19 Photos That Will Have You Planning a Trip to Warsaw
Look around the streets of Warsaw, Poland, and you’ll get a sense of its detailed past.
In Poland’s largest city, restored Gothic, traditional communist, and modern glass structures sit side by side. Although the city saw destruction toward the end of World War II, it has preserved and expanded on its historic offerings, providing travelers today with a fascinating mix of old and new.
In fact, its architectural gems, natural sights, and entertainment offerings have made the destination increasingly popular with travelers. Skyscanner reports that the city is now the 15th most searched in the world.
Scroll through these photos that show the beauty — and the variety — of Warsaw, and you're sure to find yourself soon booking a trip.
History at the center
To see the oldest part of the city, head to the streets of Old Town, which was founded in the 13th century. As you weave through alleyways and squares, be sure to step into one of the many cozy cafes that line the streets, or make your way to the Royal Castle to see where Mazovian princes once resided.
For those in search of the city’s more eclectic side, head to Praga, a district where you’ll find yourself surrounded by art studios and galleries, alternative theaters, and underground clubs. Several of the post-industrial buildings that remain here have been converted into theaters, galleries, and pubs, while pre-war lamp posts, sidewalks, and apartment blocks that remain untouched pay homage to its past.
Past and present
Remnants of the city's past can be found at “milk bars,” which were originally created when meat and vegetables were scarce, but have now been updated to serve a wider variety of foods.
While World War II caused the destruction of many of the city’s buildings, those erected in the 20s and 30s remain mostly intact, according to the city’s tourism board. Modern architecture that has risen over the years has created a mix of styles that contrast and complement each other.
In addition to princes, Warsaw was also the former home of Chopin, whose steps can be retraced throughout the city's corridors. Head to locations like the Saxon Garden, where Chopin’s family used to live next-door to and take in the location’s soaring trees and flower-filled plots.
Warsaw is also home to lush greenery. Fields, parks, green squares, and gardens cover nearly a quarter of the city.
Gardens and concerts
The 'Royal Route'
Warsaw's Royal Route starts at Castle Square, and takes visitors past royal residences, churches and more, all the way to Wilanów.
Head to the Frederyk Chopin Museum to see the grand piano he used during the last two years of his life. You'll also find other belongings of the composer including his manuscripts.
Traditional food with a twist
Sample traditional Polish snacks like the zapienkanka, a baguette stuffed with sautéed mushroom and cheese. For a modern twist on traditional favorites, head to Stary Dom.
Markets and shops
Wander the outdoor markets to find items like flowers and produce straight from the farmers' fields. Antique lovers can can find old furniture pieces, silver dressing tables, porcelain, and crystal chandeliers.
You can feel like you’ve gone back in time by taking advantage of Warsaw's horse omnibuses, rickshaws, and trams and ferries that run along the Vistula river.
Marvel at historic churches and structures on the T tram line, which operates on weekends and holidays from May 30 through September 29.
Nearby natural wonders
Besides the many offerings you'll find right in the city, Warsaw is also located right next to the Kampinos National Park, where you'll find some of Europe's best preserved inland dunes as well as everything from moose and beavers to close to 100 miles of biking paths.