One of the most beautiful old towns in Europe is without a doubt Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Founded in the year 1200, Warsaw is now home to 1.7 million people. This outstanding city with its diverse attractions is a favorite for many frequent travelers who love to soak up its history, culture or just the beautiful urban scenery. Here are five great reasons to visit Warsaw.
1) The Beauty
Before World War II, Warsaw was called “Paris of the East” and considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. After the war, the city was almost completely left in ruins but rose again from the ashes and acquired its current nickname, “Phoenix City”. The historical and gorgeous old town of Warsaw has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980 and it is truly an unforgettable experience to walk around these pretty, cobbled streets.
2) The Culture
Warsaw isn’t just rich of old beauty and historical places. It’s also a lively business city with skyscrapers, thriving entrepreneurship and a nightlife to go with it. This is the right place to find a nice vodka bar to click with the friendly locals.
For the cultural tourist, we highly recommend a visit to the royal palace by the river Vistula and walking from there through the old town by street Krakowskie Przedmiescie, checking out the wonderful shops along the way and trying the darling cafes. End your stroll on a high note in the gorgeous Łazienki-park to admire the palace and its beautiful surrounding landscapes.
For the history buff there is an abundance of noteworthy sites from WWII that are perfect for powerful and educational visits. These include the Museum of Warsaw, the Warsaw Rising Museum and the Jewish Cemetery. Music lovers should head straight for the Chopin Museum and the Museum of Modern Art should not disappoint the art-loving traveler.
3) The Food
Polish cuisine is a flourishing industry as best evidenced by the rich diversity of new restaurants in Warsaw. You’ll find a bountiful selection here, everything from innovative street food to Michelin star restaurants Atelier Amaro and Senses. Those on the hunt for an authentic Polish food experience should order the pierogi, delicious dumplings with various ingredients, from potatoes and cheese (ruskie) to pork and cabbage, not to mention the sweet pierogi stuffed with fruits. Bigos stew is another classic but for that we recommend finding a real Polish grandmother to do the cooking.
4) The Prices
One of the biggest advantages of being a tourist in Warsaw is the pricing. Everything is relatively cheap here, food, clothes, entertainment, alcohol and taxis. You can have a glorious night out in Warsaw for a small sum of money. Treat yourself to the best steak at a fancy restaurant and enjoy your newfound life in luxury. Just remember to tip generously – because you can.
5) The People
Last but definitely not least, are the friendly locals because nothing makes a journey as sweet as good people. The people of Warsaw are helpful and friendly and they take good care of their clean, comfortable and accessible city.