Since emerging from behind the Iron Curtain, the capital city of Poland, Warsaw, is a coach holiday destination that’s full of intrigue and fascination.
The city has endured a turbulent history, including total destruction at the end of World War II, but it doesn’t try to brush it under the carpet. Instead its scars are remembered through a collection of superb museums and landmarks, including Warsaw Uprising Museum and Museum of the History of Polish Jews which, although deeply moving, are an essential visit.
Warsaw Historical Museum charts the rise of this magnificent city, and you can uncover an outstanding collection of objects and paintings at the National Museum.
While its impressive Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic style buildings may suggest otherwise, Warsaw was almost completely rebuilt after World War II.
The heartbeat of the city is the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Market Square, a beautiful cobbled courtyard lined by spectacularly pastel colour merchant buildings which overlook the famous statue of the Warsaw Mermaid. Soak up the atmosphere in the many pavement cafes and watch the street entertainers.
After that, walk the Royal route in search of the city’s historical sites, including the majestic orange hued Royal Palace, the stunning neo-classical Łazienki Palace On The Water and Wilanów Park Palace.
You can also follow the footsteps of the city’s most famous resident, composer Fryderyk Chopin. Learn about Chopin’s life on a fabulous interactive tour at Ostrogski Palace, the highlights of which include the last piano he played and his death mask.
Whilst most people are drawn to Warsaw for its cultural scene, Warsaw also enjoys a bustling shopping district, Śródmieście, where high street brands and designer brands jostle for your attention, plus the largest shopping mall in Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, make sure you taste Warsaw’s cuisine, which include Bigos, a traditional hearty stew, and Pierogi, dumpling parcels filled traditionally with meat, washed down with a local beer or vodka, of course.
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