Wroclaw Warsaw Tour
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Warsaw – a visit in a capital of Poland
Warsaw is the political heart of Poland, and one of the most important economic and science centres in our country. It is worth to get to know its most precious monuments and attractions or to assess how much it has changed over the last few years. We invite you to a joint trip from Wrocław to Warszawa!
Capital city of Warsaw is the largest Polish metropolitan area – almost 520 km2 and more than 1,7 million people and it is much bigger than cities such as Poznań, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Łódź and Kraków. Thanks to a large number of green areas, numerous attractions and unique monuments, Warsaw attracts not only the Poles who want to get to know their own capital, but also foreign tourists who follow its rapid development with interest.
Tours around Warszawa – a visit to the Old Town
While visiting Warszawa, you may want to plan a walk around the Old Town-in 1980 added to UNESCO World Heritage List. The most important monument of this part of the capital is the Royal Castle at the Castle Square. A former ducal residence was to a great extend destroyed during World War II, and the object, which today is one of the main attractions of Warszawa, is in fact an accurate reconstruction of the castle from the turn of the XVII- and XVIII- centuries. In the interiors of the castle the collections that were not destroyed by the war are presented. While visiting Warszawa can see rich décor and works of art, among them there are some extremely unique ones, for example: paintings by Rembrandt or Prospect Room with paintings presenting Wilanów and Warszawa landscapes by Canaletto placed in a separate hall. At the Castle Square you should see a complex of four apartment buildings at 1/13 Castle Square (Warsaw Tourist Information Centre is located in one of them) and Sigismund’s column with the figure of Sigismund III Vasa – Polish and Swedish king who moved the capital from Kraków to Warszawa.
Old Town surrounded by walls are main monuments from the XVII and XVIII century that were built according to the medieval urban planning, with the central market square. Warszawa guides invite visitors on a history tour – from Gothic St. John’s Archcathedral, the burial place of eminent people such as a composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the last Polish king Stanisław August Poniatowski, the Church of the Gracious Mother of God – the patron of the town and tenement houses with ornate facades, the medieval city walls with the Barbican, where Museum of Warsaw is located.
Walking along the Royal Route
The Royal Route leads from the Castle Square by Krakowskie Przedmieście, Nowy Świat, Aleje Ujazdowskie to Wilanów. The route connects the main attractions of the capital city and it is an excellent route to get to know its most beautiful places. In addition to numerous palaces and monuments, at Krakowskie Przedmieście especially during the academic year, you can feel the university character of the city – there are Main Gate leading to the central campus of the University of Warsaw and St. Anne’s Church from the beginning of the XVI century, which is now the main centre of Warsaw university chaplaincy centre. Nowy Świat Street is surrounded mainly by neo-classical buildings, among which Three Crosses Square with the neoclassical St. Alexander’s church (built in the years 1818-1826 in honour of Tsar Alexander I of Russia) deserves special attention. At Aleje Ujazdowskie, there are important objects used by public authorities, such as: the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Justice and the Belvedere Palace (the President’s of Poland residence), as well as baroque-classical Ujazdowski Castle, where Centre for Contemporary Art is located. An important place in Ujazdów is a palace -park complex Royal Łazienki, which were created in the late XVIII century on king Stanisław August Poniatowski order. Warsaw residents and tourists like to rest among the palace buildings, monuments and historic pavilions, and admire the gardens designed in many styles: Chinese, romantic, modernist and royal. At the end of the Royal Route, which together with the historical part of Warsaw was added in 1994, to Historic Monument list, is a baroque Wilanów palace with gardens surrounding it. The object, built in the years 1681-1696, was the property of king Jan III Sobieski and his wife Maria Kazimiera, now art collections of the Museum of King John III Sobieski’s Palace are presented inside.
Obligatory points on Warsaw route
Tourists visiting Warsaw will be happy to know a few other important places in the capital. Warsaw Uprising Museum, opened in 2004, is a modern museum facility; its collections, including multimedia exhibitions, present the Warsaw Uprising and the history of the capital city during World War II and several years after its end. Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, like the museum, was founded in 1925 in order to pay a tribute to those who fought for Polish independence. On the square near the symbolic tomb there is a monument of Józef Piłsudski.
Equally important points of the trip to Warsaw, but of a completely different nature, are: considered the tallest building in Poland- Palace of Culture and Science with a panoramic terrace, opened in 2010 Copernicus Science Centre (the largest educational institution of this kind in Poland, and at the same time one of the most modern in Europe) and National Stadium built for EURO 2012.