I put this tip under the "Off The Beaten Path" category because I walked from the Old Town to the park and it took quite awhile walking down the former Royal Way. If this park were only a little closer to the center, I'd put it among the great city parks that I've seen. Fortunately, it's easy to get here by bus and once you arrive, it's a beautiful spot. It's pronounced "Wah- zhen-kee" and here you'll find plenty of paths to stroll. It was once the hunting grounds of royalty and the summer home of the king, but today it's a beautiful public park.
If you enter from Al Ujazdowskie as I did, you can just follow the path downward and you'll eventually end up at the Palace on the Water (click on the photo to the left for more photos), where the king used to live. It can be toured today, however, I arrived too late to go inside. You'll see a few strutting peacocks around the palace which is situated right on a lake. There is an ampitheater along the edge of the lake that was modelled after the Roman theater at Herculaneum.
There are a few other notable buildings and monuments in the park, but I'll let you discover those for yourself.
Geshtapo Former Prison
Called Pawiak prison museum is located in the city center outskirts on the street Jana Pawla more or less 10 minutes on walk from the old town
Looks "nice" with a huge tree with no leafs and some badge from people died there
Geshtapo Former Prision
Looks really scary just outside i cant say nothing about indoors because monday and tuesday its close and by our misfortune was monday..so we just took pics from outside
this pic is the yard that you can see cos there isnt the former wire fence and the wall beneath it
I thought originally that this was part of a military reserve base. It was pretty and interesting to look at, but nothing a tourist would really want to go and seek out. The grounds seemed really neat and smartly kept. That doesn't mean it is a park and you can walk around. The area is ringed by a seven foot fence along the perimeter.
Polonez - Outdated design but surviving all!
The Polonez cars entered in production in 1978 and they are still under assembly nowdays with not too many significant changes.
But they survive all and still serving taxi drivers, policemen and lots of other people as well! :)
You won't really see this cars outside Poland though...
Katyn - The long kept secret
The military cemetery (Cmentarz Wojskowy), not a regular tourist attraction, hides among other reminders of Polish history the story of the Katyn forest.
In mid 1940 the Russian communists murdered about 15000 Polish POW officers deported there after the Russian invasion in 1939. In 1942 the massive grave was unveiled by the Germans, who soon cynically used it to demostrate the Russian cruelty toward the Polish people.......
The Russians denied it, of course, saying that it was a vicious deed of the Germans.
Only in 1996 (I think), way after the fall of communism, the Russians admitted their responsibility and the Russian president brought to Poland the original document signed by Beriah (then the head of the NKVD, the secret police) with the instructions to murder all Polish POW officers.
The story of Katyn was not allowed to be mentioned during the communist regime in Poland, unless one had an urge to get a one-way ticket to Siberia without a passport.......
The monument and symbolic tombstone stands today in the military cemetery as a reminder of this event.
Bus 180, last stop.
flea market in Praga
This is the biggest flea market in Europe. I think it's a must for every tourist, you can buy some cheap legal and illegal stuff and the atmosphere at this place is also great!
Every morning there's a flea market and you can find it at the end of Alea Jerozolimski, just accross the bridge in the Praga-district.
Fanciful Faun sculptured lamps in Lazienki Park
As I was walking through the park I noticed all of these wonderful fantasy-like faun statues holding lamps that light the park at night.
I do not know if there is any significance other than the ambiance but I thought they were well worth mentioning to look for as you walk around.Related to:
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Across the river in the Praga area of Warsaw is the old stadium. There you will find people selling anything you can imagine. Don't be surprised to find the latest release of Microsoft Windows for $5, or DVDs of movies that are still in the theater.
Just be careful with your money and personal items while walking around the area.
Artwork dedicated to hunting and hunt expeditions
The picture I posted is kind of deceiving in that its down in the basement and isn't typical for what the shop sells. Mostly the shop here sells artwork related to hunting, along with a few knickknacks. They have some antiques as well, and a few trophies, but mostly it is art.
They also arrange hunting expeditions down in Silesia and abroad. I can't really speak for this aspect of their business, but they seemed quite competent as a whole, though they preferred German to English language.Related to:
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Bask in the Wisla's cool waters
By the time late summer comes around the Wisla is peppered with huge sandbanks, cut off from the shore. When the August heat gets too much you can go for a paddle in the river and watch the herons, parked up before their long winter migration.
The best places to head for are the banks of the Wisla five or ten kilometres from the centre.Related to:
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Exotic Coffee House
After searchng for over an hour for a place to have a morning cup of joe, I stumbled upon this place. It is called SKLEP Z KAWA "POZEGNANIE Z AFRYKA", located at 46 ul. Freta in between old and new town squares. They have an entire menu devoted to specialty coffees from around the world - all very strong and very delicious. They also offer a selection of cakes, muffins (wonderful) and other bits.
The decor inside is very Morroccan, stylish low tables with square stools and candle light. Outside is a patio fensed in with "bamboo" and zebra print cloth.
A bottle of water, to clanse the palette, comes gratis.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Centre for Contemporary Art just outside Lazienki
If you are visiting Warsaw and like contemporary art that is definitely a place to visit. Usually all of the exhibitions and events that are not the mainstream are organized in this institution of the Centre for Contemporary Art (Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej) that is located in the Ujazdowski Castle just off the Lazienki Garden, just over the Armii Ludowej Avenue (Trasa Lazienkowska). In the same building you can also visit nice restaurant (Qchnia Artystyczna - Artistic Kitchen), underground pub/cafe (Baumgart-Libera) and the cinema.Related to:
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This building used to serve as a sports hall for a sports club by the name of 'Gwardia'. After 1989 political and economic change 'Gwardia' lost its meaning and so did the hall.
It is an interesting piece of architecture so should you find a while, take a walk down ul. Ptasia and have a look at it.
95% of Warsaw was destroyed in...
95% of Warsaw was destroyed in the second World War, yet the Poles have the knack of rebuilding in the old style (as in Gdansk) - I wish we could do the same in England. This street close to the centre was undergoing restoration while I was there.
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