Who would have thought we could have so much fun spending two days in Warsaw, even though it rained throughout the entire weekend? I’ve always considered myself quite lucky when it came to travelling as I didn’t have any unpleasant experiences and the weather would ALWAYS be nice. Until the day we landed at Modlin Airport, in Warsaw.
Even though the rain wasn’t heavy, I could already tell it wasn’t going to go away anytime soon so R. gave me a look on our way to the AirBnB that was basically implying that we are not going to enjoy this city break. Well, we couldn’t be more wrong, we loved it! No, the rain didn’t stop and yes, we still managed to go places and enjoy the Polish capital.
Our AirBnB was literally across the Palace of Culture and Science, right in the centre of everything in the city and it was a beautiful, spacious double room, with large windows (don’t judge me please, I live in London. Large windows are a luxury now…) and a cute little coffee table with two chairs. After we left our luggage behind, we started exploring Warsaw.
Here are 4 places you must see even if you only spend one night in Warsaw:
- Neon Museum
It might sound childish, but this was probably my favourite thing in Warsaw (that and chocolate, but I’ll tell you all about that later). One of the few neon museums in the entire world, this is a really nice spot to visit if you’re planning a trip to Warsaw. It’s an exhibition of many lighting advertisements that were collected after World War II.
Not only a history lesson on neon’s origins and Poland during communism, but also a great place for those of you who are always hunting instagrammable places. I guarantee this will not disappoint! (£2.60 for the entry ticket, you can find them at http://www.neonmuzeum.org/).
- The Palace of Culture and Science
Kind of hard not to notice the tallest building in Poland, situated right in Central Warsaw and built in 1955, inspired by the art deco movement. It’s actually the eighth tallest building in the European Union, but people have been campaigning to have the building demolished as they consider it a cruel reminder of the communist period. The Palace’s initial name included the name of Joseph Stalin, as Poland was under Soviet occupancy during that time. When reading more about the building, I found something that was rather emotional: some people say the Palace has the best views of the city because it’s the only place you can’t see the Palace from.
Nevertheless, if you visit Warsaw, it would be impossible for you to miss it and even if we didn’t go up, the ticket prices are very affordable if you want to go. A regular ticket that allows you to reach the viewing platform is the equivalent of £4.
- Wedel Chocolate Factory
After wandering through the city and especially on a rainy day, there is nothing more relaxing than drinking a nice, hot chocolate. And what’s the best place for that if not a chocolate factory? Warsaw has that! It belongs to E.Wedel, a big Polish chocolate brand and their hot chocolate is truly amazing. If chilling in their café is not enough chocolate for one day, you can even book a factory tour and also buy other chocolate products from their shop. It’s going to be a very sweet journey, that one.
- The Old Town
What was considered the oldest part of the city (built in the 13th century), was almost entirely destroyed during World War II by bombs targeting the city’s main landmarks. The Old Town is now reconstructed and even if some building were not rebuilt according to their original, it’s a great place to walk around and stop by a nice restaurant for dinner. We went there at night and it was splendid.
PRICES and TRANSPORT
Landmarks, food and transport are really affordable in Warsaw, if we were to compare it to other European capitals.
A single transport ticket costs around £0.89 or £1.41 if you would like to reach areas outside zone 1 and 2. You can use the underground, trams and buses and everything you’d like to see is within close reach from the centre.
The Airbnb was super affordable as well and it has a great location too! Here’s a link to the listing if you’re looking for accommodation in Warsaw: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16139058?guests=1&adults=1
All in all, it was a great weekend and we would love to travel to Warsaw again and other Polish cities. Follow @anatravelstheglobe to see more pics from Warsaw, Poland.