Following a gentle curve, and opening out at the mouth of Wawel Castle, is ul. Kanonicza 22. A guestbook exposes some of the past guests that have slept here: Jim Carrey; Depeche Mode; Hans Zimmer. Not bad company that I keep, I think to myself, as my gaze falls on a signed snap of Benedict Cumberbatch.
From the quirky to the divine, Tarnów in southeast Poland pretty much has it all.
Staring majestically over the Lower Oder Valley, and offering stunning views over where the River Oder forks into two, the woodland structure has triggered a wave of public appreciation.
Tenderly renovated and charmingly subdued, it’s not difficult to see why Piotrków Trybunalski’s Old Town vies with Łódź as one of the country’s most filmed cities: among others, Robin Williams worked here (Jakob the Liar) as too have heroes of Polish kino such as Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) and the legendary Andrzej Wajda (Pan Tadeusz).
Nestled against the Lithuanian border, Suwalszczyzna (for the sake of simplicity, let’s refer to it from now on as the Suwałki region), is more than a complex mass of randomized letters.
The city isn’t short on covert quirks and curiosities – things and places that somehow fall between the cracks when it comes to receiving the widespread adulation of the backpacker bibles and internet’s travel sites.
A perfect tonic to the more mainstream pleasures of right-bank Kraków, Podgórze over the river is the ideal destination in which to rebuild lingering love affairs with this ancient royal city.
With over 150 major films shot in the streets of Łódż, it’s in these forgotten parts you breathe the air of Wajda, Polanski, Lynch and the fundamental spirit of cinematic Łódź. To walk these broken boulevards is akin to losing yourself in your own private film set: a moment of magic that few can forget.
A haven for writers and an ideal spot to find some respite, the SPA town of Nałęczów is beautifully located on the banks of Bystra River.
In this week’s Webber’s World, our intrepid explorer finds himself 30km east of Elbląg in a rambling old manor house set amongst silent forest paths, misty morning fields, grazing wild deer, and a snuffling rabbit named David. Welcome to Dwór Dawidy.