Warsaw and the whole of Poland in particular suffered heavily during the Second World War back in the middle of the 1900s. Years of attack and siege, it was reduced to ruins, and many of the residents fled the city in order to esape the painful memories that the wartorn surroundings brought.
Nowadays though, people from all over the world are flocking to the city, as it has risen from the ashes of war to become one of the most famous tourist destinations in Europe and the world. When you find yourself in this historic and beautiful city, be sure to include the following items in trip to Warsaw itinerary.
The Old Town of Warsaw, Poland is one of the most important part of the city, not only because of its historical significance but also because it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been one since the 1980s. There are various attractions in those section of the city alone, so you may want to devote a whole day in touring the Old Town of Warsaw. Take a walk in the streets and see the various old buildings and monuments erected in this 13th century town. You’ll also see different cafes and restaurants where you can take a relaxing break after your walk.
Palace of Culture and Science
Don’t miss the chance to visit the tallest building in Poland as well – the Palace of Culture and Science. This building is said to be a gift from the Soviet people, and so it is but natural that the architecture hints of socialist realist influence. Inside the building you’ll find theatres and museums as well as a concert hall. And while here, do stop by at the 30th floor. There is a viewing deck there which will provide with a wonderful view of the skylines of Warsaw and its nearby surrounds.
The Royal Castle is a politically significant structure in Warsaw, having once been the residence of Mazovian Princes and the seat of King and government. The Royal Palace was built in the 1400s and has suffered complete desttruction in the Second World War. However, most of the palace has been restored back to its original appearance and is registered as a national museum. Inside the palace are various improtant works of art by different artists like Rembrandt and Bernardo Bellotto.
Barbican Defensive Walls
These walls were put up back in the 1500s, and serve to protect the city from outside invaders. This semicircle fortress is lodged in the area that connects the Old Town with the New Town, and is a great place to take a stroll in the mornign or afternoon by following the dedicated pathways. Along the way you’ll see some artists working and you can just sit at the benches and watch them create their masterpieces.
Warsaw, Poland is normally famous because of Marie Curie and Chopin, but Warsaw has something else to offer aside from brains and talent. There are so many things in Warsaw for travellers to enjoy, most of which reflect the lovely culture and amzing history of the place.
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