{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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    • March 20, 2016 / 8:12 am

      It’s amazing place and a must visit

    • 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

  1. 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

  2. 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

    • March 19, 2016 / 8:50 am

      It’s an amazing place

    • March 19, 2016 / 6:50 am

      Sounds lovely Jonathan.

  3. 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

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      I know right, it was amazing

  4. March 18, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Wow the architecture is simply amazing!

    • March 18, 2016 / 3:51 pm

      Thanks

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

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