Activities for a Rainy Day in Warsaw

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  • Ove S
    Jerusalem, Israel605 contributions
    Very impressive museum and an absolute must for any visitor to Warsaw. You dont even have to be Jewish to be impressed by the incredible story and contributions to Poland. Hard to understand why there still today is so much antisemitism!
    Written November 6, 2022
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  • Nigel & Irina
    5 contributions
    Well presented exhibition with lots of artifacts, however the partially darkened rooms, presumably to create an atmosphere, detracted from the ability to actually see and read some of the information displays.
    Impressive amount of original material covering the uprising.
    Written November 25, 2022
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  • Shawney L
    2 contributions
    Excellent with lots to engage with for all ages. I'd recommend booking tickets as we did try one day and couldn't get in for a few hours. Parking is right next door too which is ideal
    Written October 13, 2022
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  • Ravana G
    Warsaw, Poland7 contributions
    There are 2 original paintings by Rembrandt in the entrance of palace💯

    According to the guides, the Cronos- Atlas clock🌏stopped at the hour of the first bombing of the Royal Castle by the Nazis in September 1939 (11:15)
    Written November 26, 2022
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  • Marco_Polo499
    Milan, Italy271 contributions
    The Palace of Culture was built in 1955, during the Communist era. At the time it was the tallest building in Poland, at 276 metres; nowadays other tall skyscrapers have risen around it, but this building still appears so enormous and massive as to raise astonishment and admiration. The Poles don’t like it because of the sad memories it evokes, and voices arise from time to time asking for its demolition; but demolition would be nonsensical because this building has in the meantime become the iconic landmark of Warsaw, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In fact you can spot it from nearly everywhere in town, even from kilometres of distance and, if you arrive by plane from the north, before landing you can clearly see its silhouette dominating the centre of the city. During your visit to Warsaw you will often pass by it, and you would do well to spend half an hour to take a look at this extraordinary example of architecture promoted by the regime.

    The Palace of Culture looks in many ways similar to the famous State University of Moscow. Actually it was designed by the same architect (Lev Rudnev) and was offered to Poland by the Soviet Union on the occasion of the meeting which led to the foundation of the “Warsaw pact”, the eastern military organization which opposed the western “NATO” during the “cold war”.

    The building is so massive that it resembles a megalithic construction, so much so that one cannot discard the idea that it was designed to withstand bombing or shelling in case of war. The adjectives that better describe it are: “colossal”, “imposing” and even “disquieting”, like the castle of the ogre in the children’s novels.

    Seen from a distance, the building appears like an isolated skyscraper within a vast and empty esplanade; but as you get closer you discover that the skyscraper is inextricably connected with an immense block of lower buildings that surround its base and presumably measures 300 meters in length and 200 in width. This block is so large that you have to walk about 1 kilometre to go around it; the buildings that are part of it have a very bombastic aspect and are gigantic in all their parts; they house a large number of cultural institutions, including three theatres, a library, an auditorium for 3000 people, a multiplex cinema, some museums and others.

    The style of the skyscraper has been defined as “socialist realism with art-deco components" but if you explore the complex surrounding its base you will come across other styles; the prevailing is the “neoclassic", with a great abundance of colonnades, Corinthian capitals, semicircular apses and triangular tympanums, all elements borrowed from the Roman architecture of the imperial period. Of course you may wonder why you should waste your time in looking at such bizarre architecture, but in my opinion the effort is worth because this is a very telling example of the “monstruosities” that were created in Europe during the 20th century by the authoritarian regimes, be they right or left. It was an architecture characterized by magniloquence and obsessive recourse to gigantism, aimed at exhibiting the magnificence of the regime and arouse a reverential awe in the crowds: you can find other conspicuous examples of it in Nuremberg (at the former headquarters of the nazi party), in Rome (at the EUR) and in Bucharest (in the former presidential palace). As might be expected, when artistic creation is not supported by inspiration but merely complies with the instructions given by the regime, bombast and gigantism can easily degenerate into grotesque: it can be seen in this complex, where the columns are a bit too "fat", and the colossal statues - far from appearing solemn and hieratic as they should be - appear instead as lost and lifeless characters.

    After making a tour around this architectural mammoth you can also ascend to the 30th floor of the tower, where there is a lookout terrace and a really unsurpassable panorama. Entrance is from the “Defilade” square. You will pay 20 Zloty (a bit more than 4 €), and you may possibly face endless queues to buy the tickets, to take the lift up and then to take the lift down, especially during the summer weekends. At the entrance of the building there is no reception counter and it is not clear how to proceed. There are toilets in the basement but, when I was there, they were in pitiful conditions.

    The building is located right in the centre of the city, near the Central Railway Station. It raises in the middle of an immense esplanade and is fronted by an equally immense square called “Defilade” which, as the name says, was intended to serve as a theatre for the parades of the Communist regime.
    Written August 30, 2022
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, DC720 contributions
    This converted market from the time of Soviet occupation and rule has the perfect assortment of eateries to enjoy. Stopped for beers and food. Great vibe here as it's a relaxed atmosphere and all the food options were great. Take your time and grab a drink then take your pick of the many food options available.
    Written November 1, 2022
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  • AmyLeSheffer1
    Berlin, Germany6 contributions
    good location right in the center but overall it could be better in terms of design. the size is pretty amazing though
    Written November 3, 2022
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  • isa l
    Haifa, Israel57 contributions
    Nice place for kids but very small. 1 hour is more than enough. Located in the old city , very easy to find.
    Written October 23, 2022
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  • kwa829
    Redmond, WA674 contributions
    Excellent, modern, architecturally magnificent shopping mall. A large food court inclusive of many global brands (e.g., KFC, Burger King, McDonalds).

    Just beware it is a VERY POPULAR place and will likely be quite crowded on weekends.
    Written October 20, 2022
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  • menth0l
    Winterthur, Switzerland69 contributions
    The museum showed us the history and production information about Vodka. It was very interesting. Indoor was very delicate decorated, a lot of interaction facilities for visitors. At the end we had a Vodka tasting section, that we could try 4 different local made brands. There are other tour packages to fit your needs, and check the time before you make a booking, some tours are in Polish.
    Written November 21, 2022
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  • JQcreations
    Rethymnon, Greece321 contributions
    This is a temp exhibition of the original museum. So it's rather tiny and with limited exhibits. It is just a small small room. If you plan to visit Warsaw again wait for the renovation of the original one. The price it's just 12pln but still.... It should be free till the original opens up.... If again you don't plan to return to Warsaw give it a try since it's interesting to see such old toys in perfect condition....
    Written November 7, 2021
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  • Baartos
    34 contributions
    This is a great museum. It consists of two parts: an open-air exhibition (free entrance) and indoor exhibition (requires a ticket).
    The open-air part has plenty of airplanes (like MIG29, TS-11 Iskra, Pe-2, Tu-2), tanks (like Centurion, T-24, T-54 and IS-2), guns and helicopters.
    The indoor part is even more interesting, as it presents the entire millenium of Polish armies. Especially medieval swords and axes, sabers and armour of the famous winged hussars are worth seeing.
    Overall, the museum is definitely worth visiting, both for adults and for children.
    Written August 31, 2022
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  • FarAway00603644641
    Kristiansand, Norway4 contributions
    This is a grand mall with lots of space and beautiful designed. Great selections of shops. One of the stores even had good service; the Levi store. Easy to find toilets. Several options of restaurants and cafeées.
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • Mahmoud Farag
    Cairo, Egypt31 contributions
    i went there 3 years ago and it was a very good trip to the museum I really enjoyed the showcases there and the whole design for the museum
    Written October 17, 2022
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, DC720 contributions
    A great place to relax, grab some beers and return to childhood for a bit. Two levels of pinball machines from the 80s and 90s that will take you back in time. It's a flat fee to enter and enjoy. Beer and drinks available as you try each game along the way. They even had the old school pong game machine. SNES was available by the bar, and I think they have other older gaming systems as well. This place is tucked away from the main drag as it's on off an industrial road on the way out of Warsaw, so best to take a taxi vice walking. Free parking if you decide to drive though. Had a blast playing pinball and various arcade games (i.e. Aliens, Terminator, etc.). A fantastic trip down memory lane. Staff were courteous and chill. Would highly recommend this for an after work happy hour/nostalgia hour.
    Written October 30, 2022
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