Warsaw is a modern and dynamic metropolis with everything that European capital has to offer.
Located at the crossroads between the Western and Eastern Europe, Warsaw is a platform of a dialogue between different cultures. What distinguishes Warsaw from other destinations is the ability to use its openness and creativity to source from various influences - Warsaw definitely exceeds expectations of every music lover, art enthusiast and history expert thanks to its vibrant cultural life, countless festivals, art events, modern museums, and green areas covering a quarter of the city. With all these mentioned you can be guaranteed that spending a weekend in the capital of Poland will be unforgettable.
Each month over 100 cultural events take place in Warsaw. Many of them involve well-known international artists and audience coming from different parts of the world. As a city of childhood and adolescence of Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw is proud to host such massive and admired events as the International Chopin Piano Competition or Chopin and His Europe Festival. At the same time a number of smaller concerts dedicated to this great romantic composer take place here, for example open air piano recitals in the Royal Łazienki Park.
Those who would like to get to know the turbulent yet fascinating contemporary history of the city should go to the Warsaw Rising Museum, acclaimed by international visitors as the most recognizable touristic venue in Warsaw. Another ultramodern and designed in an interesting way museum is the Museum of The History of Polish Jews to be opened in autumn 2013. It gives an opportunity to learn about one of the most important ethnic minority that for centuries has constituted Polish identity. Kids traveling with their parents will definitely appreciate a visit in the Copernicus Science Centre - interactive museum that inspires curiosity and allows to explore the fascinating world of modern science.
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Visit the old town
Walking the streets of the Old Town and New Town allows you to rest from the bustle of central city life. Atmospheric alleys, squares, and cosy cafés create a unique sense of history, and in the summer, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries.
Follow Fryderyk Chopin's footsteps
Fryderyk Chopin is undoubtedly the best known resident of Warsaw. He spent the first 20 years of his life in the city. Here he studied music, learned the manners of society and gave his first concerts. Walking the streets of Warsaw you will pass buildings where he stayed or which he visited. There are many places which are a homage paid to his talent and Warsaw boasts the world’s largest Chopin memorabilia collection.
Discover Łazienki park
The park and palace complex at Łazienki are one of the most beautiful of this type in Europe. Established in the 17th century, the landscape gardens feature many interesting architectural monuments, the most important of which include the Palace on the Island built for King Stanislaw August Poniatowski – Poland’s last monarch.
The summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and then Augustus II as well as subsequent aristocratic families. It is an excellent representation of European Baroque at its height and a homage to the former greatness of the Republic. The palace is surrounded by a grandiose, two level Baroque Italian garden and a romantic park in English style.
See Warsaw from the tallest building in Poland
Completed in 1955 as a ‘gift from the Soviet people’, the building is the embodiment of Socialist Realist architecture. It is still the tallest building in Poland and fulfils the role of a cultural centre accommodating theatres, museums, a cinema and a concert hall. The highest viewing platform in Warsaw, on the 30th foor, offers an excellent panoramic view of the city.