Warsaw has a wonderful mixture of sights that speak both of the modern Warsaw of today without neglecting the memory of the past. Visitors can see the full range of what Warsaw has to offer and enjoy a stay in this bustling capital.
It has to be said that this is a reproduction due to destruction during World War II, but nonetheless this massive splendid Royal Residence needs to be seen to be believed. After Royalty had made this home it moved on to being the home of Russian tsars, then the President, and is now a museum show-casing period furniture and works of art.
Warsaw Rising Museum
A sobering museum recounting the history of Warsaw during its heroic but unsuccessful uprising against the Nazis in 1944 when around 150,000 civilians lost their lives. This museum is both harrowing and staggering in equal measure.
Head a short way out to the south of the city centre to this incredible palace – dating back to 1677 – which miraculously survived World War II almost entirely unscathed. After the war its art and period furnishings were retrieved from storage making the Wilanów Palace a showcase of historic Poland. From the Grand Entrance Hall to the Dining Room to the Gallery of Polish Portraits, there is something to be discovered around every corner.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
This is, without exaggeration, an exceptional museum sensitively and appropriately handling the documentation of 1000 years of Jewish History in Poland. It is highly recommended that visitors make use of the audio-guides available to fully engage with the exhibitions. The museum opened its doors in 2014 and uses multimedia to accurately portray the history of Polish Jews.
Palace of Culture & Science
The locals themselves have a long-standing dislike of this former ‘Gift of Friendship’ from the superpower that was the USSR back in the 1950s. However, as time goes on, this iconic building is being adopted in to the hearts of the modern inhabitants of Warsaw. Standing at 231m tall it is still the tallest building in Poland and as well as providing a vantage point over Warsaw from the 30th floor, also is home to a Congress Hall, theatres, cinemas and museum.
Warsaw at its finest is enjoyed in this beautiful park, especially between May and September when you can relax on the lawns to al fresco Chopin concerts on Sundays at 12pm and 4pm. Children can run free and have fun spotting peacocks exploring from amphitheatre to follies in amongst the formal garden lawns and the wild patches.
Warsaw’s history is very much intertwined with the Soviet era and the rule of Communism. This museum looks at a slightly more quirky side of the Communist times with their iconic neon signs showcased in a chic Soho factory. Many of the larger light displays are fully illuminated.
No visit to Warsaw would be complete without paying homage to Poland’s most famous composer. The Chopin Museum is housed in the Baroque Ostrogski Palace and the life and works of Chopin are brought to life through multi-media including the wonderful listening booths. Highly popular, it is strongly recommended that you book in advance.
Old Town Square
Painstakingly rebuilt following destruction in World War II, you now wouldn’t know that the blend of Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical buildings all were erected once more in the 20th The tall houses nestled in the partly walled Stare Miasto make for a wonderful backdrop as you enjoy a coffee watching contemporary Warsaw life go by.