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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 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..

  • 3 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 ..

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 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..

  • 7 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 ..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 St Alexander's Church (Kosciól sw. Aleksandra) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place Trzech-Krzyzy PL - Warszawa

    Standing in the middle of a square, Plac Trzech Krzyzy, this church was built in 1818 in honour of Tsar Alexander I of Russia, also King of Poland. Based on the Pantheon in Rome, it was destroyed during the war, then rebuilt in its original form. Its..

  • 14 Saxon Gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    PL - Warszawa

    Designed by Tylman van Gameren for Augustus II at the very start of the 17C, the Ogród Saski miraculously escaped the destruction wrought by the Second World War. These lovely gardens, with some hundred species of hundred-year-old trees, are the lung..

  • 15 St. John's Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Ul. Swietojañska 8 PL - 00-252 Warszawa

    St. John's cathedral is the oldest church in the Polish capital. Built at the start of the 15th C., on the remains of an old wooden church, it was altered several times before being razed to the ground during the Second World War. After work undertak..

  • 16 The Old Orangery Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    ul. Agrykoli 1 PL - 00-460 Warszawa

    By the Italian architect Merlini (many of whose other masterpieces adorn the Polish capital), the Old Orangery was constructed for King Stanislas II Augustus Poniatowski between 1784 and 1788. At the heart of Lazienki Park, it was formerly the settin..

  • 17 Panstwowe Ethnographic Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Kredytowa 1 PL - 00-062 Warszawa

    Situated in the town centre, opposite the evangelical church, the Ethnographic Museum offers a rich collection of exhibits representative of Polish crafts and folklore: headdresses and costumes, tools related to traditional trades, many items from lo..

  • 18 New Town Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Nowomiejska PL - 00-271 Warszawa

    Founded shortly after the Old Town, the New Town had its own independent administration. Although not as wealthy as its sister town, it offers a succession of churches and baroque palaces which are well worth a detour. At the centre of the Polish ins..

  • 19 Frédéric Chopin Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Ul. Okólnik 1 PL - 00-355 Warszawa

    Born on 22 February 1810 in a small village on the city's outskirts, Chopin was the city's great child prodigy. Showing his gifts for music (especially on the piano) at an early age, he was still very young when he took lessons at the Central School ..

  • 20 Belweder Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ul. Belwederska 1 PL - 00-460 Warszawa

    Situated close to the botanical gardens, on the edge of the Lazienki Park, the Palace of the Belvedere was the residence of the President of the Republic of Poland from the end of the First World War. Since 1994, it has been transformed into a museum..

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