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Main Attractions in Warsaw

Over 85% of the city was in ruins by the end of the war, and while the newer, post war buildings bear the unmistakable stamp of austere, quasi Gothic, Stalinist style, many of the prewar buildings were faithfully rebuilt brick by brick, closely following old painting and prints. Don't be misled into thinking that Warsaw has nothing to offer to the culturally inclined visitor. There are several 'must-see' sights that warrant a visit.

The main tourist attractions in Warsaw are to be found on the left bank of the River Vistula, while the right bank is home to the increasingly fashionable Praga district. Follow the 'Royal Route', which runs north-south from the New Town to the Old Town, past the high-street shops of Nowy Swiat, the several palaces that survived the war, right up to Wilanow Palace, which is an undisputed highlight of the city, if its moniker Polish Versailles is any indication to go by.

Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Square): Stroll down this lovely part of the city which was successfully rebuilt after the war, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If you're interested in the history of the city, pay a visit to the Historical Museum of Warsaw. Take in a panoramic view of the city from the top floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, located in the city centre and considered a defining landmark if the city. Zamek Krolewski (Royal Castle), which is now a museum, is amongst the best of the landmarks that were rebuilt.

If you're a history buff, The Warsaw Uprising Museum is an essential stop. It catalogues Warsaw's tragic past powerfully and is sure to move you. Also visit the Pawiak Prison, which was run by the Gestapo and symbolizes the oppression that haunted the citizens.

A walk around Lazienski Park and Palace, affords a faithful glimpse of Imperial Poland, and where all of Warsaw descends to take the traditional Sunday family stroll, is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon.


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