For centuries, Praga has been diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion. It wasn’t destroyed during World War II and as a result it is considered the most authentic part of the city. Start your visit to Praga by going to the Praga Museum of Warsaw where you can learn about the history of the district. Take a stroll through the historic streets, pop into temples of various religions, find the shrines hidden in backyards and view original murals. Spend time in the historic Skaryszewski Park or at the zoo. Finish by visiting Saska Kępa, a neighbourhood full of modernist architecture and restaurants with flavours from around the world.
Praga Museum of Warsaw
Nearby on Antoniego Mackiewicza street is the three-dimensional mural Hole in the Whole. More…
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The neo-Gothic cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Florian the Martyr, built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, is the main Roman Catholic church in Praga. Take a look inside at the original figures of both patrons.
When you are in Praga, don’t forget to visit the Orthodox church of St. Mary Magdalene. The five-domed building modelled on churches in Kiev was completed in 1869. Inside, see the frescoes depicting the saints of the Orthodox church, as well as fragments of the Last Supper mosaic that remain of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which used to stand in the centre of Warsaw.
Warsaw Zoological Garden
Take a stroll along the zoo’s paths and stop at the Żabiński Villa. This is the place where, during World War II, the zoo’s director, Jan Żabiński, and his wife Antonia hid Jews from the Warsaw ghetto.
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Historical architecture and contemporary street art
One of the main streets of old Praga is Ząbkowska, often called Praga’s Old Town. The oldest buildings date from the 1860s. During summer weekends, the street turns into a stage for numerous cultural events. Take a walk along other streets in Praga: on 11 Listopada street, you will see old military barracks, while at 1, 3, 5 and 9 Mała street check out the first brick houses in Praga. Mała street has repeatedly served as a film set for pre-war Warsaw (including the film The Pianist by Roman Polański).
The work of world-renowned street artists adorns the walls of tenement houses in Praga. Pay special attention to ‘Warsaw Fight Club’ at Środkowa 17 and ‘Shrine’ at Mała 8.
Praga Koneser Centre
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An additional attraction of the area is Skaryszewski Park, where you can sail in a canoe or pedal boat during the summer.