There is lots to discover in Warsaw, Poland’s capital city.
After a late arrival into Warsaw the night before, we were up bright and early to explore the capital city. With its mix of Gothic and modern architecture, there is really something for everyone.
We started our two day trip with a walk from Hotel Polonia Palace (our base for the duration) to the city’s Old Town with a couple of stops in between. We made a path through Piłsudski Square, which is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace, with a quick stop off at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This monument was erected after WWI and is a one of the city’s tourist hotspot.
Via Castle Square, we headed for the medieval buildings and cobblestone alleys of the city’s Old Town. With one of Warsaw’s most famous landmarks in view, Sigismund’s Column, and also the Royal Castle, it makes for a great place to take your first holiday snap.
Old Town was restored after heavy damage during WWII and they’ve done an incredible job of making it look traditional and authentic. Weaving through the alleys we stepped into Rynek Starego Miasta, a square lined with restaurants of all shapes and sizes. After a pit stop in a gothic style coffee shop for an afternoon hot chocolate treat, we made our way to the Royal Castle gardens and New Town for some sightseeing.
On our return back to the city we followed the city walls of Old Town and found a small traditional Polish restaurant – the perfect opportunity to sample traditional Polish dumplings. The staff assured us that a small glass of neat flavoured vodka was the traditional after dinner drink! Before long it was time to head back to the hotel and get ready for an evening of local craft beers.
The Hotel Polonia Palace is perfectly situated within walking distance of the Old Town but also a couple of minutes from the main train station. The hotel has a lovely bar with a grand piano tucked in the corner – a stylish place to have a glass of wine before heading out for the evening. Via a couple of interesting local bars, we settled on a bar that specialised in craft beers from Polish and European Breweries, PiwPaw. With an assortment of bottle caps covering the walls and ceiling, it was definitely an eye-catcher.
The next morning we were checked out early, and with last-minute exploration in mind, we wandered through the city to Lazienki Park and Palace, also known as ‘The Floating Palace’. Covering 76 hectares of the city centre we only had time to see a fraction of the park, and its peacock and squirrels, before heading back for our train out of the city via a small ‘Friends’ themed café for a coffee.