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
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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.
2. 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.
3. 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
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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.
6. 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.
7. Łazienki Park
Łazienki Park is the largest park in Warsaw. It was designed as a park in the 17th century and over time palaces, monuments and villas were built. Apart from the Łazienki Palace, there is also a Greco-Roman amphitheater built in 1798 in the park.
The name of Łazienki Park, which is an indispensable part of our list of places to visit in Warsaw, actually means bath. That's why the park is also known as the Royal Baths Park.
8. Łazienki Palace
Located in Łazienki Park, the palace was designed in the 8th century for King Stanislaw II Augustus.
The most striking part of the palace is the room of Solomon. Upstairs are the Upper Gallery and the King's magnificent closet and bedrooms.
9. Nowy Świat Street
It is one of the main streets of Warsaw and one of the most crowded tourist spots. Today, the street that hosts many cafes, shops and restaurants was completely destroyed during the second world war.
Also, if you are curious about Warsaw nightlife, the best spot to go is Nowy Świat Street.
10. The National Museum in Warsaw
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It is the largest museum in Poland and has historical artifacts from many eras.
It has a collection of 11,000 Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts.
It also houses the Polish Medieval collection from the 14th and 15th centuries.
You can visit the museum for free every Tuesday.
11. Copernicus Science Centre
Copernicus is one of the most famous scientists to emerge from Polonio. He was the one who formulated that the earth revolves around the sun.
This museum is a place to learn more about emerging topics in electricity, light and engineering. There is also a roof garden, theatre, platenarium.
12. Saxon Garden
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The history of the Saxon garden dates back to the 18th century. The garden is in french style and next to it is the Saxon Palace. Along the garden's main street are 21 baroque statues, a 19th-century fountain and a sundial.
13. Holy Cross Church
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It was designed by Józef Szymon Bellotti. This church, built with Baroque architecture, is very beautiful both inside and outside. It is the most visited church in Warsaw.
It was damaged during the Warsaw uprising and was blown up by the Germans in 1945. It was rebuilt after the war. It is one of the buildings you should see on Krakowskie street.
What to eat in Warsaw?
# Borscht is cooked with potatoes and vegetables. Available at most restaurants in town. Do not leave Warsaw without trying it!
# Gołąbki is a cabbage roll. It is prepared by wrapping beef, onion and rice in boiled cabbage leaves and served with tomato sauce.
# Pierogi is one of the most famous delicacies in Poland. It is made from dough stuffed with potatoes, sweet cheese, meat, mushrooms and cabbage.
# Zapiekanka is known as polish pizza. It is a very popular dish with tourists. You can find it quickly in the city.
Where to Stay in Warsaw?
The most ideal accommodation area is the Old Town. Here you can reach the most tourist attractions of Warsaw faster. But there are not many hotels here, so your second option maybe around the Mokotow area.