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Culture and history
Warsaw’s royal treasures
Warsaw is home to a few architectural masterpieces: The Royal Castle and Wilanów Palace. These striking, former royal residences are known for their luxurious Baroque-style décor. Unlike the Castle, Wilanów Palace saw very little damage during the wars. Inside both buildings, you’ll be able to see the royal living quarters, learn more about the history of Warsaw and visit the exhibitions.
A controversial palace
The Palace of Science and Culture was a gift from Stalin and looks very imposing on the urban landscape. After the fall of communism, locals wanted it to be demolished. The palace hosts exhibitions, concerts and many other events. The complex is also home to the fascinating Museum of Technology and Industry. A quick tip: Go up to the 30th floor for an extraordinary view over Warsaw!
The Artistic Łazienki Park
You can’t visit Warsaw without walking round Łazienki Park. The park is made up of several impressive gardens and two stunning buildings: Łazienki Palace and Ujazdów Castle. Both buildings have been transformed into art centres with rich and diverse collections. After, why not explore the beautiful, English-style Saxon Garden.
Go for a drink in the Pawilony district
Near Branicki Palace, you’ll find a small area of the city tucked away but filled with twenty or so bars. Locals often go there for a drink and sit on the terraces till late at night. Each bar has its own unique ambience. So, there’ll definitely be one to suit you!
Have a bite to eat in a bar mleczny
Abar mleczny, (literally meaning milk bar) is a bit of an institution in Poland. The milk bars flourished in Warsaw during the communist era as workers could eat cheap, simple, dairy-based meals there. Get a table at one of the last remaining milk bars and have a simple but excellent meal.
Pierogi, Polish dumplings
Pierogi are one of the best dishes in Warsaw, perhaps even in Poland. These little dumplings are are usually stuffed with potato and fromage frais, but can come in lots of different varieties, depending on the creativity of the chef. Some are filled with meat, others with vegetables etc. These little dumplings are delicious. You’ll find them on the menu at most traditional restaurants.
Sernik, a type of cheesecake
Sernik has to be one of the tastiest sweet treats in Poland. Sernik is made using twaróg cheese and is very similar to an American cheesecake. Sernik is filling yet refreshing and can have lots of different added extras: raisins, caramelised fruit, chocolate, lemon zest and more.
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