Warsaw fascinates with everything: rich history, royal refinement, friendliness of citizens, modern facilities, and its very existence. On the way home from, I could not make a decision of what I liked in the Polish capital the most, way too difficult was the choice, as I loved everything.
When you see this prosperous city today, you can hardly realize how much it had gone through in wartime. According to the contemporaries, Warsaw had been ruined then completely. Now, it shines like a pearl reborn from the ashes, for which Poles deserve the hugest credit, as they’d been proudly cherishing their tradition through the years with inspiration to rebuild the capital.
Besides, Warsaw is known as one of the greenest capitals in Europe, with its big and picturesque parks. It’s always a pleasure to walk there at any time of the year. In a warm season, they also become the venues of various activities, such as classic music concerts in the open air, jazz and theatre festivals, art expositions and performances.
The most prominent architectural sites of Warsaw are cathedrals. Their splendor and great history impress as well as loyalty of the local people to them. Traditionally, every Sunday morning, Varsovians with their families go to a church service, which has an immense consolidating effect on the whole nationality.
The tourist facilities of the city are meticulously thought-out. It is convenient to start the sightseeing tour from the picturesque and well-kept park Łazienki, a former summer residence of the royal family, and then move on to the Old Town or vice versa. Another place to start from is the downtown area, in particular the Palace of Culture and Science, a gigantic soviet skyscraper, distinguished among the others by its height and scale. Then, the tourist route usually goes along the Nowy Świat street, by the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument in front of the Staszic Palace, which belongs to the Polish Academy of Sciences. The Church of the Holy Cross, where the heart of the famous composer Frederick Chopin was buried, is situated not far away. Further to the East, there is an interesting building of the University library, with its floral outer walls and botanic garden on the roof. The Warsaw University itself includes several premises, comprising a beautiful architectural ensemble. The main campus heads the Krakowskie Przedmieście street, which leads along the the St. Joseph Care’s Church of the Visitationists, where Chopin as a schoolboy played the organ, the Presidential Palace, and the St. Anna’s Church to the Royal Castle and the Old Town.
Having spent in Warsaw three days, I was impressed of how I grew attached to the city. It remained extremely pleasant memories and the desire to come back.
Have a nice day!
Palace of Culture and Science
Nicolaus Copernicus Monument in front of the Staszic Palace
Church of the Holy Cross
Gates to Warsaw University from the Krakowskie Przedmieście street
St. Joseph Care’s Church of the Visitationists, where Chopin played the organ
One of the local banks
St. Anna’s Church at night
St. Anna’s Church and Observation Tower (view from the Royal Castle)
Castle Square and Sigismund’s Column (view from the Observation Tower)
Clock Tower of the Royal Castle
Old buildings on the Castle Square
In the Royal Castle’s Museum
King’s bedroom in the Royal Castle’s Museum
Old Town Market Place
In the interactive map below, you can find the city tour route described above, which might be helpful for you :).