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Main tourist attractions in Warsaw
Christian 3R | 02.03.2019
I was seeing some articles about top 10 things to do in Warsaw and I discovered lots of information about your capital. It offers lots of different types of attractions, from historical places like the Royal Castle to natural environments like the Łazenki royal park or Wisła river, and also iconic places like the Palace of culture and science, the Royal Route and the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. It is phenomenal how Polish people have rebuilt it in this short time frame and I think you guys must be proud of your people. So, let’s see the main tourist attractions in your capital!
The Wisła river
So, Warsaw straddles the Wisła (or Vistula) river, the longest and largest river of Poland. Recently the river bank has become a trendy meeting place. The new beach pavilion and café space (in Polish: Plażowa) hosts a cycle of free concerts called Miejskie granie (urban playing) performed by Poland’s best young musicians. In the Plażowa you can also find cafés and bars, a cinema, and many other services.
The Royal Route
The Royal Route is undoubtedly my favourite part of the city, it is encompassed by five connecting streets on which many culturally important buildings and monuments are located. It starts on the edge of the Old Town and it’s over a mile long. After touring the UNESCO-listed Old Town, head along Krakowskie Przedmieście street, then onto Nowy Świat street (great for bars and cafés), down Aleje Ujazdowskie and end at the famous Royal Łazienki Park.
The Łazenki royal park
The Łazenki royal park is one of the most beautiful and charming parks in the whole of Europe. It was designed in the 17th century in Baroque style. The park is home to a number of palaces (including the main Palace on Water), a neoclassical amphitheater and orangeries. Often in summer, there are free yoga and meditation classes in the park.
The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle is situated in the Old Town on Castle Square. It used to be the residence of the Polish royal family between the 16th and 18th centuries. The castle was completely destroyed by the German army during World War II and it was reconstructed under the Communist regime in the 1980s. It host a collection of portraits of the Polish kings and a collection of 23 18th-century paintings of Warsaw ordered by Poland’s last king.
The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising
The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising presents the history of the 1944 uprising, crucial for the development and the end of World War II. It was modeled after the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and uses multimedia design in order to replicate the atmosphere of the uprising. You can see some of the bunkers used in the uprising, read extracts from newspapers printed at the time, as well as understand the chronology of the battle proceedings.
The Palace of Culture and Science
Located in the very center of Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science, inaugurated in 1955, to this day is the highest building in the country. Architectural blend of socialist realism, art deco and Polish historicism, has been controversial since its inception. The 2000 edition of New Year's Eve unveiled a commemorative Millennium clock, the second largest in Europe. Nowadays you can find a Cinema, Theater, Museum and the Congress Hall here.