I know, I’ve been back for almost a week and I’m only putting these up now! Slightly delayed, but I haven’t forgotten.
Some factoids to start off the post: Warsaw (in Polish, it’s Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and the largest city in the country. During World War II, Warsaw was destroyed and had to be rebuilt, so many of the architecture is much younger than other cities in Poland (ex: Krakow). Some of the historical buildings have been reconstructed, however, many structures are from the Cold War era.
This was the view from my hotel room, but here’s a better picture of the tallest building in the city:
This is the Palace of Culture and Science, the Soviet Union built this building in the mid-1950’s. Currently, it’s a convention center, and holds offices, cinemas, theaters and museums.
This is Warsaw’s Old Town, which has been reconstructed after WWII. The orange building is the Royal Castle and the tower to the left is the Sigismund’s Column.
This is the Market Square, which looks very bare without the Christmas Market- when I was here about a year ago! The current buildings were reconstructed during the late 40’s and early 50’s, as they looked in the 17th century.
I also took a longer (and much colder) walk to the Royal Baths Park (Łazienki Park).
Walked past the Chopin Monument to Łazienki Palace.
It was wonderful, although very cold! While I was there, it was -8ºC! Brrr! In the summer, this park will have wonderful green colors- perfect for a nice run. Next time?
To end my trip to Warsaw, I stopped by the Warsaw Uprising Museum. It’s a historical museum (opened in 2004) dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. In the fall of 1944 the Polish Resistance Army was fighting to liberate Warsaw from German occupation. If any of you ever get a chance to stop by, please do. Although the topic is not particularly happy, it does show a part of history which many of us don’t hear about.
I did get a chance to see a 3D movie which is shown there, illustrating Warsaw after the uprising, and bombing, of the city. Check out this video.
This is a food blog, so if you’d like to know what kind of food I had it Warsaw, check out this post.
Thanks for sharing these photos, Evi! The reconstructed Old Town is very charming…did they try to recreate what it looked like before it was destroyed?
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