One day in Warsaw
Warsaw, as the capital of Poland and its biggest city, has a very fascinating but complex past, which had a huge impact on carving out the city as it is today. Spending one day in Warsaw is like seeing only a trailer of a movie – we will not get a full story and experience all there is to experience. However, it has also a good outcome as it will make you want to come back to see what the city has to offer!
First things first – breakfast
A good day without a delicious breakfast is impossible! That is why, we start our one day trip in Warsaw with a decent first meal which will fill us up with energy needed to visit as many places as possible! Here, we have a variety of different restaurants which serve breakfast for a ridiculous price of 1PLN, if you buy a regular priced coffee with it. This kind of offer (breakfast + magic black drink) is available in restaurants all over Warsaw. For the purpose of the one-day-trip in Warsaw, we will choose ‘Trzecia Waza’ restaurant (http://trzeciawaza.pl/) as our starting point. It’s excellent location, next to the Old Town, organizes well the rest of the plans for the day. Other restaurants worth visiting include the hipster ‘Aoili’ or Italian ‘Si”. After filling up our tummies with delicious breakfast and magic-like coffee, we are ready for the upcoming attractions!
Exploring the Wilderness
After the last bite, we hurry up to the Sigmund’s Column, the heart of the Castle Square in the Old Town of Warsaw. Punctually at 10AM we start to follow a guide with an ” Free Walking Tour ” , who is the leader of a free walking tours in the city, showing us the thrilling right banked district of Warsaw . Untouched by the War, Praga becomes the “wild” part of Poland’s capital, making it a paradise for all the alternative art-lovers. After the 2 hour doze of cultural mixture, we set our minds on one specific community which is strictly connected with Warsaw’s history – the Jewish society.
After the Free Walking Tour, we come back to the left side of the river, more precisely to the “Polin” Musuem of the History of the Polish Jews , which is located in the green part of Muranów. In Hebrew, ‘Poland’ is pronounced as ‘Polin’ which broken down into 2 words means ‘dwell here’.
The meaning behind the translation is that Poland was a good place to settle in, which caused 80% of the Jewish world population to live on the Polish land. That is why learning about Jewish history in Warsaw is very important. The museum’s goal is to bring and preserve the memory of the history of the Polish Jews. Through its galleries and displays, the institution also fights against stereotypes and faces the current world’s problems such as xenophobia and nationalistic prejudices. This is a must-see on the list of things to do in Warsaw in one day.
Historic City Center
After learning a bit about the history of Poland’s capital, we move on to see the direct survivals of the past times in the form of monuments and buildings of the Old Town. The origin of this area reaches back to XIII century, although the architecture is mainly from XVII and XVIII century. The Royal Castle with a beautiful viewing point on the rooftop is definitely worth our attention.
The Market Square was once a home and place of business for Polish and international merchants. In the middle of the square, there is a statue of a mermaid with a sword and a shield which, according to old legends, is supposed to protect Warsaw from all the enemies. However, we have to keep in mind that while having a walk around this oldest area in Warsaw, we are seeing a lot of reconstructed buildings as almost entire of the Old Town was destroyed during the II World War. At this point of the day, we have a great opportunity to eat a traditional Polish dinner in one of many restaurants and bars located around the Old Town.
After the sun goes down, the nightlife begins! There are 3 main zones of parties in Warsaw full of pubs and clubs, so it is really easy to turn a casual beer with friends into a dancing marathon in one night! The first zone is the famous Mazowiecka street, which is home for many diverse music clubs in Warsaw. Next to the roundabout with the only, unfortunately fake :(, palm tree in Poland, after passing a ‘secret’ gate we enter the world of pubs and bars called ‘Pawilony’ which makes the second party zone in Warsaw. The third fiesta zone ‘Parkingowa’ is the closest one to our hostel, making it only 10 minutes of walk to get there. This area has both, pubs and clubs, where you can go crazy until dawn! If you are afraid to get lost in this Warsaw Bermuda Triangle of party, you can also join an organized Pub Crawl which after the welcoming shot in first bar, will provide fun for whole night!