What to see
The Old Town
Most visitors tend to focus on the oldest part of the city. The Old Town is the birthplace of Warsaw where its fascinating history began 700 years ago... The Royal Castle, Saint John Cathedral, The Old Town Market Square, city fortifications and many, many other things can be found here. Picturesque streets are full of secrets and Warsaw legends, such as strange creatures, like the Bazyliszek and the Warsaw mermaid, whose monument you can find in the heart of the Old Town. You can also experience this unique atmosphere while sitting in one of the Old Town’s many cafes or restaurants.
The Royal Way
Almost all of Warsaw’s monuments are situated along three streets: Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat, and Ujazdowskie Avenue. The beginning of this 3 kilometer long trip is in the Old Town and ends next to the summer residence of the last Polish king – Łazienki Park. Every street you travel also has a different atmosphere. Krakowskie Przedmieście is full of beautiful churches, old palaces, and the oldest Warsaw monuments. It is also the home of Warsaw University. Nowy Świat is the most exclusive of the Polish shopping streets. After taking a rest in one the many restaurants, you can also spend all your money in the various shops on this street! Ujazdowskie Avenue is part of the government district, where you can find the House of Polish Parliament, the Cabinet Office and many Embassies. This street is also home of some of the most beautiful of Warsaw’s parks and gardens, such as Łazienki and Uajzdowski parks.
In the south of the city you can find another king’s residence. This Baroque palace and park belonged to King Jan Sobieski III, who won the great battle of Vienna in the 17th century. This beautiful palace was the private retreat of King Sobieski, as well as his wife Marie. Today you can visit the impressive interior and relax in the park and gardens. As well as the palace in Wilanów you can also find one of the most interesting museums in Warsaw – The Museum of Posters.
The City Centre
The centre of Warsaw is dominated by the Palace of Culture and Science. The Palace of Culture was a gift of Joseph Stalin for the residents of Warsaw. It is also perhaps one of the biggest symbols of the Communist era as well as a symbol of the city itself. You can go up to the top of this monument and see a panorama view of Warsaw from the terrace. The palace is being surrounded by more and more skyscrapers, as well as 19th century houses contrasting with Communist style blocks of flats, which creates a fascinating mix of old and modern in this growing city.
Before World War II, Warsaw had the second largest Jewish community in the world after New York. Almost 300 000 thousand residents of Warsaw were Jews. During the war, the Germans isolated them in area called The Ghetto. The streets in the centre of Warsaw are full of new sights and monuments after this period of Warsaw’s history. Walking around the town you can still find pieces of original ghetto wall, monuments, and even some houses.
Warsaw Prague – Located on the left bank of the river, full of old houses, art galleries, as well as a Russian market, Vodka distillery, the Warsaw Zoo and even venues for Warsaw street bands.