Warsaw: Wild Side with Neon Museum Visit

Warsaw: Wild Side with Neon Museum Visit

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the Bohemian neighbourhood of Praga, an artsy district
  • See how post-industrial buildings are now being used by artists and performers
  • Sample traditional Warsaw delicacies like tatar and pyzy and flaki — once popular treats at the buzzing bazaars
  • Travel in time from the 19th century through the communist era and into modern Warsaw
  • Step into the hidden world of tenement houses, for which Praga is famous
In Warsaw, it’s not the Wild West — it’s the Wild East! Discover the most fascinating neighborhood in the city, on the hipster east bank of the Vistula River. Check out and see how the wild spirit of Praga can’t be tamed!
What to Expect
Praga is a district with a unique, wild spirit. Once multicultural, with Polish, Jewish, and Russian citizens living together, it managed to survive WWII but was then left neglected for years. The neighborhood has since been rediscovered by artists, and now Praga is a district of alternative clubs, street art projects, little cafes run by people with passion, and old citizens who still meet in the courtyards of their tenement houses.

During this Warsaw tour, you’ll see how history is coexisting with modern life in Praga, and how old habits are helping to retain the spirit of the neighborhood. You start your Warsaw walking tour at a very unique museum: the Neon Museum, which was created to preserve Poland's' Cold War-era neon signs. Polish schools of graphic design used to be known around the world, and even today many projects from the ‘60s and ‘70s still inspire new designers. The Neon Museum’s exhibit traveled around Europe until finally setting up in a post-industrial complex that is quickly turning into the cultural center of the Praga district. The aim of the museum’s founders is to document and save what once used to be fantastic, shiny decorations from Poland’s streets.

Want more art? All around Praga, you’ll spot little pieces of art: murals, statues, and art projects done by children from the neighborhood. Praga has become a district where artists can find their own space to create — and on this Warsaw tour, your guide will tell you the stories of a few of them.

As you explore, you’ll see remnants of the past, and the multicultural character of the Praga district: the Polish-Russian spirit distilling factory, former Jewish bath house and their hall of residence, and the domes of the Orthodox church next to the pinnacles of the Catholic cathedral. You also travel in time: from the oldest tenement houses on Zabkowska Street that retain their 19th-century charm, through to the longest block of flats in Warsaw featuring typical architecture from the communist period, to the post-industrial buildings that have been converted into uptown lofts and new investments around Port Praski.

Stroll down Zabkowska Street, the main artery of old Praga, with houses that date back 150 years. This street is unique in Warsaw, as most of the historical architecture on the left riverbank was destroyed by the Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising. But here in Praga, the authentic spirit of pre-war life can still be seen. It’s an area that’s full of neighborhood stories, tastes of the old days, and preserved backyards of tenement houses — which have become a real treasure of Praga. Decades ago, each of them — with their own gardens, little chapels, and benches all around — had buzzing life inside. Few still remain as they originally did, but you are going to explore the most interesting ones.

From time to time you will stop to grab some tasty local specialties. You’ll learn why some treats are served in jars, and you’ll have a chance to try traditional Polish tatar, as well as pyzy and flaki. Wash it down with a sip of Polish vodka or Oranzada, a sweet drink beloved by children from the ‘80s. One very important part of Praga’s past was the bazaars. There are plenty of stories about the times when you couldn’t find anything in the shops in Poland — but you could find everything in Rozyckiego Market. While sniffing around for “illegal meat” you could hear about what was going on in the world beyond, and, tired after hunting, you could then have your jar filled with hot flaki. As you ate, you could enjoy the sounds of Praga’s folk bands — or sing along with them. Pass by Rozyckiego Market and the monument to Praga’s folk bands, and you’ll learn about this part of Praga’s soul.

Finish your walk in a great panoramic spot of Warsaw Old Town. From here you can, by foot, head back to the city center or enjoy the nightlife on the riverbank.
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to Neon Museum
  • Local food samples and drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic available)
What's Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transportation to/from the meeting and end points
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Meeting Point

Tram stop “Bliska 04” on Grochowska Street (trams no 3, 6, 9, 22, 26)

What to Remember
• Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
• This is a child-friendly tour.
• For your tour you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

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