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8 Reasons to Visit Warsaw this Summer

Rather than being centred on an old market square, Warsaw is spread across a broad area with diverse architecture: restored Gothic, communist concrete, modern glass and steel.

This jumble is a sign of the city’s tumultuous past. Warsaw has suffered the worst history could throw at it, including virtual destruction at the end of World War II – and survived. As a result, it’s a fascinating collection of neighbourhoods and landmarks. Excellent museums interpret its complex story, from the joys of Chopin’s music to the tragedy of the Jewish ghetto.

It’s not all about the past, however. Warsaw’s restaurant and entertainment scene is the best in Poland. You can dine well and affordably here on cuisines from around the world, and take your choice of lively bars and clubs. This gritty city knows how to have fun.

#1 Rich culture and architecture

Warsaw will take your breath away with its historical sites and spots. Full of baroque churches and cathedrals, parks and philharmonics – everyone can find something that they enjoy, that’s for sure! You will spend hours exploring the unique architecture and ruins of the Old Town still recovering from the World War ll. Warsaw is a mixture of old and modern city. Some of the must-see places are Historical Museum of Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science and, of course, the Royal Castle.

#2 Authentic Polish cuisine

Where else can you experience the real taste of Polish cuisine if not in the capital city? Warsaw has a lot to offer in terms of food. There are thousands of local restaurants around, where you can order a plate of Polish dumplings (pierogi), have a potato or cheese cake, taste fresh Polish cheese and bread or have a pint of beer with jam-filled doughnuts. Warsaw is also the place where some of the best chocolate is made!

#3 Affordable prices

Warsaw, although it is not the cheapest city in Poland, is a budget friendly place. With its affordable prices, you can fully enjoy it without spending much. Budget travelers often cannot believe that beer can cost less than 5 zloty ($1.50) and you can have dinner in a nice restaurant for less than 15 zloty ($4.50).

#4 Great weather conditions

Although winters can be very cold, autumns are very mild and summers are hot. Therefore, the best time to fully enjoy the city would be May – October. At this time you can enjoy some ice cream treats!

#5 Hospitable locals

Locals in Warsaw are open-mined and friendly, willing to point you at right direction or translate something for you. The reason being, they want you to feel like home and have great memories from your stay in Poland.

#6 Best place to experience the old-but-new

Warsaw Castle’s “The Royal Castle – from Destruction to Reconstruction” exhibit. Inside the castle, you can also see the collection of paintings of the Old Town that architects used to help reconstruct things almost exactly as they had been before.

#7 The green spaces

For a city that was nothing but rubble 69 years ago and was then under Soviet rule for years, one doesn’t necessarily expect to find a lot of green spaces. And yet Warsaw is FULL of parks and gardens and other green spaces. Lively green spaces, too.

#8 The famous residents

As far as art and science goes, Warsaw actually has contributed a lot! Composer Fryderyk Chopin was born here. All over the city you can find benches that will play his music when you walk by/sit down on them. And physicist/chemist Marie Curie also called Warsaw home. Not only did Marie contribute to the study of radioactivity, but she was the first woman to ever win a Nobel Prize.

Overall, Warsaw is a great and interesting city. It’s not especially touristy, yet still offers up all the amenities a tourist would need.

So, if you’re looking for a slightly-less-obvious place to visit in Europe, consider Poland — and, more specifically, Warsaw!