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Warsaw is defined by two of its most prominent features – the Wisa River and the Moscow Road. Both landmarks play a huge role in affording the city with the position that it enjoys today. Both landmarks have also witnessed countless accounts of heroism and uprisings that have ensured the presence of an extremely rich history for anyone who plans to visit the city. Warsaw might have completely transformed itself from a reserved city of communist Poland into a modern day metropolis, but landmarks such as the Royal Castle, Old Town and the Uprising Monument offer great insights into the city’s history and culture.
The Polish capital is not only famous for offering one of most accessible public transportation systems in Europe, it is also full of cobblestone alleys and baroque palaces that simply must be explored by every traveller visiting the city. If you know your history well, you should know that the historic Old Town of Warsaw was completely destroyed by the German troops in the world war. However, no trace of the destruction is visible today as the Polish masterfully reconstructed their iconic Old Town to bring it back to its former glory.
Krakow might beat Warsaw in terms of its beauty, but what it lacks in beauty, it more than makes up with its never ending energy and beautiful culture. The dynamism and energy of the city extend into its people and its club scene. Beautiful festivals, foot tapping action, Chopin inspired music festivals, unique street carnivals and interactive exhibitions are a part of everyday like in Warsaw and irrespective of when you visit, you can expect a range of sights, attractions and events waiting to be explored.
Some of the “must see” attractions of Warsaw include the Royal Castle, Old Town, Palace of Culture & Science, Chopin Museum, Lazienki Park and the National Museum. The restaurants of Al Jerozolimskie, pubs of Praga and jazz concerts of Tygmont are also worth checking out.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Old Town (Starego Miasta)
||What is it? The busy Old Town provides the historic focal
point of the city, having been rebuilt in the original 17th and
18th century style following the almost total destruction of the
city during the war. The picturesque Old Market Square (Rynek) is
at the centre, surrounded by restored buildings and colourful
three-story merchant houses with Baroque and Renaissance facades,
lively open-air restaurants, art stalls and the Historical Museum
of Warsaw. Around the two old central water pumps, the atmosphere
is a constant buzz of activity with buskers, painters and musicians
providing entertainment for the milling crowds, while around the
fringes the clattering of hooves signals the arrival of a another
traditional horse-drawn carriage. Leading from the square is a
network of cobbled streets and alleyways that contain beautiful
Gothic churches and former palaces of the aristocracy. The
impressive Royal Castle was once the home of the Polish Kings and
is now a museum displaying tapestries, period furniture, portraits
and other decorative collections. The narrow streets also lead to
the ramparts and watchtowers of the medieval walls surrounding the
Hours of Operation:
|2. Historical Museum of Warsaw
Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Square) 28-42
|What is it? The History Museum is one of the best of
Warsaw's museums. Its three-stories are crammed with fascinating
exhibitions covering every aspect of Warsaw's history and life,
from its beginnings to the present day, and there are old
photographs, clippings and articles on display from everyday
pre-war city life. The museum's special feature is a documentary
film showing the destruction and reconstruction of the city, with
footage shot by the Nazis during their calculated and systematic
annihilation. The film is shown in English at 12pm Tuesday to
Hours of Operation: Tuesday and Thursday 11am to 6pm, Wednesday and
Friday 10am to 3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Phone:(0)22 635 1625
|3. The Royal Way
Krakowski Prezedmie?cie becoming Nowy ?wiat
|What is it? Known as the Royal Way, this two-and-a-half
mile (4km) route stretches from the Royal Castle in the Old Town to
the stately King's palace at Wilanów on the outskirts of the city.
It is the most important thoroughfare bisecting the central city
from north to south and is lined with galleries, museums and
historical buildings, including St Anne's Church, where the Polish
princes used to swear homage to the king. Along the way are the
royal gardens of Park Lazienki, one of the city's beautiful open
green spaces with its lakes, peacocks and the charming 18th-century
Palace Upon the Water, the royal summer residence. There is a
monument to the famous Polish composer, Chopin, and outdoor
concerts of his classical music are held on the lawns in summer.
The Royal Way ends at the splendid Wilanów Palace, the former
residence of King Jan III Sobieski that was modelled on Versailles.
It is now a museum containing a marvellous collection of old
paintings and furniture. In the well-kept park behind the palace is
the Orangery housing an art gallery, and the Poster Museum in the
former royal stables has changing exhibitions of Poland's renowned
Hours of Operation: Wilanów Palace: daily except Tuesdays 9am to 4pm.
From 15 May to 18 September the palace is open until 6pm on
Wednesdays and until 7pm on Sundays. The park is open daily 9am
holidays - Top Events
|1. Mozart Festival
|What is it? Every summer, music lovers from around the
world flock to Warsaw to attend the highlight of the city's music
season, the Warsaw Chamber Opera's Mozart Festival. Presentations
of the complete stage works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart include some
of his most popular operas, including Don
Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro,
as well as symphonies and instrumental
Where is it? Warsaw Chamber Opera
|2. JVC Jazz Jamboree
|What is it? Since its inception 43 years ago, the
international jazz festival has become a major annual event in the
world of jazz and is the oldest and most prestigious festival of
its kind in Poland. Besides attracting top international
performers, the Polish music scene is well represented with past
concerts by national greats such as Tomasz Stanko and Michal
Where is it? Sala Kongresowa (Palace of Culture and Science)
|3. Piano Festival
|What is it? For five days at three stunning venues in the
Polish capital, the Ludwig van Beethoven Association present some
of the finest young virtuosos and masters of the piano. The aim of
the festival is to promote piano music in a wider sphere and gain
attention for the talented performers as they perform masterpieces
from the greats: Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Bach, Rachmaninov,
Prokofiev and of course Beethoven.
Where is it? Warsaw Philharmonic Hall; Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall;
Royal Castle ? Grand Hall