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 is bustleswith 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 Royal Route, the Old Town, and the New Town; to its south, the Diplomatic Quarter and the Łazienki Park. West of the Old Town lie Muranów and Mirów, 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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Tum Church

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The Romanesque collegiate church in Tum, which is built of granite and sandstone, dates back to the 12th century and is one of the most...

Ulica Piotrkowska

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Łódź's main boulevard is lined with shops, cafés, cinemas, galleries, bars, and clubs. And to think that in the mid-19th century...

Ulica Próżna

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This is the only street in Jewish Warsaw where tenement buildings have been preserved on both sides of the street. The Lauder Foundation...


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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

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

Warsaw Rising Museum

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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

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The mermaid is the symbol on the crest of the city of Warsaw. This particular stone statue had been traveling around the city for more...

Zamek Królewski

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

Łowicz Cathedral

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Łowicz Cathedral mixes Renaissance and baroque styles, but its history goes back to the 12th century. Buried under its floor are famous...

Żelazowa Wola

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A mecca for all Fryderyk Chopin lovers, the composer's birthplace is a small 19th-century manor house, still with its original furnishings...