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Praga Południe – the green capital of sportsmen and artists

Until now, Warsaw tourist guides have discussed almost exclusively the left-bank Capital, as if the order created by the nature course of the Vistula was outright impassable. Their authors apparently forgot that the green and peaceful Praga district is distinguished by a unique atmosphere, offers a taste of a pre-war setting, and includes Warsaw’s oldest housing state and necropolis.

The unparalleled ambience of Praga was discovered by artists, whose sui generis exodus to the right bank of the Vistula has been observed for the last few years. An excellent example of this phenomenon in Praga-Południe is Stowarzyszenie Pracownie Twórcze (association of Creative Workshops) Lubelska 30/32 supported by our office.The artists were attracted by postindustrial walk whose rough technocratic scenery is a perfect match for the demands of contemporary art.


Moreover, the post-industrial buildings are now an opportunity for clubbing enthusiast – after all, the Soho Factory club (Mińska Street) is located within Praga-Południe – and for the academic community – the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, situated in Chodakowska Street, will hopfully become the first Praga university. The development of this seemingly unfriendly space provides our District with the original character of a place where science, culture and art co-exist in relics of twentieth-century utilitarian architecture. However, this is just a sample of what can be found in Praga-Południe.

To some degree, that traditional residence buildings of Saska Kępa, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, are an architectural contradiction of the industrial landscape. Thanks to its unequalled atmosphere, Saska Kępa is recognised as one of the most magnificent parts of Warsaw. In addition, it plays the role of a „diplomatic” space – the numerous embassies and consulates located here add a cosmopolitan dime
nsion, expressed not only in street names but, most of all, in restaurants, pizza parlours and caffes serving Polish, Italia, French, Hungarian, Turkisch or Chinese cuisine. Saska Kępa is also celebrated during a special holiday – once a year, in the spring, when Francuska Street is transformed into colorful promenades with concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and crowds of guests strolling between cafes, wine bars, conjurers and antique vendors.


The Saska Kępa festivities are not the only mass event to be held in Praga-Południe. The end of February marks the enormous staging of the Battle of Olszynka Grochowska, one of the most important clashes in the November Uprising (1830-1831). To the accompaniament of roaring cannons, hundreads of participants in historically accurate attire reenact impressive battle scenes. Despite frosty weather, each year several thousand spectators admire the staging.

One of the editions of the Battle of Olszynka Grochowska staging was held in the Skaryszewski Park (official name: the I.J. Paderewski Park). The park, covering an area of more than 55 hectares, is a considerable attraction both for Varsovians and tourists. This is the only place in the Capital where you can enjoy walks among greenery, fresh air and sailing a kayak or pedal boat. The park also includes a concert bowl, which on every summertime weekend is filled with music or pearls of laughter of the audience of cabaret perfomances.

Visitors to the near-by old Wedel factory are recommended to have a cup of the acclaimed hot chocolate, held in high esteem also abroad. Here, we enter Kamionek - the oldest inhabited fragment of Warsaw whose origins date back to the 13th century. Warsaw`s oldest cementery is also located in the area, right next to the church of Our Lady of Victory. The adjacent Grochowska Street features the historical Tollgates, which during the partitions marked the town borders. Special attention should also be paid to the acclaimed Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theatre on Zamoyskiego Street.

Near-by, for many years, the Jarmark Europa market located in the 10th Anniversary Stadium (now The National Stadium) had been a major tourist attraction. One of Europe`s largest bazaars, Jarmark Europa attracted visitors with its low prices and distinctive folklore. In 2010, the market was finally shut down. For the last few years, its former site has been witnessing the construction of a major complex - the National Sports Centre whose opening finally had place on 2011 - on the eve of the UEFA Euro 2012 Soccer Championships.

Anticipating the sports events, the District Department is making numerous investments, which gradually changes the appearance of Praga-Południe. Each day, this diverse and green district becomes an increasingly attractive meeting point of history and contemporanity, tradition and modernity.

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