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Poland, Warsaw – a forgotten city

The largest city in Poland and its capital – Warsaw – probably only a few will imagine how interesting to go. We were also skeptical at first, but the journey from Prague by train lasts about 8 hours (for a relatively significant additional payment you can buy a compartment ticket and travel at night), and an air ticket costs about 3,000 Czech. CZK As a result, we chose the cheapest option – to travel by train in the afternoon (round-trip ticket costs about 1400 CZK).

Before the station, my friends and I more or less came to the general conclusion that we imagine Warsaw as a city full of microdistricts from the time of communism, so we were really amazed. From the station building we enter directly into the modern center, full of high-rise buildings, and the Palace of Culture, which is brightly illuminated at night, also looks a little further. We really underestimated Poland, and in the following days it was confirmed.

Old Town Krolewski Castle

So what can Warsaw offer? It is certainly worth a visit to the already mentioned Palace of Culture. For 15 PLN (almost CZK 100) you can take the elevator up to the elevator, where you will have an absolutely beautiful view of the whole of Warsaw. Below under the palace and, in fact, throughout the city there are a lot of small summer cafes where you can drink beer or one of the types of delicious homemade lemonade and relax on comfortable beach chairs. In addition, Warsaw is really not crowded with people, so if you are looking for a place to go on an extended weekend and do not want crowds of people or nature, I highly recommend it. You will definitely rest here.

The next place you need to visit is the Old Town, which during the Second World War was almost completely destroyed. After the war, it was restored and in 1980 was included in the UNESCO list. It is currently a popular destination for tourists. In its center is the royal palace (Krolewski Castle) of the 13th century, surrounded by small pretty streets with colorful historic houses. During our visit, many concerts took place here, and even a marathon in the evening. It offers a beautiful view across the Vistula River to the huge National Stadium, built primarily for the European Football Championship (2012) and the final of the 6th season of the UEFA European League. In addition, at night it is beautifully lit. If you go to the river in the evening, every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. you will find here the singing fountain in Park Fontann (the performance is free).

National Stadium

zpívající fontána singing fountain

It is certainly worth a visit to the largest Warsaw park – Łazienki, where in summer, for example, chamber music concerts or other events take place. In the center of the park is a romantic royal palace on the lake.

concert in the Lazienki park the royal palace, a concert in the Lazienki park

Warsaw is also closely linked to World War II. Fans of military subjects will surely appreciate the beautiful modern Museum of the Warsaw Uprising, which is about twenty minutes walk from the Palace of Culture. Inside you can see, for example, a military aircraft, many interactive exhibits and military weapons. On Sunday until noon, admission is free, but you need to consider the large attendance.

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