Old Town, Warsaw
If you like old small and medium-size clocks, other precise devices and jewelry it's place for you. There are masterpieces of old masters and those who wanted to achieve a title of master in engraving or gold smithsery which, I see, was not that simple in the past. The oldest items date back to 16th century. The exposition is free of charge and that offer includes a guide who perfectly can speak Polish. She was a dedicated passionate of all items displayed and could talk hours about them. My recommendation is to tip that friendly lady to help her to afford English classes or just to make her happy :-), maybe even 5 zl or less.
This tiny museum is, despite location in the Old Tows, is problably the least visited in Warsaw. Its entrance is a bit hidden and is not well signed. Walking Podwale street outside the city walls when you see Kilinski monument and that clock in my picture turn to Piekarska street and immediately turn left to Rycerska Street where the entrance is (map here). The museum is called in Polish different and a bit complicated: Muzeum Rzemiosl Artystycznych i Precyzyjnych which means literally: Museum of Artistic and Precise Handicraft. The name derives from the name of the guild which runs the museum. Members of that guild love free weekends and short working hours exactly like me. But they are more lucky working Mon - Fri but only from 9 am to 3 pm and not always. Once I was on Tuesday and the door was closed (lunch break or strike ?). The next time I had to climb narrow, spiral stairs to reach the exposition. which was put downstairs by the time when old clocks fans were defeated by caffee lovers.
This pretty stone sculpture of the lady with flowers (a florist or flower girl) and little kid is supported by a smiling man's head. It is located on a wall of the tenement house in Swietojanska Street (No 11) on the left side walking from the Royal Castle to the Old Town Market Square between large windows of the Jewelry (Jubiler) shop. Map here
Well, it is not at all off the beaten path but many, even most, I guess, visitors skip it. Just look around strolling around tiny old streets ot the Old Town to discover more little architectural treasures.
These two guys are sitting at the bottom of a path leading from the town wall... don't haave a clue who put them there, or what for, but they're quite cool, and add a bit of character to an otherwise pointless path...
You'll find hundreds of graveyards, pretty much everywhere in Poland, and though it may not appeal to you, it's a fascinating trip into the past. The graveyards are immaculately kept, and HUGE!! One of the first things i noticed, paying attention to the dates on the gravestones, was that Polish woman tend to live a good 15-20 years longer than their husbands... hmmm...
You've probably read a lot of tips of Warsaw Roayal Castle and you know that it is big and red... Is it all red? No, it's not! Here's a part of the Royal Castle that's white; in my humble opinion, this little part is the most beautiful one.
The Royal Castle in Old Town is very large and can be toured everyday at a small fee. The Castle's towers can be seen in this picture. Also, in the background, a tall pillar can be seen. This is a statue of King Zygmunt III who moved the capital from Krakow to Warsaw.
That is the place, which I think, isn't as crowded, as Old Town Market, but it's just few meters from it :)
The view is quite nice, maybe except that main road in the forground :)
Old Town of Warsaw is famous for it's lovely houses, churches. Try and walk off the beaten path, you'll see more of what you can see in this picture.