Warsaw scenes

Are you curious about Europe’s not-quite-so-famous capitals? If so, may I suggest Warsaw? Poland’s capital is an excellent city to wander and explore, especially in spring and summer. Here are a few Warsaw scenes.

Warsaw scenes

Warsaw suffered heavily during World War II, with almost the entire city demolished and the population mostly decimated, either because they were killed or because they were forced to leave the city as there was no longer anywhere to live.

The historic centre was completely destroyed, so what you see today is an old city restored – modern in material, but certainly historic in spirit. Many of the city’s streets and buildings were rebuilt as they were before the war. For a closer look at the city’s traumatic past, visit

  • the Historical Museum of Warsaw in the Old Town,
  • the New Museum of the History of the Polish Jews in the former Warsaw Ghetto, next to the
  • Ghetto Heroes Monument where, in 1970, German Chancellor Willy Brandt spontaneously knelt in homage to the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and
  • the evocative Jewish cemetery.

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Ogród Saski (Saxon Garden), Warsaw

In summer, the Polish capital overflows with green spaces (more than 80 parks!), open squares and outdoor restaurants and cafes.

Historic Centre, Warsaw

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Ice cream queue, Warsaw
Queuing for ice cream at Lody in the old town, a local favourite

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Warszawa, trikk

Outside the old town, Poland’s more recent past is still very visible. There are drab blocks of flats, but also this excellent example of Socialist Realism architecture. Completed in 1955, the Josef Stalin Palace of Culture and Science was a gift from the people of the Soviet Union. The Josef Stalin part of the name is gone now, but the grandiose structure still stands, and remains Poland’s tallest building.

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The Palace of Culture and Science is a controversial structure, people seem to either love or hate it. I lean towards the former; there’s a touch of Art Deco there that I especially like.

What do you think?

 
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18 Responses to “Warsaw scenes”

  1. Betty J. Ogburn 23 July 2014 2129 #

    …It DOES look beautiful, but I hate that the city is (obviously) not the same–but, hey, that’s what war does, I suppose…
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2040 #

      They’ve done a very good job of rebuilding, I think. Impressive effort.

  2. I’m going to Berlin for Christmas, and I’m torn between visiting Warsaw or Prague while I’m there. These photos are really great – I wonder what the place would be like in the winter?
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2042 #

      In winter, especially before Christmas, I would probably choose Prague. Something magical about wandering around the Christmas markets in front of the mysterious Tyn Church in the freezing cold.

  3. Wesley Travels 24 July 2014 1825 #

    WOW! That looks like an incredible beautifull destination I love the pictures
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2046 #

      Warsaw is very pretty :)

  4. Vera Marie Badertscher 25 July 2014 0357 #

    I would never have guessed that first picture was Poland. So colorful! And yes, I kind of like the Palazce of Art and culture. It could be on Michigan Avenue in Chicago!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2047 #

      Really? Would be interesting to see the Art Deco buildings in Chicago. I’ve only been there once, long ago when I was too young to care about architecture.

  5. Leigh 28 July 2014 2118 #

    Would love to visit Warsaw – especially as I hear consistently great things about the place. Have you ever read the Zookeepers’ Wife? It’s about the Warsaw Zoo and getting Jewish people out of the ghetto during the war, Loved it.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2048 #

      No, not yet. Putting it on the autumn reading list.

  6. Soraya 30 July 2014 1311 #

    Stunning pictures of this beautiful city! I’ve been in Warsaw a couple of times now because a good friend of mine lives there. It’s a very interesting and inspiring city. Thanks for this article, it brings back a lot of memories.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2048 #

      Thank you.

  7. Mette 30 July 2014 1924 #

    We visited western Poland once and found it rather bleak. Maybe it’s about time to give Warsaw a try.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2049 #

      I was there once in November and it was bleak, wet and cold. Spring/summer is the best time, I think. May, for example, is lovely.

  8. Adam 4 August 2014 0438 #

    I can totally see what you are talking about when it comes to the Art Deco touches on the Soviet era building … I love buildings designed like this!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 2050 #

      I like them, too.

  9. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway 20 August 2014 1708 #

    Your pictures are great! Would never have imagined such cute architecture.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2014 1228 #

      Fantastic architecture all over Eastern Europe, Adrienne :)

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