A walk around Warsaw’s Old Town

Exploring Warsaw’s Old Town gives a snippet into the history of the city

Most of Warsaw was tragically destroyed in the bombings and conflict during WWII – in fact, over 90% of the city was decimated.

Thankfully, a small section of Warsaw’s Old Town still remains and a lot of work was put into the city to restore the history of the area.

Nowadays, a walk around the Old Town is a must-do for any visitor to Warsaw. Many companies provide free walking tours around the area which highlight the complex history of this ‘phoenix-like’ city. (Aptly nicknamed the phoenix for it’s ability to ‘rise out of the ashes’ following such loss).

We joined one such tour and had a lovely stroll around Old Town during a cold and gloomy mid-November morning.

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The Royal Castle courtyard. The Castle marks the entrance to Warsaw’s Old Town
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A view overlooking the River Vistula, with the Praga district noticeable in the distance

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The colourful buildings in Central Square
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The Mermaid is the symbol of Warsaw – yet she isn’t the Disney-like creature we’re used to seeing
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Pretty shop and restaurant fronts bring the Old Town to life

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The Barbican – where visitors to Warsaw were checked before entry
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The iconic Marie Curie’s house. She was born in Warsaw before later moving to Paris to study 
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A map of the Warsaw ghetto, one of the largest and most iconic in modern Europe. 
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The back of the Supreme Court Building. Designed by Marek Budzynski who modeled the faces of the ladies on his wife and two daughters. 

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The monument to the Warsaw Uprising – an underground liberation army that sought to free the city from German occupation during WWII
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And finally – The Palace of Culture and Science. Not technically in Old Town but still a vital part of Warsaw’s past and one of it’s most memorable buildings. 

 

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