Tag Archives: Poland

XV Wroclaw Industrial Festival

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There are many reasons to visit the Polish city of Wrocław: It is incredibly beautiful, has a moving history and offers a lot of cultural places, museums, galleries, bars and coffee-houses. Furthermore, Wrocław is also the Cultural Capital of Europe 2016.
But my main reason to go there every November for a few days is a different one. The Silesian capital is the spot where one of the biggest annual festivals for industrial music is taking place. Read More →

XIII Wroclaw Industrial Festival

Wrocław Industrial Festival 2014

After an endless car ride we eventually arrived in Wrocław, the capital of Lower Silesia, Poland. Uncountable times I have spent here, made some dear friends and it appears that behind every street corner, below every tree I can find pieces of memories and stories of my personal history with this city. This time I came here because of the Wrocław Industrial Festival, organized this year already for the 13th time. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala (Part 4)

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There can never be enough Polish coldwave. Recenty, I came across some coldwave bands from Poland, which I am going to introduce to you in another chapter on Zimna Fala: The Shipyard, Schröttersburg, Manta Birostris and Liście.

If you missed my other articles on Polish coldwave, or you don’t know yet, what Zimna Fala is, here are the links to the previous chapters: 1, 2, 3. Read More →

A Musical Review of 2013

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Another year is almost over, with all its highs and lows. Lou Reed and Nelson Mandela died, there’s a new pope, in Turkey and Ukraine people go on the streets to protest against their governments and Russia does everything to reload the Cold War. But enough about politics.

This page almost has its first birthday, the blog went online on January 2nd 2013. In the last year the page almost got 20.000 views and has an average of 53 visitors per day, which is a great outcome. I want to thank the musicians, artists and writers, who helped me make this project real, and, of course, my friends and readers for their interest, inspiration and support. savetier.eu is a non-profit site (maybe once I will place ads/banners somewhere, but for now I don’t know where they would fit and they are mostly ugly).

This year again I prepared a list of 10 great songs that were released in 2013. As always in no particular order. Read More →

Polish Coldwave · Zimna Fala (Part 3)

The articles about Polish coldwave seem to be the most popular on my site. During the last few months I got lots of comments and e-mails from you with recommendations of Polish coldwave bands. Also some bands contacted me to spread their music. This is motivation enough to continue with the topic.

In the following I want to introduce the bands Hatestory, This Cold, Józef Ost and DHM to you. Read More →

The Resurrected Metropolis · Warszawa

palac-thumbMany people I asked during my trip through Poland, what they think about their capital Warszawa. The answer was mostly not so nice. Perhaps, it is the general dislike of one’s capital city, like Austrians complain about Vienna and Germans about Berlin. However, this was already my second time in Warszawa and I already liked it at my first visit one year ago.

Warszawa is the capital of the Polish province Mazovia and the capital of Poland. That was not always so. Before the centre was moved to Warszawa in 1611, Kraków used to be the political and cultural centre. Some say it still is.

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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 →