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5 “must see” in Warsaw

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By Jurate on Wednesday April 20th, 2016

The first post in category Liv’in Poleca halts a bit of culture and we are answering the question where can you take your guests in Warsaw? Since our city has a lot to offer and it is difficult to list all the places worth visiting in one short article, we have decided to write a series of articles “must see”. We will be recommending the more known and also less obvious places. We are starting with the more known ones, which you should definitely not miss out on when you visit Warsaw.

#1 – Castle Square and panoramic terrace

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Coming to a new place for the first time we are often looking for vantage points from where u can admire panorama of the city and quickly form your first impression. There are a few of them in Warsaw, however first I recommend to visit the observation deck at the Castle square (Plac Zamkowy). We can admire the city from all sides – on one we have Plac Zamkowy, the old town and the panorama of skyscrapers and Palace of Culture and Science, on the other side – the view of the Vistula river, all the bridges and the National Stadium. If you also manage to catch sunny weather – good fun and beautiful pictures are guaranteed!

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#2 – Warsaw University Library (BUW)

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Warsaw University Library (BUW) is located in the center of the city, outside the main university campus. The library collections are primarily subordinated to the needs of the university. But it is worth to come here, even if you have finished your studies X years ago and are not interested in borrowing books. The building itself is very original and combines architecture with nature in an interesting way, using materials and various shades of green. The biggest attraction of BUW is, however, a roof garden, which is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe, where you can also admire the panorama of Warsaw.

Adres: ulica Dobra 55/56

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#3 – The Royal Łazienki Park/ Park Łazienki Królewskie

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One of the biggest charms of Warsaw is a great amount and variety of parks. M. and I love long walks and also jogging, so very often you can meet us in one of them. On a usual day I choose quieter places where there are not too large crowds of people. But when I have guests, especially if they are in Warsaw for the first time, there is only one choice – the Royal Łazienki Park. The park is very large, well maintained and inhabited by a large group of squirrels and beautiful peacocks, freely moving around the territory. However, the biggest attractions are among others the Palace on the Isle – a museum where you can admire the art of Polish and European artists, the Royal Theater and the Old Orangery, the New Orangery and Amphitheater. And from May to the end of September piano concerts are held every Sunday at the monument of Frederic Chopin.
Adres: ul. Agrykoli 1

http://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/pl

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#4 – Warsaw Uprising Museum

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While getting to know Warsaw, you should invest some time in understanding the history of this city. For this purpose, I recommend to go to the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which is located in a historic building, a former tram power station. About 85% of the buildings were destroyed in the districts involved in the Rising. Knowing that people start to look differently at Warsaw, which even though is developing incredibly fast, still cannot compete with the looks of the most beautiful capitals of Western Europe.

The Warsaw Uprising Museum demonstrates historical events but is arranged in a modern and interactive way – the outbreak of the Uprising and the fate of fighting people are shown through images, lights and sounds. The Steel Monument, passing through all floors and representing the beating (!) heart of the museum and a replica of a war airplane placed on the ground floor make a great impression. You will also find another vantage point here – the museum tower offers views of Warsaw, the Freedom Park and the Wall of Remembrance.

Adres: ul. Grzybowska 79

http://www.1944.pl/o_muzeum/kontakt/

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#5 – King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów

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When I first came to Warsaw for a weekend, M. took me to Wilanów Palace on one evening. I was very surprised that on the edge of the city, where I’d expect to see only family houses, there is something so amazing! A baroque palace of bright yellow color and beautiful gardens and a park behind it. The palace was built in the seventeenth century, and its side wings added in the first half of the eighteenth century, referring to the architecture of the main building. Inside the palace there is also the oldest Polish art museum. It is definitely worth to drive these approximately 10 km from the city center and take a walk in this wonderful place.

Adres: ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16

http://www.wilanow-palac.pl/

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