In the palace, where the Polish king once dined, the music of Chopin sounds. During the break of the summer concert for the piano, a person will not be surprised at all if a young man greets an elderly lady with a kiss of his hand. We are in Warsaw!
The Polish capital is considered a place of miracles. The fact that old Warsaw re-exists is a merit of the iron will of its inhabitants. Anyone who remembers the fact that after the suppression of the Warsaw uprising in 1944 in the city 85% of all buildings were destroyed by special units of the German Wehrmacht, today walks the streets of the city with complete disbelief. Again there is the royal palace, the column of Sikmund, the university library with a bell tower, a university and a number of churches.
Warsaw has risen from the ashes thanks to the hands of its inhabitants, who, after World War II, invested enormous efforts in updating their capital. Because the new look is so similar to the original, Warsaw owes it to the Italian artist Canaletto. By the time the city was restored, the maestro was already resting in the grave, but his 57 city sketches served as construction sketches. The efforts of the Poles were rewarded by the fact that the entire restored center of the city was listed on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1980. Today’s Warsaw is somewhat spontaneous, but modern. The local population looks more to the West. “Ex orient lux, ex occident luxus” (“From the east is light, from the west is chic”) – this is the saying of the comedian Stanislav Jerzy Lets. The statement of this fact is relevant for architecture. Many architects from Italy, France and Germany, who worked in Warsaw, helping to make it the royal capital in 1596, created a residence city together with Polish construction masters, the call for which was only a forward movement.
Palác na voděThe main square in the Old Town has always represented the center of Warsaw. It is on this square, surrounded by picturesque bourgeois houses, today guests and locals make appointments in coffee houses, order their portraits or from here go for walks around the city in one of the carriages. On Castle Square, guests admire the Column of Sikmund and the secular monument, which with its many statues of the Virgin Mary gives the city some cosmopolitanism.
It is worth visiting the royal castle with beautiful marble halls, in which in 1781 the Polish Constitution was adopted – the second democratic constitution in the world. We also recommend visiting the university and the opera, especially the Ostrogsky Palace, where the Chopin Museum is located. The heart of the composer, who died in Paris, was transported to Warsaw in 1850 and is now walled up in one of the columns of the Church of St. Cross.
Univerzita The largest Polish composer, Frederic Chopin, was born 35 km from the capital, in the village of Zalezova. Before his emigration, the master lived in Warsaw for a long time. Here, in the Lazenski park, we find a monument to the glorious composer. A garden with a pond, a theater and a palace is one of many parks in which a person can feel the beauty of a summer day. In addition to Lazensky, you can settle the Saxon Garden around Belvedere Castle. You will find a quiet place around the monument dedicated to the Jews who died during the uprising in the local ghetto during World War II.
Praga Almost one third of the inhabitants of Warsaw before the Second World War were Jews. In the Prague area, guests will see a completely different look of the capital. This neighborhood once lived in the shadow of the historic city center. During the war, it was not completely destroyed, and today represents a fragile idyll. At the same time, you will find here the features of a dynamically developing urban microdistrict. The largest city market is located here. You will find many restaurants in the local neighborhoods where you can try not only local traditional dishes.
From the area of Prague offers excellent views of the historic city center. After such a walk, you can return to old Warsaw on the bridge over the Vistula. And immediately you will find yourself in the bustle of a big city, among elegant shopping arcades, expensive hotels and theaters, attracting viewers with unconventional performances and galleries. Thanks to the revival of Blikle Cafe, the legend has returned to Nowy Swiat Street: Elizabeth Taylor tastes carp dishes in the cafe … But guests do not go here just because of the carp. This coffee house has become a symbol of the history of Warsaw.