Warsaw, Poland’s capital, was the last residence of the Polish royalty. It was also the city where 1944’s uprising happened. Nowadays, it stands as the intellectual center of the country, at the same time being an eclectic and vibrant cultural space.
Whether you are into history, classical music, contemporary art, or a fitness fan, Warsaw is bound to captivate you.
Here’s 8 things you can do next time you’re in Warsaw
#1. Visit the Royal Castle
You stand in front of a massive brick edifice, a copy of the original blown up by the Germans in WWII. the castle began life as a wooden stronghold of the dukes of Mazovia in the 14th century. During the mid-17th century, it became one of Europe’s most splendid royal residences. Following that era, it served the Russian tsars. Finally, in 1918, after Poland regained independence, it became the presidential residence. Today you can visit it to admire period furniture and works of art.
#2. Visit the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising
The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising has an enlightening motto. “We wanted to be free – and to owe this freedom to ourselves“. In there, you can observe the history of the 1944 uprising, crucial for the development and the end of World War II. If you’re interested in world history and military studies, it’s a must. The museum was modeled after the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, using multimedia design in order to replicate the atmosphere of the uprising.
#3. Relax in the Central Park (Park Skaryszewski)
If you got tired with the hustle and bustle of Warsaw, this is your best place to escape. Relax, feed squirrels, sunbath at the lake, ride a bike around or sip a beer in one of the bars hidden between trees. You couldn’t find a more serene spot on this side of the river.
#4. Walk at the Old Town Square
Standing at the center of the partially walled Old Town (Stare Miasto), is the Old Town Square. Should you have an eye for historic buildings, this is the loveliest square in Warsaw. Here, you’re surrounded by tall houses with traces of Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and neoclassical elements. All of them were reconstructed after WWII’s destruction, aside from the facades of buildings 34 and 36.