5 May 2018

Things to Do in Warsaw


Warsaw or known in Polish as Warszawa, is the capital of Poland, often overlooked by it's sistering city, Krakow, Warsaw is rich in history and in nightlife, need I go on? 




If you decide to visit Warsaw, then you'll find yourself greeted by statues of mermaid's and while I know everyone loves a mermaid or two, there's actually a really interesting reason behind it... The legend of the Warsaw Mermaid goes as follows: A mermaid who was swimming in the sea, stopped on the riverbank near the Old Town, she loved the place so much that she decided to stay, two fishermen came to wonder why the river was making such huge waves, they also noticed that something was catching their fish and then releasing them from the nets, they went to investigate, which is where they found the mermaid, upon hearing her beautiful singing, they both fell in love with her. However, a rich merchant decided to capture the mermaid and trapped her in a wooden hut, but after hearing her distinct cry, a young fisherman and his friends went to go and release her, soon after, she declared that she would help any fishermen who needed it. Ever since, the Mermaid has been seen armed with a sword and shield, ready to protect her beloved city. 

There are other stories too which say that one fishermen named Wars, captured the mermaid and instantly fell in love with her, her name being Szawa (Warsaw) - Which is how the city got the name. 


Culture 


Warsaw is rich in culture and there's plenty of things to do for all you museum lovers. Warsaw was completely rebuilt after it got destroyed during the Second World War, however the beautiful, Gothic architecture is one to be admired, with pretty pastel buildings giving it that ultimate European feel. 


Popular museums include:


Warsaw Uprising Museum 

Chopin Museum 
Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Copernicus Science Centre

Food & Drink 


The food in Warsaw is quite similar to German, however we tried the speciality food which included home-made dumplings and sausage, 


They drink A LOT of vodka, so if that's you're thing then knock yourself out (literally). Food and drink is so cheap here, along with everything else, a meal for two including 4 drinks cost around 15 Polish złoty - so that's around £4-£5 in the U.K.


In terms of bars and clubs, the New Town has everything from Casinos, bars and nightclubs, drinks cost around 15 złoty which is really nothing compared to the U.K - there is also a huge shopping mall which includes the Hard Rock Cafe, M.A.C, Bershka etc. 


Also, we realised that everywhere is still open on Sundays! Unlike the U.K, where everything shuts early. 








Accommodation 


This was my first time staying in a hostel and I was soooo nervous! I didn't have a clue what to expect, but we managed to get a private room with ensuite, I have to say, it was a really good experience and we paid roughly £150 for 3 nights (between two). 


I have to say, I was expecting a little more people to be staying here and it didn't really give me the whole hostel experience that I was expecting, but considering that we stayed in January, then it was still pretty busy. I can imagine that during the summer it gets really packed in there! 


There is free WIFI, a common room with complimentary tea and coffee and a cafe which as a bar downstairs, they had an organised evening for those staying at the hostel when we went, so if you're staying on your own then this is a great way to meet some fellow travellers. 


We stayed at the Oki Doki Hostel in the Old Town, so if you're going solo or just looking for somewhere where there's a possibility to make friends, then click here. 







Budget


Poland is really cheap and you'll be able to enjoy this beautiful city without breaking the bank, the food is amazing and you can easily pick up a cheap bite to eat without worrying about what you're spending. Of course, eating in places like the Hard Rock Cafe is going to cost you a bit more, but it's still probably cheaper than back home. 


We managed to walk to most places, but if you're feeling lazy they do have Uber (just be aware that it's not as fancy as back in the U.K) and getting around the town cost us about £6. 


Overall Verdict 


Warsaw is definitely a hidden treasure, much missed off the list thanks to Krakow, this stunning city has everything you need, from culture, shopping, food and night-life. It's cheaply priced beer and accommodation is perfect for back-packers or those looking for a last-minute city break. 


I'd love to come back to this amazing place and experience it during summer! 


Leave a comment below if you've been here :-) 


G x










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