Whether you’re in Warsaw for a day or a week, you’ll be sure to see the Palace of Culture and Science. Built by Stalinist architects, it’s certainly quite hard to miss. Today, the building houses a cinema, four theatres, two museums, and even a university amongst other things, but despite all this change, the amazing panoramic views from the top have remained very much the same. The colourful Old Town is one of 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city and its historic centre dates all the way back to the 13th century. Mostly obliterated in the Second World War, it’s been meticulously reconstructed to great effect. Those seeking a peaceful environment will find multiple parks across the city, but the most famous is the 17th-century Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski). The oldest public park in the city, it has colourful flowers, lemonade and ice cream stalls, and paths aplenty. The National Opera House is a popular spot very close to the aforementioned Old Town, providing an evening's entertainment unlike any other.
The National Museum is famous for its vast art collection of over 830,000 pieces from local masters like Matejko and Witkacy, as well as international artists like Botticelli and Rembrandt. Those with younger visitors should visit the Copernicus Science Centre for some vibrant, interactive learning. Classical music lovers will love the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, which is completely dedicated to the Polish composer’s body of work. Art fans should head to the National Gallery of Art – Warsaw’s answer to the Tate Modern and home to many amazing contemporary pieces. And for those seeking something a bit more off-kilter, the Neon Museum is an enlightening (literally) look at the captivating neon signs used in the Cold War era.
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