|Skyline view from our hotel.|
Located between the Old and New Towns, is the Warsaw Barbican, which is a semicircular fortified outpost, and one of few remaining relics of the complex network of historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw. It was a cool medieval site in the middle of the city.
During the summer time the Chopin Statue in the park is a place where pianists give concerts to the park audience.
The Saxon Garden was formally a royal garden. There are over 100 different species of trees and the avenues are a place to sit and relax. This park was a popular 'rest area' for tourists while we were there, as people tried to cool off from splashes of water off the fountain.
At the east end of the park, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is situated. The tomb of the unknown soldier is an important central Warsaw landmark, which is constantly lit by an eternal flame and assisted by a guard post by the Representative Battalion of the Polish Army. It is there that most official military commemorations take place in Poland and where foreign representatives lay wreaths when visiting Poland. We luckily arrived just as the changing of the guard was taking place, which we overheard occurs only twice daily at 2pm and 8pm.
The Monument of the Heroes of Warsaw Uprising is situated at the point where reconstructed historic Warsaw ends, and the vast expanse of socialist architecture, massive apartment blocks and new modern skyscrapers begins. Here we are reminded of the significant role of the uprising in shaping the city. It was in reprisal for the insurgents' attempt at liberty that the German army bombed Warsaw to the ground, destroying over 85% of its historic treasures and leaving a sea of rubble behind.
The restored Old and New Towns that stretch out behind the Uprising Monument are a testimony to the undying will of Warsaw's citizens, who refused to let their beautiful history disappear from memory. This can be seen in the many contemporary graffiti pieces around the city that add to the political and historical commentary of Warsaw.
Here is a map of the stops we made in Warsaw- feel free to use it to build your own itinerary: