Warsaw Sights

It is very difficult to pinpoint where the Warsaw city center is. Varsovians differ in its definition. Some would say it is the area around the Palace of Culture and Science (and the Central Railway Station), which bustles with fashionable shops and hotels. Others would argue that plac Trzech Krzyży is the center—or plac Zbawiciela. For many, it would be the area around the Royal Castle and the

Old Town square; after all, it was at this location that a fishing hamlet was founded and eventually grew into Warsaw town.

For the visitor, the question is, happily, not so important because all these places are not at all far from one another, and Warsaw is an easy city to navigate. The Palace of Culture and Science will certainly provide you with a useful orientation point: to its north lies the Old Town, which encompasses most of the Royal Route; to its south, the Diplomatic Quarter and the Łazienki Park. West of the Old Town lie Muranów, Mirów, and Wola, neighborhoods in the former Jewish district. All these sights are on the left bank of the Vistula River.

On the right bank is the Praga District, a poorer quarter of workers and artisans that emerged from the war fairly intact. Today, Praga is becoming increasingly fashionable, and many visitors find its galleries, bars, and unique "provincial" flavor well worth the trip across the Vistula.

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Powązki Cemetery

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Dating from 1790, Warsaw's oldest cemetery is worth a visit if you are in a reflective mood. Many well-known Polish names appear on the...

Rynek Nowego Miasta

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Warsaw's so-called "New Town" was actually founded at the turn of the 15th century. This part of the city, however, was rebuilt after...

Rynek Starego Miasta

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

This is the hub of life in Warsaw's Old Town. The earliest settlers arrived at this spot during the 10th and 11th centuries. Legend has...

Sejm

  • Government Building

The Polish Houses of the Sejm (parliament) are housed in a round, white debating chamber that was built during the 1920s, after the rebirth...

Ulica Próżna

  • Neighborhood/Street

This is the only street in Jewish Warsaw where tenement buildings have been preserved on both sides of the street. It's a melancholy...

Umschlagplatz

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This plaza was the rail terminus from which tens of thousands of the ghetto's inhabitants were shipped in cattle cars to the extermination...

Uniwersytet Warszawski

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

The high wrought-iron gates of Warsaw University lead into a leafy campus with some beautiful buildings. The Pałac Kazimierzowski ...

Warsaw Rising Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

One of the youngest and certainly one of the best museums in Poland tells the story of the 1944 Rising by means of interactive displays.

Warszawska Syrenka

  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

The mermaid is the symbol on the crest of the city of Warsaw. Many legends claim to explain the presence of this misterious creature...

Zamek Królewski

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Warsaw's Royal Castle stands on the east side of Castle Square. The princes of Mazovia first built a residence on this spot overlooking...

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