Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw's history is both diverse and turbulent. Last century alone it went from Russian subjugation to being called the Paris of the North, before the utter destruction of World War II when the city was reduced virtually to rubble, only to rise again under Soviet influence. The Old Town especially shows the remarkable resilience of the city, having been thoroughly reconstructed and being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Old Town is also the starting point of the Royal Route, an avenue that runs from the Royal Castle – the seat of Polish Kings, past the Royal Łazienki Park – a Palace garden complex – and down to the Wilanów Royal Palace.
Palace of Culture and Science
During the communist era, the city was shaped by the grey, utilitarian architecture of socialism, dominated by the looming presence of the Palace of Culture and Science which was erected as a gift from the Soviet Union to the Polish nation. The building can be seen from every part of the city. For many it serves as the actual signpost. It houses over 3000 rooms and is home to almost 90 "residents" such as 4 theatres, a cinema, 2 orchestras, 3 museums and a Warsaw Tourist Information Point. Guests can also visit the observation deck at the 30th floor.
The Palace of Culture and Science is a great starting spot for exploring the city as it is located in the City centre and leads to many important areas in Warsaw.
Royal Łazienki Park
Royal Łazienki was King Stanisław August's summer residence and one of the most attractive palace and park complexes in Europe. Located in the very heart of the city, the park is made up of three gardens: the Royal, Belvedere, and Modernist. Their joint area is an amazing 76 hectares! Squirrels, ducks, peacocks and swans all call it home. Numerous sculptures embellish the park as well. Throughout the summer, there are public open-air Chopin piano concerts to be enjoyed in the Royal Łazienki Park where a statue of Frederic Chopin watches over the crowds of eager listeners.
Warsaw's river banks are considered to be the summer centre of the city, with much to offer on both sides. Here you can relax on one of eight municipal beaches, rent sports equipment, go on a bicycle tour along the river or take a cruise on traditional wooden boats. There is also a free river ferry during the summer months. The Vistula River in Warsaw is particularly unique due to its natural values. The right bank of the river is entirely wild and home to beavers, terms and even moose, which you might catch a glimpse of if you're lucky. The area is protected by the Natura 2000 programme.
Due to its rich intellectual and artistic diversity and its numerous entertainment events, Warsaw enjoys a reputation of being the cultural centre of both Poland and the CEE region. The Polish capital offers many surprises, with an amazing selection of museums and galleries to keep everyone interested.
The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a former official residence of Polish kings. Now it houses a museum with impressive array of 23 paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, better known as Canaletto, and two original canvases by Rembrandt.
National Museum in Warsaw
The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the most important museums and cultural institutions in Poland, housing some of the finest art works from various periods and the one-of-a-kind Faras Gallery, featuring Nubian culture and art artefacts from the Christian period.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
The multiple award-winning Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN located in a building that is a gem of contemporary architecture presents centuries of Jewish presence on Polish land. Museum's key element is a full size replica of a synagogue in Gwoździec.
Fryderyk Chopin Museum
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw is located in the baroque Ostrogski Castle. It is home to the world's largest collection of Chopin memorabilia, comprising autographs, notes, letters, manuscripts and objects once belonging to the composer. At the same time, thanks to the use of multimedia technologies, it is one of the most modern biographical museums in Europe.
Nowy Świat Street is a part of the Royal Route – an avenue that connects the Royal Castle with other royal residences. It is one of Warsaw's most prominent and luxurious streets. Here you will find a close agglomeration of top designer boutiques, popular shops, elegant cafés and top-rate restaurants.
The Koszyki market hall has come to be known as the 'People's bazaar'. It reopened in the autumn of 2016, and found its way into the hearts of the city residents as Warsaw's social and culinary centre. It offers a range of street food stalls from around the world, in one location around a long central bar, together with high quality shops offering fresh products for anyone who wants to recreate the sumptuous smells and tastes in their own home. Hala Koszyki is Warsaw's answer to similar such investments in places like New York, London, Lisbon and Florence, bustling with activity around and buzzing with interesting chatter.
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