Warsaw scenes

2017-11-01T22:17:40+00:0023 July 2014|Poland, UNESCO World Heritage|

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


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



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.


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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  1. Betty J. Ogburn 23 July 2014 at 2129 - Reply

    …It DOES look beautiful, but I hate that the city is (obviously) not the same–but, hey, that’s what war does, I suppose…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2040 - Reply

      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?

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2042 - Reply

      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 at 1825 - Reply

    WOW! That looks like an incredible beautifull destination I love the pictures

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2046 - Reply

      Warsaw is very pretty 🙂

  4. Vera Marie Badertscher 25 July 2014 at 0357 - Reply

    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!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2047 - Reply

      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 at 2118 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2048 - Reply

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

  6. Soraya 30 July 2014 at 1311 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2048 - Reply

      Thank you.

  7. Mette 30 July 2014 at 1924 - Reply

    We visited western Poland once and found it rather bleak. Maybe it’s about time to give Warsaw a try.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2049 - Reply

      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 at 0438 - Reply

    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!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 August 2014 at 2050 - Reply

      I like them, too.

  9. Adrienne @ AdrienneAway 20 August 2014 at 1708 - Reply

    Your pictures are great! Would never have imagined such cute architecture.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 August 2014 at 1228 - Reply

      Fantastic architecture all over Eastern Europe, Adrienne 🙂

  10. Joy @MyTravelingJoys 7 January 2015 at 2101 - Reply

    Warsaw is great city to visit and to live in! Thanks for showing off the city’s colors! And yes, May to October is the best time to visit Warsaw. Winter is pretty damp, gray and cold. 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 January 2015 at 1610 - Reply

      Surprisingly great, I thought. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  11. Julie 18 August 2017 at 1521 - Reply

    Great photos! I love Warsaw, it is one of my favorite cities in Europe. I have been there few weeks ago, and the trip is great. I love exploring this city and I always try to go somewhere new. Last time I have discovered amazing place – a bar called Bubbles Bar. I had the best dinner there with my friends, and we also stayed for drinks. The place was so cozy and casual! It was awesome, I hope that I will get to go to Warsaw again and visit it too 🙂

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