The capital of both the Mazovia province and of Poland itself, this is a truly extraordinary city.
Start your tour of Warsaw than the spectacular Old Town, whose history goes back 700 years. The Old Town is a beguiling, charmingly cosy area with a unique atmosphere and original architectural details
Warsaw was the seat of Polish rulers for centuries, as evidenced by impressive historical buildings lining the well-known Royal Route: The Presidential Palace, the Ministry of Culture and Art, the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Warsaw as well as elegant former royal residences. Among these is the stunning Baroque Royal Castle, the official residence of Polish kings from the 16th Century onwards.
Picturesque neighborhoods, open air markets, gastronomy and fashion give the tone to this city that was reborn stronger from the ashes of war.
Warsaw is adorned with glamorous mansions and palaces that remained intact up to the dramatic years of Warsaw, during WWII.
The residents built the historical center again, literally piece by piece, based on pre-war photographs and paintings. The houses, painted in pastels, the excellently painted baroque and renaissance style façades are such faithful reproductions of the originals that really look like they are dated back in previous centuries, and not some decades ago. UNESCO acknowledged this architectural marvel, including the restored Old City, the famous Stare Miasto on the west bank of Vistula, in the World Heritage Sites.
Stroll through the Old Town, view the Royal Castle, admire the architecture of St John’s Cathedral, and don’t forget to visit the University Library, with its beautiful roof garden.
At the shops of the Royal Street in the Old City and at Nowy Świat in the New City, you will find out that Warsaw market is a pleasant surprise.
Seek handmade creations by blown glass and hand painted, wooden cuckoo clocks and dolls with traditional costumes in the folk art shops in the narrow streets of the Old City. The most typical souvenirs are amber jeweler and objects. Do not miss the vast bazaar at the National Stadium, where you will find cult knick knacks on the stalls. Open air markets at Obozowa street and near the Palace of Culture and Science are ideal for endless shopping. The hub square of the Old City, Rynek Starego Miasta, attracts locals and visitors alike in its cafés and restaurants.
Warsaw’s history of rapid development after many wars that ravaged and destroyed the city has earned it a reputation as a “phoenix city”, able to recreate itself from the ruins and regain its erstwhile glory every time.
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