Visit Warsaw, Poland – A City Reborn with Splendour
The capital of Poland, Warsaw was a city reduced to dust and rubble during World War II. Sixty years later, you wouldn’t have imagined something like that to have ever happened. The city has transformed into a bustling metropolis and a hub of economic and political activity. Warsaw is one of the greenest cities in the world and has much to offer to visitors, ranging from modern to historical. This contrast of views is what makes Warsaw an important stop for tourists wanting to absorb Eastern Europe’s charms. Here is our list of must sees!
The National Museum, established in 1862, houses some of Polish history’s most important art pieces from the sixteenth century onwards. The Museum also houses ancient art pieces from different civilizations. It is one of the largest museums in Poland, housing over 11,000 pieces. The treasures of the Royal Castle were also hidden here during World War II when Warsaw was under attack. The National Museum also regularly hosts art exhibitions.
Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace was built during the heydays of Soviet involvement in Poland. It is the tallest building in Poland, standing at 237 meters. It is a prime example of Socialist Realist architecture and was called a “gift from the Soviet people”. The palace was originally named Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science, but after the Soviet Union crumbled Stalin’s name was removed. Inside, the Palace has theatres, museums, a cinema and a concert hall. Moreover, the palace provides a breathtaking view of the city from its highest viewing platform.
It is easily Warsaw’s most famous tourist spot so if you’re visiting the city for a very short time then Old Town should feature on your list of places to go. Its Medieval architecture, winding alleys, cozy restaurants all come together to leave a visitor feeling like they’ve stepped back in time. It takes a seasoned eye to realize that this is a reconstruction of Polish life of centuries ago since the real Old Town was destroyed during World War II.
Warsaw Zoological Gardens
The Warsaw Zoo was opened in 1928 and today houses over 5,000 animals of various species. It receives over 600,000 visitors every year who come to see the variety of exotic wildlife. Spread over 40 hectares, the Zoo is located in downtown Warsaw making it easier for tourists to make a stop while exploring other areas of the city. Before the zoo opened, several people, including King Jan Sobieski III, had their own private collections which the public could view.
University of Warsaw Library
The University of Warsaw Library is a unique piece of architecture standing out from the other more culturally inclined buildings in the city. Its front represents a line of open books while its rooftop houses a captivating garden unlike most others. Not only this, but it also provides spectacular views of the city. A visit here will be a unique experience for all nature lovers.
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