Unexpected discoveries of Warsaw
If I had compiled a non-touristic guide to Warsaw, then my first project would have embodied a “high-altitude” tour, since there is much to climb here. And even if you are afraid of heights, take risks – and you will inevitably fall in love with this city.
Once I was afraid of heights. The legs were trembling. Hands were looking for what lasting and unshakable hold on. And it didn’t matter, either I was standing on a shaky suspension bridge over a mountain river, or on a viewing platform in the center of Paris. It was scary. But it turns out that not only from love to hate is one step. From fear to love – the same distance. Now I am ready to climb stairs, elevators, cable cars, just to feel that special, heady and strong wind at an altitude of a certain number of meters.
If I had compiled a non-touristic guide to Warsaw, then the first project would have embodied a “high-altitude” tour, since there is much to climb in this city. The highest point is the Palace of Culture and Science, at the intersection of central highways. This “baby” is impossible not to notice: he surpassed other buildings in Warsaw in three ways. The first is height. The second is shoveling (the hand of Soviet builders and engineers is very felt). The third is the cost of admission. (And the last two criteria, it seems to me, have a causal relationship!) Moscow “presented” this 237-meter high-rise to Warsaw after the war in honor of the “friendship of fraternal peoples”. For Poles this is a gift – like a suitcase without a handle. They can’t destroy it, but leave it – the eye is callous. So tormented since the 55th year. And in order to receive at least some compensation, they came up with the Palace of Culture and Science their name – Stalin’s penis. So his Poles are called among themselves, and are indicated on tourist maps. For the first time, the Palace benefited in the winter of 2014, when, in support of the revolution in Ukraine, the building was illuminated with blue and yellow lanterns.
The second highest point to climb is the bell tower right in the center of the Old Town. A beautiful view of the Royal Castle, the old statue of King Sigismund (around which 99.9% of Poles make all appointments), the busy square with dozens of cafes and restaurants – it’s all in full view. You overcome the steep stairs inside the annex, at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and enjoy.
And you must complete the high-altitude tour late at night. Then the finish will be especially enjoyable. So, the course to the hotel “Mariott”. There, on the 40th floor, the highest bar in Europe with the unassuming title “Panorama” was hidden. His bartenders prepare cocktails that are not inferior in quality to the best New York samples, and create the mood for a quiet contemplation of Warsaw. So I spent my first Warsaw evening. While the capital fell asleep in the night lights on the other side of the glass panoramic windows, on this side I fell in love with her forever.