On a warm summer’s day in 1845, a fascinated crowd gathered in front of the new Warsaw-Vienna station to greet the arrival of the railway.
Despite the station’s name, however, it wouldn’t be a number of years before you could actually take the train directly to Vienna.
Listen to the story of the grand opening of the station and how it sparked the development of the surrounding area of Warsaw.
With thanks to:
- Andrzej Paszke, a retired officer from PKP Polish State Railways as well as a railway enthusiast and historian.
- Piotr Hummel, a historian and local guide, co-founder of WAWstep city guides.
- Alicja Baczyńska, your audio guide, for help with acoustic mapping throughout the Unseen project.
- Michał Kubicki, for providing the English voice of Andrzej Paszke.
- Elżbieta Krajewska, for voicing the article on the opening of the Warsaw-Vienna Railway from the Kurjer Warszawski dated 15.06.1845, No. 155.
How to listen:
Unseen is available as a downloadable podcast, although it is best experienced through the Echoes geolocative storytelling app available for iOS and Android. After loading the app, search for soundwalks in Warsaw and you’ll find Unseen.