{Travel} Weekend getaway to Warsaw

A few months ago I promised my friend Stan that I would visit him in Warsaw where he’s studying to become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. After talking about it I decided to book the weekend getaway to Warsaw for the first weekend in March. Unlike my other weekend getaways, this one I was more interested in actually seeing my friend and catching up than exploring the city as a tourist. But Stan still managed to show me around and it was magnificent.

 

weekend getaway to warsaw

Arriving in Warsaw my flight was surprising early, my private airport transfer came about 5 minutes after I arrived which was fine since I was early. During the drive to my hotel he gave me a history lesson on Poland and the Polish uprising. During this journey I learnt the Polish uprising evoke Hitler’s rage and he literally wipe Warsaw off the face of the map, he made sure everything of cultural importance was destroyed and set on fire so much that everything in Warsaw was flattened to rubble and had to be rebuilt. It was an interesting and emotional history lesson, it was an eye opener because I knew nothing about Poland apart from my ex is Polish. Though I did not go to Warsaw for sight-seeing I was able to check out the following locations.

The Old Town

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town

 

Warsaw Old Town

Warsaw Old Town

 

The Old Town faced the Nazi malice more than any other part of the town, nowadays the Old Town Square is popular with tourists than any other part of the town. At the edge of the old town is the Royal Castle which was reconstructed from rubble, near the centre you will find St John’s Cathedral. There is so much to see in the old town but one museum that is not to be missed is the Warsaw Uprising Museum, this museum commands respect and it is a must see for museum lovers.

Holy Cross Church

Warsaw Holy Cross Church

Warsaw Holy Cross Church

 

Throughout Warsaw’s history, the church has played its role in both calamities and glories of the town. It was first built-in the 15th but was destroyed during the Swedish deluge of 1650 and it was later rebuilt in 1682. The Church then suffered a devastating during the Warsaw uprising where it was destroyed and had to be rebuilt after the war.

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

 

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

 

Founder of modern astronomy, back in the day he postulated ideas which nowadays seem obvious but that resulted in many astronomers being burnt at the stake and the Catholic church put he’s book De Revolutionibus on banned books.

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

 

Palace of Culture and Science

Museum Teckniki

 

Stalin commissioned this building to be built though he never got the chance to see it finished before he died. He had sent architects to America to copy the empire state building and it had to wait to be built as the WWII broke out. In 1952 the work to build this gigantic building started, from the little that I learned from the Polish people this building is most hated because it reminds the people of the soviet rule upon Poland where young men were taken from different states of the soviet union and kept for over 3 years to build the building.

Presidential Palace

Warsaw Presidential Palace

Warsaw Presidential Palace

 

Since 1994 the palace has been used as the official home of the Polish President and is guarded by armed guards.

It was fun seeing my friend and also seeing some amazing parts of Warsaw, I can not wait to go back and explore some more. Poland is much more than I though and I am glad I had this weekend getaway to Warsaw to give me the push that I needed.

Have you ever been to Warsaw or any part of Poland?

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  1. March 20, 2016 / 6:24 am

    I have heard of warsaw before, but never seen pictures – it looks incredible! Definitely a place I would love to visit!

    • March 20, 2016 / 8:12 am

      It’s amazing place and a must visit

  2. March 20, 2016 / 5:06 am

    People are so lucky when they have a friend or relative that lives in a travel destination of interest – it really helps. The buildings in Old Town look like they were painted in a postcard.

    • March 20, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Yep, it’s very lucky to have friends or family in destination weather cities or towns and yes the old town is way beyond the post card

  3. March 19, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    I love historical destinations. When we travel I do my best to make sure we enjoy all that the destination has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • March 19, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      You’re most welcome

  4. Rosey
    March 19, 2016 / 12:32 pm

    You did get to see some nice things. Hurrah for visiting friends and double hurrah for getting to go out and about on the town with someone who knows where everything fun/nice/interesting is to find. 🙂

    • March 19, 2016 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks and so true

  5. March 19, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Beautiful place! Adding Warsaw to my bucketlist!

    • March 19, 2016 / 8:50 am

      It’s an amazing place

  6. March 19, 2016 / 2:55 am

    I’d love to visit Warsaw some day! I’d love to take my wife to Europe. Perhaps for our next anniversary trip.

    • March 19, 2016 / 6:50 am

      Sounds lovely Jonathan.

  7. March 18, 2016 / 6:19 am

    Im so jealous, love the sights and the monuments there, looks really beautiful.

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks so much Amy

  8. March 18, 2016 / 3:21 am

    how fun that your friend was able to show you around. i love getting to visit friends in places that i have never been to before

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      I know right, it was amazing

  9. March 18, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Wow the architecture is simply amazing!

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks

  10. Elizabeth O.
    March 18, 2016 / 12:51 am

    This place has such a rich history. It feels amusing to see it this way and not in black and white like in most WWII documentaries I have watched in the past. I would love to see this for myself one day and just enjoy it’s beautiful structures.

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      It sure has a lot of history and thanks

  11. March 18, 2016 / 12:28 am

    I’ve never been to Poland but would love to go one day. The architecture is so beautiful!

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      It’s amazing place I loved it all

  12. March 18, 2016 / 12:21 am

    Beautifully rich in history, looks like an interesting place to go!

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      It is amazing you should visit

  13. March 17, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Wow – this looks like an amazingly beautiful place to visit! I love all the architecture. I would love to spend a weekend there just exploring.

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:49 pm

      It’s amazing place with a sad history but history nonetheless

  14. March 17, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Warsaw is a very old city, there should be plenty of history to explore.

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      The sure is and it’s interesting

  15. March 17, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Warsaw looks like a great place to visit! The Old Town is so wonderful! I’d like to go there one day! Enjoy reading your post!

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks Eugenia, Warsaw is great and the old town is amazing

  16. March 17, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Warsaw looks great, bet you had a fantastic time. Love the different coloured buildings in the first photo

    • March 17, 2016 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks Natasha I did it was awesome

  17. March 17, 2016 / 4:14 pm

    This place looks cold and dreary. Lots of cool places to see.

    • March 17, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      It’s an amazing place to visit and one I hope you get a chance to see

  18. March 17, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    It seems that this place is brimming with history. I love the look of the buildings and the statues.

    • March 17, 2016 / 2:28 pm

      It sure is and a sad but courageous history it is

  19. Fi Ni neachtain
    March 17, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I think it’s great that you get to travel so much. Warsaw looks like it’s steeped in history. My other half is Polish (born and raised in South Africa) so I’m sure we’ll be visited Poland one day as a family.

    • March 17, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks Fiona and I am sure when you guys do you will love it

  20. March 17, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Wow! My ideal place to visit with my family. I think I should include this to the list of place to visit this summer. Thanks.

    • March 17, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      Glad to hear it and hope you get a chance to visit it’s a beautiful place

  21. March 17, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I’ve been to Poland but only Krakow, so have just had a brief glimpse of Warsaw from the train as we passed through. Lovely to hear just what there is to see and do in the city though.

    • March 17, 2016 / 10:18 am

      I am yet to visit Kraków, Warsaw is magnificent with so much history, architecture and just pleasant people

  22. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    March 17, 2016 / 9:49 am

    What a lovely trip this sounds like. Warsaw sounds like a gorgeous city!

    • March 17, 2016 / 10:17 am

      It’s a superb city

  23. March 16, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    You always see so much in one weekend! Looks like another really nice place

    • March 16, 2016 / 9:47 pm

      I try to squeeze in as much as I can

  24. March 16, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I was totally prepared to leave a comment about how gorgeous the palace of culture and science was and then I read the part about Polish people hating it so much. It’s really interesting to me that had you never said that and I visited Warsaw I’d have loved ever minute of visiting this hated building.

    • March 16, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      I learnt as I was passing by that it’s the most hated and I am glad I never went into it. As magnificent as it is it’s not something with good memories for the Polish people

  25. March 16, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    I feel that the clouds and over cast weather really plays well to the quaintness of these photos. Looks like a nice place to visit with lots of history

    • March 16, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks so much Audrey, the weather was really playing up but it was fun nonetheless

  26. March 16, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I love places with lots of history and beautiful architecture, so this is a must visit.

    • March 16, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      It is such an incredible place and hope you get a chance to see it

  27. March 16, 2016 / 10:33 am

    It sounds like a great place to visit. I really like the pictures and the architecture. I would definitely consider a trip now

    • March 16, 2016 / 11:13 am

      It’s a beautiful place to visit

  28. March 16, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Beautiful pictures. I have never been to Poland before, but I would love to visit. Thanks for including some history in your post. I learned a lot. Thank you 🙂

    • March 16, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thanks I am glad to hear that

  29. Elizabeth O
    March 16, 2016 / 8:50 am

    You did a fantastic job of melding your photos with a report on the history of Warsaw/Poland. It’s a grand city with a painful past. Yet, the people and their city remain vital … and beautiful. 🙂

    • March 16, 2016 / 9:28 am

      Thanks Elizabeth, I tried to convey their history but also show there beauty

  30. March 15, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I love old world European Cities and I love traveling to visit friends too. Looks like Your Stan is a great host Anosa and I am adding Warsaw to my Bucket List…soonest in fact!

    • March 16, 2016 / 5:08 am

      Yep Stan was an amazing host and Warsaw is so pretty heck all of Europe is

    • March 15, 2016 / 6:43 pm

      Me too and thanks

  31. March 15, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    such beautiful pictures and I am sure so many new and amazing memories have been made here looks beautiful

    • March 15, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      I sure did make memories and can not wait to go back again

    • March 15, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      It was and thanks me too.

  32. March 15, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Warsaw is such a lovely place! Lovely photos!

    • March 15, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      It sure is and a must visit

  33. March 15, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    I’d love to go to Warsaw, so much history. and beautiful architecture. Your pos has made me want to go.

    • March 15, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      It such a beautiful city and I hope you get a chance to see it

  34. March 15, 2016 / 7:58 am

    What an amazing trip that must have been. It is so nice to get away for a bit and visit old friends. Warsaw looks cool.

    • March 15, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Warsaw was just that and more, cool lol. It was nice to see my friend and hope to visit him again

  35. March 15, 2016 / 7:11 am

    I really enjoy reading your travel posts! Warsaw looks like such an interesting place and it looks like you had fun looking around.

    • March 15, 2016 / 7:15 am

      Thanks luv, it was very nice seeing Warsaw and it was nothing like I imagined. I can not wait to go back

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