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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 →

Timisoara

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I have only been to Romania once, to Suceava and to Cluj-Napoca. I liked them a lot, so I was curious, what else I could find in this country. Timisoara is the second largest city of Romania and the capital of the historical region Banat. The name of the city is orginally Hungarian, Temesvár, which means city at the Temes river. This name they also took as the German name, Temeschwar. Until 1919 the Banat was part of the Austrian-Hungarian monarchy.  For a long time I wanted to visit this city. As some friends of mine decided to go there by car, I took the chance to join them. Read More →

L’viv · City of Many Names

All my journey I could not wait to get to the Western Ukrainian “capital” of L’viv. No city in Eastern Europe I spent more time in than here. L’viv is alternative, uncomplicated and full of energy. It has also a very intriguing and colourful history.

Львів (L’viv), Lwów, Lemberg, Leopolis, לעמבעריק (Lemberik), Լվով (Ilov)… these are all names for the same place. But, depending on what you see or feel, it doesn’t always mean the same. When you walk through the city with open eyes, you can find something Ukrainian, Polish, Austrian, Jewish or Armenian. On the splitting point between the ideological constructs of West and East L’viv (as well as the whole historical region Galicia) was traditionally multi-cultural. Out of this it was also the birth place of five different literary narratives. Read More →

Southern Slovakia

NitraSo, finally this is working. I already wrote this article down once and then my computer just crushed. Quite annoying. Just to keep things clear: Savetier is not dead yet. Neither am I lost somewhere in Eastern Europe. That is what happened:

After I spent some more days in Warszaw my journey took me further to Western Slovakia, via Bratislava to the city of Nitra. It is about an hour away from the capital and one of the larger cities of Slovakia.

At the first glance Nitra is maybe not Slovakia’s prettiest city. Surrounded by socialist blocks, it doesn’t seem to be very special. But when you see the centre, you would maybe change your opinion. A pedestrian zone along Stefánikova street leads to the Nitra castle on a small hill. A nice river, also called Nitra, contributes to a more positive image. 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 →

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