Places to Visit in Warsaw
Take a Trip to Warsaw for Turbulent History
Sitting on Vistula River, Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. It might be compared to Phoenix rising from the ashes. Founded around 12th century, the city was destroyed during WWII, but has rebuilt into cultural and historical center, completed with restored Old Town. Once known as “Paris of North”, it is spread in broad area that is famous for its diverse architecture – restored Gothic, modern steel and glass. The city is also famous as home of classical composer Fryderyk Chopin. It has suffered the worst history, but it did survive it well and as a result, today it is hub of iconic places to see. Below given is list of places to visit in Warsaw:
- Royal Castle
Located in Castle Square, Royal Castle is a castle residency which is copy of original castle blown up in WWII. This massive brick edifice, together with Old Town was registered as protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is national and historical monument, and is listed as national museum which attracts more than 500,000 people every year. Due to its long history and iconic appearance, it is one of Warsaw’s most recognizable landmarks. It tour highlights include Great Apartment and Great Assembly Hall.
- Łazienki Park
Łazienki Park is a beautiful place of wild patches and manicured greens. It is largest park in Warsaw and occupies 76 hectares of city center. It was designed in 17th century as a baths park but in 18th century it was transformed by King Stanislaw August into setting for villas, palaces, monuments and classicist follies. It is visited by tourists from all over the world and serves as venue for arts, culture and music. It is also home to squirrels and peacocks.
- Wilanów Palace
Wilanow Palace is royal palace which survived Poland’s partitions and both World Wars. The palace is one of the most important monuments. The park and palace in Wilanow hosts concerts and cultural events, including International Summer Early Music Academy and Summer Royal Concerts. It is one of Poland’s national Historic Monuments, as designated on September 16, 1994. The highlights of this palace include Grand Dining Room, Grand Entrance Hall and Gallery of Polish Portraits. Additionally, its exterior is adorned with impressive murals.
- Warsaw Rising Museum
Warsaw Rising Museum traces history of city’s heroic and uprising against German occupation via three levels of displays film archives, personal accounts and photographs. There are many exhibits on several floors, containing artifacts, photos, audio and video and other testimonies. Some of exhibits include little insurgent room, sewer replicas, kino palladium, Hangar, insurgent hospital and more. The highlights here include 1940s style café, a freedom park, memorial wall with thousands of names, souvenir shops and more.
- Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Located on the site of former Warsaw Ghetto, Museum of History of Polish Jews’ permanent exhibition opened in late 2014. Its exhibits depict 1000 years of Jewish history in Poland, and features multimedia narrative exhibition about living Jewish community. Designed by Finnish architects Rainer Mahlamaki and Ilmari Lahdelma, the building has postmodern structure in copper, glass and concrete. Its core exhibition occupies 4,000 square meters of space and has eight galleries. In 2016, the museum won European Museum of the year Award from European Museum Forum.
- Neon Museum
Located in Soho factory complex, Neon Museum is dedicated to preservation of iconic neon signs of communist era. The collection in this museum is arrayed within historic factory, with large pieces. Some exhibits are dotted around complex and are lit up in dark. There are many glowing sign in this museum which are designed by Poland’s top designers. This museum is also home to archive of blueprints, documentation, original plans and photographs.
- Palace of Culture & Science
Constructed in 1955, Palace of Culture and Science is high-rise building in Warsaw. It is 231 m high and is tallest building in Poland. It is center for various public institutions, companies and cultural activities such as cinemas, concerts, libraries, sports clubs, theatres and scientific institutions. Motivated by American art deco, PKiN was designed by Soviet architect Lev Rudnev in “Seven Sisters” style and is informally known as Eight sister. It is eighth-tallest building in European Union, and one of tallest and must-visit in Europe.