Although Warsaw is a city of business and government, apparently the city is save various interesting tourist attractions. Warsaw is the largest city in Poland. History clearly carved in each building located in the city, such as castles, palaces, and houses. Warsaw offers the finest settings to enjoy an unforgettable vacation experience.
If you visit Warsaw, the best place to start with is the Old Town, where the city’s historic center has been rebuilt. You will also find various churches such as St. John’s Cathedral which contains various tombs of eminent citizens, knights and regents, as well as many of Wit Stwosz’ gothic artworks. You will also love the Royal Castle, the King’s chambers and apartments, St. Anne’s Church and of course, the New Town.
Here are popular tourist attractions in Warsaw:
1. Warsaw Old Town
Old Town or in the Polish language called Stare Miasto is a historic district in Warsaw. This city was built in the 13th century. The whole building is ever demolished in place to the ground by the German army during World War II. Then in the 1950s, the old town was rebuilt for almost 10 years, and now includes a list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you want to explore this district, can be started from the Royal Castle, King Zygmunt Kolumn, St. Anna Church, and St. John Cathedral down to the heart of town is the Old Town Square (Rynek Starego Miasto). Old Town Square is surrounded by colorful eclectic buildings, and in the middle, was built the statue Syrena (mermaid symbol of the city of Warsaw).
2. Royal Castle
The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a castle residency and was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. the most impressive highlight of this castle is that it is surrounded by a large spacious square. The exterior of the castle features gorgeous reddish nuances, while the surrounding buildings facades are painted in a wide variety of colours.
3. Wilanow palace
This building is a summer palace for the family of Polish kings were built in the 17th century. Wilanow palace consisted of two floors. On the first floor you can find a variety of relics belong to the kings of Poland, and on the second floor there is a diverse collection of paintings from the royal family. Right behind the palace, there is a vast garden, complete with flower gardens and beautiful fountains. This is where the royal family used to spend summers.
4. Lazienki Park
Lazienki Park is the largest park in Warsaw. Here is a common public arena visited by many tourists and citizens of Warsaw. In one corner of the park there is a court building, the Lazienki Palace. Lazienki palace more known in the Water Palace. This is because the palace was built on a small artificial island in the lake. Lazienki palace built 17th century as a bathhouse for the royal family and is now preserved as a museum. Lazienki park features a unique combination of green corners, calm walkways, gardens, fountains and so many other natural sights that they are almost countless.
5. Frederic Chopin Statue
In the other corner in Lazienki Park, there is a statue of Frederic Chopin, one of the greatest Polish composers. This statue, was established as the dedication of many of his works. Every Sunday at 12:00 and 16:00, there is usually a Chopin music concert that was held near the statue area.
6. Palace of Culture and Science
This is the landmark of Warsaw. Often abbreviated as the Palace Culture or PKiN. With a height of 231 meters, is the tallest building in Warsaw that could be seen from all over town when the weather is sunny. The building was constructed when Poland was still under the grip of the Soviet Union. Culture Palace now used as office space, theaters and exhibitions, theaters, museums and even theaters. Stepping up the building up to the 30th floor you can see the wide panorama of Warsaw.
7. Teatr Wielki (Polish National Opera)
Teatr Wielki is is a theatre complex and opera company located on historic Theatre Square in Warsaw, Poland. It hosts the theater and the opera at once, while the exterior is one of the most picturesque attractions to enjoy during your trip. An exuberant architectural design with plenty of neoclassical elements and lush decorations will always keep you in a historical orbit, while all the surrounding buildings are unique historical landmarks as well.
8. The Warsaw Barbican
The Warsaw Barbican is a huge medieval outpost, whose reddish facades and fortified outlook create some majestic sights to enjoy. The entire fortified construction is dominated by four rounded towers, while the overall sensation becomes quite more picturesque when you get closer and touch to the defensive walls, as well as imagine the vision of the fort during the medieval or maybe enjoy the colourful contrast with the surrounding buildings, which offer another charming historical impression. The Warsaw Barbican is situated at the conjunction of the Old Town and the “Modern” Town of Warsaw.
9. National Museum
Built in 1916, It is the largest museum in Warsaw and one of the largest ones in Poland. It is host a huge collection of ancient art, domestic and foreign painting, artisanship and numismatics. The Museum of Polish Military Forces is part of it. It is here that one can see the masterpieces of world famous painters like Jan Matejko (the Grunwald Battle, Stanczyk), Jozef Chelmonski (Indian Summer), Stanislaw Wyspianski (Self-portrait), Sandro Botticelli (Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist)
10. Saxon Garden
It is the oldest public park in the city. Founded in the late 17th century, it was opened to the public in 1727 as one of the first publicly accessible parks in the world.