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Poland - Warsaw - 2010



Journey dates: 4th July – 7th July
Travelers: Shwetha Shrivatsa, Karthik Raja, Jayanthi Bala, Parasuram Bala

The Old Town center of Warsaw is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site.

Day 1: Enter Warsaw: The first part of our East European tour ended and we began the self guided part of our trip. Most of the day was spent in transit and we arrived in Warsaw late afternoon. The airport information center is very helpful and we set out to our hotel, Jan III Sobieski, armed with a lot of good information. The taxi ride was about 40-50 zloty. After checking in and relaxing a bit we headed out to the old town area and spent the evening walking around Plac Zamkowy. The entire old town of Warsaw is a UNESCO world heritage site and is a remarkable example of human resilience. 85% of this beautiful city was destroyed during WW-II, but has now been restored to its former glory. We spotted an Indian restaurant and quickly jumped at the idea of some spicy Indian food after 10 days. The food was good, but the wait was a killer. Nearly 2 hours to get our meal. Stuffed and tired we retired for the night.

Day 2: City Tour: After a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast we headed to the old town area. We got tickets for the 24 hour hop on hop off bus and spent a couple of hours, doing the entire route. Again the old town area is walking friendly and is best seen on foot, but it is not as compact as other places. We got off at Zygmunt Column and walked towards the Old Town Market Square, passing through St. John's Cathedral, Barbican and the old walls of the city. After a quick lunch we went up the bell tower of the St.Anne's Church. As always, the best views are the aerial views. We decided to take a break from all the monuments and explore some parks. Warsaw is also very famous for its beautiful gardens. About 30% of the city is covered with green space. We took the hop on bus to Lazienki Royal Park. This beautiful, landscaped park includes the Palace on the Water, along with various other palaces, pavilions, an amphitheater and two orange orchards. A relaxed stroll through this park is so romantic and a treat to the senses. The Palace on the water was breath taking. The main attraction in the park is the Chopin Monument a wonderful statue surrounded by roses. The perfect place to relax and soak in Warsaw.

We made our way back to the hotel using Warsaw’s excellent public transport and got ready for our music concert. 2010 is the year of Fryderyk Chopin, and there are numberous tours offering concerts. We went to one performed by , at Raczynski Palace parlor. The two-part piano recital was performed by with a glass of sparkling wine during the interval. The performance was good but the ambience and scale was nowhere near the concert at Kursalon, in Vienna.

We ended our day with a relaxed dinner in one of the fusion restaurants on Nowy Swiat.

Day 3: Walking Tours: Since this was our last day in Warsaw, and we had a lot of ground to cover we set out early to the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw's most visible landmark. The panoramic views from the terrace on the 30th floor were never ending. After that we headed back to the old town area and walked along the Royal route, which extends from Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy) to the end of Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Nowy Swiat. Some of the attractions along this route are: Warsaw University, Bristol Hotel, Potocki Palace, Holy Cross Church - Chpoin's heart is preserved in a column inthis church, Adam Mickiewicz monument and Nicholas Copernicus monument.

Krakowskie Przedmiescie and Nowy Swiat streets are also dotted with cafes, restaurants, and shops. After a quick lunch at Old Town Market Square we went to The Royal Castle. Nowadays, the Castle serves as the Museum and includes many famous paintings, tapestry and ornate interiors. The highlight was Leanardo da Vinci ‘s Lady with an Ermine, which was on loan from Muzeum Czartoryskich at Krakowie.

The last monuments on our list was the Jewish Ghetto and Nozyk Synagogue. Again we took the excellent public transport and got to this part of Warsaw. The weather which had cooperated with us until now, turned stormy and we quickly made our way to Z³ote Tarasy, the mall. This modern structure, has a transparent roof that covers its signature central indoor courtyard designed for concerts. After spending a relaxing evening we headed back to our hotel, bidding Warsaw goodbye. This beautiful, historic city certainly exceeded our expectations and is a must see.

Tips:
1. Buy the day pass for local travel. It can be used on buses and trams and with the excellent public transportation system in Warsaw it is definitely worth it.


Old Town with the Royal Castle, Warsaw
Old Town with the Royal Castle, Warsaw
Castle Square, Old Town, Warsaw
Castle Square, Old Town, Warsaw
The Royal Palace with Zygmunt Column, Warsaw
The Royal Palace with Zygmunt Column, Warsaw
King Zygmunt III Waza, Warsaw
King Zygmunt III Waza, Warsaw
Royal Castle, Warsaw
Royal Castle, Warsaw
Castle Square, Warsaw
Castle Square, Warsaw
Prazmowski Mansion (Kamienica Prazmowskich), Warsaw
Prazmowski Mansion (Kamienica Prazmowskich), Warsaw
Castle Square, Warsaw
Castle Square, Warsaw
Castle Square with Church of St. Martin, Warsaw
Castle Square with Church of St. Martin, Warsaw
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid (Pomnik Warszawskiej Syrenki)
Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid (Pomnik Warszawskiej Syrenki)
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Parrot at Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Parrot at Old Town Market Square, Warsaw
Lady crossing the street, Old Town, Warsaw
Lady crossing the street, Old Town, Warsaw
Wedding in Old Town, Warsaw
Wedding in Old Town, Warsaw
Old walls of Warsaw
Old walls of Warsaw
Barbican, Old Town, Warsaw
Barbican, Old Town, Warsaw
Performance at the Barbakan, Warsaw
Performance at the Barbakan, Warsaw
Jan Kilinski Monument, Warsaw
Jan Kilinski Monument, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St.John the Baptist, Warsaw
Blessing, Old Town, Warsaw
Blessing, Old Town, Warsaw
9/11 Door, Old Town, Warsaw
9/11 Door, Old Town, Warsaw
Door, Old Town, Warsaw
Door, Old Town, Warsaw
Windows, Old Town, Warsaw
Windows, Old Town, Warsaw
Door, Old Town, Warsaw
Door, Old Town, Warsaw
Church of St. Jack, Warsaw
Church of St. Jack, Warsaw
The Maria Sklodowska - Curie Museum, Warsaw
The Maria Sklodowska - Curie Museum, Warsaw
Dulcimer player, Old Town, Warsaw
Dulcimer player, Old Town, Warsaw
A house on a roof, Warsaw
A house on a roof, Warsaw
Church of St. Casimir, New Town, Warsaw
Church of St. Casimir, New Town, Warsaw
Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Bell Tower, Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Bell Tower, Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Warsaw
Church of St. Francis Seraphic (fransican), Warsaw
Church of St. Francis Seraphic (fransican), Warsaw
Performance at Castle Square, Warsaw
Performance at Castle Square, Warsaw
Extended wing, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Extended wing, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Staircase, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Staircase, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The King's bedroom, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The King's bedroom, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Ceiling, King's Great Apartment, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Ceiling, King's Great Apartment, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Ceiling painting, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Ceiling painting, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Unravalling of Chaos, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Unravalling of Chaos, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Fame-Eternity, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Fame-Eternity, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Unravalling of Chaos, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Unravalling of Chaos, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Permanent Council Chamber, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Permanent Council Chamber, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Royal Palace, Warsaw
National Hall, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
National Hall, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Reflections, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Reflections, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Throne Room, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Throne Room, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Chandeliers, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Chandeliers, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Dining Room, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Dining Room, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Girl in a Picture Frame, 1641, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
The Girl in a Picture Frame, 1641, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Lady with an Ermine, Leanardo da Vinci, on loan from Muzeum Czartoryskich w Krakowie
Lady with an Ermine, Leanardo da Vinci, on loan from Muzeum Czartoryskich w Krakowie
Painting, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
Painting, The Royal Palace, Warsaw
St. Anne's Church, Warsaw
St. Anne's Church, Warsaw
St. Anne's Church, Warsaw
St. Anne's Church, Warsaw
Bronisław Komorowski, Polish President, Warsaw
Bronisław Komorowski, Polish President, Warsaw
Central Agricultural Library, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Central Agricultural Library, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Presidential Palace with Prince Józef Poniatowski, Warsaw
Presidential Palace with Prince Józef Poniatowski, Warsaw
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and of St. Joseph, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Virgin Mary, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Virgin Mary, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Warsaw University, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Warsaw University, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Church of St. Joseph the Betrothed of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Church of St. Joseph the Betrothed of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross with Chopin's heart, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
The smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross with Chopin's heart, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Horse carriage on Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Horse carriage on Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Mikolaj Kopernik Monument, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Mikolaj Kopernik Monument, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw
Staszic Palace, Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Staszic Palace, Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Door on Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Door on Nowy Swiat, Warsaw
Pałac Prymasowski, Warsaw
Pałac Prymasowski, Warsaw
Warsaw Uprising Monument
Warsaw Uprising Monument
Warsaw Uprising Monument
Warsaw Uprising Monument
Cathedral Church of the Polish Army of Mary, Queen of Poland, Warsaw
Cathedral Church of the Polish Army of Mary, Queen of Poland, Warsaw
Cathedral Church of the Polish Army of Mary, Queen of Poland, Warsaw
Cathedral Church of the Polish Army of Mary, Queen of Poland, Warsaw
Warsaw Nike - Monument of Warsaw's Heroes
Warsaw Nike - Monument of Warsaw's Heroes
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw's most visible landmark
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw's most visible landmark
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw's most visible landmark
Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw's most visible landmark
18th-century Raczynski Palace in the Old Town, Warsaw
18th-century Raczynski Palace in the Old Town, Warsaw
18th-century Raczynski Palace in the Old Town, Warsaw
18th-century Raczynski Palace in the Old Town, Warsaw
Frederyk Chopin, Raczynski Palace, Warsaw
Frederyk Chopin, Raczynski Palace, Warsaw
New Warsaw with the old
New Warsaw with the old
Józef Piłsudski Monument (Pomnik Józefa Piłsudskiego), Warsaw
Józef Piłsudski Monument (Pomnik Józefa Piłsudskiego), Warsaw
Charles de Gaulle Monument (Pomnik Charlesa de Gaulle'a), Warsaw
Charles de Gaulle Monument (Pomnik Charlesa de Gaulle'a), Warsaw
Josef Pilsudski, Warsaw
Josef Pilsudski, Warsaw
Statue, Warsaw
Statue, Warsaw
Warsaw's Aleje Jerozolimskie, Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue
Warsaw's Aleje Jerozolimskie, "Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue"
Pilsudski Square, Warsaw
Pilsudski Square, Warsaw
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw
Grand Fountain, Saxon Garden, Warsaw
Grand Fountain, Saxon Garden, Warsaw
Lazienki Palace, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Lazienki Palace, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Lazienki Palace, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Lazienki Palace, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Monument of King John III Sobieski, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Monument of King John III Sobieski, Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Lazienki Park, Warsaw
Frederyk Chopin Monument, Royal Baths Park, Warsaw
Frederyk Chopin Monument, Royal Baths Park, Warsaw
Nozyk Synagogue, Twarda 6, Warsaw
Nozyk Synagogue, Twarda 6, Warsaw
Nozyk Synagogue, Twarda 6, Warsaw
Nozyk Synagogue, Twarda 6, Warsaw
March to Destruction, Ghetto Heroes Monument, Warsaw
March to Destruction, Ghetto Heroes Monument, Warsaw
The Fight, Ghetto Heroes Monument, Warsaw by Nathan Rappaport
The Fight, Ghetto Heroes Monument, Warsaw by Nathan Rappaport
Metropolitan Building, Warsaw
Metropolitan Building, Warsaw
Złote Tarasy, the mall, Warsaw
Złote Tarasy, the mall, Warsaw
Złote Tarasy, the mall, Warsaw
Złote Tarasy, the mall, Warsaw
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Warsaw by Szymon Bogumił Zug
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Warsaw by Szymon Bogumił Zug
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Warsaw
Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, Warsaw
Warsaw from the Palace of Science and Culture
Warsaw from the Palace of Science and Culture
Warszawa Centralna, Centrum LIM (Marriott Building), Warsaw
Warszawa Centralna, Centrum LIM (Marriott Building), Warsaw
Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw
Intercontinental Hotel, Warsaw