Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is not a place to miss. This historic cultural city is too good to be true, it is decked out in Gothic churches all the while Soviet-era landmarks stand tall in the background. Once in total destruction after World War II, the town has rebuilt itself as what you see today. It is such a unique city for its charm and class that I could picture myself living here full time. Warsaw was one of the first big European cities I’ve visited which made me fall in love with it even more. The delicious cheese perogies combined with European cobble stone pathways and folk music made Warsaw one of my favourites.
What to Do and See
Warsaw is a large city and many things are spread out, luckily you can easily walk or use public transportation throughout the city. The main downtown square is filled with tiny shops, delicious restaurants and friendly locals. It is the heart and soul of Warsaw as the history is written on the walls.
The Old Town is perfect for a stroll by foot to see the best of the city and explore its unique hidden treasures. The town captures an old feeling that reminds you of the country’s past from enchanting building facades to decorative columns on roof tops. One of the first things I noticed in Warsaw was that it is filled with churches. I mean around every corner I could find a beautiful adorned church hidden away tucked between other ordinary buildings. The beauty of this city is not something I will ever forget.
If you travel outside the town square you can find the Palace of Culture & Science, an iconic building given to Poland from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. It stands as a multiplex structure and is home to an amazing rooftop terrace providing the best views of Warsaw.
If you want to relax and enjoy Warsaw’s scenic side visit Łazienki Park, the largest manicured garden in the city. Home to crowds of friendly peacock ostentation this park is a must see.
Check out the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to soldiers who had given their lives for Poland. Located in Piłsudski Square, the tomb is lit by an eternal flame and guarded by a post all hours of the day. It is an interesting sight to see, especially for the changing of the guard every hour.
What to Eat
Poland is known for perogies, sausages, cabbage rolls and kielbasa, some of the best can be found in Warsaw. I tried my first ever periogies here and I swear its the best I’ve ever had. Authentic Polish cuisine is not something to miss when you visit this city, the options are endless and prices are amazing. You can roam the city trying the best of everything, from street vendors to high class sit down restaurants, no matter what you are guaranteed a delicious and filling meal.
I recommend trying Zapiecek Polskie Pierogarnie or Restauracja Polska Rozana for a traditional Polish dish!
Warsaw was incredibly charming so I encourage you to go out and explore. This city was one stop of many on a historic European trip I was on with my fellow class mates. I enjoyed my time here especially because my grandmother was born here.
If you happen to be in Europe traveling then you need to visit here! It is located in close proximity to other major cities such as Berlin and Prague so transportation is quick and easy.