Cultural events

Warsaw has a rich calendar of musical, cultural and sports events. Regardless your taste, there is something for everyone – festivals, concerts and outdoor exhibitions take place throughout the year. While it might be interesting to discover the capital’s cultural attractions according to your own ideas, here are some suggestions for you to consider:

Visiting one of Warsaw’s famous museums & science centers:

  • Warsaw Rising Museum dedicated to the event that shaped the contemporary face of the capital,
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, celebrating the 1000-year-old Jewish presence in Warsaw while also being an excellent example of contemporary architecture.
  • Copernicus Science Center – an interesting spot for science enthusiasts, where you can conduct experiments on your own, visit a planetarium and take part in many popular science events
  • Palace of Culture and Science – see the panoramic view of Warsaw and check one of the current exhibitions there. One of Poland’s highest buildings, this monumental skyscraper contains 42 floors and has a total height of 237 meters (778 feet), including a spire of 43 meters (141 feet). It also houses the Museum of Technology, located in the northern wing of the building.
  • University of Warsaw Botanic Garden and the Library.

In addition to museums & science centers, you can visit other locations that are important for Polish history (of interest not only for history buffs):

  • Warsaw’s old town – with its many charming cafes and alleys where you can meet street performers. The Old Town has also been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. When you’re in the old town, don’t forget to visit the royal castle;
  • Łazienki Royal Park – a beautiful and charming place for walks; every Sunday from mid-May until the end of September eminent pianists perform there by the monument of F. Chopin; there, you can listen to classical music, sitting on a blanket in the shade of a tree;
  • Ujazdowski Park & Piłsudski Square – venues for many concerts and State events.

While Warsaw has a long and rich history cherished by its citizens, it is also one of the fastest growing European cities. The city authorities aim at combining tradition with modernity. Try comparing the buildings on Politechniki Square or Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. The new buildings there are integrated into the old city structure in highly interesting ways. An example of this is Hala Koszyki, a historic commercial building from the early 20th century, which was carefully restored and now houses numerous bars and restaurants that make it an important spot on the culinary map of Warsaw.

And finally… the People

Please remember that the history of Poland and Warsaw (even the most recent history) was difficult. Many residents have been greatly affected by waves of political transformations. As a result, they can sometimes seem unfriendly. However, the idea of helping each other is firmly rooted in Polish society. Don’t be afraid to ask. Especially younger people, who usually speak English fluently.

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