Most Poniatowskiego (The bridge of Poniatowski)

Finished 1914 - the 3rd bridge across the river. Destroyed 1944 rebuilt 1946.

Here, on the middle of the bridge, Poland's strong man Marshal Pilsudski met and negotiated with Poland's President Stanislaw Wojciechowski during the 1926 coup.

© Michael Hardenfelt 2012

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Just before the river.

The bridge rises above the level of the river long before the actual river. The terrain on the ground is a normally developed area. This is a block of flats seen from the bridge.

The stadium is on the other side of the river from the centre. So is the beach, if someone should feel like lazing on the sand. 

Teatr Powszechny (The Common Theatre) - 5 minutes walk from the stadium.

Poland has a long theatre tradition  - professional as well as amateur theatre.

 

 

Rondo Waszyngtona - a main junction in Warsaw.

On the right Saska Kepa with villas and loads of wealthy foreigners. On the left the Stadium.  

You can turn to the right down Francuska, straight through is Waszyngtona or on the left we have Zieleniecka, which runs along the Skaryszewski park.

On this round tour we will turn left, but later we shall get together with Waszyngtona once more.

 

 

 

Grochowska Street. Restaurant Galeria Smaku (The Gallery of Tastes).

Formally we are still in Warsaw. In reality we are now leaving the Capital and find ourselves in Poland.  From now on we shall have a long way between the coffee latte and the French croissants, and it is evident that the houses could do with a handyman. 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: E. Wedel's old chocolate factory. The factory also has a cafe with factory sales, so there is plenty of opportunity to give yourself and the family a real chocolate orgy. The factory and the trademark were nationalized in 1949, privatised in 1991 and is now owned by a Japanese concern. 

Right: The Cathedral of Prag - a modernist church from 1931. If you think all catholic churches look like each other, then it's maybe worth having a look inside this one. The ornamentation is minimalistic and you feel a freedom to breathe. 

 

 

 

 

Left: Grochowska Street. Trees, pavement, gratings in front of the windows in slight disrepair. 

Right: A look into the road in the back yard. 

Grochowska Street is an old industrial district, which was incorporated into Warsaw in 1916. In general Praga was not affected by the military operations during WWII, and many of the buildings are original pre-war premises from before 1940.

 

 

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Left: The red sign informs us that this is where we find the local Welfare Office (Dzielnicowe Centrum Pomocy Socjalnej).

 

Right: New residential housing in between two old blocks of flats. 

 

 

 

 

 

Rondo Wiatraczna - one of the busiest  main junctions on Praga with loads of modern residential housing.

On the right we notice a street trader selling fresh vegetables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may find shops as well as supermarkets at Wiatraczna, but most of the convenience goods are sold at the market, where you may also buy home-grown food and different kinds of parallel imported consumer goods. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further through Grochowska Street.

Left: A temporary second hand shop on the street in front of a shop with a sign saying "for rent". 

Right: A block with abandoned shops.

 

 

 

 

 

Trasa Siekierkowska - A part of a coming ring road around Warsaw. 

The express road opened in 2007. Easy going traffic and the best biking roads in Warsaw. 

 

 

Most of the express road goes through uninhabited terrain, but in the picture on the left we see a modern residential area close to the river. In general they build a lot around here. 

 

Right: Sound protection which quite efficiently keeps the traffic noise away from the residential areas. Birds of prey have been attached to the plates in order to scare the local birds from flying into the shielding.

 

Mokotow - roads on different levels. An efficient way to get through the morning traffic. Unfortunately you will find bottlenecks in other places. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powsinska Street

This part of the tour runs parallel with the Royal Route (Sobieski Street).

In the picture we see a footbridge, which ensures that the traffic runs smoothly. People walking with difficulty and perambulators can use the lift. 

 

 

 

 

 

Bang & Olufsen is well known in Poland as the soul of high quality sound.

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Sadyba Best Mall - a medium size shopping and life style centre. Next to the centre is a large market with small stalls. The two kinds of shopping supplement each other without animosities. 

Right: Waste container for paper, plastic and glass. Segregating the waste is high on the agenda, but we still have a way to go. Also the sanitation companies might do a bit more to change people's attitude. 

 

Left: Fort Czerniakow. A branch of the Polish Army Museum. Here you have an excellent possibility to study tanks and other full track vehicles on an old fort.

Wiertnicza Street

Right: The TVN Headquarters - a national, commercial television broadcaster.

 

 

 

left: Beit Warsaw - a Jewish synagogue and cultural centre established in 1999 with the aim of renewing the Jewish cultural life of Warsaw. 

Right: Wiertnicza 103. One of four active mosques in Poland within waving distance of the synagogue. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: If they walk across the street, then Jews and Muslims may be united with a good piece of beef at the Italian restaurant Costello.

Right: In the very back of the picture we can catch a glimpse of the park surrounding the Palace in Wilanowa. 

 

 

 

The royal Route. That's the beach in Wilanowa. We jump to the crossroads at the right, where the road branches out into Sobieski Street and Wilanowska Avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Wilanowska Avenue. Long as a month of Sundays. Trees, a few houses and fast cars.

Right: P+R = Park & Ride (Park the car and take the metro). Parking for free, if you buy a metro ticket.

 

 

 

Left: Terminal bus stop in Wilanowa. Here you will find buses as well as trams and the Metro.

Right: New residential buildings around the metro station.

 

 

 

 

Left: Course towards the centre. Pulawska Street is one of the longest streets in Warsaw. You will find quite a few original buildings from before WWII.  

On the way we pass Krolikarnia (the rabbit house) - a landscape park with a small palace from 1786. Before that the area was used for hunting rabbits, which is how the park got its name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warszawianka Wodny Park - (Aqua park)

Here is all you need, if you like water. Large Children's pool, hydro slide, Olympic size pool, saunas, ice bath, massage, mud bath and much more.  

 

 

 

 

5 minutes walk from the Aqua Park in the direction towards the Centre.  Boston Port. Small, unpretentious restaurant with international specialities and fish dishes. Very fair prices and well cooked food.

 

 

 

Pieces of Norwegian rock. Left over from the last ice age.  

 

 

 

 

Left: Three banks side by side. Banks are omnipresent everywhere. I don't mind banks, but I just don't understand what they are doing. Personally I use netbank, and I haven't set foot in a "real" bank for the past 4-5 years.

Right: A mobile shop selling fresh berries.

 

 

 

 

Left: A bookmakers shop. Here you can bet on the results of the week's sporting events. 

 

 

 

 

Right: Jan Matejko (1838-1898) - Poland's patriotic painter depicted huge events in the history of Poland on even huger canvases.

Jan Matejko lived and worked in Krakow, which was then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. 

His historical paintings had a strong appeal to the soul of the people in a period of rebellions and struggle for Polish independence. 

 

 

Left: Regeneracja. A large pub with a student atmosphere and outdoor service. Some times live music. You may also eat here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Yet another one of the many monuments in memory of those who died during the Warsaw rising against the Nazi occupier in 1944. 

Right: The entrance to Restaurant Flik. You need to step away from Pulawska Street and go towards the park to get there.

 

 

 

 

 

Left: A sex shop on Pulawska Street. There aren't too many of them, and the assortment is not impressive. Personally I make my hardware buys in Copenhagen or Hamburg. 

Right: The end of Pulawska Street. Cult buildings from the communist era are gradually disappearing. In the picture you see the building of a new office block and shopping centre on the site where Warsaw's first self-service store opened in 1962.

 

Left: Office palace with shopping mall in front of the building in progress above. The legendary Moscow Cinema used to be here until 1996. 

Right: Queues are not as frequent as in communist times, but on a hot summer day one may not mind waiting for an ice cream. 

 

 

 

 

Plac Unii Lubelskiej

Rogatki -Two Old Custom Houses from 1818 on the approach road to Warsaw.

This was where the tax people sat, and this was where you had to pay a road tax and duty on imported goods.  

 

 

 

 

Plac Unii Lubelskiej (The Lublin Union Square) refers to the complete union from 1569 between Poland and Lithuania.

The Union was supposed to protect both countries against Russian and German influence, and it actually lasted until Poland's participation in 1793. 

 

 

 

Above and at the left: Unique examples of the town's architecture from the beginning of the 20th century. 

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