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According to legend, this Warsaw’s founding is due to a mermaid, Sawa, and a fisherman, Wars, who fell madly in love. It’s not hard to fall for their creation. Once the home of the Polish monarchy and the current nation’s capital, this historic city is home to many great stories, food, and important history. However, we have yet to find the mermaids.

Warsaw University of Technology

Established nearly 2 centuries ago, this university boasts a plethora of unique architectural styles. Check out the main building for a surprise when entering the covered forum–it may just give you a sunny disposition.

plac Politechniki 1, 00-661 Warszawa, Poland

Museum of Warsaw

Squeezing tight, this grouping of townhomes hide a vast museum behind their narrow facades. Rebuilt after World War II, this main museum building outlines and history of the city and the beautiful buildings once again gracing its old town.

rynek Starego Miasta 28-42, 00-272 Warszawa, Poland

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Opened in 2013, the modern POLIN is a must-see museum to any visitor to Warsaw. Constructed on the site of the once vast Warsaw Jewish Ghetto, it’s a poignant memorial and history lesson on Warsaw’s once vibrant Jewish community.

Mordechaja Anielewicza 6, 00-157 Warszawa, Poland

M2 Metro Line

Sneak a quick view of each station’s platform by riding the train around town. Each stop offers a unique look and color palette.

rondo Daszyńskiego, 00-869 Warszawa, Poland

Wilanów Palace

Enclosed by symmetrical towers and gilded windows, this lawn isn’t a bad place to lounge. Constructed in the Baroque-style for the King of Poland, this 17th Century palace now contains one of first public museums in Poland showcasing the country’s royal history.

Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958 Warszawa, Poland

Palace of Culture and Science

This towering rocket ship building is as controversial as it is recognizable in Warsaw. Gathering equal amounts of love and hate from residents, it was constructed as a People’s Palace as a gift from the Soviet Union. Containing a movie theatre, college, bookshops, museums, and an auditorium, explore a whole world within its walls.

plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa, Poland

SGH Warsaw School of Economics

For a school building, designers have really created some distractions for students. In this School of Economics, be sure to look up at the amazing ceilings and spacious windows–including an incredibly light-filled library.

al. Niepodległości 162, 02-554 Warszawa, Poland

Katyń Museum

Reflecting on a difficult and significant moment in the history of the Polish Army, this staircase leads to a memorial at its summit. With two walls almost closing in on stair climbers, it evokes the feeling of being surrounded like the country was in 1939.

Jana Jeziorańskiego 4, 01-521 Warszawa, Poland

Gdański Bridge

One of the oldest bridges still in active operation in Warsaw. Visitors will be treated to a very unusual tramway tunnel made of green-tinged wood, carrying delightful yellow & red streetcars.

Most Gdański, 00-280 Warszawa, Poland

Hoża 70 street

Hidden by large surrounding tenement buildings, this “dollhouse” remains intact from the 19th Century. While sometimes difficult to find this playful abode, it offers a real-life version of the children’s story book, “The Little House.”

Hoża 70, 00-682 Warszawa, Poland

Aleje Jerozolimskie 49

Tenements were an essential part of 19th Century life in Warsaw, and while towering, outdoor atriums offered residents light as well as a space to hang their laundry. This building has been beautifully restored into a crisp white color, giving off the impression of being surrounded by clouds while looking up at the clear blue sky.

al. Jerozolimskie 49, 00-696 Warszawa, Poland

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