Rated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten urban beaches in the world, TFN’s Jo Harper heads to the east bank of Warsaw to learn how justified the plaudits really are.
Rafal Skurzok from the Wisla Tourist Organisation said: We are getting rid of everything that gives you the impression that when you are entering Wisla you are entering Bangladesh.”
The film, ‘Gruba Kaśka’, focuses on the modest molluscs who live at the titular Gruba Kaśka (Fat Kathy) pumping station, which stands in the River Wisła, and helps provide millions of litres of water for the Polish capital.
The lack of water has sent river levels crashing and they could soon break records set in 2015.
In times of drought, the low waters still reveal train carriages from the Jewish ghetto as well as the abandoned aristocratic spoils of the 17th century Swedish sacking of Warsaw.
Hemmed in by the Wisła on one side and a steep gully on the other, there’s good reason why this is regarded as one of Poland’s crown jewels.