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Planning a short break to Warsaw? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Warsaw. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Warsaw. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Old Town Market Square

The Square is definitely worth a visit as it is full of life both by day and by night. You will be able to listen to professional and amateur musicians, watch theatrical groups give performances and there are also street artists whose work you can admire while strolling around the Square. From the square you can take a leisurely walk through romantic alleys and defensive walls that all lead to the Vistula River. All around the square there are cafes and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a delicious speciality and a glass of well-aged wine. Also located in the Market Square is the Historical Museum which reflects Warsaw’s history from the beginning to present day.

Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street

This street has been for centuries a favourite for both residents and visitors. Taking a walk along this street is a must as you will be able to see the flashing lights of limousines on their way to the Presidential Palace. Along this street you will also find the churches of St. Anne’s, St Joseph, and the Church of the Nuns of the Visitation and the Holy Cross Church all of whom will welcome visitors to enter. This street is always busy with guests from the luxurious Bristol and Europejski hotels taking a stroll, plus the students from the Warsaw University.

The Castle Square

The square is home to the oldest secular monument, that of Sigimund’s Column which was erected in 1644. This Column erected in honour of King Sigismund III Vasa, was the principal person to have the capital of Poland moved from Krakow to Warsaw in 1596. From the square you will be able to take a walk along the Royal Tract, where you will discover more about the history of Warsaw. The walk is only about an hour long and will take you to the Royal Castle and the Palaces in Kazienki and Wilanow. It is a delightful walk with plenty of places of interest such as various palaces, churches, bourgeois houses, historic parks and government buildings.

The Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science is located in the city centre and has been the central point of the city since 1955. It is an excellent landmark for tourists who do not know the city, as it is the highest building in Poland and dominates Warsaw. The palace has many murals, statues and stucco work which commemorate the working class and which represents the strength and resistance of workers from villages and towns. The palace is open to visitors and the whole building can be seen from the basement to the viewing room on the 30th floor. However, the machine room is not accessible for safety reasons.

Royal Castle

Although the Royal Castle is only celebrating its 20th anniversary, the fact is that it has been in existence from the 16th century, when it functioned as the Royal Residence of the Mozavian Princes. When the capital was moved in 1596 to Warsaw it was completely reconstructed. The castle has been destroyed and reconstructed twice since then; first in the late 17th century during Swedish invasion and again in 1944 during the Second World War. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s that building began again on the reconstruction of the castle and in 1984 it opened its doors to the public. Visitors will find many of the original decorations and works of art inside, which were saved during the war years. At present the Kubicki arcades are being built and will house galleries, shops and restaurants.

The Botanical Garden

4 Ujazdowskie Ave, Warsaw. There is a rich assortment of plants, trees and monuments in the Botanical Gardens, which is run by the Warsaw University. Visitors to the gardens will find plenty to admire from the common oak and European hornbeam to the beautiful rose garden. The splendid decorative section is worth a visit as many different plants, from annuals to fuchsias have been used to form multi-coloured patterns. Next to the Astronomical Observatory the visitor will find magnificent flower beds of annuals with coloured leaves, which have been designed in geometric shapes. Also to be found here are the herb gardens, the splendid alpine garden with plants from European mountains and in the pools different coloured water lilies.

Jazz in the Square

Old Town, Warsaw. This festival runs from July to August and is held in the Old Town Square. This annual festival has become one of Warsaw’s most recognised cultural festivals. The event draws more than 4,000 people to the Old Town Square and is dominated by music premieres and international projects especially for the festival. The festival attracts top jazz musicians from the US, Sweden and Israel. The concerts are free and all start at 7pm

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Fret@Porter

37 Freta Str, Warsaw. This restaurant is located on the New Town Square and has both indoor and outdoor seating. The interior is fairly dark and eccentric, but very pleasant. The menu is varied with meals such as braised goat cheese en curette with mixed greens and a light dressing, a truly delicious French onion soup and filet of sole almondine with shrimp linguini, to name but a few of the moderately priced dishes. The food is of a high quality and the presentation is first-rate. The members of staff are pleasant and are very willingly to discuss the menu; however, they are not intrusive which makes for a very pleasant eating experience.

Blue Cactus

11 Zajaczkowska St, Warsaw. This Mexican restaurant is located next to Moskie Oko Park and is highly recommended. Enjoy a pleasant evening with good food in a really great atmosphere. The diner will find the decor bright and vibrant, even the tables and chairs a brightly painted; however, the overall effect is one of relaxation. You will find a large selection of meals available, from the standard Tex-Mex meal to something more elegant like goat cheese salad and roasted garlic soup. The servings for the main dishes are plenty, especially the paella which can serve two and the prices are moderate. The members of staff who all appear very energetic are also attentive but not intrusive.

Shopping

Shopping in Warsaw is booming and more international chain stores are opening up, such as Marks & Spencer, boutiques and many more and it can be difficult to find locally made items. Having said that, Warsaw also has four main shopping streets where you will find a lot of large and small stores.

ulica Marszalkowska – On this street you will find the larger stores.

ulica Nowy Swiat and ulica Chmielna – These two streets have the smaller but more specialised boutiques and jewellery stores.

Arka - 25 ul. Bracka Street, Warsaw. This is Warsaw’s oldest department store and boasts a massive staircase and Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, sells clothing, jewellery and other items.

Galeria Centrum - 104-122 ul. Marszalkowska Street, Warsaw. This centre has many different stores in the centre from Senior to Junior; with a lot of private boutiques selling imported fashion goods.

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