history

vavahostelThe building at 76 Targowa Street was built at the end of the 19th century. Back then it was a two-storey house with an Art Nouveau facade. Almost a quarter of a century later, during a complete overhaul, subsequent levels were added, a lift was installed, and the facade was redesigned in a then-trendy modernist style. At that time – in the 1930s – it was one of the tallest buildings in the Praga area. During the Second Word War, the Soviet NKVD officers were stationed here.

76 Targowa Street is the heart of Warsaw's Praga neighbourhood. Located on the right bank of the Vistula, Praga is the only district of Warsaw which was not reduced to a pile of rubble during World War II. Neglected over the years, it has recently become the most artsy and trendy neighbourhood of the city. You will not find luxury fashion stores here, but there is no shortage of atmospheric places where you can eat well (and cheap), listen to music, dance, visit a gallery or a painter's atelier. If history is your thing, you will find here craftsmen's shops, charming 19th- and 20th-century buildings and quaint streets which portrayed pre-war Warsaw in many famous Polish and foreign films. Mała Street was featured in Andrzej Wajda’s “Korczak”, Konopacka and Stalowa streets appeared in Roman Polański’s “The Pianist”, while the local Orthodox church played a part in one of Stanisław Bareja’s movies. Fans of the cult Polish film “Miś” can look out of the window of their room at VAVA Hostel and see the place where the iconic scene with the coal suppliers was shot. True, the “Four Sleeping Men” monument (officially referred to as the Monument to the Comradeship of Arms, but not even the locals remember that) has been removed, but you can always use your imagination! All the above places are only a short walk away from the VAVA Hostel.

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