The truth is, no Poland itinerary is complete without visiting Warsaw. Given the number of things to see and do here, visiting the capital city of Poland promises to be fun and exciting. Whether you’re a classical music freak, visual art enthusiast, lover of science, or history buff,
Among the tourist attractions in
1. Old Town
Proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO,
The area was completely shattered by bombs in Second World War. Following the war, the market square has been completely rebuilt to its pre-war conditions. One of the major reasons why tourists flock to this part of
So if you’re looking for a perfect spot to sample Polish cuisine, including stuffed cabbage leaves and grilled mutton, make sure you visit
2. Wilanow Palace
The Wilanow Palace is one of the few landmarks to survive the catastrophic destruction meted on
History buffs will have a swell time exploring the palace. Originally built as an open manor house, the property got its stunning look when King Jan III took ownership of the building, transforming it into beautiful villas. After the death of the king, the villas were allocated to private families who, in turn, change the looks of the building to their individual taste.
Take a tour of the Grand Dining Room, the Gallery of Polish Portraits, and of course, Grand Entrance Hall. Hence, the reason why the palace is filled with unique designs.
This significant landmark gives a perfect picture of what
3. Lazienki Park
Not only is this the largest park in
Wandering through the park is indeed a real treat. Escape the stress of city life and enjoy serenity at its best here. Lazienki competes favorably with other top parks in the world. It has everything virtually to make it to the top of the list of world-class parks.
From its central lake and stately residences to an amphitheater and space wide enough to host popular concerts, Lazienki has plenty to offer. You might even come across elegant peacocks as you wander through the park. Even on crowded days, finding a quiet spot is easy. That’s the beauty of Lazeinki Park.
4. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Opened to the public in 2013, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a must-see. Before the beginning of WWII, Poland has a population of more than 3 million Jewish descendants. While many Jewish museums across the world only talk about the cruelty the Jews had to endure, POLIN celebrates the positive impact of the Jews in Poland.
With the aid of an interactive tool, visitors can learn more about the rich history of the Jews, with chronicles from the first settlements to this present day. Equally impressive is the fact that visitors are treated to a nice traditional Jewish cuisine. Basically, the museum is designed to enlighten further visitors about the rich history and culture of the Jewish people who called Poland home.
5. Royal Castle
The Royal Castle in
In the Royal, Apartments are pictures of King Stanislaw Augustus Poniatowski. Here, you’ll also find beautiful paintings and artworks steeped in history. Even if you don’t like history, the intricate designs of the castle are more than enough to intrigue you. Guides are available to take you through the length and breadth of the castle.
6. Krakowskie Przedmiescie
A walk along the cobbles on Krawkowskie Przedmiescie is a great way to learn about the rich history of
This is your best chance to explore the majestic atmosphere of Royal
7. Copernicus Science Centre
Looking for something different than checking out artifacts and paintings in a museum or taking a leisure stroll along Krakowskie Przedmiescie, or relaxing in the parks? A visit to the Copernicus Science Center is all that you need.
Copernicus is one of Poland’s leading scientists and mathematicians. After a series of research, Copernicus discovered that the earth revolves around the sun, contrary to popular belief that it was the other way round.
Copernicus Science Center was built to commemorate his great works on earth. Here you’ll find a planetarium exhibit where you can learn a lot about outer space and its impact on lives.
Make sure you attend one of the lectures by a knowledgeable scientist. However, the major drawback of this class is that it’s presented in the Polish language. So if you understand Polish, attending the class is a big plus.
With more than 450 interactive exhibitions, Copernicus Science Center is the largest science center in Poland. Visit the scientific research center to see how experts meddle with the laws of physics.
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8. Nowy Swiat
Nowy Swiat, which translates as New World Street, doesn’t meet up to the standard of its name at first glance. In the 16th century, Nowy Swiat served at the only route to the many castles, villages, and palaces in
As development creeps in, the street had a facelift. In the present day, Nowy Swiat is now littered with neoclassical buildings. Luckily, the area escaped destruction during the second world war.
This is the place where old meets new. Here you’ll find some of the best shops and eating establishments in
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9. Chopin Museum
Warsaw is home to loads of top-drawer museums, no doubt, and this is just one of them. Located inside the Baroque Ostrogski Palace, Chopin Museum is dubbed Europe’s most modern biographical museum. The museum features four floors, each showcasing the stunning work of a well known Polish musician and composer, Fryderyk Chopin.
Renovated to mark his post humus 200th birthday in 2010, the museum caters to not just Fryderyk’s fans but also those interested in learning more about the life of this great Polish composer. The museum contains exhibits that tell you about Chopin’s life on earth.
Some of the exhibits include Chopin’s school books, wristwatch, and hair, just to name a few. In the basement is a listening library where you get to listen to Chopin’s music till you’re satisfied. This museum appeals to virtually everyone, including the hardcore and those with little interest in music.
Warsaw Rising Museum
Built-in honor of the
Many people lost their lives, and lots of properties destroyed. Today, it’s significance remained etched in the heart of many. Featuring video, photographs, and audio exhibitions, this gem takes you back in time to the most traumatic event in Poland.
The museum is well detailed. Check out the before and after photos that depict how
Warsaw is a destination that never disappoints. If you find interest in any of these attractions in