Warsaw Old Town is the oldest (13th century) part of the town. It is also the cultural center of the capital city. Two historic squares – the Old Town Market and the New Town Market – are transformed during the summer into a musical stage on which highly appreciated jazz concerts take place, a theatre arena, and an art gallery under the sky. The romantic streets descending to the Vistula River are vibrant with music and numerous restaurants and cafés in the former bourgeois tenement houses are extremely popular spots with visitors and they pulsate with life until the late night hours. The oldest churches in Warsaw can be found in the Old Town: the 14th century St. John’s Chapel, St. Martin’s Church and the Gracious Mother of God Church. The Old Town, completely destroyed during World War II, was faithfully restored and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Warsaw – a city of Great People
Warsaw is the hometown of Fryderyk Chopin and Maria Sk?odowska-Curie. Both Fryderyk and Maria spent their childhood and youth in Warsaw and both spent their adult life in Paris. The most important stops on the Chopin route are Holy Cross Church (ko?ció? ?w. Krzy?a), where his heart is interred, an ultra-modern biographical Chopin Museum and the monument in ?azienki Park, where recitals of Chopin’ s music are held each Sunday from May to September. The multimedia music benches, set by all the essential Chopin-related landmarks, are truly one-of-a-kind.
The main stop on the route of Maria Sk?odowska-Curie is Maria Sk?odowska-Curie Museum – the birth house of the scientist. One should also visit Vistula bank, which was Maria’ s favorite place in Warsaw. As a child she liked to walk on the riverside, and went there during her last visit in Poland.
Warsaw – a Green city
According to many, the colour which suits the capital the most is green. Almost a quarter of its area is covered with verdant neighborhoods: parks, squares and gardens – historic parks, the setting of royal and magnate palaces, such as the Saski Garden, ?azienki and Wilanów and more modern examples as the garden on the roof of the University Library. There are several nature reserves in Warsaw and it is also one of the very few cities in the world that can be proud of a forest inside the city boundaries. The Kampinos National Park is the only park of this kind recognized by the World Biosphere Reserve. Warsaw, being a large agglomeration, is also a haven for numerous protected animal species (including butterflies, lizards, reptiles and others). The most numerous group is the avian population. They mostly find shelter around the green shores of the Vistula River. The peregrine falcon couple living on the top of the Palace of Culture and Science is another good example of wild life in this green city.
The district of Praga located on the right bank of the Vistula was once and throughout many centuries an independent town and was only officially incorporated into Warsaw at the end of the 18th century. For many years it was a secondary part of the city; it was not damaged during the wars and is currently becoming an interesting district which has been chosen by artists for their ateliers, galleries and alternative theatres. Fashionable clubs and post-industrial buildings transformed into culture centers, cinemas, galleries and bars have created a specific atmosphere in the district. In Praga you will encounter many streets that have preserved their historic architecture; with old street lamps, pre-war paving and the only one of its kind, the Ró?ycki market place. One of the biggest attractions of Praga, especially for children, is the ZOO.The district organizes two attractive events – the Night of Praga (Noc Pragi), which reveals the charm of the artistic Praga, and the ‘Praga Cultural Meetings KULmixTURA’, which highlight the importance of multiculturality.
Apart from the restaurants with a typical Polish menu, Warsaw offers restaurants with specialities from practically all over the world. The typical Polish dishes include steak tartare, that is raw minced meat, and Warsaw-style herring as starters, as well as pork cutlet with cabbage, ‘pierogi’ (dumplings stuffed with cabbage or meat), potato pancakes, potato dumplings and ‘bigos’ (a cabbage and meat stew) as main dishes. Soups are very popular in Poland, such as ‘?urek’ (sour rye soup) with white sausage, red beet soup with ravioli, tomato soup with rice or noodles, ‘krupnik’ (barley soup), broth and tripe soup. And in the summer also cold soups.
However, the culinary symbols of Warsaw are definitely the sweets. To the oldest of them belong the products of the chocolate factory Wedel with a tradition of over 150 years! The sweet ‘ptasie mleczko’ (‘bird milk’), the wedlowska mixed chocolates and the torcik wedlowski (a layered wafer cake) are popular presents from Warsaw. The chocolate café Wedel in a stylish tenement house in ulica Szpitalna 8 is the oldest chocolate café in Poland. The ‘Staro?wiecki Sklep’ (‘Old Fashion’) at the same address offers chocolate fondue. More and more popular are also the Wedel breakfasts served here.
Not less famous Warsaw sweets are – since over three hundred years – the doughnuts from Blikle and – since over 60 years – the cream filled pastry ‘wuzetka’, named after the Trasa W-Z – one of the arterial roads in Warsaw (and the first significant urban development investment in the city after the 2nd World War). In 2009, the ‘Zygmuntówka’ joined the ranks of the culinary symbols of the capital. The new Warsaw pastry is a fairy cake filled with almond cream, cranberry jam, whipped cream and chocolate mousse. The whole is topped with a meringue of irregular shape symbolizing a royal crown. The recipe was developed by the over 80-year old Warsaw confectionery shop Nova Teledzi?scy and the name was given by internauts.
In Warsaw it often happens, that several interesting cultural events take place on the same day. This is true for the whole year, and in Summer there is even more going on. The Varsovians even take their summer holidays depending on the dates of the festivals. Many of these take place outside and in beautiful surroundings, for example in the rose garden in Wilanów, in the amphitheatre next to the lake in the ?azienki park, in the historical courtyard of the student hall ‘Dziekanka’, under the Kubicki Arcades, on the Market Square in the Old Town and in the many parks in Warsaw. The entrance to most of the summer festivals is free.
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