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11 Top Things To Do In Warsaw, Poland
- Jonathan Chum
Warsaw is a city with an extensive and rich history, which can be seen everywhere in the city. The city has been destroyed many times throughout its history, but it has always been rebuilt and continues to thrive today. Warsaw's Old Town is an architectural masterpiece that is still vibrant today; you'll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and cafes there where you can enjoy some great food and drinks with friends or family. There are also some other great places to visit when visiting Warsaw:
Warsaw's Old Town is the oldest part of the city. It was built in the 13th century, and it has been a World Heritage Site since 1980.
Since then, it has become one of Poland's most popular tourist destinations. The historic center of Warsaw is home to several museums, palaces, and churches.
The Chopin Museum is located at 1 Leszno Street in Warsaw, Poland. The museum is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM (closed on Mondays). Admission costs just 15PLN (USD 3) per person.
The museum has five main sections: "Chopin's Rooms", where you can see his piano and other personal belongings; "The Story of Chopin", which explains his historical role in Polish music; "Chopiniana", displaying items such as his letters; "Famous Visitors to the House at Maciejowskich Street", featuring some of those guests' signatures; and finally there are two temporary exhibitions: one about Frédéric Chopin's relationship with French culture during the 19th century and another about the composer's music composed for films made after his death.
Wilanow Palace is a Baroque palace located in Warsaw, Poland. It was constructed for King John III Sobieski between 1676 and 1696 and is the largest palace in the Polish capital.
The current building was erected on the site of two previous mansions -- one built by Bona Sforza (wife of Sigismund I) and another built by their son John Casimir. Both mansions were ruined during wars with Sweden, which prompted John III to build his residence on the site.
The palace was designed by Tylman van Gameren and Francesco Maria Richini, but it took more than 50 architects over 150 years to complete it due to financial difficulties experienced by its royal owners throughout this period -- including Stanisław August Poniatowski (1764--94), Augustus III (1733--63), Stanisław II August Poniatowski (1764--95), Napoleonic Wars (1809) and World War II(1939).
Lazienki Royal Park and Palace
Lazienki Royal Park and Palace is a sight that shouldn't be missed when visiting Warsaw. The palace was once the summer residence of Polish kings and it's now a museum showcasing some art from that period. The park itself is also a popular place to visit in Warsaw, with its large collection of sculptures, a small zoo, and a small cafe. There are several paths you can take throughout the grounds so you can enjoy walking around the main buildings as well as exploring the wooded areas on either side of them! Be sure to check out all that Lazienki has to offer before leaving this beautiful city!
Warsaw's Nozyk Synagogue was built in the 19th century, and it's one of the only surviving synagogues in Poland. If you're looking to visit a synagogue, this is a great place to start.
The synagogue is located on Tłomackie 3 Street in Praga Północ (north Warsaw), about 15 minutes away from Krakowskie Przedmieście by public transport. It has been renovated several times over its lifetime and now houses a museum where some of the original decorations remain intact.
You can find out more about this building on their website here: Nozyk Synagogue
Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace of Culture and Science is a huge building in Warsaw, Poland. It towers over the city and is its most recognizable landmark. This structure was built during the Communist era as a symbol of Soviet culture and architecture. It's also a great place to hang out if you want to get a sense of what life was like in pre-1989 Poland.
The Palace stands at 235 m (771 ft), making it the tallest building in Poland (and one of the tallest buildings in Europe). It has 25 stories, including an observation deck on top that gives panoramic views of the city below---so be sure to stop by there when you visit!
Warsaw Uprising Museum
Located in the middle of the city, this museum is housed in an old building with a distinctive façade. The exhibits inside tell the story of how Warsaw was bombed during World War II and how it managed to rebuild itself after more than half its buildings were destroyed.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is open from 10 AM until 6 PM, except Monday when it closes at 5 PM. It costs 20 PLN (about USD 5) to enter, but if you're under 18 or over 60 years old there's no charge for admission. Visitors can also take advantage of free guided tours between 11 AM and 2 PM on Saturdays and Sundays---just bring along your ID card or passport so they can check that you meet those criteria!
There are plenty of ways to get here from anywhere else around town; just hop on a tram going toward Plac Trzech Krzyży (the Three Crosses Square) or take bus number 180 (which goes from Central Station).
Freta Street is a major street in Warsaw, Poland. It's the main street of the Praga district and it was built in the 15th century. The street is named after the Freta river, which flows through this area before flowing into the Vistula river.
The name Freta comes from the Polish word "ferek" (meaning "rope"), which refers to a wooden bridge built over small ponds here in 1457 during the first days of King Kazimierz Jagiellończyk reign over Poland.
The name could also come from the German word "Frätze" meaning "tangle."
St John's Cathedral
St John's Cathedral is the oldest church in Warsaw, built between 1644 and 1660. It was designed to be a symbol of the Polish nation with its gilded interior, ornate chandeliers, and large organ pipes. The cathedral contains many valuable pieces of art including an impressive collection of paintings by Rembrandt (including his 'Descent from the Cross') as well as sculptures by Bernini. The cathedral is also home to several tombs belonging to Polish kings and queens; it's worth visiting if you're interested in history!
Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN)
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a must-see place on your Warsaw itinerary. Located in the former Jewish district of Warsaw, this museum opened in 2013 as a symbol of the Polish spirit of survival. It's built on the site of a former synagogue, which was destroyed during World War II and later rebuilt by architect Daniel Libeskind.
The museum houses more than 400,000 artifacts that portray Jewish life throughout history---a rich collection that includes paintings and sculptures from all over Europe as well as religious items such as Torah scrolls and other holy objects used by Jews during Shabbat services. There are also films about important historical events such as The Holocaust or life under Communism in Poland during the 1980s (POLIN means "Polish").
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and start planning your trip to Warsaw!