Ever thought about going to Warsaw, the beautiful capital of Poland? I don't think it is that famous, but it should be. I went there for 2 days and would have liked to spend one more day there. In this post I will take you with me through some cool spots in Warsaw, or Warszawa.
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Start your day at Stare Miasto, the beautiful old town.
(These were the first two Polish words I learned, Stare is old and Miasto is town). This center is actually on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. During World War 2 almost all the buildings were ruined, only 15% were still standing, which mean they had to rebuild everything.
The Old Town was pretty crowded (you can see it in the video), but there was a really good vibe.
It’s a bit touristic, but you have many terraces and places where you can eat Pierogi. These are Polish Dumplings and you can choose to have them with cheese, meat or vegetables and it taste so good!
All the buildings here are colorful and beautiful. When you enter the center, and look around you. The first thing you will see are the colorful houses, the Zamek Królewski w Warszawie (a castle) and if you look behind you can see the stadium.
The castle is red on the center side and yellow, green, red on the side of the road. It is very nice to walk around the castle and spend some time in the gardens. We did not see any way to get inside, but it might be possible that you can enter.
Public transport in Warsaw is pretty good. We paid around 15 złoty (3 euros) for a ticket worth 24 hours. For students, this even costs 7,50 złoty (1,60 euros). Super cheap if I compare it to the Netherlands!
The center is very well accessible and from there you can easily go to the new area of Warsaw.
Pałac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science)
After the old town, we went to a modern area of Warsaw. We saw many skyscrapers with well-known names, like ‘Samsung, McDonald’s, Coca Cola’ here, also in the making, so I am guessing this area will be filled with skyscrapers in the future.
It has a totally different vibe from the old town. It would have been nice to have more time and see what kind of stores they have here.
Westfield (Arkadia), a huge shopping mall is only 10 minutes from the Palac, so we went there to see what it is like. All the modern stores are here, including Sephora. My sister has never been to Sephora, even though she has been to for example London quite some times, so she (and I as well) was overly excited to see beauty products from Fenty and Charlotte Tilbury, products I have only seen online.
Finally, we also went up the Pałac Kultury I Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science). This used to be the highest building in Poland and I have read online that it reminds people of the Empire State Building in New York.
Right now the Varso is the tallest building, but it will open in 2022, so the view might be even prettier from there. That’s what we did, go up the Pałac. It cost you around 20 zł and you will have a nice view over Warsaw. There is even a terrace on the top, but don’t expect too much of it. It was definitely worth seeing Warsaw from the top. I like cities with a water body and Warsaw happens to have a river called the Vistula, or Wisła in Polish.
Don’t forget to take a photo with the huge Warszawa (Warsaw) sign if you want, you can find it in front of the building.
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During the night
A fun thing you can do during the night is going to the light show. This is at the Multimedia Fountain Park, close to Zamek Królewski w Warszawie (the castle mentioned above).
It is a beautiful light show with small fountain beams going up and down, but also a taller and bigger fountain stream, with again tinier fountain lights in front of it. Behind that, you can see buildings beautifully light up.
As far as I could read online you can see this lovely light show from The shows take place every Friday and Saturday in May, June, and July at 9.30 pm, in August at 9 pm, and in September at 8.30 pm.
We went here in July and have seen it as well on a Sunday, so I am not sure which website to follow for this.
We arrived in Warsaw on a Saturday evening late at night and we were very lucky to see this light show from the car. At that exact moment, I knew I would love Warsaw and it did not disappoint me! We knew we had to come back to this spot and see it again without rushing by.
The Old Town at night
Another thing you have to do at night is visiting Stare Miasto (the old town). It’s all beautiful lighted up and if you are lucky you can see a gorgeous sunset. We were lucky, so we had to take many photos.
Nature: Łazienki palace/ Łazienki Królewskie
The Łazienki palace is a pretty palace surrounded by many more buildings, but the most fun is walking through the park and maybe sail in a boat. All the buildings are stunning, but I also felt like we were in a zoo. We have seen many animals and my mom was going crazy and wanted to go close to all the animals.
We saw a squirrel, which I don’t see often in the Netherlands. It was so cute and came really close to my mom’s hand.
Next, we also saw a mouse, black/grey crows (in the Netherlands I have only seen black crows if I am not mistaken) and lastly, we saw a white peacock, which is super special.
In this park, we also noticed the kindness of Polish people. People were knocking their heads to us and there was a guy who started talking about the squirrel when we were looking at it. Some people could not speak English that well, but they were still trying to communicate. This is what I noticed in all the places I have been to (Krakow, Auschwitz, and Zakopane). Even when their English was not the best (but mostly they could in these big places), they still wanted to help.
Be in History: Warsaw Uprising Monument
Warsaw has been through some tough years in the past. I think it’s more than obvious you have to witness some of the monuments that are so important for this city. The Warsaw uprising monument is dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It happened on the 1st of August 1944 and lasted until the 2nd of October 1944. It was one of the most important and devastating events in the history of Warsaw and Poland. Up to 90% of Warsaw’s buildings were destroyed and it was carried out by the Germans.
It’s only a 10-minute walk from the Barbican in Stare Miasto (old town). The museum attached to it is called POLIN and tells about the history of Polish Jews. Unfortunately, it was closed on Sunday, so we couldn’t enter.
Besides this monument, there is also a very small statue in commemoration of the child soldiers who fought and died during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It’s called Mały Powstaniec and is a 9-minute walk from the big monument.
I hope you have a better idea now on what to do in Warsaw. In my opinion a very nice city to visit. The history, old but colorful town, modern area, nature and nice vibes made Warsaw to steal my heart. I would have liked to spend here one more day to see even more.
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