Sightseeing - All tips in one, Warsaw
We've all been there: visiting a new city for the first time, confused about where to see what, and at what time, yet we're too embarassed to pick-up those little tourist leaflets from the hotel reception, or (god-forbid!) even head down to the tourist information office! (*gasp!*)
Thankfully some wonderful little publications exist that spare us the confusion and embarassement:
I picked-up the "Warsaw Insider" from a newspaper stand, and found it immensly useful. This publication covers everything from restaurants, clubs, cafes, events, sights, movies, music & theatre and much more.
Price for the A5-sized magazine is 9,90 Zloty.
Fondest memory: The picture shows September's issue with a special on the city's best restaurants.
I took the "Warsaw Insider" back home with me... little magazines like this are very helpful when writing VT-tips as well ;-)
TIP: >> And if you want to keep up-to-date even when you're not in this lovely town, you can visit their website (in English): Warsaw Insider.com!
>> And here is their online Events Calendar: http://www.warsawinsider.pl/calendar/index.shtml
We stayed three days in capital of Poland. I should say it was enough to see essential, but also better to have more time visiting Warsaw. I think the three day planning was quite full and useful, so I put my used plan here:
First day was a day of visiting so called Royal Route from Nowi Swiat street (De Gaulle rondo) to Royal castle, including Opera house and Pilsudski squares. Old town was visited also with few churches, barbican, market square.
Second day from central part we took a bus to Wilanow palace and park, also coming back by the same bus visited Lazenki palace and park, so in this way the other part of Royal Route was visited. Also, at the second half of the day we continued walk to new town (Nowe miasto), visiting few churches, monument for those killed and murdered in the East, Uprising monument.
Third day we took tram to Uprising museum and also visited Praga district to see other side of Wisla river. The last hours were spent near square of Palace of Culture and Science and taking a break at Zlote Tarasy supermarket.
Warsaw was destroyed during II World War but it's rebuilt and it's big and interesting city. So you're welcome to visit my hometown.
You can't miss Old Town, Royal Way with Royal Castle, Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, Nowy Swiat Street, Lazienki Park, Wilanow. Palace of Culture and Science. The Tomb of Unknown Soldier. Museums. Churches. And many, many more.
As Warsaw tries to become more friendly for tourists also the municipal government makes some effort to promote attractions that you can experience wandering around streets of Warsaw.
One of the major activities was establishing plates with bilingual information (PL + ENG) on more interesting buildings downtown. So look out for for transparent plastic plates on some buildings since they may give you some more information on life and history of Warsaw.
At the link below you can find all of the plates (tresc modulu - content) that were hanged in Warsaw together with their location (lokalizacja) in the city:
The information is sometimes really interesting even for locals:-)
When you are wandering in Warsaw and you don't like to check every move with your map, there is a chance that you can do find without any help.
Just look at the skyline and in almost 100% of cases you will see there, in some direction, the top of PKiN (the Palace of Culture and Science) that is located in THE CENTER of the downtown. Apart from being good orientation point this gift of the 50's from the people of ex-USSR (but Poles had to pay for it in many ways...) is pretty useful since it accomodates a lot of cultural and other organizations and institutions (like theaters, concert venues, museums, temporary fairs etc.).
But for some people, as it is soc-realism artifact, it reminds the commie's past as it is twin (but a bit smaller) to many similar building in ex-USSR cities (eq. Moscow has a few of them and much much bigger than Warsaw's PKiN)...
The next orientation point could be the Palm that is seated at de Gaulle Round-about in the downtown (the junction of Nowy Swiat Str. and Jerozolimskie Ave.) but it looks like it is not tall enough. Anyway you can have a t-shirt with it at:
Fondest memory: When I come back to Warsaw from any trip either by car, train or bus the first sign of approaching WAW is the PKiN in the skyline:-)
Favorite thing: Go to the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, visit the Old Town and the Royal Castle, walk around the 'Lazienki' Park. Go shopping to the 'Galeria Centrum'...
go to Palace of Culture & Science, Lazienki park( it exactly means toilet!!!), Wilanów, Zoo, Old Town,
Fondest memory: my school,which is situated near to big shopping centre-KLIF