TOP 10 spots in Warsaw
The Royal Łazienki Park was once a summer residence of the Polish King Stanisław August.
Today, it’s a green park and palace complex full of walkers and tourists, where you can take a deep breath in the city centre. This is one of the most magical places in the capital. The park looks beautiful all year long: sun-drenched in the summer, full of colourful leaves in the autumn and covered with snow in the winter. The magnificent royal gardens and classicistic works of art impress all visitors.
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which received the prestigious 2016 European Museum of the Year Award, is a modern cultural institution which presents 1000 years of history of Polish Jews.
“This is also a place to hold a meeting and dialogue for those who want to learn more about the past and modern Jewish culture, draw conclusions for the future from the Polish and Jewish history and face stereotypes and contemporary threats, such as xenophobia and national prejudice. By serving such ideas as openness, tolerance and truth, the museum contributes to mutual understanding and respect among Poles and Jews.”
The Copernicus Science Centre is a place where you can use all your senses and verify scientific truths and theories on your own.There’s always something amazing and impressive at every turn. Just for a moment, let’s be scientists and conduct our very own small experiments. Regardless of age and state of mind, everyone will find something interesting. The Centre stimulates thoughts, forces to change patterns and discover the world from a different perspective. 2D and 3D films are displayed on a spherical screen in the planetarium. In addition, there’s a lot of interesting exhibitions and fascinating workshops.
Koszyki Hall – beautiful historical buildings, renovated in 2012, returned to their former glory. It’s a perfect place for cultural and social meetings. This huge three-storey area contains several dozens of fantastic restaurants, the largest bar in Poland, shops with various groceries, Bazar Koszyki, a salon with unusual home accessories and many other spots with great food, where you can have a great time in a fine company. Cuisine from all over the world awaits, including: Thailand, Spain, Italy, Poland, Japan and many more. There’s also a yoga studio.
The Dollhouse Museum – the most mysterious and charming museum in Poland. It’s dedicated to people aged 5–105 and takes you to the world of educational fun across the ages. The collection of over 120 renovated historical houses, shops and rooms for dolls is full of lovely little things. The oldest exhibit is over 200 years old.
The Warsaw Rising Museum is not just an ordinary museum. Inside a former electric plant, thanks to a wonderful combination of audiovisual features, you’ll feel like in the middle of the Warsaw Rising. Here, you can learn about the courses of the most important battles and insurgent activities, the everyday life of normal people during the Nazi occupation, walk the reconstructed sewers, based on the original ones, and watch a 3D film about Warsaw turned into a complete ruin. The Museum has a special zone for children – the Little Insurgent's Room, which is dedicated to the youngest heroes.
Observation Deck of the Old Town is made for those who want to admire the panorama of Warsaw from an unusual perspective. To enjoy one of the most beautiful sights in Warsaw, you’ll have to climb 150 stone stairs and reach the top of St. Anna’s church tower. When the visibility is good, you can see many distant places from here. The deck is closed when it’s raining or snowing.
Wilanów – Museum/the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów – this is the oldest Polish art museum, founded in 1805 on the initiative of the then owners – Aleksandra and Stanisław Kostka Potocki. Located in a beautiful park, it’s an interesting spot on the touristic map of Warsaw. It regularly holds temporary exhibitions, conferences and academic seminars. It’s worth checking out the educational and workshop offer, which is dedicated to the cultural and environmental values of the Wilanów residence. Furthermore, the Museum uses new technologies to help guests during visits.
The beach by the Vistula river, or in fact beaches, is a charming spot, where you can rest right by the river. The beaches offer a wide range of attractions. Many of them are conveniently located, some of them are off the map, which guarantees peace and quiet for those in need. Next to the beaches, you’ll find clubs, sports facilities, playgrounds and grilling spots. You can use free deckchairs and umbrellas as well as canoe piers. Many beaches can be reached by a water tram or a rented bike.
Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat are the most recognisable and representative historical streets of Warsaw. Nowy Świat is full of historical tenement houses, palaces and important monuments – of such prominent figures as Copernicus and Charles de Gaulle – the famous hotel Savou, the Palace of the Warsaw Society of Friends of Science and many other interesting facilities. The traffic is restricted, stylish lampposts are located along the entire street, and broad sidewalks are full of pedestrians. You can sit in gardens of numerous cafes, admire classicistic elevations of tenement houses and feel the unique atmosphere of Warsaw’s hustle and bustle. Krakowskie Przedmieście has its own unique atmosphere, the best shops, stylish benches, lampposts, trees and cubes with reproductions of Canaletto’s paintings.