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Forget all the clichés you have ever heard about Poland – chances are, you are very mistaken. Poland has developed incredibly in the last few years and Warsaw is now in alignment with the rest of European capitals cities. Expect the unexpected from Warsaw!
Along the Vistula River
Just landed at Frédéric Chopin airport, buy a 1-day city travel card for 12.00 PLN. It is valid for 24 hours upon validation of your ticket. Head for the city centre (Warszawa Centralna). In the heart of Warsaw, look out for the Royal Castle, where visits are free of charge on Sundays or only 10.00 PLN. In the same area, the Palace of Culture and Science has become one of the most recognisable landmarks of the city – and it is indeed quite impressive! Going south-east, you can find the Lazienki Palace and its exquisite garden. The admission to the park is free; the visit of the palace will cost you a few zlotys. Following the banks of the Vistula River, head north and you should find the Sigismund’s Column on the Castle Square. If you are in need of more green areas, a visit to the Saxon Garden, which is quite near, should fulfil your desires of fresh air. As per usual, the old town is one of the most interesting districts of Warsaw.
Wódka and sernik
Poland has very nice dishes, try the typical kaszanka, a blood sausage and the fine placki kartoflane – potato pancakes. If you have a sweet tooth, you will not be disappointed with sernik (cheesecake), nor with makowiec – poppy seed roll. Poland is also the home of wódka; remember to try some – with reason! Pod Herbami is a really nice location for traditional Polish food at affordable prices. However if you want to go cheaper, find one of the bar mleczny where you can eat for half nothing.
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Total spent, inc. travel: 332.00 PLN/€76.50 (food & drinks: 35.00 PLN/€8.00)
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