Places to Visit in Warsaw
Warsaw, the capital city of Poland is located on the banks of the River Vistula. During World War II almost 80% of the city was destroyed. The city was rebuilt from scratch and today it has become the biggest economic centre of Central Europe and a favourite tourist destination. All major airlines operate flights to Warsaw now.
Lazienki Królewskie Palace Complex Park
Lazienki Park dates back to the 17th century and is one of the best kept gardens of that era. This palace complex was built for the last King of Poland King Stanislaw Poniatowski. The main attraction is the “Palace on the Island”. It was originally built as a private bathhouse for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski in the 17th century. One can only reach the Palace through foot bridges. The bathhouse was bought by King Stanisław Poniatowski, in 1772 and converted into a royal residence. There are other palaces on the ground such as the Cum Park Palace and the Ujazdów Castle. The park is also dotted with pavilions, mansions, cafes, restaurants, lakes and theatres.
Wilanow Palace Park Complex
This Baroque European architectural building was built as the residence of King Sobieski, and later the aristocratic clan. This Wilanow complex also houses a beautiful Italian garden and the famous Museum of the Poster.
Palace of Culture and Science
It was a gift from the Soviet Union to Poland and was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science. Construction started in 1952 and was completed in 1955. The palace has forty-two floors and is the tallest building in the whole of Poland. This building contains a Conference Centre, theatres and rooms for exhibits.
Piazza Castello is a monument that dates back to 1644 overlooking the Royal Castle, Castle Square. It was built by King Wladyslaw IV in honour of his father, King Zygmunt III. There are heaps of local shops and food stalls along the sides of Piazza Castello.
Palace of the President
The Palace was designed by Architect Constantino Tencalla and built in the 1640s under the Great Crown Hetman Stanisław Koniecpolski and his son Aleksander. The Warsaw Pact was signed here in 1955. At the entrance of the Palace Square there is a statue of Poniatowski with four lions.
The Palace became the seat of the President after Poland’s independence in 1918 with the offices of the Chancellery of the Council of Ministers occupying the side wings.
St. John’s Cathedral
This is a Gothic architectural style church built in the 1400′s. Religious art and intricately carved tombs are the main attractions.
This monument was constructed in memory of the famous Polish composer, Chopin. It is a large bronze statue located in Lazienki Park designed by Waclaw Szymanowski in 1907 and erected in 1926. It was destroyed by the Germans during WWII and was restored in 1958.
This Baroque style castle was built in the 1300s located near the Old Town. Today it is a museum displaying many historical furniture and great works of art such as paintings by the famous Renaissance artists Bernando Bellotto and Marcello Bacciarelli.
The Old Town
The Old Town was rebuilt from the ruins of the original buildings after the complete destruction in WWII. It has cobbled streets and a beautiful collection of historic buildings. This place also has many excellent restaurants and quaint outdoor cafes.
Jewish Historical Institute
This large building is both a museum and a library with art collection and historical treasures such as the exhaustive archive of the Holocaust.
Warsaw Uprising Monument
This monument consists of a collection of photos, models, and the actual shrapnel from WWII. It is a tribute to the Jewish soldiers standing in defiance of the oncoming German onslaught during WWII.
Founded in 1906, this cemetery holds over 250,000 tombs of heroes, martyrs, and faithful Jewish citizens of Poland.