Free Things To Do in Warsaw
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Warsaw's central Old Town neighborhood is one of the city's most popular areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district, which was rebuilt after bombings from World War II destroyed most of it, is filled with restaurants, art galleries, shops and cafes housed in structures designed to replicate the region's former 14th- to 18th-century buildings. Old Town is also where attractions like The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and the King Zygmunt III Waza Column, among other landmarks, reside.
Travelers love Old Town's lively atmosphere and charming buildings, adding that the neighborhood is a prime spot for shopping, people-watching and getting your caffeine fix. However, the area is often packed with tourists, so expect higher prices at the restaurants lining the square. If you don't want to rub elbows with other visitors, consider arriving early (before 10 a.m.).
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Monuments and memorials can be found throughout Warsaw, but one of the city’s most memorable is the Warsaw Uprising Monument. This 33-foot-tall bronze sculpture was created to commemorate the thousands of Poles who fought against Nazi Germany (which occupied the region during World War II). And the sculpture’s location is just as meaningful as the monument. The site once featured an entrance to a canal that was used by Polish fighters to escape from the Germans. As such, one part of the sculpture depicts fighters crawling out from underneath a bridge, while the other shows them heading into the canal.
Recent visitors enjoyed checking out this attraction, calling it impressive and very moving. However, a few said that the information provided at the monument is not enough to gain a full understanding of what occurred during the Warsaw Uprising, so they suggest visiting the Warsaw Uprising Museum or doing some research before you arrive. Others also recommend saving time to admire the architecture at the adjacent Supreme Court of Poland.
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One of Warsaw's most popular thoroughfares is Krakowskie Przedmiescie, or Krakow Suburb Street. This street was once the start of a route that connected Warsaw with Kraków (hence the name). Now, the road connects Zamkowy Place in Old Town to Nowy Swiat’s (New World Street's) shops and restaurants. It is also known for its abundance of sights, including Czapski Palace (where Polish composer Frédéric Chopin once lived), the 17th-century Presidential Palace and monuments for notable Polish figures like Adam Mickiewicz and Nicolaus Copernicus.
Although one visitor described the street's restaurants as "a bit expensive" and "not as good" as other Warsaw eateries, many highly recommended taking a leisurely stroll here. But remember to wear comfortable shoes, since this road is more than a half-mile long.
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