Warsaw

Vistulan Boulevards

  Bulwar Karskiego ,   Powiśle         20 Jul 2019
Well, well, well, Warsaw sure has scrubbed up its riverside pretty nicely recently, huh? Here's the unique part - the west side (the left bank) has concrete boulevards (Bulwary Wiślane) with bars and cafes dotted here and there, while the right side of the river remains mainly wild providing a unique contrast between the two sides. Warsaw can now say its riverside boulevard is one of the best in Europe, if not the world; comparable to that of the Thames, the Seine and the Tiber (the then Mayor's words!). Gradually completed in phases, first started at the turn of the 20 century, then enlarged in the late 1930s and 1970s, in 2013 a plan to modernise the boulevards was hatched, and the first section of the revamped boulevards was opened in 2015, followed by further extensions in Jun and Aug 2017, with the latest linking section re-opened in Mar 2019. The new sections are filled with recreational spots. To get there, walk down to the riverfront from the Old Town, or roll right in by metro line M2 to Centrum Nauki Kopernik station, and choose to either walk, ride a bike, skate the length of the boulevard or if it gets cold, find an indoor riverfront cafe to sit in and enjoy the views.

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