Discover Polish Host Cities during the European Football Championship 2012 with „Euro Know How – A Guidebook to Euro and More”!
'We can do it and we are proud of it!', 'We are proud of what we are creating!', 'Because there are people who are worth being admired!' – these are the mottos underlying the creation of the Euro Know How guidebook – a lifestyle album about the four Polish host cities where the matches will take place during the European Football Championship in June 2012, i.e.: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań and Wrocław. Euro Know How is a guidebook to the style of life of the Polish people who travel, create, have ambitions to achieve something in their lives and believe that „they can”. It is a book about places that Polish people are proud of and that they want to show to the others.
The Euro Know How guidebook was inspired by an idea that football supporters wish to see and experience something more than just football emotions. The guidebook is meant to be an album that will be kept for long, that will make people visiting Poland interested by the country’s culture, cuisine and the Polish lifestyle. The guidebook features among the others: cafes, restaurants, bars, clubs, as well as fashion boutiques, concept stores and art galleries – grouped by districts, streets or “zones”.
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adore Saska Kępa in Warsaw – it’s magic, green, and filled with peace, even
though it lies in the heart of the capital. The world rushes but there are places
which prove that not everything flies by along with fashion trends – like my
favorite Między Nami Cafe which is always crowded both at lunch time and in the
evenings. There are also places, like Charlotte. Bread and Wine, that don’t make
me miss too much the noisy squares, the wine and the smell of fresh-baked bread
in the Mediterranean countries.
Stary Browar in Poznañ was rewarded as the best shopping mall in Europe and
in the world. I haven’t done my shopping there yet but its architecture and the
concept of bringing the art and business together seems absolutely delightful.
You may not only let yourself enjoy shopping there but you can just go out to the
cafes or visit one of the exhibitions.
In Wrocław – a city of meetings – there are plenty of student pubs and clubs, but
there is also one of the most luxurious hotels in Poland. Having champagne in
the panoramic sky bar La Terazza in the Monopol hotel make you marvel at the
beauty of the Main Market with its city hall, unique on the world scale.
I love Gdañsk because of the breeze of holidays, even in our cold months. And
because of the amazing beaches, sea-gulls and artistic approach to the world.
Those were the people of Gdañsk who showed so much sensitivity to change
the grey, communistic block of flats into an art gallery. One of them can be seen
in Zaspa district.
Poland is not just limited to Warsaw, Poznañ, Wrocław and Gdañsk – the host
cities of European Football Championship in our country. Cities where we will take
you for a guided tour with our EURO KNOW HOW guidebook. Poland means the
Mazury Lakes sinking in green, it means the town of Zakopane that sits just by
the footsteps of the Tatra mountains. It means pierogi (Polish dumplings), oscypki
(smoked cheese made in Tatra mountains) and best vodka in the world. Poland
means also us – the Polish people, those from metropolis and villages. I admire
how active Polish people are. I am proud of how many new places are being
created, of interesting initiatives and creative people around me. I have a feeling
that the average Pole is not optimistic, doesn’t get up every morning with a big
smile. However, I am lucky to meet people with energy and dreams, people who
dare to live – and that is the greatest art of all. I hope you meet that kind of people
while discovering Poland together with the EURO KNOW HOW guidebook.
EURO KNOW HOW
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EURO KNOW HOW
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NATIONAL STADIuM WARSAW
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FOOTBALL STADIuM GDANSK
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Warsaw / 9
Warsaw / 9
The greatest advantages of Warsaw are its disa-
dvantages. There is no clear-cut centre, three pre-
stigious streets instead of just one main street (and
they – Krakowskie Przedmieście, ul. Mokotowska,
and ul. Francuska – are a long distance from one
another), ugly buildings neighbouring with regular
and extraordinary ones (BUW, vitkAc fashion ho-
use, Metropolitan), monuments destroyed during
WWII or due to neglect and human stupidity (the
former seat of ING Bank Śląski at ul. Złota). Warsaw
is nothing like other European capitals where the
centre has been where it should be for centuries.
Nothing changes in places like that and tourists
instinctively feel what is attractive and what is not.
It is not so easy to learn more about Warsaw and
like the city. It has established its reputation on
constant change. It is now slowly spreading and
reaching towards the Vistula river, cutting across
the city, which it used to ignore. The streets are
also rapidly being renovated and made suitable for
both walking and driving through. Warsaw has an
ambition – to undergo a complete metamorphosis.
Its citizens see its potential and appreciate it. In the
past, Warsaw citizens constantly complained that
their city was atrocious and unfit for living there.
They justified its „beauty” with the war and commu-
nism. Now they have finally got to developing the
city instead of moaning. It is thanks to their effort
that shops like GaliLu, Horn More, Blind Concept
Store, and Likus Concept Store were created, as
well as restaurants like 12 Stolików, Charlotte, and
R20. Interesting events take place daily in Powiśle,
Syreni Śpiew, Nowy Wspaniały Świat, Fabryka
Trzciny, ul. Miñska, ul. Mokotowska, ul. Koszykowa,
and ul. Ząbkowska... In the air, there is this peculiar
atmosphere which used to pervade Berlin two de-
cades ago and was its greatest attraction.
Editor-in-chief of “InStyle”
Warsaw / 10
Warsaw / 10
I p WARSAW!
Beata SadowSka: a journalist and a TV presenter. She loves jogging. She has
made it to the finishing line of nine marathons (namely in: Tokyo, New York, Venice,
Paris, and Amsterdam). She likes to go places where no one will look for her and
travelling to the end of the world. And then she likes to go back to her beloved Warsaw.
„why do you love warsaw so?”
„Because it’s mine. And because it changes without losing its spirit. Also, for the
magical Praga areas, the marble stairways in damaged tenement buildings, and
for shrines on yards. For hanging frames to hang from, head down. For the first
marathon I completed here. For allowing me to run along the Vistula, along a re-
markable running track ending on the Praga side of Most Grota-Roweckiego,
next to the Copernicus Science Centre on the opposite side of the river; and
in Las Kabacki and Młociny district. For the green parks and the ever-char-
ming Saska Kępa.”
”do you have a favourite cafe?”
”Cafe corner in the new Red Onion in ul. Szpitalna. Wooden table, kitchen-
ware pretending to be lamps, and excellent lunch menu and sweets – cho-
sen by the owner or made by her. Delight itself! Kawiarnia Francuska 30:
my favourite place where I can take my dog to business meetings. Momo
will always get a bowl of water there, and sometimes even a croissant.
I myself never say “no” to latte with soy milk or green tea with lemon grass.
Charlotte: no other place with such wonderful baguettes and bread in
“More and more concept stores are being created in the city. are
there any you favour particularly?”
Horn More – the owners, Adam and Adam, have excellent taste, a feel for
style, and nose for trends. They have lingerie which you would rather expose
and show to others than hide, jewellery which is a must have and Mariage
Frères tea which I adore. This is the sexiest place in all Warsaw. GaliLu – I can’t
imagine myself smelling differently. This place appeals to the senses. Delightful
perfumes, oils, aromas, and candles. Careful, you can lose yourself in them!”
Warsaw / 11
anna dereSzowSka: Singer, theatre and movie actress.
She has just released her debut album „You won’t forget me
any more” („Już nie zapomnisz mnie”). Born in Mikołów, she
settled in Warsaw where she lives with her partner – actor, Piotr
Grabowski, and their daughter, Lena.
– when you hear: „warsaw”, you think...
My home, my slippers and my comfy bed, not one in a hotel
– where do you go when you want to spend some time with
your daughter? do you have your favourite cafe that was
created with kids in mind?
Many restaurants and cafes nowadays have a kid’s corner, as
well as crayons, blocks and toys. Lena is a gourmet, the things
she likes best is sushi at the Sakana restaurant (the chefs there
are always ready to prepare a special meal on request of the
youngest ones), coconut Thai soup, mussels. Hence, it’s quite
hard for us to go to places created with a view to little children’s
– and who takes care of your hair? do you have a favourite
“My one and only” is the „Bagatela”. They use excellent hair pro-
ducts, the atmosphere is very pleasant there; on the walls they
exhibit paintings for sale. And on top of that – the salon is ma-
naged by one of the most talented young hair stylists, Tyberiusz
Marciniszyn, who indulges my hair, and is a great man, too.
Warsaw / 12
This district of Warsaw is truly extraordi-
nary as it is like a town in its own right, full
of atmospheric cafes and buildings dating
back to the period of the Second World
War. Every street here is unique, inviting
you to admire its remarkable attractions.
Park Skaryszewski is an important venue
in the district – in 2009 it occupied the
third place in the competition aimed at fin-
ding the prettiest park in all Europe. If you
are looking for a place to practise sports
– look no further. The district becomes
the film capital in summer.
PAŁAC KuLTuRY I NAuKI
Palace of Culture and Science,
Plac Defilad 1, www.pkin.pl
This is the first thing one associates
with Warsaw. It used to be considered
an unwanted gift from the Soviets but
now it has come to be known as one
of the most characteristic structures in
Poland. It sports over 3000 rooms ho-
using screening halls cinema, museums,
libraries, and theatres. Also, numerous
concerts have been organised here
– Sala Kongresowa has hosted such
prominent artists as: Marlena Dietrich,
Bruce Springsteen and Woody Allen.
The observation deck on the thirtieth
floor enables you to see the whole of
Warsaw in excellent perspective.
Surrounded by numerous restaurants
and cafes. Places to visit in the Old Town
include: Castle Square, the Royal Castle,
and Sigismund’s Column, numerous
churches, and Saint John Cathedral.
The old town was completely destroyed
during the Second World War and rebuilt
in the 1950s and, today, it is once more
vibrant with life. It is mentioned in the
UNESCO world heritage list as a wonder-
ful example of complete reconstruction.
A symbol of Warsaw erected over the
Vistula in 1939. The monument depicts
half-woman half-fish holding a sword
above her head and protecting herself
with a shield. The legend of the Warsaw
Siren says that this is a woman who,
having been saved from captivity by
a young fisherman’s son, swore to pro-
tect the city for all time.
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CENTRuM NAuKI KOPERNIK
ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20
Adults and children alike can come here
to learn more about physical, chemical,
and biological phenomena and disco-
ver that history and archaeology can be
interesting. Everyone can be a scientist
here! Conduct experiments and design
a robot of your own. The planetarium is
another attraction – go there to admire
displays of the night sky.
This palace-and-park complex was
created in line with the principles of the
classical style at the beginning of the 18th
century, at the initiative of Stanisław August
Poniatowski, the last King of Poland. It is
a perfect for a walk with your family and
you can enjoy feeding the squirrels and
ducks. The most famous part of Łazienki
Królewskie is Amfiteatr – a summer flo-
ating theatre where the open-air Chopin
concerts are also definitely worth a while.
It used to be a part of the garden of the
royal residence in Ujazdów, hence its
characteristic star-like layout. Recently,
young people have made it one of their
favourite meeting places: for a cup of
coffee during the day and glass of wine
in the evening.
ul. Grzybowska 79
Modern, multimedia, and interactive –
this is what this museum is like. It do-
cuments the 63 days during which the
citizens of Warsaw emerged to battle the
occupier. It was opened in 2004, on the
60th anniversary of the commencement
of fighting in Warsaw. This place expres-
ses the admiration of the Polish people
for those who gave their lives for a free
Poland and its capital. The museum
presents to the visitor an account of
the days directly preceding the Warsaw
Uprising and the stages of the struggle
itself, ending with the participants of the
uprising leaving Warsaw and continuing
to live in Communist Poland. One of the
attractions is a replica of the Liberator
plane – the Allies used it to deploy food
and weapons for the fighting citizens.
Warsaw / 14
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