Day 26 - Warszawa (PL)

Why have we anglicised this city name?

We had arrived at our hotel at about 20.30 the previous evening and then had had time for some food and a drink and chill time.

The following morning it was time for breakfast and 2 hours to see the city. We had already visited Warsaw  and the incredible old town (the youngest old town in the world - completely and amazingly rebuilt after World War II!) but this time we were just passing through.

Goodbye to the Euro again and hello to the zloty!

We set off to explore the city near our hotel – Polonia Palace. I would thoroughly recommend this luxurious hotel and quite a bargain especially if you are there on a week day (compared to Scandinavian countries)!

We found the Riga twin again and in fact our hotel looked out over the building!!! We decided to go up to the observation deck on the 30th floor and from there were able to see all the city again in an hour!!!

The Palace of Culture and Science was opened in 1955 on the initiative of Joseph Stalin as a “gift of the Soviet people for the Poles”. It is a notable high-rise building with a total height of 237 metres; it is the second tallest building in both Warsaw and Poland after Varso, the 6th-tallest building in the European Union and one of the tallest on the European continent.

The palace was built by Russian workers and for a long time, it was considered to be a symbol of socialist power and the pride of People’s Poland – it was where conventions of the Polish United Workers’ Party took place. Since its very beginning, it has hosted numerous concerts, exhibitions, fairs and shows.
It currently houses theatres, a cinema, museums, trendy pubs and the main Warsaw Tourist Information office.

Views of the Vistula River and the old town.

Think this was just advertising 'car sharing'!

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