Warsaw is the capital of Poland and, with 1.7 million inhabitants, its largest city. It is located on the Vistula River (Polish: Wisła), roughly equidistant from both the Baltic Sea in the north and the Carpathian Mountains in the south. The city was rebuilt in the immediate aftermath of the WW2, and the monolithic gray apartment blocks that characterize much of the city, are a relic of the Stalinist utilitarianism that dominated the rebuilding efforts.
We arrived in the city about 20:30 and we had no time to do anything else except for going for food and a short time for a walk. We stayed in Unique Loft Downtown Warsaw appartment where you can reach almost everywhere by feet. We drop of our luggage and went for a short explore of the area. As outside was really cold we went inside in a restaurant we found in front of us. We got food hangover , soups, main plates, beers and soft drinks and of course the local food pierogi, when we decided to go for sleep for getting rest (we had only 3 more days to discover the city). Most of the restaurants even if ithey don' t write it in their menu, they serve some extra plates like french potatoes or pasta. Ask them, especially when you travel with children or teenegers who don' t like to taste sth different. So,we passed the highway, as we did before, by feet when two police officers with their car stopped and started shouted at us in polish language. We stared at them and when they realized that we were tourists explained to us that it is forbitten to pass the highway in that way and we must use the underground paths to go to the other side otherwise we had to pay a penalty. We explained that we had only few hours in the city and still we weren't acclimate so he let us go advising us not to do it again.
THINGS YOU MUST DO:
Discover the city. Scroll down on the most famous street of Warsaw, Nowy Swiat which after Warsaw 's university and Nicolaus Copernicus monument it changes to Krakowskie Przedmiescie and then runs all the way to royal castle. Nowy Swiat was completely destroyed during the war(actually all the city destroyed during the war) and rebuilt at the end of it. Watch the locals come and go, feel the heartbeat of the city, grab a drink or taste the polish food from the many restaurants you' ll find along this street.
Stay and take a lot of photos in the old town. Its colors will enchanted you. There you will find also many wandering sellers such as painters, people who sell local products e.t.c. Warsaw's Old Town has been placed on the Unesco's list of World's Heritage Sites as "an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.
After the endless walks in the old town get rest in the Saxon Gardens(Ogrod Saski). Very nice park in the heart of the city without its noisy sounds, colourful with lakes and beautiful monuments. Perfect for walks with animals and children. There is also the Tomp of the Unknown Soldier which is dedicated to the unknown soldiers who have given their lives for Poland. This monument is located in Pilsudski square and is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace that occupied the spot until WWII. If you are lucky you can see also the change of the guards and a parade of soldiers(We were very lucky. We saw both).
A walk along the Royal Route (which leads down from the Old Town) will take you to Łazienki (Royal Baths) Park – a former summer residence of the king. An amazing park full of friendly squirrels inside that comes to you for feeding them. Inside the park you can also admire the architecture of the palace, the royal sculpture gallery, the picures gallery and of course listen, for free, a concert in front of chopin's monument. Since 1959 the Fryderyk Chopin Society and the Stołeczna Estrada have organised concerts of Chopin music in the shadow of the statue and these concerts have featured many renowned performers over the decades. Concerts are held from mid-May to the end of September. Perfomances are taking place twice on a Sunday – at 12:00 and at 16:00
Visit the Palace of Culture and Science a center for several activities such as concerts, cinemas, theaters e.t.c. This building is the tallest building in Poland and one of the European Continent. A gift from the Russian Union to the people of Poland. Originally known as Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science but in the wake of destalinization every sign that refered to Stalin removed. In the ground floor it has a spider museum and in the 30th floor you can see a panoramic view of Warsaw by tasting your coffee or juice in the coffee shop.
You have to go to Praga area which is located on the right side of Vistula river. There is the National Stadium of Poland, Soho Factory and the biggest market of the city. Some of the best clubs and restaurants are there too.For first time in Warsaw we decided to use their metro to go to Copernicus Science centre.
You can download warsaw's metro map from here.
Go to Copernicus museum even though you aren' t travelling with children! My suggestion is to book your tickets online because we barely found. We left it for the day before our departure time and it was sold out for the next two days when an employee told us that the next morning they would given 100 tickets but we had to wait in row when the doors would opened. My husband and a friend of us waited in front of the door from 9:00 pm and Copernicus Science Centre open its gates at 10:00 pm. Book tickets for Planitarium because it was sold out too. Finally, we got in!!! A museum full of activities for small kids, younger children, teenagers and adults!!! We spend there 4 hours and we could spent more but it was time for departure.
Many interesting points, i didn' t manage to see, such as the Uprising museum, Neon museum, Willanowa Palace e.t.c.
Warsaw, i think i will visit you again!!!