Warsaw 's Old Town is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Cobblestone streets, cafes and restaurants, and one of the ... More
Stare Miasto (Old Town)
Warsaw 's Old Town is a wonderful place to spend a few hours. Cobblestone streets, cafes and restaurants, and one of the most beautiful city squares in Europe make it a definite attraction. The Old Town of today was literally rebuilt, brick by brick, after World War II. In light of that fact, it's not chronologically much older than other parts of town, but its heart is as historic as Warsaw itself.
Stare Miasto, Old Town, in Warsaw is just an amazing place. To visit it without knowing its history you would believe you had stumbled upon a well-preserved relic of mediaeval architecture. To know a little of Warsaw's history you would marvel at the fact that it had survived so well. But to know a lot about 60 years ago you would have to sit and wonder at this amazing place.
Totally and utterly destroyed during the Second World war the place was rebuilt stone by stone, building by building, and street by street. Having suffered so much the Warsovians refused to let the Nazis have the final word. The easy thing would have been to walk away and leave just ruins to be visited by successive sad generations. However, as if to prove they were not defeated, they made Warsaw Old Town, and many other parts of Warsaw, rise from the ashes.
If you visit the place you will hopefully know its history and have nothing but wonder for it and total admiration for those who made it like it is today - a truly amazing place.
I am not from Warsaw, although my family originated from Poland. This place makes me proud to say that.
We arrived in Warsaw on the wekend and had beautiful weather to travel about the city to see the sites. Farmers were on every corner selling berries. We had the opportunity to enjoy a free concert Saturday night in the Old Square and a Chopin program in the park the next day.
The Old Town in Warsaw is fantastic! The recent Jazz festival there was a wonderful event, and the outdoor cafes offer a relaxed island in a sea of activity. I agree with another writer that the area always seems busy, but not overcrowded. I would definitely revisit.
Stare Miasto is one of those places that you can just stroll around in the evening or during the day, and feel the stresses of life fall away..it really is a magical place! the atmosphere, in the evening especially, is so wonderful, you immediately feel like one of the locals, even if you don't speak the language. the Old Town Square (Stary Rynek) is where i spent most of my time, just sitting sipping a coffee or coctail in one of the cafe/restaurants that occupy the perifery of the Square. the place always seems to be buzzing with people, yet never seems overcrowded. i would also recommened taking a look into the churches around, some amazing things to see, really gets you thinking. its a great place for contemplation.
Warsaw is a lovely place. However, I just fell in love with the Old Town. The crowds were cheerful and different from everywhere else I had been. It was totally worth the time that I spent. I actually spent to much time there, but it was worth it.
I would recommend it to anyone
Warsaw is low on my list of favorite cities, but the old town section, tho not all that large, is by far my favorite section of the city, very much worth half a day depending on whats going on. I would rate Warsaw itself low but the Star Miastro section gets top rating.
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