Why to visit Warsaw?

Hello! My name is Gosia Debska and I'm the owner of warsawsightseeing.com. I'm also the main guide. Here in the Blog Section, I'm going to describe the most tourist and beautiful places in the city.


Very often people ask me which city is best to visit in Poland. Many tourists choose Krakow in the first place and they are not aware of the fact how much the capital has to offer and how beautiful it is.


Warsaw has many attractions to offer. It captivates tourists with its vivid history, as well as its own, distinctive climate.


Warsaw is the city of contrast. Its mixture of architectural styles reflects the turbulent history of the city and country. . As the city is situated in the centre of the Old Continent, it combines the impacts of both Western and Eastern Europe. It enchants the visitors with beautiful royal residences and aristocratic palaces which bring back the splendour of the old times. However, it is also a great place to see the Communist architecture, as it is the style which prevailed after World War II for over 40 years. It all mixes with modern glass skyscrapers which make Warsaw the financial capital of Central Europe.


Let's start with the Old Town (Stare Miasto).


Warsaw's Old Town is one of Warsaw's most prominent and beautiful tourist attractions. It is usually the first place tourists head for in order to visit the city. The Old Town is the place of beautiful Renaissance and Gothic tenement houses from the 14th and 16th century, in the past owned by wealthy merchants. The heart of the area is the Market Place, with its numerous restaurants, cafés and souvenir shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the Defensive Walls, Barbican and St. John's Cathedral.


The Old Town is the oldest historic district of the city. It was established in the 13th century. The town originally grew up around the Castle of the Dukes of Mazovia that later became the Royal Castle. The town developed quickly, but its best period began when King Sigismund Vasa III moved Poland’s capital city from Krakow to Warsaw at the end of 16th century. Then the town started flourishing. However, from the 18th century the Old Town was falling in value.


During World War II, the Old Town was completely destroyed by the Nazis. After Warsaw Uprising in 1944, all buildings were blown up by the German Army. The Old Town was destroyed in 90%, only two houses survived.


However, thanks to sacrifice and effort made by Warsaw citizens, the Old Town was quickly rebuilt. Many original bricks and materials were reused and the renovation was done very carefully. Thanks to this, in 1980, the Old Town was placed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO as the example of a complete reconstruction after World War II.

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