Warsaw - what is worth visiting?
Warsaw is the capital of Poland - and like any other capital, it enjoys such privileges as the most numerous group of tourists. Many people claim, however, that this is a grey, destroyed, ugly city, in which there is nothing to visit. It is true that Warsaw is far behind in comparison with many other European capitals and world metropolises, but it is connected with the difficult history of our country - Warsaw is a reflection of its constant destruction and reconstruction.
There are places in it that are worth knowing - what kind of places? Warsaw - the interesting capital city of Warsaw is interesting in itself - not only in terms of architecture, but also in terms of history. The past meets the future, the tradition meets the modern, and history and architecture are intertwined. It's worth starting from the very beginning - moving the capital from Krakow to Warsaw. It was done in 1569 (18 March) by the Polish king Sigismund III Vasa. We all know that, but... from a formal point of view, that's not true. The King moved to Warsaw with his court, making it the residence city of His Royal Highness. However, Warsaw was not proclaimed the capital until... in 1918, after World War I, and the formal provisions on this subject were introduced into the Constitution of the Polish People's Republic in 1952!
Just such curiosities make her interesting - and this is only the beginning. Warsaw survived the invasions and wars - after the end of World War II its destruction was about 90%. Which European capital could boast a similar record? And who would be able to get up off her knees and rebuild out of the rubble in such a short time? Where to go, what to see? In Warsaw, of course, you should visit the Old Town first of all - there is no shortage of people in the area. The Old Town was also almost entirely in ruins - it was carefully rebuilt after the war, according to the agreed plans, based on the existing information. Although several buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries were demolished during these alterations, the aim was achieved in this cruel way - in the Old Town the buildings have a compact style of the 17th and 18th centuries. In the Old Town, of course, we visit the Royal Castle - we also go to the Barbican, which is located nearby, in the former strip of Warsaw's defensive walls, being the gateway to the Nowomiejska Gate of the Old Town. There are still a few historical places that must not be missed, such as the Royal Łazienki Park and the Wilanów Palace.
The bathrooms were built in the 18th century on the order of Stanisław August Poniatowski. It is a palace-garden complex, where you can spend a really nice and interesting time. Amphitheatre, Palace on the Island, Chinese Garden - these are just a few of the wonderful things we will find there. We can walk, run, practice yoga, feed carp, listen to free (during the season) Chopin concerts and above all relax. Then go to Wilanów, where you will find a beautiful palace and an equally beautiful park. The Wilanów Palace was built in 1681-1696 in the Baroque style for King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, the famous Marysieńka. The park adjacent to the palace was designed in Italian style, with the addition of antique, Renaissance and Baroque forms - a stroll through it really soothes the soul and refreshes. The old ghetto, the old Jazdów Nawiązań to history is much more in Warsaw - and it is equally important. For example, the former Warsaw Ghetto, where the Nazis held Jews during the occupation. In 1942, most of them were deported to the Treblinka death camp and murdered.
After the uprising, in 1943, the ghetto was finally liquidated - today it is a memorial site where you can visit the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Former Jazdów - today's Ujazdów - is also a place where you can get a good grip when walking in the Ujazdowski Park. A curiosity of the estate are also the so-called Finnish houses - brought for the former residents of Warsaw after the war. In fact, in Warsaw, history is waiting for us every step of the way - for example, in the gate of the beautiful Hoser's House on Aleje Jerozolimskie 51 Street, a photoplasticon is waiting for us. This device, as if it were a prototype of 3D cinema - thanks to it you can watch unique stereoscopic photographs through special telescopes. Vistula boulevards and the National Stadium On the eastern bank of the Vistula River, summer evenings are full of lush Warsaw life - dancing on the decks of the bar, fountain shows, mobile theatres, beaches - and many other interesting things for those who are looking for an experience. The Copernicus Science Centre does not even need to be mentioned - anyone who has not been there yet must necessarily go. And the National Stadium? It is a meeting place for people who live all year round with shows, exhibitions and concerts. There is really something to do and see in Warsaw!