City Guide: Warsaw
Warsaw is the capital of Poland and a very important city when it comes to culture, politics and economics in Eastern Europe in general. Admittedly, Warsaw has parts which remind heavily of communism, but the rebuilt old town and several architectural interesting buildings and churches are definitely worth a glance! In our city review of Warsaw, we guide you a bit through the Polish capital.
As we have been to Warsaw more than once by now, we can safely say to not be surprised when its rainy and grey in Warsaw. Rather be happy when the weather is good or the sun is shining – of course, the probability for that is higher in summer!
Arriving at Central Station Warsaw
Central Station Warsaw is the most important railway station of the city. Originally from the 1970s, there are construction works going on again at the moment.
As the Central Station is located right opposite the famous Palace of Culture and Science, you will most likely stumble upon it.
Discovering Castle Square Warsaw
In front of the Royal Castle Warsaw, a historic square called Castle Square is located. When the weather is nice, it is very enjoyable to spend some time there and get an impression of the beginning old town around it.
Locals and tourists alike like coming to the square and watch street artists or entertainers. From time to time, concerts are also taking place there.
Gawking at Royal Castle Warsaw
The Royal Castle itself in Warsaw dates back to the Middle Ages, as it was built in the 14th century.
Truly impressive! As you can imagine, not only Warsaw has a rich and moving history, same also goes for the Royal Castle Warsaw. Nowadays, it also is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Church of St. Francis Warsaw
The Roman-Catholic Church was founded in 1645 and is dedicated to Francis of Assisi.
Especially when strolling around in Warsaw, it is a beautiful, yet rather small sized church to see.
Once upon a time (well, in the Middle Ages) a complex network of fortifications existed in Warsaw.
Nowadays, only few relics are remaining and Warsaw Barbican is one of them. Definitely a contrast to the Royal Castle of Warsaw!
Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw
The Palace of Culture and Science is most probably the most popular building of Warsaw. Not only is it the highest building of whole Poland, it also houses several organizations and institutions.
As it has a heavy political symbolism, not everyone likes the high rising Soviet gift.
Holy Cross Church Warsaw
As Polish people are in general rather religious and the majority is roman catholic, it does not come as a surprise that you find many churches.
Holy Cross Church Warsaw is one of the most notable Baroque churches in the capital of Poland.
Old Town Warsaw
The historic center of Warsaw is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Originally going back to the 13th century, most of Warsaw’s old town got destroyed during WWII.
However, it got rebuilt and is now one of the most prominent tourist attractions of the Polish capital. Medieval architecture as well as the Barbican, St. John’s Cathedral and cafés and shops attract locals and tourists alike.
National Stadium Warsaw
The National Stadium is the home stadium of the Polish National Soccer team and also the biggest stadium in Poland.
The good thing about it is that you are able to catch a glance of the National Stadium when being at the Castle Square. Also, the National Stadium is pretty new, having been finished in 2011.
Uprising Monument Warsaw
Uprising Monument Warsaw reminds of Warsaw Uprising (surprise!) in 1944. When dealing with Warsaw’s history, one comprehends soon why this uprising was that important.
Completed in 1989, 45 years after the Uprising, Warsaw Uprising monument has a height of 10 meters and is one of the most visited monuments by foreigners.
Krasinski Palace Warsaw
Opposite of the Uprising Monument is the Krasinski Palace, a baroque palace.
Just like the Old Town of Warsaw, Krasinski Palace got destroyed by the Germans during World War II and later rebuilt.