Last Updated: 23rd Dec 2013
Warsaw is fast becoming one of Europe’s top destinations with its food, history and of course, the prices!
The main attraction is the Old Town that was destroyed during World War II, but its restoration is testament to the resilience and determination of the Polish people.
The Old Town
The Old Town (Stare Miasto) was decimated and reduced to rubble during World War II but has today been rebuilt using the original materials and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are plenty of spots to grab a perogie and the Market Square (is a great place to wander amongst the stalls, restaurants and cafes. From the square you can head to the Vistula River or see the old city walls.
The Royal Way is a 4km (2.5 mile) stretch leading from Castle Square (Sigismund’s Column) to Lazienki. It is lined with shops and cafes as well as the Holy Cross Church, resting place of the great composer Chopin’s heart. His body lies in Paris (in Pere Lachaise cemetery) but his hear remains in Poland.
A the end of the Royal Way is Lazienki Park, a massive urban park home to Chopin’s monument, the last Polish King’s summer palace, ponds, paths and some cafes. The park is a great place to chill out and is a favorite of the locals, particularly during weekends.
The Palace of Culture and Science was given as a ‘gift’ from Stalin and is the tallest structure in Poland standing even above the cities more modern business buildings. Today it is home to a cinema, theater, conference hall and a beer garden during summer. You can take the elevator to the 30th floor for great panoramic views of the city.
The Galleria Shopping Center near the Palace of Culture and Science has lots of good retail shopping more shops can be found at Nowy Swiat.