10 Places to see on Warsaw layover


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10 Places to see on Warsaw layover




The origins of Warsaw’s Royal Castle or Zamek, which stands at the southern end of the Old Town, go back to the 13th century.The word Zamek means Castle in Polish, but the Warsaw Zamek, whatever its origins, is not a defensive structure as the term Castle might suggest, rather it is a palace. It is a splendid palace, an icon of Polish nationalism, a symbol of its sovereignty.
In the Second World War, a huge part of the castle was damaged in 1939, later in 1944, the remaining parts were destroyed.
Today’s Royal Castle is a reconstruction of the old castle

TIP:Entry is free on Sundays {timings 11am to 4pm }



The Barbican is a red-brick fortification that once encircled Warsaw.But today the city has gone beyond its walls however the Barbican definitely lends an aesthetic touch to the city, recreating the feel of another era, when high walls and deep moats could protect a city from destruction.No one really knows if it was ever practically used in the war but this is one of my favorite spot in the old town and i like to sit by the walls and have a cup of coffee

3.)Milk Bars


The Polish milk bars are ex-Socialist era workers’ canteens. In their previous life they were run as government-subsidised cafes where workers could get a good, nutritious and affordable meal.Often the cost of a meal at a milk bar was included in a worker’s salary; milk bars provided a quick, filling lunch for workers who did not have a canteen at their own place of work. The name ‘milk bar ’ can be quite misleading but milk refers to the mainly dairy-based content of menus in these canteens. Additionally, these venues did not serve serve alcohol.If you are first time visitor to milk bar , it can be quite challenging because everything is in polish and you might feel lost, but some of them have menus with English translation .I was lucky to have my local polish friend Magdalena who made sure the right food came on the table.Aside from being tasty and cheap,milk bars are a fascinatingly unique aspect of Polish culture that every visitor to Poland should experience.

4.)Jewish Warsaw


Just before the war, Warsaw the capital of Poland had the largest ghetto in Europe.375,000 Jews lived in Warsaw before the war – about 30% of the city’s total population. Immediately after Poland’s surrender in September 1939, the Jews of Warsaw were brutally preyed upon and taken for forced labor.Although a third of the city’s population was Jewish, the ghetto stood on just 2.4% of the city’s surface area.The living conditions were unbearable, and the ghetto was extremely overcrowded.The ghetto was also disconnected from the outside world.The crowded ghetto became a focal point of epidemics and more than 80,000 Jews died in the ghetto. In July 1942 the deportations to the Treblinka death camp began and the rest is history.
The old buildings of Warsaw ghetto still exit in the city.

5.)Dine at U Fukeria


U Fukeria is the oldest restaurant in Poland.It dares back to the 16th century when famous merchant Grzegorz Korab built a wine shop in this house.In 18th century the Fukier family showed up and built this to a restaurant.But the real glory came when Chef Magda Gessier started cooking here and since then this place has hosted Princess Anna Mountbatten, Polish PM Hanna Suchocka, Queen Margaret 2 of Denmark, Queen Sophia of Spain and many more.Magda’s kitchen is perfect union between culture of west, east and south world that seem to be too different to blend easily .The secret as revealed by the chef herself is its produce, all of it which comes from small organic farms of Poland.

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I ordered a Kotlet schabowy {Breaded meat cutlet with cabbage }a traditional polish dish of 17th century and Barszcz czerwony {Red color soup ask them to add beetroot} and glass of Polish vodka .The food was delicious and portions were pretty large.Before the food basket of bread was served with white homemade sauce.
U Fukeria to me is pure ethinic Polish cuisine with its 17th century recipe .

6.) Łazienki Palace and Park


The Lazienki Palace in Royal Lazienki Park, Warsaw’s is the most treasured park of the city.The whole park is spreaded out with lush green trees, a beautiful lake and magnificent lazeinki palace or the palace on water as they .In my view this should be a must visit on your trip to warsaw.

7.)Palace of Culture and Science Warsaw


This building is the symbol of Warsaw as it stands tall and high right in heart of the city.The building was built in1955 10 years after the 2nd world war and it took around 3500 soviet workers to built this majestic building .Some say this building was a gift of the Soviet people to the Polish nation”, offered by Joseph Stalin himself. But because of its political past , not everyone in Poland likes this gift from Russia .

8.) Eat the Famous Polish Food — Pierogi




The deal is simple, you must come to Poland and try Pierogi.
In simple language pierogi are polish dumplings either baked or fried served with sour cream, butter, and cabbage.Pierogi can be sweet or savory depending on the fillings you select.My favorite place to eat Pierogi in Warsaw is Zapiecek. This place is quite famous and has branches all over the city.I tried the traditional Pierogi ruskie (cottage cheese, potato, and onion) which was melting in the mouth.
Tip: Try their Dried fruit compote its one of the best in the world.

9.) Old town Warsaw


Warsaw’s Old Town might be among the most picturesque in Europe but it has a very painful history behind it.During the WWII more than 70 percent of the town was destroyed by the Nazis leaving it in ruins. Since 1945 the whole town was then completely rebuilt after WWII and it made into he UNESCO list as an incredible example of complete reconstruction.The old town is like a fairytale city where you would see colorful soviet era houses , the Barbican , royal castle, the cobblestoned street and Polish cafes .To get the incredible views make sure to climb into the tower of St. Anne’s church next to the royal castle.

10.)Munch a Kołacz węgierski


As i was walking around the old town i came along this small little bakery shop hidden in one of the holes in the building.As you see trough the hole, it goes deep underground where this mouth watering beards are made.Kolacz Wegierski are big round breads which are sweet and served hot.It comes in different flavors ,I tried the one with cinnamon and it surely was tasty.Be prepared to wait for 10-to 15 minutes as there always a long que and the bread are made fresh once you order .
Worth it:)

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Currency= Polish Zloty{1USD =4.02PLN }

Time= GMT+1

Airport=Warsaw Chopin Airport

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