Wallowing in Warsaw: 9 Things You Shouldn’t Miss
After spending 3 days in Krakow, we took the Lux Bus and headed to Warsaw . So much, in fact, that it’s very easy to get lost! But don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here’s a shortlist of the very best Warsaw has to offer:
- Praga District. Praga is a part of Warsaw located on the bank of Vistula River. One of its top sites is the Soho Factory, which is a museum that is a cross between artistry and the embodiment of the industrial revolution. There’s also the Neon Museum with a host of iconic signs. Finally, join a walking tour to know more about the quarter’s history.
- Free walking tour. Warsaw has a lot of free walking tours, and it’s going to take you some time to join them all. From historic places to the city’s dark past, from the remnants of communism to the Jewish section of the city, you’ll find a tour just for you.
Here are some of the sights to see:
- Keret House, which is the world’s narrowest house. It’s wide at the back, though.
- Szczesliwicka Hill, which is the highest hill in the city and a good skiing point.
- Mermaid of Warsaw, which is the city symbol.
- Warsaw Spire, which is a circular tower that serves as the poshest office building in the city.
- Marie Curie Museum, dedicated to the two-time Nobel Laureate.
- Chopin’s Benches (complete with music!), which are scattered through many tourist places.
- Chopin Museum, which, like the benches, are dedicated to famous composer Fryderyk Chopin.
- Live concerts at dinnertime, perfect for an enjoyment after a meal!
- Milk Bar! These are cultural institutions, but you really need your Polish to order here (there’s no English menu, and some people just point at stuff and hope they’re ordering something good!). They’re affordable cafeterias that serve traditional food generally made from dairy products. These places vary in quality, but I suggest Prasowy since it has good food and a good place! It’s a cheap, authentic experience, considering others aren’t quite as modern or nice. I had soup and pierogi, and I didn’t understand what else was on the menu. There were a lot of tourists, but everyone seemed happy with their good!
- Old Town. This section is the oldest part of the capital, with medieval buildings and a lot of tourists! Sights include the St. John’s Cathedral, medieval walls, and The Barbican (a medieval fortification).
- Bakery Street. This is the perfect place if you want bread, and you can try some zapiekanka while you’re there!
- KGB Museum. Just like Auschwitz, this is a disturbing look into the life of POWs during World War II and the era of Soviet power. The museum used to be a prison, and the heavy atmosphere is still there.
- War Uprising Museum. Located in Wola, this commemorates the uprising of 1944. It details the progress of the Polish Underground State, and has a lot of WWII memorabilia.
- One Euro shots! There are two bars I especially loved, Czupito and Pijalni Wódki i Piwa. Both of them were lovely and lively, with a huge variety of shots. Each was priced at 1 EUR!
- Cool bars! Aside from these shots, there are also a lot of cool pubs, and bars. Here’s a list of a few of the best ones:
- Kraken Rum
- Plan B
- Warszawa Powiśle (old train station turned into a bar)
- Duck and Chicken
That’s a lot to see in a city, but then again we’re talking about Poland. Every place is worth exploring. Of course, you also need somewhere to stay, and I recommend Chill Out Hostel to get you relaxed for the night. It’s a great place in Poznanska that can get you rested enough for the next day of adventure!