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How to visit Warsaw in the Basilisk style? Here’s the way!

Do you like to discover unknown corners of the city, get lost in the labyrinths of streets and capture everything in pictures? Are you amazed by modern architecture? Are you tempted by places popular with “locals”, not “typical” tourists? Explore Warsaw in the style of “Basilisk”. Here are our tips and inspiration on how to go about it.

Get to know the main attractions of Warsaw anew

The most recognizable attractions of Warsaw are the Palace of Culture and Science, the Old Town and Łazienki Królewskie. What if you went on a journey through the unknown recesses of these places? At the Palace of Culture and Science, take a walk through the dark underground and elegant halls where party dignitaries sat. Visit the Museum of Warsaw in the Old Town Square, where in addition to exhibitions presenting “extraordinary stories of ordinary things” you will find an attic with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. Take a peek into the Old Orangery in Royal Łazienki, which houses the Royal Theater, one of the few original 18th-century court theaters in Europe. Historical operas are staged there from time to time – check the repertoire in advance.

Learn the history of the place and understand its inhabitants

What was left of Jewish culture in Warsaw? After all, it was here that the largest Jewish community in pre-war Europe was located. Come to POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and learn about their 1000-year history, follow the ghetto walls, visit the Warsaw Zoo with the house where Director Żabiński and his wife hid Jews during the war.

The Warsaw Uprising Museum deserves special attention. It is here that you will learn about the course and the consequences of the greatest civil uprising against the occupant during the Second World War. Then follow the trail of memorials and traces of fighting that are still visible on some of Warsaw’s walls.

Or maybe you want to follow in the footsteps of socialist realism? If so, use the vehicles from the era! Nothing beats the drone of Maluszek’s two-cylinder engine rushing along Aleje Jerozolimskie, or watching Plac Konstytucji from the comfortable couch of a Big Fiat. The iconic bus – Gurkin can take you on a tour of Warsaw‘s Praga district. Let yourself be persuaded to take part in the crazy Nysa rally over the gems of the Polish People’s Republic. You can count on the Adventure Warsaw team to provide a lot of experience. However, you will fully understand this era at the Museum of Life under Communism, where you will feel as if you have traveled back in time, among everyday objects and in the recreated interiors of a typical apartment made of a large panel from the 1970s.

There are many leitmotifs for getting to know Warsaw. Admission to many cultural institutions is free on certain days. A complete list of museums can be found on the tourist website of Warsaw.

Prepare the camera and some spare batteries

The aforementioned POLIN is also fascinating because of its architecture, thanks to which it regularly appears in the rankings of the most photogenic places in the Capital. There are even more such gems. The main building of the Warsaw University of Technology, the steel structure of the Gdańsk Bridge, and the modern Vistula Boulevards are just a few examples. Post-industrial spaces such as Elektrownia Powiśle, Hala Koszyki, Centrum Praskie Koneser, which have become centers of cultural and party life, are also very popular with Instagramers. Warsaw is also a paradise for street art lovers. You will find large-scale murals of artists from around the world in every district.

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Does this way of discovering Warsaw suit you?

Take our quiz – answer 10 questions that will determine the most optimal way for you to explore the capital. As a result, you will get a list of “tasks” – things worth doing and seeing in Warsaw. Are you a Mermaid or a Basilisk? Or maybe you have your own unique recipe for a successful visit to Warsaw? Check it out and let us know! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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