium, one of the most modern sport arenas in Europe, it all attracts not hundreds but thousands of runners to come to the capital city of Poland.   See the following website for registration details:  http://pzumaratonwarszawski.com

Festival Internacional de Cine de Varsovia

Festival Internacional de Cine de Varsovia
Festival Internacional de Cine de Varsovia

Warsaw International Film Festival — originally a film student-driven event going back to its origins in 1985, this is now a major film festival held every October in Warsaw, which is used to showcase recently-made Polish and international films (including those made in nearby Eastern European countries like Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Romania, Serbia).  See the event’s website for details:  www.wff.pl

Vistula River Beaches

Playas del río Vístula
Playas del río Vístula

Vistula River Beaches – unlike other major European cities, Warsaw has natural river banks, along with three beaches (one by the Warsaw Zoo, another near the Poniatowskiego Bridge, and a third near the Lazienkowski Bridge. They are accompanied by common grill areas and sporting equipment rental. Everyone can come to chill & grill by the river and to take a flight in a helium balloon which takes you 120 meters above the ground and offers an excellent view of Warsaw.

Sobienie Krolewskie Golf & Country Club

Sobienie Krolewskie Golf & Country Club
Sobienie Krolewskie Golf & Country Club

Sobienie Krolewskie Golf & Country Club (Sobienie Szlacheckie 6, Sobienie-Jeziory) — this 18-hole golf course at Sobienie Krolewskie was designed by English architects. According to the designers it is to be a great place to play, designed for golfers at any level. A three-hole golf academy & driving range was opened in September 2009.  A number of tournaments are held here, such as the Mercedes-Benz Warszawa Golf Cup, BMW Championship Polska, World Golfers Championship, and others.  See its website for details on playing there:  http://golf.sobieniekrolewskie.pl