The trendy Praga district lies on the eastern bank of the Vistula, directly across from the Old Town. You can easily reach the Praga district on the tram which goes over the Śląsko-Dąbrowski bridge. Former a separate town, it became part of the capital city in 1791. The area here is markedly less Western and more authentic, as the former worker’s quarter was damaged considerably less during World War II. So authentic in fact, that Hollywood movies such as The Pianist have been filmed against its atmospheric backdrop. Today, it’s home to the artists and creatives of Warsaw, and colourful street art adorns old buildings that are slowly falling into ruin. The modern art galleries and bars are well worth a visit. Small cosy restaurants serve hearty Polish dishes – or vegan fare – while unusual museums are dedicated to subjects such as vodka production or neon signs. Don’t forget: the Praga district is also home to Warsaw Zoo, including the famous Żabiński-Villa, and the Vistula beach, one of the most beautiful urban beaches in Europe. If you want to experience another side of Warsaw, a short trip to the other side of the river is a must.
Chopin – Warsaw’s beloved musician
We will never know if Chopin himself sunbathed on Warsaw’s river banks, but one thing is sure: Frédéric Chopin is one of the city’s most famous sons. Born in 1810 in Żelazowa Wola, which was then in the Duchy of Warsaw, he spent the first 20 years of his life on a manor estate close to the university, before moving to Paris. He received his musical training here, composed his first pieces and, as a child prodigy at the piano, played in the palaces of the aristocracy. Even today the great composer is ever-present – the airport is named after him, and the Chopin museum, directly opposite our affordable hotel, and the Chopin monument in Łazienki Park, are both dedicated to his memory. In the summer months his music floats through the air, as many open-air concerts are held to honour his music. There is no doubt that Warsaw loves Chopin and Chopin loved Warsaw. So much so that according to his wishes, his heart was brought back to Warsaw after he died. Today, it rests in the Holy Cross Church on the Royal Route. The great musician also inspired the design of our hotel – the design of the lounge and rooms were inspired by his classical music. If you are looking for unique, affordable accommodation in a top location, our Motel One is just right for you. Maybe you’ll also lose your heart to Warsaw? We will be delighted to welcome you to our hotel!