public transport warsaw

I live in Warsaw for almost 7 years and there are days when public transport can still surprise me. An unexpected accident or a break down is enough to make commuting a disaster. There are more than 1600 buses and 400 trams on the streets and that are being used by 3,1 million passengers every day.

The city has a fantastic public transport network but the plethora of choice can be a bit overwhelming for the first time visitor so I’m going to share with you my advice on how to get around Warsaw. If you want to know what ZTM,  SKM or a request stop are, why the bus doesn’t stop everywhere and why you should not push the open button - keep reading and you won’t get lost in this city jungle. Let’s get started!

animated history

If you want to catch up with Polish history, I have good news for you. You don’t need to take a full dull course – just find 8 minutes and enjoy a genius animation which shows all the essential facts. The brilliant short video telling Poland's history by the master Tomasz Bagiński was the hit of the EXPO 2010 Shanghai exhibition. It's worth mentioning that the film won the silver medal for the most creative presentation at the EXPO.

poles diaspora

Have you ever wondered how many Poles there are in the world? Because we’re a 38 million nation, but adding up all the people of Polish origin around the world makes as a 60 million nation!  There are over 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest and most dispersed in the world. 

campo grill

Have you ever wondered what the most beautiful restaurant in the world looks like? Well, if you want to find it, you have to visit Wrocław. In February CAMPO Modern Grill based in there won international WIN Awards in London for the best restaurant interior design of the year, beating the restaurants form Great Britain, Australia and Hong Kong. 

sunday trade ban

Last Sunday, on March 11th, was the first Sunday with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in Poland in 1990s after communism’s collapse. 

polish legends folklore dragon

Polish Legends: The Dragon is a 14-minute live-action short film from the Polish Legends series which is a nicely crafted modernized version of the famous Wawel Dragon legend that terrorized Kraków centuries ago.

warsaw hala koszyki

Lately, there’s a new trend in Warsaw and it looks like its gaining popularity among young people. Like many other big cities, where historic buildings downtown are turned into luxury hotels, shopping centers or bars and restaurants, Warsaw now has its own old spots that have been brought to life and quickly became the center of city life. Looks like first-rate bars and restaurants in classy old buildings is a winning formula as history being all authentic adds value and creates a feeling you can’t get in a brand new place.