At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the skyline of Warsaw with New York or Chicago. That’s partly because much of Warsaw was flattened in World War II, destroying many of the historic buildings in the city’s old town. What came after, though, was the construction of glittering skyscrapers, fresh new restaurants and swanky buildings that give Warsaw a modern, metropolitan appeal.
Having said all of the above, Warsaw is by no means a lost city and residents here are proud of the city’s history. You can pay a visit to the Warsaw Rising Museum to learn more about the struggles the city faced under Nazi occupation.
Other museums of note include the award-winning Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and the Royal Castle, a 14th-century palace that houses an extensive art collection.
To sample the hearty fare on offer here, visit one of the many bar mleczny (milk bars) around the city. These understated cafes serve up classic Polish cuisine like pierogi (meat dumplings) and zrazy (beef stuffed with pickles and bacon), all at a low cost.