Hi, my name is Antoni
I am glad that you have found my blog. Here you can find out who is behind it and what motivates me to lead this project.
I was born in Pyskowice in Poland (Upper Silesia) and emigrated to Germany with my whole family at the age of 5. In our luggage we had the prospect of a quiet and fulfilled life. And we were not disappointed. A family of five began a new chapter in an unfamiliar environment. The new home was called Unna between the Ruhrpott and Sauerland. I spent a beautiful childhood and eventful youth in a multicultural environment. After graduating from high school, I went on to Bielefeld University, where I completed my law studies (1st state examination). In between, I went to Warsaw as part of my ERASMUS exchange. It was then that I fell in love with this city. I saw a lot of potential here and obeyed the inner call to move to the Polish capital.
In spring 2013, the time had come. After 23 years, I completed my German phase of life and began my Polish phase in my new adopted country of Warsaw. My dream of living in Poland came true.
So far, it has been the best decision I have made in my life. I would now like to record my experiences and observations on my personal blog. This is where you show up now! The project is aimed at all German-speaking people around the world. The country of origin is completely irrelevant. I hope that you will find what you are looking for here. I encourage you all to participate, be it through public comments or private emails.
The aim of my blog is to give Warsaw a German voice and to make this voice visible in the world of the internet. In this way, I hope that Germans will come to understand Warsaw and Poland. At the same time, outside of my blogging, I would like to bring German culture and the German point of view to the hearts of the people of Warsaw. Reconciliation only works if people know each other. We all still have a lot of work to do in this respect.
What am I now?
I am often asked whether I am German or Polish. Answering such questions is never easy. After many years of intense reflection, I have finally found the all-explanatory answer: My Polish heart pumps the blood into the German brain!
I think that says it all.
Polish and German are my mother tongues – I speak both without an accent of the other mother tongue. This brings many advantages. First and foremost, I am regarded and treated as a Pole by Poles and as a German by Germans. There are no inhibitions in the conversations, no political correctness. An invaluable source of information.
You need a city guide? You’ve come to the right place!
I have been a licensed city guide since 2013, which ideally combines my love of history and the city. Over time, the number of guided tours grew so much that I was able to quit my office job and start my own business, Walking Poland Group.
If you are interested in a guided tour with me, please use the contact form on My Warsaw, go to the menu “For Tourists” or visit my tourist website www.walkingwarsaw.com. There you can find everything about my tours, numerous tourist overviews of Warsaw’s sights and many tips.