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  • 1 Palac Kultury i Nauki Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plac Defilad 1 PL - 00-697 Warszawa

    This huge edifice stands at the heart of the modern city, a gigantic 230m high grey tower visible from 30km away. "A gift from the Soviet Nation to the Polish Nation", it was built in the 1950s and comprises three theatres, a multiplex cine..

  • 2 Memorial Route of Jewish Struggle and Martyrdom Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    PL - Warszawa

    Many monuments stand between Anielewicza Street and Stawki Street: after the ghetto uprising monument at a site of confrontation with the Nazis, the heroes of the ghetto monument is of polished stone. On this street, 15 stone blocks honour prominent ..

  • 3 Warsaw Uprising Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Grzybowska 79 PL - Warszawa

    The museum is sited in an old brick building which was the electric tram terminus. Using modern media, (film, images, sound effects), it gives a day by day account of the uprising from 1 August to 19 October 1944. This symbolic and desperate undertak..

  • 4 Zacheta Gallery of Modern Art Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Place Malachowskiego 3 PL - Varsovie

    The building, dating from 1900, is Poland's most important contemporary art gallery. Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki's collections were originally more imposing than today, but at the start of the war they were stashed away at the National Museum, wh..

  • 5 Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ul. Wybrze Kosciuszkowskie 20 PL - Varsovie

    Inaugurated in 2010 next to the Vistula, this museum's aim is to popularise science. Over two levels and 15 000m2, a permanent exhibition comprising seven galleries tackles major themes, such as Humans and the Environment, Roots of Civilisation, and ..

  • 6 The Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Piwna PL - 00-252 Warszawa

    The Old Town (completely rebuilt to its 17C-18C layout, based on archive documents and engravings) gives a beautiful panorama of Gothic and Renaissance buildings, symbolising the capital's historical richness.This remarkable work of reconstruction, s..

  • 7 The Royal Way Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    trakt Królewski PL - 00-322 Warszawa

    This 4km-long promenade is composed of a series of three thoroughfares used by the monarchy (hence its name). It links the Old Town to the Lazienski Park and, further south, to the Wilanow Palace. Lined by commemorative monuments, historical building..

  • 8 Warsaw National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Al. Jerozolimskie 3 PL - 00-900 Warszawa

    Precious collections of ancient and medieval art, Polish art from the 16C to the 20C and decorative arts. The Faras Gallery is remarkable for its 120 frescoes removed from Faras in the Sudan (saved from destruction by flooding when the Aswan Dam was ..

  • 9 Lazienkowski Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Al. Ujazdowskie 106 PL - 00-673 Warszawa

    A former hunting ground of King Stanislas II Augustus, this park at the southern end of the Royal Way, was acquired by him in 1776 in order to build his summer residence. Sited among linked ponds and water features formerly used as spas ( lazienki in..

  • 10 Lazienski Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ul. Agrykoli 1 PL - 00-460 Warszawa

    This neo-Classical building was built for King Stanislas II Augustus Poniatowski. It suffered war damage but its furniture and other collections survived. On the ground floor, decorations at the foot of the walls recall that this was a "bathing ..

  • 11 Wilanow Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10-16 PL - 00-673 Warszawa

    The Wilanow Palace was used as a summer residence in the 17C by King Jan III Sobieski. A splendid villa in the Baroque style, many of its rooms display period furniture and decorations (see in particular the Crimson Room, Etruscan Study, the royal ap..

  • 12 Old Town Market Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Starego Miasta PL - 00-272 Warszawa

    The market square is one of the Old Town's most popular spots. The many market stalls, terraces and restaurants and bars that it offers share in its success. Several centuries of architecture today offer the onlooker a mixture of the most wonderful a..

  • 13 The Modern Centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Warszawa

    Lying around the palace of culture and sciences, Warsaw's commercial and economic hub gives the impression of being a huge building site: an unsettling scene of skyscrapers and futurist structures (notably the centre for life and leisure, Zlote Taras..

  • 14 Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Skazañców 25 PL - Warszawa

    One of Poland's finest examples of miltary architecture, the citadel was built by Tsar Nicholas I between 1832 and 1836 after putting down the November uprising, and was used as a jail and place of execution for Polish patriots. One section is now a ..

  • 15 University of Warsaw Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    PL - Warszawa

    Closed by the Tsar in 1832 as part of reprisals for the 1830 insurrection, the university did not reopen until 1915. Under German occupation, studying was forbidden and thousands of clandestine students and teachers were killed. An underground univer..

  • 16 Church of the Holy Cross Interesting

    Religious buildings

    PL - Warszawa

    The church was destroyed during the 1944 uprising, in battles that were fought even inside this building. Its fine Baroque-style structure was subsequently the setting for confrontations between students and the communist authorities. The Christ in t..

  • 17 Orthodox Church of St Mary Magdalen Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Al. Solidarnosci 52 PL - Warszawa

    This fine gold and ochre building (1869) was constructed for the railwaymen of Wilenski station, and is one of the most beautiful vestiges of the Russian presence in Warsaw. Its large neo-Byzantine structure topped by onion domes has retained its int..

  • 18 Zamoyski Palace Interesting

    Museums and art

    PL - Warszawa

    This neo-Renaissance palace is today home to the Polish architects' association and an architecture centre (SARP), a pleasant café-restaurant with terrace giving onto an attractive English-style garden, plus the famous Foksal Gallery, one of the city..

  • 19 Poster Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Kostki Potockiego 10-16 PL - Warszawa

    Established in 1968 in a modern building next to the Wilanow palace, this museum is devoted to poster art, an area in which the Poles have always been prominent. The collection's 55 000 posters (advertising, cinema, theatre, politics, tourism) are di..

  • 20 Jewish Historical Institute (ZIH) Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Tlomackie 3-5 PL - Warszawa

    A visit to the ZIH is an excellent introduction to the tragic history of Warsaw's Jewish communities. Established after the Second World War, it has two permanent exhibitions, one on Jewish art, the other on the Warsaw Ghetto. On the site of the Blue..

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