Category Archives: Travelling

Knights, Stars and Gingerbread · Torun

torun-thumbAfter the many tourists in Gdańsk it is relieving to spend some days in a smaller city. For a long time Toruń was on my list of cities I wanted to visit. From the train station it was at first not so easy to find the centre. It took some time to find the long iron bridge behind a small forest, which leads over the river Wisła to the city centre.

I heard before that Toruń must be a nice city, but seeing it with my own eyes was fascinating. The Wisła river is very broad here and from the other side one can already see the nice medieval panorama of this jewel. The old town is not very big, but the old buildings made of bricks in combination with the small streets make Toruń a romantic place. Read More →

Danzig? Gdansk!

gdanskAs I am very interested in history I always wanted to get to Gdańsk/Danzig. A lot of times I have been to Poland before, but never managed to come so far North. A dream came true, when I stepped out of the train from Poznań and my feet touched the first time ground of this lengendary city.

Already the building of the railway station is impressing. It is quite central. The ‘main city’ (główne miasto) I entered through the old city main gate. The Long Street (ul. długa) leads to the Long Market square (Długi targ), where since the 17th century lived the most wealthy citizens. Everywhere are wonderful façades in Baroque and Renaissance style. Read More →

Greater Poland – From Poznan to Zielona Góra

ostrowtumskiThree years ago I have already been to Poznań. As far as I can remember I quite liked it. That’s why I put it on my route.

Poznań is the fifth largest city of Poland and the capital city of the historic region called Greater Poland. For Polish history Poznań is very important, as the Polish dynasty Piast founded the first Polish kingdom in the 10th century. The first rulers, Mieszko I and Bolesław Chrobry, are buried in the cathedral of Poznań (see picture). Later the political centre of Poland was shifted to Cracow. Read More →

Back to Poland

wroclaw-thumbAfter spending some days in Austria I am finally back in Poland. The first stop is my favourite Polish city Wrocław. Every year I come here at least once to visit some friends and enjoy the city’s atmosphere. It took me about a day to requicken my rusty Polish language skills.

Wrocław (pronounced like [wrots-love], German name: Breslau) is the capital of Lower Silesia and the fourth largest city of Poland. Like many Polish cities it has a central market square called ‘rynek’. The late-Gothic town hall (‘ratusz’) is a very unique and nice looking building. The houses around the rynek have been destroyed during World War II, consequently, the square was reconstructed in Baroque and Classicism style, according to the way it looked in the late 18th century. The rynek is a good place to visit a coffee-house and enjoy a ‘czarna kawa’ (black coffee, of course). Read More →

Basement Blues

SAMSUNGThe first part of my journey was a visit at the town of my study, Graz, Austria. Although I left Graz years ago I have rented a cellar there, where the ghosts of my past are buried.

For a long time now I thought of clearing it out. All those things are always there, somewhere in my back-head. Do I still need these things? Is has been quite some time, since I have been there and over the years I have forgotten what secrets the cellar bears… Read More →

Savetier on Tour

Dear readers,

right now I started my summer holiday, like every year travelling around East-Central Europe. In the next two months I will be visiting Poland (July), Slovakia and Western Ukraine (August). That means that for the next time the content of my blog will be a little bit different. It will be more like a travel journal.

Of course I also want to visit interesting concerts of local bands and other events and, of course, I am open for your suggestions! So, if you have something specific in mind, please, write me an e-mail (andre@savetier.eu) or feel free to use the comments of this post.

Sincerely yours, André