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Top Attractions in Warsaw

OLD TOWN

OLD TOWN

Painstakingly reconstructed following the Warsaw uprising in 1944, the Old Town is the classic and indeed symbolic starting point on any sightseeing itinerary, an evocative labyrinth of winding cobbled streets, ornate facades and atmospheric squares abuzz with street sellers and cafes. You’ll find many of Warsaw’s main landmarks here, including the Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral and King Sigismund’s Column on Plac Zamkowy, built in honour of the man who made Warsaw Poland’s capital city.
OLD TOWN SQUARE

OLD TOWN SQUARE

The natural heart of the Old Town, Old Town Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) was razed to the ground during World War II, yet has since emerged as a spectacular architectural blend of baroque, Renaissance and Gothic styles and a vibrant and atmospheric meeting point. Dominated by the Historical Museum of Warsaw running the length of its northern perimeter and the Museum of Literature on its eastern flank, Old Town Square is also the location of the city’s famous Syrenka mermaid monument, symbol of Warsaw.
ROYAL CASTLE

ROYAL CASTLE

Overlooking the Vistula River, it’s hard to believe that Warsaw’s prestigious Royal Castle was only completed in 1984, having been meticulously resurrected from its World War II ruins. A former wooden stronghold for the 14th-century Dukes of Mazovia, the Royal Castle served as the seat of kings and tsars until 1918 when, upon gaining independence, it became the official residence of the Polish president. Inside, a tour guides you through the royal apartments and chambers, filled with period furnishings and countless artworks.
ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

Considered the oldest of Warsaw’s churches, St John’s Cathedral dates back as far as the 15th century and was originally constructed as a Mazovian church. Awarded cathedral status in 1798 following the coronation of the last Polish King (Stanislaw II) in 1764 and the swearing in of the Polish parliament in 1791, St John’s has undergone several major renovations and rebuilds in its time, particularly following the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
CHOPIN MUSEUM

CHOPIN MUSEUM

Warsaw makes much of its status as the home of the revered composer, Chopin, and set amidst the grandeur of the 17th-century baroque Ostrogski Palace, is the highly popular, high-tech Chopin Museum. Set over four floors, the museum showcases Chopin’s work through listening booths, interactive multimedia displays and musical memorabilia including the last piano played by the composer, making it a fascinating visit for all ages and a definite Warsaw pre-requisite.
PALACE OF CULTURE AND SCIENCE

PALACE OF CULTURE AND SCIENCE

Comprising some 40 million bricks and soaring 231 metres into the Warsaw skyline, chances are you won’t fail to spot the awesome Palace of Culture and Science, situated amidst Warsaw’s financial district. Gifted to Warsaw by Stalin and completed in 1955, this rather controversial building is the largest and tallest structure in Poland and visitors to the viewing platform on the 30th floor can take in far-reaching views over the city in every direction.
WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM

WARSAW UPRISING MUSEUM

One of the city’s finest and most popular museums, the Warsaw Uprising Museum devotes itself to sharing the haunting story of life under Nazi rule during World War II. Occupying a former power station, the museum’s interactive displays, film footage, interviews, photographs and other artefacts of the time make for a poignant and thought-provoking visit of how the people of Warsaw survived the relentless Nazi bombardment and destruction of their city.
NEW TOWN

NEW TOWN

The area to the north of the city’s Barbakan walls is New Town. Home originally to Warsaw’s artisans and tradesmen, New Town witnessed some of the most ferocious fighting during the Warsaw Uprising however today, the wide streets and elegant buildings make for a pleasant diversion from the intimacy of Old Town. Here, amidst the art galleries and antique stores, you’ll also find Marie Curie’s birthplace, today a museum dedicated to her life.
LAZIENKI PARK

LAZIENKI PARK

A former royal hunting ground, the stunning royal gardens of Lazienki Parkare today a verdant haven of tranquillity where peacocks roam amidst the sculpted gardens and follies of trees and wildflowers. The beautiful Palace on the Island is a definite must-see, but visit on a Sunday in summertime and you’ll be rewarded with the atmospheric sounds of Chopin filling the air during the alfresco concerts held around the Chopin Monument, nestled peacefully beneath a willow tree.
WILANÓW PALACE

WILANÓW PALACE

Leaving the city centre, head south along the Royal Route and you’ll find the jewel in Warsaw’s crown, the majestic Wilanów Palace, a resplendent 17th-century summer royal residence nicknamed the Polish Versailles. As well as touring the sumptuous interior, the sprawling park has much to offer including manicured gardens in both Italian baroque and English landscape style set around a tranquil boating lake. You’ll also find Warsaw’s superb Poster Museum here, the first of its kind worldwide.

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