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10 Best Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland

Ishwari Pamu Aug 8, 2019
It’s impossible to think about Warsaw without being reminded of the 20th century carnage and suffering the city witnessed. Today, it has manifested into a vibrant city that exudes fine music and contemporary art.

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Explore Old Town

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After being almost completed wiped out in the 20th century, it was rebuilt into what is today known as the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amble Around Łazienki Park

The largest in the city, the 76 hectare area encompasses the Łazienki palace, a planetarium, water bodies, esplanades, lush green gardens, an amphitheater, monuments and much more.

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Palace of Culture and Science

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While there is still some discord in regard to whether the locals like or dislike the building as it was a “gift” to Warsaw from Joseph Stalin himself, the terrace on the 30th floor offers spectacular views of the city nonetheless.

Visit Wilanów Palace

Intended to be King Jan III Sobieski’s country estate, this baroque style palace, surrounded by manicured gardens, is now a museum with some of the finest collections of European and East Asian art and antiquities.

Warsaw Rising Museum

If there’s one museum you should visit in Warsaw, it’s this one. It details the atrocities and horrors of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, a 63 day battle where nearly 150,000 to 200,000 Polish people/Poles lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis.

Relax at the Old Town Market

The once commercial center of Warsaw, is now hemmed in by beautiful Renaissance and Baroque style buildings, restaurants and cozy cafés with delicious food and coffee.

Gawk at The Royal Castle

Recently reconstructed in 1980, it once served as the seat for the Polish royalty. Now open to the public, it houses valuable collection of paintings and artifacts of Poland’s majesty.

Walk the Royal Route

It so happens that almost all the historic buildings and monuments in Warsaw are dotted along the Royal Route with five arteries weaving their way out to the city’s other important sites.

Sample Poland’s Finest Chocolate

The country’s best chocolate is manufactured at the E. Wedel Factory in the Praga district. They offer daily tours of the factory. Enough said.

Visit the Chopin Museum

The museum chronicles everything about the music and life of the immortal Polish composer, Frédéric François Chopin and also hosts his last piano.