Warsaw is now one of the most intriguing European metropolises. On one hand, the capital of Poland does not forget about its complicated and painful past, but on the other hand, it boldly looks to the future, continuously shaping its brand with modernity and openness. You will not be bored here – regardless of the weather, season of year, or duration of your stay.
Do you want to feel the spirit of Warsaw, but you don’t know where to start? If the weather’s good, head for Łazienki Królewskie – the favourite park of Varsovians, where Chopin concerts of talented pianists from all over the world are held in summer. Another popular relaxation spot is a promenade by the Vistula River – it’s buzzing with life practically all the time and in the evening, a place for family walks turns into a fashionable meeting spot for young people. If you’re after an atmospheric place for a night out, check out Savior Square, a so-called Zbawix, where you’ll find plenty of spots for artists, writers, and… hipsters.
An ideal place for a pleasant walk in historical scenery is Krakowskie Przedmieście. Along this charming promenade, you’ll find, among others, the Presidential Palace, Nicolaus Copernicus Monument, and the Main Gate of the University of Warsaw. Then, you’ll reach the Castle Square with the Royal Castle, and the Old Town restored after massive destruction during the Second World War.
It’s impossible to ignore the most severe armed conflict in the history of mankind and its influence on the 20th century Warsaw even if you’re in the city for a short while. To understand the significance of those times for the capital and its inhabitants, visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, which displays documents relating to the armed uprising of Varsovians against German forces occupying the city in 1944. Since its opening in 2004, the establishment has received a lot of awards and appreciation, which is reflected in millions of visitors. Four years ago, the capital of Poland gained another modern establishment – the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The establishment shows in an interesting and vivid way how for many centuries, the Jewish community contributed to the development of Polish culture, art and science.
The Copernicus Science Centre, located in a picturesque area by the Vistula River, is a great spot for a family outing. During the visit in the centre, you can become scientists and conduct experiments in various fields. The centre offers a few hundred interactive stands in six permanent exhibitions. Those who are interested in space will surely enjoy the Copernicus Sky planetarium. Visiting the centre is not only fun and play, but also an informative, valuable experience.
The capital of Poland has much more in store for its visitors, of course. There are plenty of interesting places to explore in the city. You’ll enjoy your visit to the fullest thanks to a well-developed hotel infrastructure, which ensures comfortable conditions of your stay in Warsaw. Hotels in the capital, such as luxurious H15 recommended by us, have been visited by great artists, famous sportspeople and other personages from all over the world. You’ll enjoy warm hospitality as well as great food here.
Last but not least, another reason to visit the city is its wide offer of food spots. Worldclass restaurants serve dishes from all over the world, and there are also lots of spots where you can discover the tastes of Warsaw from the past. You’ll find several great food spots and restaurants in Hala Koszyki – a restored post-industrial commercial complex, which has become one of the most fashionable spots in Warsaw.
For many years, an official phrase promoting the city has been ‘Fall in love with Warsaw!’ You can be sure that it’ll be love at first sight!