City centre, the best area to stay in Warsaw
Most people who have visited the city will tell you that you probably won’t leave the city centre as there isn’t much need to because everything you need to see and do in Warsaw is situated in this area. It has to be said that this is true to quite an extent as the major attractions are found here as well as the best restaurants, nightlife and accommodation as previously said. The first thing that you will notice in the city centre is the daunting and humongous building called the Palace of Culture and Science and is the city’s most recognisable building. The sprawling complex was actually given as a gift by the Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin, which was built in the 1950s and has been a hot topic for Poles due to the dictator helping Hitler during World War II. Inside the Palace of Culture and Science, you will find a cinema, various restaurants as well as a couple of universities and a Science Museum. Also, there is an observation deck at the top of the structure, which gives some of the best views of the city and is a popular place to come to during sunset. Nearby is the impressive Polish Parliament and there are tours that take you round the premises including the chambers, main hall and the actual area where they debate topics and issues. During German occupation in World War II, the Umschlagplatz was the square where over 300,000 Jews were rounded up and put in crowded freight cars to Treblinka extermination camp. Today, you will see a monument that was erected in memory of those people, which is an extremely moving and haunting place. For some of the best looking religious buildings then head to the Nozyk Synagogue and Jesuit Church, with both still being used and both offering gorgeous architecture on the inside as well as the exterior. There are plenty of museums and galleries in the city centre to explore with the National Museum and History Museum being some of the most well-known. Between them they have historical photos, documents and artefacts that have been collected from the city and there are lots of wonderful and most iconic paintings and sculptures that have produced by Polish artists. Other worthwhile museums to visit include the Technology Museum, Marie Curie Museum, Frederic Choplin Museum, Independence Museum and the Polish Military Museum. As well as the National Museum, for art check out the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Zacheta Gallery as they have excellent works and displays from local talent up to international artists.
If it is shopping that you are after then the city centre is by far the best place with loads of little shops dotted around streets and there are also enormous malls like Zlote Tarasy and Arkadia, which have every shop under the sun. After shopping try one of the parks to get away from it all, like Saski Garden or Lazienki Park.
You are spoilt for choice in terms of cuisine, pubs and hotels and most food types are covered from traditional Polish food to South American and Asian cuisines. The best amount of pubs and clubs can be found on the streets of Foksal and Wierzbowa, which mostly open all through the night.