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Warsaw Travel Guide - Best Places to Visit in Warsaw

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and also its largest city. Warsaw was badly damaged in the second world war, but despite this, it was reorganized after the war and became a tourist destination.

Warsaw has a lot of things with its own culture. It's a very diverse city, from historical museums to bustling streets.

Most of the places to visit in Warsaw center around the Old Town. In addition, since public transportation is developed, you can reach anywhere you want on foot or by public transportation.

Best time to go:

Warsaw has four seasons and all have beautiful views. The best time to go to Warsaw is spring and summer because it is the time for many activities, but in winter it takes on a different beautiful atmosphere.

Best Places to Visit in Warsaw

1. The Royal Castle in Warsaw

The Royal Castle in Warsaw
The Royal Castle in Warsaw

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The Royal Castle is a former royal residence. Today, it houses historical artifacts. The building dates from the 13th century and is located in the city's most touristy Old Town.

The Royal Castle, which is among the most important places to see in Warsaw; The ceiling painting in the Great Assembly Hall, and the Canaletto Room, which houses an important 18th-century painting collection by Bernardo Bellotto, are worth seeing.

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2. Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science
Palace of Culture and Science

It is one of the most emblematic buildings of Warsaw. This is a multifunctional building. It hosts entertainment venues and companies. It was built in the 1950s and is the tallest building in Poland. Entry to the building is free, except for the observatory on the 30th floor.

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3. Old Town Market Square

Old Town Market Square
Old Town Market Square

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One of the most famous places in Warsaw is the Old Town Market Area. It is a meeting place for both locals and tourists.

This square is in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can taste many traditional dishes and have a nice coffee.

Founded in the 13th and early 14th centuries, the Old Town Market Area is one of the oldest in Warsaw.

Note: The mermaid is the symbol of Warsaw. It features a mermaid figure on its coat of arms, and a bronze statue of a mermaid is found in the middle of the square in the Market Area.

4. Warsaw Barbican

Warsaw Barbican
Warsaw Barbican

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Warsaw Barbican history dates back to the 16th century. It was restored after the Second World War and is one of the must-see places in Warsaw. The Barbican was designed by the Venetian Jan Baptist, who was a renaissance architect in the 16th century.

You can easily reach it from the Old City Market Area and tour the castle for free.

5. Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów

The Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów is one of the oldest museums in the country and is considered the repository of the country's royal and artistic heritage. The White Hall, the King's Library, and the King's Bedroom are must-see places in the palace.

Wilanów Palace was first opened to the public in 1805. After the Second World War, the palace was renovated and most of the collection stolen by Nazi Germany was repatriated. Later, the Wilanów land became the property of the state.

The palace is a little far from the city center. But it is one of the most magnificent structures to visit in Warsaw.

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6. Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw Uprising Museum
Warsaw Uprising Museum

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The Warsaw Uprising Museum was established to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The museum is located in a converted old tram station in Wola, one of the popular districts.

At the entrance you can use the pre-war telephone receivers to listen to the memories of those who participated in the uprising.

The museum, which was opened in 2004, on the 60th anniversary of the uprising, also has an exhibition of children participating in the uprising.

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7. Łazienki Park