War­saw, Poland

EMRE DONMEZ TAKES US THROUGH HIS­TORY IN WAR­SAW

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Vis­it­ing East­ern Euro­pean coun­tries is an ex­pe­ri­ence, thanks to the fas­ci­nat­ing ar­eas and ar­chi­tec­ture that ooze his­tory. In many of the cities in Europe, walks make you feel like you’ve trav­eled through time and take you out of to­day’s fast-paced en­vi­ron­ment.

The thing that makes War­saw very spe­cial is that you can still wit­ness his­tory although the city was de­stroyed dur­ing World War II: the city that rose from the ashes.

PALACE OF CULTURE AND SCIENCE

As it is one of the must-see at­trac­tions in War­saw, the build­ing was de­signed by Soviet ar­chi­tect Lev Rud­nev in the art deco style. It’s also the tallest build­ing in the coun­try. On the 30th floor, there’s a ter­race where you can see panoramic views of the city. In ad­di­tion to hav­ing a spec­tac­u­lar view of the city, the

build­ing also of­fers many events in­clud­ing plays, con­certs and art ex­hi­bi­tions which you should check out if you have more time in your visit. The build­ing also con­tains sou­venir shops where you can find in­ter­est­ing gifts for your friends and fam­ily. The Palace of Culture and Science is lo­cated in the cen­ter of the city where you can reach the Old Town eas­ily.

Be­fore ven­tur­ing into the Old Town, grab a drink or cocktail at Cafe Kul­tur­alna. Poland is fa­mous for hav­ing a wide range of beer with dif­fer­ent tastes.

OLD TOWN

The Old Town is an­other great part of War­saw where you can dis­cover beau­ti­ful build­ings pro­vid­ing a col­or­ful at­mos­phere. Un­for­tu­nately, the area was de­stroyed dur­ing the sec­ond World War, but luck­ily warm­hearted cit­i­zens of Poland ren­o­vated most of the build­ings ac­cord­ing to their orig­i­nal de­sign in 1980. As it is in­cluded in Unesco World Her­itage List, the Old Town area has many sculp­tures, sou­venir shops, King Zyg­munt’s Col­umn, and most im­por­tantly: the Royal Palace. Dat­ing back to the

13th Cen­tury, the Royal Palace is an in­ter­est­ing tour for vis­i­tors, show­ing off the royal fam­i­lies’ rooms and fur­ni­ture which are a few cen­turies old.

Af­ter en­joy­ing the his­toric tour in the col­or­ful Old Town, you can get down on some tra­di­tional Pol­ish eats. Pol­ish Dumplings, Pierogi, are the most cov­eted food. Bistro Warszawa, lo­cated in the Old Town, is where you can ex­pe­ri­ence de­li­cious pierogi at rea­son­able prices, which is bet­ter than most Old Town restau­rants which have poor qual­ity food at high prices. Same Krafty is a great place to en­joy craft beers as well as de­li­cious snacks.

THE ROYAL ROUTE

This 4km (2.5 miles) route has plenty of beau­ti­ful his­tor­i­cal build­ings. If you make it to the end of the route, don’t miss the spec­tac­u­lar Lazien­ski Park; it’s the most pop­u­lar park in the city. If you’re an art-lover, there is a Mu­seum ded­i­cated to the fa­mous clas­si­cal mu­si­cian, Chopin. It is lo­cated very close to the Royal Route. Do you need a break? Sit on one of the many benches and press the but­ton to play amaz­ing sec­tions of Chopin’s pieces. So just sit, re­lax, and en­joy some clas­si­cal mu­sic.

At the end of the beau­ti­ful road, you will reach Lazienki Park. The park hosts a mag­nif­i­cent palace and gar­den and is re­garded as one of the best in Europe. It is also the place where Chopin used to have con­certs and bring mu­sic en­thu­si­asts to the area.

MORE FOR THE HIS­TORY BUFF: ST. JOHN CATHE­DRAL & BAR­BICAN

Built in the 14th cen­tury, St. John Cathe­dral is the old­est church in the city and pre­served by UNESCO as a world her­itage site. The corona­tion of the king used to be held in this gothic church.

The Bar­bican is an­other old, worth-see­ing area that con­tains cas­tles and huge walls which were built in 1540 to pro­tect the re­gion. Vis­i­tors are al­lowed to climb the walls which is a very pop­u­lar pho­to­graphic an­gle of the whole area.

MU­SEUM TRIP

The most pop­u­lar mu­seum in the city is called The Upris­ing Mu­seum, which gives us the his­tory of the Pol­ish re­sis­tance against the Nazis on 1 Au­gust 1944. The mu­seum was es­tab­lished 60 years af­ter the upris­ing, in 2004, to honor all the peo­ple who fought for their free­dom. Af­ter vis­it­ing Upris­ing Mu­seum, it’s much eas­ier to un­der­stand War­saw’s deep tu­mul­tuous his­tory.

DIN­NER TIME

Af­ter an ex­haust­ing day of sight­see­ing, en­joy your time with a de­light­ful din­ner. Go to the Am­ber Room lo­cated in

‘’Aleje Ujaz­dowskie.’’ The restau­rant is known for its won­der­ful am­biance and high qual­ity food, mak­ing it a must visit. Duck dumplings or beef tartare would be a great start to a won­der­ful din­ner.

If you still feel en­er­getic enough af­ter all that food, Piw Paw Beer Heaven lo­cated in ‘’Fok­sal’’ has a se­lec­tion of 95 draft beers on tap and al­most 200 bot­tled beers! Pol­ish beer is a great way to end your mem­o­rable day.

As it is in­cluded in Unesco World Her­itage List, the Old Town area has many sculp­tures, sou­venir shops, King Zyg­munt’s Col­umn, and most im­por­tantly: the Royal Cas­tle. Dat­ing back to the 13th Cen­tury, the Royal Palace is an in­ter­est­ing tour for...

Foun­tain Mer­maid and col­or­ful houses on Old Town Mar­ket square in War­saw, cap­i­tal of Poland

Lazienki palace in Lazienki Park, War­saw

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