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Warsaw is, Poland’s capital thriving with life, modern yet with many historical buildings which give the city a unique look and feelcity. There is probably no other such place, which despite its tragic history rapidly turned into a real European capital. When visiting you cannot miss the Royal Castle most, enter the observation deck of the Palace of Culture and pass by Krakowskie Przedmieście. But the city has so much to offer it can be hard on deciding what to see first.
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Old Town and Barbican
This part of Warsaw is number one in tourist guides and the oldest district of the city. It consists of the Royal Castle, historic churches and 17th and 18th century colorful houses. The Old Town is surrounded by a medieval defensive wall of red brick. In the summer, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries. Wander off the main streets and try to get lost to find narrow passages to the yards of tenement houses, hidden gardens or stairs leading nowhere.
The summer residence of Polish kings is also a popular destination among tourists visiting Warsaw, but not everyone is aware of how much they have to offer. In addition to walking towards the amphitheater, feeding carp on the bridge next to the Palace on the Island, in the season you can listen to Chopin concerts free of charge, practice yoga on the grass, or take a walk through the recently restored Chinese Garden. The exhibitions presented on the park fence along Aleje Ujazdowskie are almost iconic.
Vistula river banks
The Powiśle district is home of the Copernicus Science Center – a place worth visiting especially when travelling with children as well as boulevards near the Vistula river thrive with life during the summer months. The Vistula river banks are a popular place among the cities’ citizens, who come here during the summer months after work or during the weekends in search of a cool breeze, to relax, listen to music and meet with friends. The second line of the Warsaw metro will take you straight to the riverside. Discotheques on barges, pop-up theaters, beaches and fountain shows are just some of the attractions on the Vistula. River cruises are also becoming more and more popular, and those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere can move to the other side of the Vistula, from where there is a fantastic view of left-bank Warsaw.
Warsaw has numerous high class shopping malls with top global as well as Polish brands. Złote Tarasy is a perfect point for last minute shopping, thanks to its location in the strict city center. The mall is connected with the main railway with urban trains going directly to the city airport. If you have a little bit more time visit the Mokotowska street which is full of designers boutiques climatic shops. When in need of a short break from shopping, visit a cafe on the Nowy Świat street to experience the atmosphere of the city. During the summer many restaurants and cafes have built-in gardens, where you will be able to observe colorful passers-by and enjoy a lazy day.
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