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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  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Ulica Świętojańska, leading from the Rynek Starego Miasta to the Zamek Królewski, takes its name from this cathedral, which was built...

Barbakan

  • Building/Architectural Site

The pinnacled Barbakan, the mid-16th-century stronghold in the old city wall on the intersection of ulica Freta and ulica Nowomiejska,...

Biblioteka Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

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A 10-minute walk toward the river from the main campus of Warsaw University is the relatively new (1999) Warsaw University Library, a...

Blikle

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Warsaw's oldest cake shop has a black-and-white-tile café that serves savory snacks as well as Blikle's famous doughnuts. ...

Botanical Gardens

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These gardens, covering an area of roughly 3 acres, were laid out in 1818, so they will celebrate their two-hundredth anniversary in...

Centrum Nauki Kopernik

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A recent addition to Warsaw's attractions, the Center is something between a museum, an amusement park, and an educational institution.

Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

If you are interested in modern art, you will find it in the somewhat unlikely setting of the 18th-century Zamek Ujazdowski, reconstructed...

Former headquarters of the Polish Communist Party

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Anti-Communists love the irony of this once-despised symbol of oppression; for a decade after the Communist fall, until 2001, it was...

Fragment of ghetto wall

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In the courtyard of this building on Sienna Street, through the archway on the left, and just a little farther east, on Złota Street,...

Galeria Klimy Bocheńskiej

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In a 19th-century liquor factory in the right-bank Praga district, the gallery exhibits, promotes, and even sells works by well-known...

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