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Quick Stop Guide To Old Town Warsaw

May 2, 2017
The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

Layovers can be a great way to see a small part of a city. I generally love them a lot. Recently, I was in Warsaw with a few hours to spare before catching my train to Katowice and I thought why not to make the most out of this time. I had heard a lot about Old Town Warsaw and I decided to go there this time. Before I jump into what I did there, let’s get to know the place a bit better.

The Warsaw Old Town is the oldest part of the capital city of Poland. Built in the 13th century, it plays a very important part in Poland’s history. A great part of the district was destroyed during The World War II by the German army. After the war was over, Old Town Warsaw has been rebuilt to it’s pre-war glory. Today, it has a place in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as “an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century”.

How to reach Old Town Warsaw?

The district can be reached via bus or tram. I actually took bus number 160 from Dworzec Centralny 23 (It is right next to Warsaw Centralana, the central station) and got down at Stare Miasto 01, climbed the stairs near the bus stand & reached my destination.  

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

My Experience

My first impression when I reached Old Town was how picturesque it was. Surrounded by colourful buildings, it was all so beautiful. I went ahead & basically just walked around the whole 1.5 hours (approx.) I was there.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

As soon as you enter, you will see the Castle Square dominated by the Royal Castle & the Zygmunt’s Column. The Royal Castle used to serve as the residence of the royalty between the 16th and 18th centuries. Like most part of the town, it was reconstructed in the 1980s. The Zygmunt’s Column commemorates King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 had moved Poland’s capital from Kraków to Warsaw.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

From there, I just decided to continue my walk to my left side, towards Rynek. Every Polish town has Rynek (Town Square Hall) and the Old Town is no exception. However you will not find town hall here, as it was pulled down in 1817, when it was no longer capable of managing the city. Today, the square hosts a lot of bars and amazing places to eat at.

Further down the street, you will find a statue of Adam Mickiewicz, a great national bard, poet, activist and columnist, and one of the greatest romantic dramatic writers in Poland.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

Walking down Krakowskie Przedmiescie street, on my left I saw the Presedential Palace. It was earlier used by various noblemen and now hosts all the Polish presidents. I love how this neoclassical building glows with whiteness. The bronze monument standing in front the palace depicts Prince Józef Poniatowski, the commander-in-chief of the Polish army during the difficult times of the early 19th century.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

I so wanted to go further but it started raining & I was running out of time. But I must say it was a great experience. Despite of all these factors, I loved seeing the town and the architectural mix it has to offer.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland. The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

I know I still haven’t seen the most important part of Old Town Warsaw & will make sure that I see them next time I’m in the city.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

Have you been to Warsaw? How was your experience?

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.

The Old Town in Warsaw is one of the most picturesque part of the city. Visit Old Town to see the most beautiful houses and palaces in the city, dine at the market square and see the architectural marvels of Poland.
  1. I have some Polish friends from Warsaw and they always excited me with tales of its history and architecture. I have a thing for pretty buildings steeped in history it seems x

  2. I had no idea that Warsaw was so beautiful! Those colorful buildings are definitely charming. I would enjoy visiting it. It looks like a great destination – I had no idea, thank you for sharing!

  3. I haven’t been to Warsaw. It is beautiful, as I see from your photos. And oh so clean! The houses are so vibrant looking. I would love to be there someday.

  4. I have always been intrigued with Warsaw. It has been on my city break list for some time and I think after reading this guide I will definitely be visiting soon. thanks.

  5. This looks gorgeous, and I haven’t seen other information on it before. Thank you for the history and practical information – it made me want to go to Warsaw even more!

  6. Wow, great photos. I love visiting Warsaw, it is truly a great city. One of my absolute favourite spots is the Akademia Restaurant in Mokotow. They serve delicious food, which is a modern version of traditional flavours. Everything is always so tasty there!

  7. Love your photos! I go to Warsaw quite often, and the Old Town is my favourite part of the city, and in my opinion it is the most beautiful one. There are so many great places there! During my last stay my friend took me to a really nice bar in the Old Town called Bubbles. It was incredible, very cozy and casual. We had a really delicious dinner with champagne and I think it was my first time drinking champagne without any occasion. I loved it:)

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