University of Warsaw

About Warsaw, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Warsaw, Poland)

Warsaw is a unique and extraordinary city. Its interesting history and warm climate attract many visitors to come to the city. Warsaw has a culture influenced by both Eastern and Western Europe. The city is full of historic buildings, churches, palaces, and architectural complexes that had been destroyed in the two world wars but were reconstructed afterwards with much care.

What to do in Warsaw

Warsaw is a perfect place for culture lovers. It offers many historic and cultural places that feed and entertain the mind. Art lovers can visit Kordegarda, Blue Moon Gallery, CSW, and Zachta, while theatre enthusiasts can check out Roma, Sabat, Teatr Wielki, and Nowy.

Vodka has always been a popular in Warsaw and visitors should not pass up the chance to drink it while in the city. In Poland, vodka (or 'woda' as the Polish would say) is distilled from potatoes or grains, and is tastier and smoother than regular vodka mixed in the West.

For adventure lovers, the city offers high-adrenaline activities like hardcore shooting. They can visit a shooting range one afternoon and try out firing shot guns, glocks, and automatic weapons. They can also try a game of outdoor paintball. Speed enthusiasts will surely enjoy trying out indoor go-karting. The Polish are known to be fast drivers, so driving activities are very popular.

Tourist Attractions

The Zamek Krolewski or the Royal Castle was built for the Dukes of Mazovia. It is situated on a plateau overlooking the Vistula River. It was the seat of the Polish kings from the 17th up to the late 18th century and later housed the parliament. Today, it serves as a museum displaying period furniture, tapestries, coffin portraits, and collections of valuable porcelain and other ornamental arts.

Lazienki Park houses the Chopin Monument and holds the Chopin Festival every summer. Concert recitals are held in the park about two times on all Sundays of June, July and August during the festival. The other historic and interesting sites located in Lazienki Park are the Orangerie, the Palac Na Wyspie (Palace on the Island), and the Jan Sobiewski monument.

Pawiak Prison is an eerie, old prison that symbolises the oppression of the Varsovians over the last 200 years. The prison was built at the order of the Czars in the 1830s. It served as the largest prison in Poland then, holding and incarcerating many victims during the Nazi reign from 1939 to 1944.

The Narodowe or the National Museum contains an impressive art collection dating back to ancient times. The compositions and works of famous artists like the monumental Battle of Grunwald by Jan Matejko can be viewed in the museum. It also collects Egyptian arts and artefacts unique only to Europe.

The Rising Museum of Warsaw is a must-see for those interested in history and stories of bravery. It features the life of the Polish in Warsaw during World War II through photographs, film footages, and recorded interviews that show how the people resisted the German forces.

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