Last fall, after I ran the Berlin Marathon, my dad and I decide to continue our annual father daughter trip and stop by Warsaw, Poland! Why Warsaw? Well, for starters it was a short flight from Berlin, then I don’t really know anyone that has been, so I thought it would be unique and lastly, why not? haha To me, every country is beautiful and every city has something special to offer, so we are very glad we ended up going, because we loved Warsaw! ❤
Poland is located in Central Europe and it’s capital and largest metropolis is Warsaw. Poland has a population of nearly 38.5 million people, which makes it the fifth most populous country of the European Union. Their currency is called złoty and about 4zł is $1 USD (July 2020). So, the good news is, everything is quite affordable! 😉
Now that you have some basic Polish knowledge, let me share with you some nice places you should visit if you decide to go to Warsaw:
Warsaw Old Town: This is definitely the most popular tourist attraction in Warsaw! The surrounding area features medieval architecture such as the city walls, St. John’s Cathedral and the Barbican which links the Old Town with Warsaw New Town.
Old Town Market Square: Is the center and oldest part of the Old Town of Warsaw, where you can find plenty of cute restaurants, cafés and shops.
The Royal Castle in Warsaw: This sixteenth century castle served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs, then it was used by the Tsar, then by the German Governor-General during World War I, and finally by Polish Head of State before becoming a museum. The castle was burned by the Nazi Germans and almost completely destroyed in 1944 after the failed Warsaw Uprising. The castle was finally reconstructed by 1984. Pro tip: Entrance is FREE on Wednesday!
Fun Fact: In 1980, the Royal Castle, together with the Old Town was registered as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Warsaw Barbican: This sixteenth-century fortress was used to guard the northern entrance of the city. However, during World War II, most of the Barbican was completely destroyed. Luckily after the war ended, the walls surrounding the former Old Town and the Barbican were rebuilt.
Palace of Culture and Science: This is the highest and most recognizable building in Warsaw and it currently houses theatres, a cinema, museums, trendy pubs and the main Warsaw Tourist Information office. You can also go up to the observation deck on the 30th floor of the building and see the beautiful panorama of the city from a height of 114 meters!
Łazienki Park: Is the largest park in Warsaw and it was originally designed in the 17th century as a baths park for a nobleman and in 1918 it was officially designated a public park.
Fryderyk Chopin Museum: This museum opened in 1954 and it is dedicated to famous Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. The museum has two branches, the Birthplace of Frédéric Chopin and the Chopin Family Parlor.
When we arrived, we asked the locals to recommended us an authentic Polish restaurant where they usually eat in the Old Town, and that is how we ended up at Restauracja Portretowa! This spot totally looks like a Polish grandma’s house and the food was very tasty and comforting.
Since it was rainy during our stay, we mainly hung out in the Old Town. While strolling around Market Square, we ended up at this cute spot called Latem Bar And Restaurant. It has a nice patio by the Mermaid statue, and the style of the place is a mix of vintage and modern. Food was great too!
Looking for something more upscale, but eccentric at the same time? Then check out Michelin star restaurant, U Fukiera!
We stayed at the Ego Apartments Old Town right in the heart of the Old Town! The apartments were super cute, safe, affordable and literally a 2min walk from the Old Town Market Place where everything is at. Highly recommend!
If you are more of a luxury hotel person, then check out Bellotto Hotel, which is also located in the Old Town.
I hope these travel tips came in handy while you sit at home, daydreaming of the day when we can all travel again. So, hopefully after this everlasting quarantine is over, you will consider visiting this charming, colorful city filled with culture!