HOTSPOTS The Stalowa in Warsaw …

Posted by Axel Thorer on 14. August 2017

I say: Go there! Some say: Oh no, it's bloody dangerous!!

Stalowa

That's the Stalowa Street ...

Stalowa

… and here you find it (upper righthand corner)

THE STALOWA IS NOT A SMALL STREET IN POLAND’S CAPITAL. It was an ugly thing in communist times, the center of the steel district (stalow = steel). But – the Germans didn’t destroy the Stalowa in World War II, therefore Roman Polanski filmed „The Pianist“ in this rare relict of Warsaw’s pre-war architecture. That’s not my point, I want to tell you that one antiqueshop after the other opens here. I counted a dozen in the spring of 2017, „Look Inside“ being the best in my opinion, offering vintage objects from posters to cutlery, spanning more than a century. But I might mention, that there exists an official warning, „never ever“ to enter the houses to have a look at the (often fascinating) enclosed courtyards, especially not after sunset. „The Stalowa is Warsaw’s most dangerous street“, they say. I never felt menaced, the warning must be some years old …

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