Warsaw surprised us a lot. In a very good way. It happens that Poland was one of the countries that suffered the most from the Second World War, and the old town of Warsaw was literally destroyed into pieces and rebuilt after. It is also funny to watch the debate “Warsaw or Krakow” arise the second you mention about your intention to visit Polish capital. We decided to check ourselves to answer this question “Warsaw or Krakow?”
Just like any other tourist, our first “destination” in Warsaw was the Old Town. The irony is that in Warsaw New Town is much older than Old Town as 90% of old buildings were destroyed during the war. However, it was remarkably rebuilt. Actually, it was rebuilt so perfectly, that it entered the UNESCO heritage list straight away. And indeed, who could believe that these stunning houses were made in the XX century?
We heard quite a lot of comments that Warsaw reminds more some fake movie decorations. Not in a tiniest bit! The Old Town is animated both with tourists and locals, which makes it absolutely adorable.
Check out the Market Square with the iconic statue of Warsaw…
Holy Cross Church where the heart of Frederic Chopin is buried – famous Polish composer. Actually, you will find a lot of mentions of Chopin in Warsaw, including “musical benches”.
Warsaw Ghetto is known throughout the world – another deep scar on the face of the city. These are the traces of the used to be borders of the biggest Jewish ghetto during the war.
New town of Warsaw is fine as well. A bit messy, but friendly in general. That is the thing about Warsaw – it is humanly warm.
Photo by Adam Szczepkowski
By the way, Poland is probably the best country to be on Easter – you can feel the spirit of something sacred. Or probably that was my own hallucination. :)
Warsaw is also full of big parks animated if not with people, then with “wildlife” :D
Where to stay in Warsaw?
Honestly, would be a shame not to experience CouchSurfing in such vibrant place. Thanks Marta and Kuba for your warm welcome!
MORE about Warsaw you’ll find in the beautiful blog of Spin the Wind Rose
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