One Day in Warsaw – TOP 10

by Monika Telenga

Writing about Warsaw is a responsible task. As the capital of Poland, it is the most recognizable city in the country. Its history is so extensive, complex and beautiful that it attracts people from all over the world! Contemporary times compete equally with history because Warsaw is also a dynamically developing metropolis, which is an important scientific and cultural centre. Unique buildings, atmospheric nooks, parks, palaces, museums. Many people who visit Warsaw, including me, do not have enough time to see everything. That is why I have prepared TOP 10 places that you can easily see in one day! Warsaw in one day - TOP 10, let's start the countdown!

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CASTLE SQUARE

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

This is the place where you want to be first. Castle Square is the beating heart of Warsaw, a kind of entrance gate to a world that is long gone. It is a place where the air is soaked in history, Polish fighting spirit and determination. It is hard to believe that everything at Castle Square, you are looking at today, is a reconstruction of what was completely destroyed during World War II. It is also a showcase of the romantic nature of the capital and proof of Poles’ love for their country.

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ROYAL COSTLE

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is the former seat of Polish kings. From the outside, it does not look as spectacular as from the inside, so it is worth spending some precious time to go inside and see, among others, the spectacular Throne Room or the works of the most outstanding Polish painters of the 19th century. While at the Royal Castle, I had the opportunity to admire the painting by Jan Matejko “Constitution of 3 May”, which is a reminder of the first European Constitution of 1791! Interestingly, the adoption of this Constitution took place at the Royal Castle.

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GARDENS OF THE ROYAL CASTLE

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

The history of the Royal Castle Gardens dates back to the 16th century when they were established by Anna Jagiellonka, the wife of the then king of Poland, Stefan Batory. Over the next millennia, the gardens were not fully appreciated. Currently, the Royal Gardens can be admired thanks to the full reconstruction, thanks to which they look almost as it was during the times of the great kings of Poland. A walk through the modernist garden with baroque elements is a great idea to relax, and also an opportunity to take great photos!

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THE OLD TOWN

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

Before World War II, Warsaw was called the Paris of the North and a pearl among European cities. As proof, it was immortalized by the court painter of King Stanisław August Poniatowski, Canaletto. Why am I mentioning this? Well, it’s hard to believe, but the Old Town of Warsaw is almost 100% reconstructed!
 
Warsaw with all its beautiful buildings was completely destroyed during World War II. It was thanks to the detailed paintings of Canaletto that the Old Town was reconstructed. Colourful tenement houses, cobbled streets and air saturated with history will take you to the world of Warsaw from the years of its greatest splendour! Outside the walls of the Old Town, life goes on among skyscrapers, and in the Old Town, time seems to slow down, the stride lengthens and the gaze wanders around with delight.
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OLD TOWN SQUARE AND THE MERMAID

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

Naturally, during long walks you get hungry. Being in Warsaw for one day, you definitely want to eat something in Old Town Square! Not only because of the variety of places to choose from, but also the aesthetic values around it. Especially in summer, you will find here many atmospheric gardens that offer a view of fabulous buildings and the monument to the Warsaw Mermaid!
 
Every Pole knows the Mermaid and knows that it is a symbol of the capital. There are many legends explaining the origin of this symbol. The stories vary, but they all say that the sword and the wheel are used by the Mermaid to protect the city. Her monument can be found in various parts of Warsaw, the one in Market Square is the prettiest in my opinion.
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DEFENSIVE WALLS - BARBICAN

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

The strange-sounding name of the Barbican is an element of the fortifications of Old Warsaw. Like most cities in the Middle Ages, Warsaw had defensive walls, part of which was the Barbican. It was supposed to make it more difficult to enter the city. At the same time, it allows for a much better enemy advance. It currently serves as a gateway between the Old and New Towns. It is worth mentioning that this is one of the two Barbican in Poland that has survived to this day! (the second is in Krakow).

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VISTULAN BOULEVARDS

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

From the Old Town, it is very close to the Vistulan Boulevards. What is that? Well, Warsaw, as a representative city of Poland, also has the Vistulan River flowing through it. And if there is a river, there is also a wide street on the river bank, in short, a boulevard. Vistula Boulevard is a place where you can take a deep breath during a walk or physical activity. The riverside road attracts cyclists, inline skaters, runners and generally the majority of Warsaw residents.
 
The presence of a rich gastronomic base contributes to the pleasant spending of time by the river. In summer, you will hear the music streaming from the many waterfront bars. If you are visiting Warsaw in one day, it is worth taking a walk on the banks of the Vistula River and experiencing the local life of Warsaw residents.
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ŁAZIENKI PARK

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

If you want to see Warsaw in one day, it won’t be complete without a visit to the Royal Łazienki Park (pronounced wah-zhen-kee). In the polish language “Łazienki” meaning toilet/bathroom. In this case, “Łazienki” represents a beautiful park, once a summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski. It is another very old place in Warsaw and yet it brings so much freshness to the big city.
 
Juicy green plants, fascinating past, romantic atmosphere, do you need more? The name of “Łazienki” comes from the bathhouse built in the 17th century, which was later transformed into the classicist Palace on the Water. This is another place that you cannot miss while in Warsaw for just one day.
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PALACE ON THE ISLE

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

The Palace on the Isle or the White House is just some of the terms of a beautiful building in Łazienki Park. The building itself was once a bathhouse, later the king’s residence, but today it perfectly complements the landscape in Łazienki Park. From a distance, it looks as if it is floating on the water and its creamy white contrasts perfectly with the juicy green.
 
I especially recommend you to sit on a bench in the park and admire this magical view. If you are lucky, you may meet beautiful peacocks on your way, which are considered the landmark of the park.
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KRAKOWSKIE PRZEDMIEŚCIE STREET

ONE DAY IN WARSAW - TOP 10

One of the most famous and representative streets in Warsaw! It used to be part of the Royal Treaty that led all the way to Krakow (the former capital of Poland). Currently, it is about 1 km (0,6 miles) long. It is a section with many interesting buildings, including one of the most protected buildings in the country, i.e. the Presidential Palace. In Krakowskie Przedmieście Street you will also meet such personalities as Adam Mickiewicz! His monument stands proudly near the baroque Carmelite Church.
 
A walk around the Royal Treaty deserves a royal feast and there is no better food than Polish food. So I sit down in a small restaurant on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and enjoy the royal herring, dumplings, sour rye soup and tartare! Ah, what a treat!

Krakowskie Przedmiecie Street ends at Castle Square, and this day ends with a delicious dinner. Below I am enclosing a map of the route I made while visiting Warsaw in one day. The walking route is about 10km (6 miles). In my opinion, it includes,  all the most important places to see, in the very centre of Warsaw. Let me know in the comment if you think that the “One Day in Warsaw – TOP 10” was helpful or share the places in Warsaw that you think are worth seeing!

2 comments

Patricija 03/05/2021 - 09:13

Miss Poland so much now! Can’t wait to go back 🇵🇱 😍

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Patricija 03/05/2021 - 09:15

Miss Poland so badly! Can’t wait to go back ♥️🇵🇱 Amazing tips! I will def use them for the next time!

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