Welcome to Warsaw
Warsaw is Poland's capital and largest city. It has a high standard of living, complete with all the modern amenities for a satisfied citizen. The city of Warsaw is truly an unforgettable destination for tourists. With a fine location, Warsaw is blessed with the Vistula River flowing through the city. As the historical areas of Warsaw give air of it’s celebrated past, the developing plans and constructions of modern institutions mark Warsaw as one of the world's prime cities.
The Royal Castle - www.zamek-krolewski.pl
The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a Cultural and Historical Monument of national importance. The Castle was reconstructed and together with the Old Town of Warsaw, has been added, to the UNESCO World National Heritage list.
The Old Town
Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) is the historical center of Warsaw and the oldest part of town dating back to the 13th century. This was honoured by the UNESCO who in 1980 added the Warsaw Old Town to its list of World Heritage Sites. The Old Town is also a great place for purchasing souvenirs of Warsaw, as several souvenir stores are located here.
The King Sigismund’s Column
Sigismund's Column is a symbol of commemoration for King Zygmunt III Waza, who in 1596 made Warsaw the capital of Poland. It is one of Warsaw's well-known landmarks and is part of the cluster of historical structures that transform the Old Town into the culture-rich destination and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Warsaw's barbican is a major tourist attraction. The walls, passage and semicircular fortified outpost are some of the few remains from this complex historical formation encompassing Warsaw.
Gestapo Headquarters - www.holocaustresearchproject.org/nazioccupation/poland/pawaiak.html
Once the headquarter of the Nazi police, the Gestapo, now is currently the home to the Ministry of Education, but from 1939 to 1945 it was the headquarters for the Nazi police, the Gestapo. There is a museum and exhibits on display which portray the horror of that time.
Lazienki Palace and Park
Lazienki is a park of area of 73ha which contains many tourist attractions. Present shape of the park comes from 18th century when Stanislaw August Poniatowski decided to lay it out as a formal garden. In same period of time, former bath pavilion was refashioned into a royal residence – Lazienki Palace on Water which now houses a museum. Park pulses with life all year round.
Palace of Science and Culture
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland, the seventh tallest building in the European Union, and the world's 187th tallest building at 237 metres. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but in the wake of destalinization the dedication was revoked; Stalin's name was removed from the interior lobby and one of the building's sculptures.
The complex of a palace and a park designed by Tylman of Gameren belongs to one of the most renowned Poland’s aristocratic residences. The complex consists of a palace, coach house, manufactory, outbuilding, orangery and two parks - a formal park and an English-style park. Tourists can admire the Temple of Diana, the park’s main attraction, and artificial ruins: the Temple of Archpriest, Roman Aqueduct, Gothic house, and built of rocks an artificial Grotto of Sibyl.
Everyone who wishes to experience Polish Romanticism will certainly like this charming little castle. This estate was owned by one of the greatest Polish national bards, count Zygmunt Krasi?ski, and it nowadays houses a Museum of the Romanticism.
Visits & Excursions
Worth to do and visit:
… visit the Holy Cross Church with the urn of Frederic Chopin
… visit the Wilanow Palace, the National Museum and the Palace of Culture and Science
… go to see the Lazienki Palace and the Orangery Park
… book a typical polish dinner with folklore program
… visit the Jewish quarter with Nozky synagogue, Grzbowski Square, the monument of the ghetto heroes and the Jewish cemetery
… go to Zelazowa Wola – the birthplace of Frederic Chopin and assist at one short concert
… on the way to Krakow it is a must to stop in Czestochowa and visit the Jasna Gora Abbey
… plan a stop in Lodz
… visit the Bialowieza National Park and the orthodox church in Hajnowka
… go and visit the Holy Mount of Grabarka – the most important Orthodox sanctuary in Poland
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