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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

    At the crossing point of two main thoroughfares in the modern town stands this Palace of Culture and the Sciences, a gift from Stalin that was erected between 1952 and 1955. Its construction required the demolition of several of the town's districts ..

  • 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 visit starts with Castle Square, announced from afar by the column and statue of King Sigismund III Vasa. A very pretty 14th C bridge is seen on the left, leading to the statue of the shoemaker J. Kilinski, one of the leaders of the 1794 insurrec..

  • 7 The Royal Way Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    trakt Królewski PL - 00-322 Warszawa

    Following the elegant Cracow Suburb street, you will find St. Anne's Church, with its neoclassical façade, raised by a Princess of Mazovia in1454, and with its baroque interior well worth visiting for its "crystal" vault in trompe-l'oeil. N..

  • 8 Warsaw National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Al. Jerozolimskie 3 PL - 00-900 Warszawa

    During your walk along the Royal Way, stop for a while at the National Museum. This in fact houses many artistic treasures, starting with a sumptuous collection of Polish sculptures dating from the Middle Ages (in particular some incredibly beautiful..

  • 9 Lazienkowski Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Al. Ujazdowskie 106 PL - 00-673 Warszawa

    With its areas of water, its lawns and its flowerbeds, this provides a privileged place for walking inside the capital. A botanical garden, attached to the University of Warsaw, also offers visitors an arboretum, a rose garden and a multitude of medi..

  • 10 Lazienski Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ul. Agrykoli 1 PL - 00-460 Warszawa

    It was along the so-called King's Promenade, at the heart of the Lazienki Park, that, at the initiative of King Stanislas II Augustus Poniatowski (great patron of the arts), this palace which was to serve him as summer residence was built at the end ..

  • 11 Wilanow Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

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

    Former manor house of the Leszczynski family, Wilanow was acquired in 1677 by King Jan III Sobieski, famous for having conquered the Turks at Vienna in 1683. From "villa nuova" (from which it takes its name), the manor house was transformed..

  • 12 Old Town Market Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rynek Starego Miasta PL - 00-272 Warszawa

    Economic and social heart of the Old Town up until the end of the 18th C., with its markets and fairs, its official ceremonies and its public punishments, the Market Square today undeniably holds a high place in the Polish capital's life. The many ca..

  • 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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