Warsaw has a lot to offer, and it is the pulsating heart of the country.
The Royal Castle in Warsaw is undoubtedly one of the most popular symbols in the Polish capital. Situated in the Old Town, it used to be the residence of the Polish Royal Family between the 16th and 18th centuries.
The Castle was reconstructed in the 1980s after being destroyed during World War II.
This reddish-pink monument is very opulent on the inside and features exquisitely decorated interiors, including a collection of portraits of the Polish kings.
Old Town (Stare Miasto) and the Old Town Market Square
Welcome to Warsaw’s most colourful and photogenic spot. Here you can stroll through narrow streets, see unique monuments, go shopping and pop into a café for a drink or a snack.
This area starts at Castle Square and encompasses the Old Town Market Square and many monuments such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Statue of the Little Insurgent.
In the middle of the Old Town you will see the Old Town Market Square. This beautiful open square features the mermaid statue, and it is surrounded by several restaurants.
Łazienki Park is part of a palace complex built in the 17th century as a private bathhouse for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, owner of the Ujazdowski Castle and much of the surrounding land. Other than the main palace on the water, the park is home to a number of palaces, a neoclassical amphitheatre and orangeries.
This charming park is perfect for a relaxing stroll, and it frequently hosts free yoga and meditation classes in the summer months.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
This historical museum presents the 1000 years of life of Jews in Poland. The Museum of History of Polish Jews is a place of culture, meeting and dialogue which allows visitors to explore the Polish-Jewish history. It also helps people fight xenophobia and other prejudices that threaten today’s society.
To sum up, it is a great history lesson in a very modern museum.
Palace of Culture and Science
This is another must-see in Warsaw.
The Palace of Culture and Science is the most iconic building in the city. Here you can enjoy sublime views of the capital from the viewing platform on the 30th floor.
Explore the music of Chopin
There are many ways you can revive Chopin’s life in the capital. The composer spent his youth in Warsaw, where he went to school and studied music.
First, you can spend a few hours at Chopin Museum. Here you will learn everything about his life in Warsaw, you will see letters written to him and by him, drawings and dedications.
Moreover, while walking through the city, you will notice there are many black marble benches playing Chopin’s music. Additionally, many of Warsaw’s venues often hold Chopin concerts and a statue of the composer sits near the entrance to Łazienki Park.
Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów
This wonderful Baroque royal residence is exactly as it was before World War II. Wilanow Palace, was built in the years 1677-1696, and it belonged to King John Sobieski III.
Nowadays, this historic building welcomes visitors who want to explore its royal flats. On the ground floor you will find the Gallery of the Polish Portrait with the effigies of the Polish monarchs, representatives of great magnate families and eminent artists.
Finally, all around the museum you will see stunning gardens filled with lemon trees, tulip bulbs and other colourful plants.
Warsaw is well worth a visit on even the fastest itineraries through Poland.
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