Discover the cultural richness of Warsaw’s Praga district with a licensed guide and native Varsovian of several generations. Praga, just across the Vistula river from Warsaw’s old town, has a centuries old history and escaped major devastation during World War II. Originally founded as an independent town, Praga traditionally served as the multicultural home for Catholics, Jews, and Orthodox Christians. Today Praga is experiencing its renaissance and is well regarded for its artists and craftsmen, alternative culture, and interesting real estate projects. Praga is often overlooked by foreign visitors, and locals, but it offers a special vibe and charm while walking its streets among locals who have been living here for many generations.
Meet your guide at the front gate of the PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe Building (Polish Railway), Targowa 74 Street (bus/tram/metro stop: DW. Wilenski) to begin your two hour walking tour exploring the Old Praga district.Learn about Praga’s multicultural past through representative buildings erected by the Orthodox Christian, Catholic and Jewish communities who formerly resided here. We’ll see some of Praga`s best murals painted by internationally acclaimed street artists and visit a local antique store and have a peek of craftsmen at work. You’ll also discover streets where Roman Polański directed the filming of „The Pianist”.Next, we’ll have a break for coffee and some traditional pastry made by a local “cukiernia”.After we’ll visit an outdoor market who’s history spans over 100 years, offering surprising products sold by interesting locals. Then we’ll walk a few steps further to roam around some gloomy looking 19th century tenements and see shrines hidden in their courtyards.Not far away we’ll continue down the most popular street in the neighborhood, accented with small bars and restaurants, and then head to our last stop: Centrum Koneser located in a former vodka factory complex. This post-industrial treasure has been recently transformed into a cultural, residential and business center.You’re welcome to ask your guide questions during the tour, and for any other recommendations or assistance with your stay in Warsaw.