Warsaw’s Top Attractions

Warsaw’s attractions are predominantly historical and architectural, or both, while there are also a number of scenic locations where you can chill out and watch the world go by while getting to grips with the Warsaw lifestyle.

The Old Town

This was rebuilt after its destruction during WWII. Today, the Old Town Square is once again the center of the city. There are a wide range of attractions, restaurants and bars to be found here. The suburbs can be best described as grey and characterless, but armed with the knowledge of Warsaw’s history, especially the tragedies that took place during the WWII, the dullest of areas can take on a whole new meaning here. Warsaw is developing at a fast pace and new construction sites can be seen everywhere. Modern skyscrapers, department stores and new Metro stations now grace the city.

The Former Jewish District

The huge area of the Mirów and Muranów districts is infamously known for the ghetto that was established by the Germans during WWII. The majority of the city’s Jewish population was confined here and it was eventually razed to the ground following the 1943 uprising. A memorial route has been constructed here and tours are arranged to teach about the ghetto’s history. The route begins at the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto and is marked by 16 black granite blocks commemorating the events and people.

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This former summer residence of King John III Sobieski was badly damaged during WWII and subsequently reconstructed. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Poland and contains mementos of the Sobieski family including period furniture, a gallery of Polish portraits and collections of 16th to 19th century china. It is now a branch of the National Museum.

The Royal Castle

This Gothic castle served as a residence for kings as well as a seat for important state offices. It originally belonged to the Mazovian dukes during the 13th and 14th centuries. It was renovated shortly after this period and then converted into a magnificent state home in the 17th century.