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Warsaw’s a brilliant destination for a city break with its vibrant culture, thriving music scene, and an extensive collection of fascinating museums. Warsaw offers all you could wish for from a capital city, yet is a lot cheaper than most of the other European capitals. This means whatever you want from your city break, you’ll find it in Warsaw and you’ll find it at a great price.
The Palace, often abbreviated as PKiN, is the tallest building in Poland and dominates Warsaw’s skyline. It’s a must-visit for any visitor to Warsaw. The building was originally conceived as a gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation, and the building is a mix of Stalinist architecture and Polish Historicism. You can take high-speed elevators to the top floor which has a viewing platform, offering some fantastic views of the city. The building is also home to a multi-screened cinema, two museums and a hall.
If you are keen to explore some of Warsaw’s older history, then you should visit the Royal Castle. Originally it was the official residence of the Polish monarchs, but the castle was extensively damaged during World War Two, and so had to be rebuilt and reconstructed. Today the castle has many different rooms, which were all painstakingly restored and filled with as many original exhibits as possible. The castle’s a brilliant place to explore Polish history, as it’s home to 22 separate portraits of past Polish kings.
An important and fascinating place to visit located in the Wola district is the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which is dedicated to the Warsaw uprising of 1944. The museum has hundreds of artefacts from the Polish underground resistance, including weaponry and love letters. A particular highlight of the museum is the Kino Palladium, which is a small cinema that shows a continuous stream of footage taken by members of the uprising. The museum also has an excellent café which has a 1940s-style decor and also plays 40s music.
A beautiful place to relax and unwind in the city is Lazienki park, which has wonderful manicured lawns and many resident peacocks. Don’t miss the art-deco Chopin monument and the Palace on the Island (a museum). The park is very popular with families and often plays host to open-air classical music concerts.