Warsaw Things to Do Tips by uglyscot
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the palace on the water
In Lazienki Park there is a palace standing by a lake, and nearby a mock amphitheatre inspired by the one at Herculaneum. . The latter is free, but to enter the palace costs 12 zloty. It is open from 9 am - 4 pm., daily except Mondays.The present palace was remodelled in 1792 and was once the residence of Stanislaw August Poniatowski, the last king of Poland. The park itself is 74 hectares in area.
Address: lazienki Park
daffodils and narcissi
This is a large park and palace complex. It is popular with visitors , and locals alike. The latter flock to it especially on Sundays.
It is open from dawn to dusk and is free, though the Palace [see next tip] is not. There are trees, a lake and 'rivers', landscaped gardens . In spring the flowers are very attractive, both those planted, and the wild flowers.The trees are newly in bud, and squirrels and birds can be seen. Although there were a great number of people in the park , it is so large it does not feel crowded.
Here and there are small buildings and statues, the most famous being that of Chopin..
Address: Al. Agrykoll 1
Phone: 022 621 6241
Palace of Culture
This building 231 m high and covering a large area has been described as 'fearsome'. It is the tallest and largest structure in Warsaw, though other large buildings have been built in modern times. It makes an excellent marker for those who get lost [as we did one day].
It was commissioned by Stalin as a 'gift' from the Soviet People in 1955. It's reception was, however, mixed.
Entry to the museum of science is from Al. Jerozolimskie . It opens Tuesday- Sunday at 9.39 am till 4.30 pm. and costs 8zt, or 5zt reduced. Among the exhibits is the Enigma Coding Machine, which was cracked by Polish scientists.
The Planetarium shows are Tuesday-Saturday at 9.30 am-, 11.30, 13.30, 15.30
and on Sundays at 12 noon, 14.00 and 16.00,
Many people visit the viewing platform on the 30th floor, but not me with my fear of heights.
It takes 25 seconds for the elevator to reach the 30th floor. If it is windy, it can be very cold. It is open from 9.00 -18.00 and costs 20zt or 15zt reduced.
Address: Plac Defilad 1
Phone: 022 656 76 00
front of Royal palace
The castle or palace was built for a duke in the 13th Century. It became a king's residence in 1526, and the seat of legislation and administration. During WWII it was robbed and destroyed, but rebuilt 1971-1984.
The castle is open :
May 1st - Sep 30th :
Tuesday - Saturday 10am -4pm
Sunday 11 am -6pm entrance free in June, july and August
Monday 11am -6 pm entrance free in September
In Winter 1st October - 30 April:
Tuesday to Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday 11am-4 pm
It is closed on 1st January, Easter Sunday and Saturday, 1st May, Ist November, 24 and 25 December
price 12 for route 1 or 20 for route 2
Address: Plac Zamkowy 4
Jan Kilinski was a leader of the Warsaw burghers in the Koscuszko Insurrection in 1784. He was wounded twice and captured the Russian ambassador's residence. For this he was imprisoned at St Petersburgh. He is revered because he embodies the traditional Polish virtues of bravery and patriotism. The statue was erected in 1936 in Pl Krasinskich, but in reprisal for ban attack on the monument to Copernicus, the Nazis hid the statue of Kilinski in the vaults of the National Museum. However, the scouts painted graffiti on the walls 'People of Warsaw! I am here, Jan Ki.linski'. . In 1959 his statue was returned .
This church is a Roman Catholic church in Warsaw's New Town at Rynek Nowego Miasta 2 (New Town Market Place, no. 2).
The Church was originally the Kotowski Palace, residence of Adam Kotowski. In 1688 Queen Maria Kazimiera Sobieska bought it and had it transformed into a church to serve the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament, whom she had brought to Poland. In World War II, during the Warsaw Uprising, St. Kazimierz was used as a hospital and was a target for heavy bombing by the Germans . During a raid on August 31, 1944, four priests, 36 nuns and over a thousand civilians sheltering in the church's crypt were killed . The church was completely destroyed but was reconstructed in 1947-53.
view down to the Filtry
From the Jan III Sobieski hotel several old brick buildings can be visited. The area nearby is mainly industrial, so there is little else to see. From our hotel window we could see the Filtry. This is a large area of ground where , since the 19th Century, a water tower filters the water coming from the River Vistula to supply the city. The surrounding grassy area reminds me of the covered reservoirs beside our school playing fields in London, but there are no reservoirs , only pipes, beneath the turf . At the north eastern edge bulldozers are preparing the ground for development.
Elsewhere in the neighbourhood, not far from the Exhibition Centre XIII are two huge circular brick buildings that from their appearance look like gas storage tanks, except that they have the remains of so many windows.. Compared to the drab modern buildings in the neighbourhood, they stood out and caught my attention.
Address: Filtry district
the front with magnolia growing.
We went to Wilanow with Ewa [evaanna] and her husband. It lies about 10km to the south of Warsaw. The palace belonged to Jan III Sobieski. We didn't have to pay to get into the grounds as there is a lot of archaeological excavation going on throughout the area.
The palace itself is very ornate with many statues and carvings on the exterior. In the garden are landscaped flower beds, a hedge hiding a group of statues, an exhibition in the old orangery, and a walk down to the river. Many areas were roped off and paths blocked because of the digging.
It's a nice place to spend some time- or have wedding photos taken.
The palace is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9.39 am - 4.30 pm
On Sunday from 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Saturdays are free.
This large church is on the Royal Route just as you approach the Old Town. It had a huge banner with a picture of Pope John Paul II hanging at the front when we were there..St Anne's Church's exterior is mainly Baroque and still has its original Baroque interior, which miraculously survived World War II with very little damage.. The original church was founded in 1454 and was rebuilt and extended several times during the following three centuries.
Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie, Warszawa 00-322 Poland
Directions: near Old Town
Phone: +48 22 9431 (Tourist Information
monument to young uprisers
This monument depicting a child / scout , a boy soldier [Antek Rozpylacz] who was killed nearby, was designed by J. Januszkiewicz in praise of all the young participants of 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
It was unveiled on 1st October 1983 by a Jerzy Swiderski, a cardiologist who was a 14 year old runner of the Home Army's 'Gustav' batallion in 1944. The runners used to carry messages or fought in the ranks.
When we were there there was a large party of school children being taken to see it.
Address: alongside Old Town
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