Not my first time in the city and probably not my last. I believe I have been here the 8th time. I will describe a few things that are a must when in Warsaw. Consider me as (almost) a local in this Polish city.
First tip would be to avoid January visit if possible for Warsaw visit. It’s cold and wet. Everyone keeps telling me is nicer in the summer but because my friend’s birthday is in winter I visit that month.
To cheer up the grey winter, Polish keep their Christmas decorations up really long (beginning December to end January). From that point of view all is nicer. You can walk around the city and enjoy a spectacular show of lights everywhere.
Polish food is amazing! It’s heavy winter food but I just love Pierogi (dumplings), Zurek (soup) or home made, from my friend’s mum, Ogorkowa (pickle) soup. What you can find in abundance is as well very good beer, even mulled (warm) beer (same style as mulled wine). Sounds horrible but is actually good on those cold January days.
I stayed in a nice apartment located quite centrally, overlooking the Palace of Culture and Science. There are MANY apartments for tourists all over the city. Aleje Jerozolimskie is one of the bigger central street so I suggest to look for apartment/hotel along this road.
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Palace of Culture and Science is probably the most visible monument in town and for me it really stands out. It’s the highest building in Poland and was a “
Warsaw has many big parks and green areas, some even with small castles and monuments. Unfortunately, during my visit they were not so green but is a nice place to stroll around and move away from busy streets (and believe me they are very busy!). Some parks are on the outskirts of the city but two of them the Saski (Saxon) Garden and Krasinski Park are in the heart of it. In my opinion, the most beautiful ones are Lazienki and Wilanow in the southern part of Warsaw (can still be reached easily by public transport).
Old town is one of the must see and it is on UNESCO world heritage list as of 1980.
During the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic centre was destroyed by Nazi troops. It was rebuilt from scratch so those buildings you can see in the centre are reconstruction from the original buildings. Basically, you are looking at old houses and churches, but they are all a “copy” of previous structures. That was mind blowing for me. I’m used to reconstructions of one palace for example but not a whole town.