The Capital of Poland, Warsaw, in Polish Warszawa is the largest and most important city in Poland. It is located midway from the Baltic Sea and the southern Carpathian Mountains on the banks of the Vistula River.
There are so many attractions in this city that we divided this article and it continues by clicking on Warsaw Poland.
A view of Warsaw as seen from the Palace of Culture and Science
Destroyed and rebuilt many times during centuries
Warsaw Poland has a population of 1.75 million and on the whole metropolitan area 2.75 million inhabitants. It is a major tourist destination in Europe and nicknamed “The Phoenix City” because it was destroyed and rebuilt many times during the centuries. The most notable of all changes is after World War II and even more after the fall of the Iron Curtain at the beginning of the 1990.
It is known by many entities such as the Warsaw Pact, the Warsaw Convention, the Warsaw Ghetto and its uprising.
Here we present you with some of the most important tourist sites in this important of the European Capitals.
Warsaw Old Town surrounded by restored baroque buildings
Old Town Warsaw and Square
This is the loveliest site that I remember in Warsaw. Almost nothing remained of it after WWII, but it was remodeled in a blend of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectures, bringing it to what it was during the 17th and 18th centuries.
It was done with lots of care to restore each building to its original appearance.
Here you’ll find cozy cafes and restaurants, art galleries; and during summers it is a stage for all kind of theatrical and musical performers.
On any given day the square is full of tourists enjoying what this square has to offer.
Palace of Culture and Science
Before the rebuilding of the city as it looks today, this was the only skyscraper you could see of what remained of Warsaw.
It is because the building was completed in 1955 as a present of the Soviet Union to one of its satellites.
It is still Warsaw’s tallest building and from the 30th floor observatory you may get an amazing aerial view of the city.
This is the National Stadium in Warsaw. Located near the Old Town it was built for the European Football Championship in 2012 in the place of the former stadium. Due to its location you may walk to the stadium from everywhere in the city.
Łazienki Park in Warsaw is one of the most beautiful parks in Europe
Please note the slash over the letter L, this is a special phonetic sound in Polish, so the site is pronounced Wah-zhien-kee.
This Palace and Park complex is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It was established in the 17th century and features many important monuments being the # 1 the Palace on the Island built for King Stanislaw August Poniatowski – Poland’s last monarch.
The park itself is beautifully manicured opening to families on Sundays showing colorful peacocks that call this park home.
The modern interiors of Chopin Museum in the Capital of Poland
Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina
This museum is dedicated to Warsaw’s most famous son, Fryderyk Chopin
He lived here for his first 20 years, studies music and performed his first concerts. As you walk through this impressive city you will find many sites and buildings related to the life of the great composer.
Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego
Opened in 2004 this is a museum to the Warsaw Rising on the 60th anniversary of the event. It pays tribute to all those that fought and died for Poland’s Independence.
Housed in a former tramway power station it is a modern museum with photographs, videos and interactive displays.
Display of shapes and colors at the Multimedia Fountain Park in Warsaw
Located between the Old Town and the Vistula River this Multimedia Fountain Park serves as an oasis to locals and tourists alike during the hot summer months. In the evenings it amazes the visitors with its display of colors and shapes.
This museum proudly secretly stored many of the treasures of the Royal Castle during WWII.
Today it contains collections of antiquities and modern art. It performs many temporary exhibitions with pieces of art from all over the world.
Former Jewish Ghetto
This is a must visit for every person Jew or Gentile. It was in these close quarters that the Nazi created the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940 to concentrate there all the Jewish population of the city that was the largest in Europe.
For more information visit Warsaw Tourism Board
The Royal Castle in Warsaw the Capital of Poland
During the 17th century it was considered one of Europe’s most splendid Royal residences during the reign of Stanisław August Poniatowski (1764-95) when its grand Baroque apartments were created. It served the Czars during Russian occupation and when in 1918 Poland regained its independence it became the residence of the president
As we can see Warsaw the Capital of Poland has so many sites to visit that I had to divide it into two articles.
It continues by clicking on Warsaw Poland
Images credits for the capital of poland:
old town by guillaume sperut
lezinki garden by jolanta dyr
chopin museum by boston9
fontany by pamek
royal castle by mozzerist
view of warsaw by varcex
all courtesy of wikimedia commons