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23 Jan 2019
Dear Readers of Warsaw in Your Pocket,

I write this as we approach October, the month when real autumn begins in Poland. I would like to present you what Warsaw can offer you during this beautiful and colourful season.

This year is very special for Polish people as Poland celebrates 100 years since regaining independence. In connection with that, from October 26th the National Museum in Warsaw will open a new exhibition called: “Shouting: Poland! Independence 1918”. The exhibition is designed to commemorate the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Its main premise is the confrontation of artistic representations of historical and political events, with the transformations of Polish art on the threshold of the reborn state.    

For all food lovers, foodies and people who would like to better discover our national spirit, the Vodka and Snack festival which takes place on October 19th-20th is a must-visit. The Vodka and Snack Festival 2018 is the second edition of the event organized by the Dom Wódki (Vodka House) restaurant, whose mission it is to promote the best culinary and distillery traditions of Poland as well as give Polish cuisine and vodka its proper place in the ranking of national spirits and gastronomic cultures from all over the world.    

If you would like to visit the outskirts of Warsaw, you should consider visiting Żelazowa Wola, the city where the greatest Polish pianist Fryderyk Chopin was born. The charming Manor located there is the perfect idea for a day trip. The picturesque road will take you from Warsaw across the Kampinos National Park and its buffer one, all of which are the part of “Natura 2000” protected area.

As a nice alternative for spending a free afternoon on Saturday or Sunday, I would like to recommend visiting the Służewiec horse racetrack. With its 138 hectares, Służwiec is one of the largest and most beautiful racing tracks in Europe. It was opened in 1939, leaving Varsovians with only a little time to enjoy the new track before World War II began. Fortunately, the track wasn’t badly damaged as German soldiers were based there during war time. Today the racing season starts in spring and finishes in late autumn.

There are many other events in Warsaw planned for this autumn season. If you would like to find out a bit more about them, please feel free to meet me at the Concierge desk in the historical Sofitel Victoria Warsaw hotel. Our dedicated Concierge family will do our best to change your moments in Warsaw into wonderful memories.

Krzysztof Bartoś
Concierge Sofitel Warsaw Victoria


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