Every citizen of Poland should possess at least the basic knowledge regarding the history of the country and the capital itself. Tourists of this country are also encouraged to indulge in our complex history, especially if they are planning to visit famous landmarks across Warsaw – after all, observation and sightseeing are greatly enhanced with a bit of context.
Warsaw has been the capital of Poland since 1596. A lot has happened in the city since then – both positive and negative events, the prosperities and failures, a multitude of crushings and resurrections. The greatest destruction of the capital was a result of both world wars, especially latter. Although despite these events, Warsaw has always managed to recovered from the ashes or leftover debris; the dampened spirits are always revived and today, after centuries of tumult and calamity, the capital is marked as one of the most important political, economic and cultural centres in the country. It is therefore frequently visited by residents of Poland who come from all corners of the nation. But beyond the locals, an abundance of international tourists pass through city each year, attracted by its uniqueness, rich history and pleasant atmosphere. Which is also why everyone who visits the capital – the nationals as well as internationals – ought to browse through The Warsaw Guide and familiarise themselves with the hidden gems, nooks and places worthy of exploring.
Various attractions in the centre of Warsaw
Vast tourist guides and guidebooks describe the most important monuments in Warsaw, or historical landmarks, but they also focus enticing the reader towards the relatively new attractions – most of which are conveniently located in the city centre, along with the traditional museums and landmarks. Luckily, it’s very easy to find decent accommodation in the city centre, especially one that meets our expectations. This is very important, because you can save a lot of time during your stay by living in walking distance all the vital sights.
When visiting Warsaw, one should certainly start from the Old Town. The historic tenement houses, atmospheric cobbled streets, numerous restaurants and cafes evoke the atmosphere of the olden times, transporting people to 19th or early 20th Century Poland with a modern twist. We can safely say that in some aspects the Old Town skilfully combine the classic look with modernity, in style and moderation, of course. But above all, the beautiful, classic European vibe of the quarter makes all the tourists fall in love with the place, even after a single venture through the streets.
The Warsaw Guide – landmarks in the centre
When exploring the centre of Warsaw, you cannot miss the Royal Castle, Palace of Culture and Science or the Copernicus Science Centre. Of course, the Warsaw guide mentions a number of other attractions in this location which you can freely stop off at and admire on the way (see more attractions).
How to explore Warsaw?
Warsaw is a big city, so it’s worth preparing a sightseeing plan in advance lest we skip some vital attractions during our adventures. A proper guide will enable us to explore most efficiently and visit all that’s worth visiting in an organised manner. In terms of means of communication, you can get around Warsaw in many ways, and if you consult The Warsaw Guide prior to commencing your route, it will be easier for us to choose the best method of getting around. Of course, you can move on foot, via public transport, your own car or private hires, but these aren’t the only solutions available.
Warsaw can be travelled traditionally by bicycle or a segway/scooter – means of transportation that are just as environmentally-friendly as the former solution. These are now parked across the entire city, waiting for tourists to rent them out with a single click in the applicable app. Some may be inclined to take a ride on the historic trams or cruise through the Vistula River. Of course, those who don’t fancy exploring Warsaw on their own are also free to join one of the hundreds of guide-walks that are organise weekly around the city.