Warsaw bleg

It turns out I will be there for a few days, unexpectedly.  I haven’t been in about fifteen years — what do you recommend?

I thank you all in advance for your wisdom and counsel.


When the crazy vicious people who took over poor Germany were in charge, they murdered about 50 thousand Polish people, among the 10 or 20 million people - some Polish, some not Polish - that they murdered for other reasons - they murdered about 50 thousand Polish people who were Catholic, and who knew that the Nazi ideology was Satanic and evil, simply because they - the murderers - were evil and they enjoyed murdering people who knew that they were evil...

Visit a few of their graves, you will not regret it.
You should visit Cambodia and Rwanda too.

Seriously, spend a few moments in one of the blessed cemeteries, where so many good-hearted martyrs await the general resurrection .....

People are generally nasty and it is not a good thing to forget that.

But i can tell you this: this world is the same world that heroes and kindly saints have live in.

Visit, once in a while, a cemetery where a hero or a kindly saint reposes, happily awaiting the resurrection


5-6 million polish people died in World War Two. Half being Jewish poles and half being Christian ethnic poles. At least 1/2 were murdered either in extermination’s.

I’m really confused by the 50k number you typed.

I believe our friend Polenov is referring specifically to the 50,000 slaughtered in the Wola Massacre, and the memorial to them at Górczewska Street in Warsaw.

Thanks for that explanation.

Joy in the Morning is a Bible verse, a Wodehouse novel, and, beyond all the words, a real thing ---- there really is a "Joy in the Morning" in your future, and just as importantly, in the future of everyone you care about, because God loves us ALL and is not going to let any of us remain behind as the days go by, if we only love each other and want to remain in a world where people care about each other.... and, let me say this ----- if you are one of the people who thinks you are not one of ALL The people God loves, try and say a prayer, and I will pray for you (the wish to pray is a prayer in itself - Bernanos said that - he was a French novelist who was a Christian because God had been good to him, if God had not been good to him he would have been sort of a French Nietzsche ....)

You will find, whoever you are reading this (MON FRERE MON SEMBLABLE) , if you try to find out the truth about the world, that God loves you more than you can imagine ....

Seriously. You have people like me praying for you but more importantly you have GOD ON YOUR SIDE THE MOMENT YOU pray for healing.

I will never ever ever get a single cent from my attempts at spreading the word of the Lord, and above and beyond that I will never brag about it to some person of the opposite sex, hoping to get her respect for my attempts ....
That's not how I roll (that was 90s humor, in case you missed it)


I communicate this truth much better in "real life" than on the internet -
but one tries to do what one can, no matter where one finds oneself on some field of struggle ....


(hope that did not come across as rude, I am a drill instructor at heart - 20 years in the military, and in a real military, not a phony one, AND WE SOLDIERS ARE BY NATURE EMPHATIC)

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Death is swallowed up in victory. Requiescat In Pace

Enoteka Warszawska in New Town Square is the best one that I remember the name of. Mostly ate with friends and family but we had a birthday dinner there.

If you ask for a Polish,

They might get confused.

Apparently there are Chopin concerts in Lazienski Park every Sunday during the summer https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/Chopin-in-the-park_221e

I pulled that from this Reddit thread proving people wrong about Warsaw as a skippable city, it has a lot of quality content https://www.reddit.com/r/poland/comments/9kgaqs/how_to_prove_people_wrong_by_visiting_warsaw/

Tyler, I just spent a week there last year while I was working for NATO. We stayed near the plaza where their Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is (ceremony every day). It's very close to the old town which was completely rebuilt after WWII. Great food and great people. We had no problems walking around and there are a lot of things to see within walking distance. I went for a run along the river and found a Ronald Reagan statue as well as the Copernicus museum (which is a science museum focused towards children). I also walked around the massive Soviet-style tower in the center of the city which is a theater now. One afternoon, we toured the Wilanow palace (pronounced almost to Villanova) which is a Versaille-style palace just outside the city. There are some Polish-pottery outlet stores if you search for them (not the touristy ones in old-town).

It's not specific to Warsaw and in fact it's set in the countryside, but when I was in Poland I really enjoyed reading "Stone Upon Stone" by Wieslaw Mysliwski, one of those works of literature that allows the reader to understand for a moment what it would be like to have a personality type almost entirely different from the sort of person who reads books in translation while travelling in, and trying to understand, a foreign country.

„Stone upon Stone”, aye. The ending of that book, the very last sentences of it, are probably the best I have read.

They have a great beamer theme!

Get the kielbasa.

warsaw is cool but take the 30 min flight to krakow and stay in kazimierz, the old jewish quarter, eclectic mix of food, hidden away record shops/bookstores, incredible history, one of my fave places! mocak modern art museum next to the schindler factory is good and the restaurant inside is excellent

Hey! I was there randomly for a conference. Loads of little gems.
• Perogies: Warszawa Powiśle (also a cool old metrostop turned cafe)
• Rad museum: Neon Museum (Warsaw's logo is this very topless mermaid and the famous neon sign of this logo is at this museum)
• Best Logo: The Metro. The trains are also amazingly cheap!
• Cool neighborhood: East side of the river, by the Google Campus
• Best hilariously tiny vodka bar tucked in an alley: Ulubiona
• Weird law: there's no shopping allowed on most Sundays in Poland! • Here's a list of days that are good for 2019 http://kidsinthecity.pl/poland-sunday-trading-ban-and-shopping-sundays-dates/
• Best Flea Market: Bazar na Kole (I got a rad assortment of old shot glasses!)

I meant the Tram/Light Rail logo. It's the mermaid (called Syrenka) with an electric, winged train wheel. So cool!!

Ah! And I forgot the Jewish museum. Really terribly curated, but amazingly stuffed with incredible history and artifacts of Jews all the way back the middle ages, a fantastic recreation of a traditional synagogue (imagine illuminated pages as architecture), and so much more.

Go to the newish Jewish Museum and the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. Both of them are powerful, complicated and thoughtful.

I was going to write just that. Both of them are must-see!

POLIN (Museum for history of the polish Jews)

If weather is good (and for your physical exercise ambitions) - Lazienki Park

Food/Drinks at the Plac Zbawciela
- Charlotte for Breakfast & Drinks
- Ministerstwo Kawy (Coffee Ministerium)

Try the vegan food - it's everywhere and is impressive, even if you dislike vegan food as I usually do (the one I remember the name of was Wege Miasto). Ice cream is also cheap, ubiquitous, and tasty.

Warsaw looks much like a Chinese city of 15 years ago, but cleaner and less crowded.

and far fewer Chinese people

The city's parks are really great, especially Lazienski park. If possible, you could go out on a run along the river. The food was great, loved the ubiquitous pierogi and broscht (cold beetroot soup, perfect for a hot day). The museums were moving and quite informative, especially the Museum of Warsaw Uprising

Barszcz is a warm one, chłodnik is a cold one ;)

I'm an American who has lived in Poland for almost a decade.
The museum of Polish Jews - POLiN.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Polish art section of the National Museum.

In general:
Walks around the Filtry, Powisle, Praga Polnoc, and Saska Kepa districts. Get a view of the city from the PKiN (Palace of Science and Culture).
I highly recommend a long walk: Start at Park Slaski and make your way to Plac Grzybowski and the nearby synagogue. Head down toward the Politechnika (check out the inside of the main building) and towards Plac Zbawiciela (Savior Square) - be sure to catch the Socialist Realist art! Continue down to Park Lazienkowski. Make your way to Plac Unii Lubelski (Union of Lublin Square) and continue down to the "Krolikarnia" (Rabbit Hunting Palace). Nearby there is an abandoned ski-jump, which has a post office inside. See if you can find it.
I made a google map link to essentially show the route:
This is just an overall route. You can make side excursions and switch it up a bit.

Places to eat: Folk Gospoda (big portions; don't order too much),
Any milk bar (a type of cafe-style restaurant from the Communist times),
Restauracja Zielnik.

Yes to "Zielnik." Tyler! - Do the definitive "Who is the greatest Gessler" restauranteer guide. Amongst creators, there is an original, his son, that son's two ex-wives and one of their sons. Or something like that.

Yes, the POLIN and Warsaw Uprising museums are well worth seeing. I also enjoy the Chopin Museum east of the central train station. Enjoy the views of the Vistula from Stare Miasto.

Poles love cemeteries. The Powązki Cemetery west of Stare Miasto is full of interesting sites, including the well-commemorated grave of Ryszard Kukliński, a Polish military officer who spied on behalf of the United States.

If you at all like decorative ceramics, there are at least two stores in Stare Miasto that sell it. One store is right next door the the Marie Curie Museum; its competitor is perhaps a block to the west. I try to buy one piece per visit to Poland as a souvenir. I bring it home in my carry-on and have never broken one.

Udanej podróży!

A couple of good restos:
Dyletanci, Green Bear,

A good milk bar:Bar Bambino,

A good bar: Woda Ognista,

Some good vegan food: Krowarzywa, Vegemiasto

A couple of good pastry shops: Slodki Slony, Lukullus

Oh and I almost forgot, a very nice hispter market with tons of great food stalls is found in Hala Gwardii - open on weekends and lets you try a lot of everything. Excellent atmosphere and great food.

The Neon Museum

Wow, reading these has made me want to visit Warsaw! Have had Poland high on my list of places to visit but it may now be at the top of that list.

If you had two weeks in Poland, what would be your priorities for a visit? How many days in Warsaw/Krakow?

I didnt like Warsaw that much but my last visit was in the winter 5 years ago...

The most beautiful Polish cities are Lwów and Wilno, neither of which are currently in Poland. Wroclaw (Breslau) should be high on your list - a former German city that is now one of the most economically dynamic cities in Poland (and full of Ukrainian gastarbeiter) it captures the spirit of modern Poland far better than Cracow. Poznań is a beautiful city that is mercifully free of tourists and is the heart of old Poland.

Hi. Warsaw three days max. Like lots of Europe, the capital is not the nation. Priority SE: Kazimierz/Kozlowka/Sandomierz/Zamosc (on a stretch)/Krakow/Kalwaria Zebrzydowska/Zakopane. Streak 2: roughly Wroclaw to Jelenia Gora by the book. Add Sopot/Hel/Jurata if May/June, but not July/Aug. Relax lakes districts 2-3 days.

My secret theory: a tour following all of the appearances of the Virgin Mary in Poland East of the Vistula and South of the Bug will somehow create the single greatest view of Polish history while revealing all the least known greatest treasures of Polish architecture. Focus within the NowySacz - Przemysl - Zamosc - Lublin range.

Hotel / brunch - Hotel Bristol: Stylish art deco surroundings and central location
Museum - Polin: as others too have noted, if only for the architecture
Parks - All of them: I found Warsaw to have the most beautiful parks of any European city

I have not been to Poland.

But this is the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. There must be a memorial to the uprising there, and it would be appropriate to visit it.

I don't know the etiquette here and - and I am probably not the best guide but I am a regular reader of your blog and a Warsaw inhabitant, please contact me if you need any local advice.

Visit the Zoliborz neighborhood around Plac Wilsona. It is a residential neighborhood where the up and coming professional class live. Not touristy, fairly green, and a good window into "Polska A". Dom is a good restaurant serving moden Polish food.

Read "The Global Age" by Kershaw. Also, talk to someone who grew up under communism. See the highland and the lowland. Ask why Polish people are coming to USA.

The aforementioned History of Polish Jews (AKA Polin) museum is well worth a visit, but be aware that this is a museum without almost any exhibits. There are literally maybe a few dozens of them. All the rest is just narration and multimedia. Quite an experience by itself, but if you'll enjoy depends on what would be your attitude towards that. If you want to learn about an event that basically defined the city, go to the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

If you want a modern attempt at roughly Polish food, hit „alewino” restaurant. (Rather needs a booking.) Good food at slightly higher prices than average, but well worth it, and lots of wine that you can all order by glass. Also „Bibenda” is worth a visit. If you want to try the most popular street food, get a kebab. They are literally everywhere.

As was mentioned, we have one of the highest number of vegan restaurants per capita. Which opens opportunities for quality and/or intriguing vegan food. If you want to try it, there's a small chain of vegan burgerhouses called „Krowarzywa”, „Vege miasto” has a good a la carte menu, „Tel Aviv” goes for something more fancy, and there are also vegan pizzerias and sushi bars. Also, think about trying a milk bar (in Polish: bar mleczny) that is a type of place serves government-subsidised food. Mainly based on milk products, but there's meat there too. They used to be Polish implementation of greasy spoons, now they are more hip and clean.

Poland is now going through a craft beer revolution. There are places in which you can get 100+ beers from tap, all different. But to drink a beer with a deep taste of historical irony, hit the „Cuda na kiju” bar. You'll be sitting in the former HQ of the Polish communist party, where now Warsaw Stock Exchange is located and ultra-luxury brands have their boutiques. Systems change, headquarters don't.

If you'll be traveling in the center of Warsaw, rather go for public transport. It's quite cheap and well organized, especially given absurd traffic jams that we have in rush hours. This is the city and the country with one of the highest number of cars per capita.

Be aware of traffic in general. While some 95% of drivers yield to pedestrians, there's no week without a news report of a person killed on a (legal) crossing. Speed limits both in and outside of cities are only virtual. Even our speed radars don't bother to snap pictures of drivers who exceed the legal limit by <10 km/h.

best ever appropriately surreal experience: watching loads of German tour groups being led on guided tours of an empty museum of Jewish history in Poland. Right about the time the museum opened. Loads of Germans with tour guides discussing empty rooms.

Comments above already describe well worth seeing places.

I'd like to add that Warszawa is a city that is in some sense Europe's 20th century history in a nutshell:
- post Great War (1st World War) joy of country who regained its independence after 123 years of prussian-austrian-russian occupation. To feel this craving for independence visit Chopin's museum and his music that was an expression of occupied nation's feelings
- after 20 years of freedom again occupied by Nazis and then formation of Polish Underground State with own system of education, courts, police
- Jewish Ghetto and uprising in 1943 - visit POLIN Museum to see history of Jews in Poland from 1000 AD to contemporary times
- complete destruction of city by Nazis:
As mentioned visit Uprising Museum
- installation of communism and city's rebuilding after war - see Pałac Kultury i Nauki, go around city and see where you can find socrealism architecture
- "wild west" of capitalism in 90s (after state's transformation) - ugly cheap architecture

Check out Pyzy Flaki Gorące for a bite

They're pretty pleased with the uprising museum. Jewish history museum is very fine. Bike the river bank - both sides. Powiazki Cemetary and Jewish cemetary. For God's sake, skip craft beer. Like for all new fads in Warsaw, it takes time for quality to float to the top. Unless you're into "so bad, it's amazing." Same with burger joints. Uffta. Best vodka: Zubrowka, with everything pickled plus drippings on bread. Lunch at Pani Wanda's Obiady Domowe, ul. Lwowka. Ice cream 'Prawdziwe Lody" nettles flavor. I could go on.

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