This month the team are dusting off their burgundy passports and heading to Poland for the Warsaw Audio Video Show.
This year the show takes place between 15th-18th November, but before our team do us proud and celebrates afterwards in a cosy restaurant with a plate full of Pierogi and a shot of Żubrówka, here are some fascinating things to see and do in Warsaw.
Things To Say You Saw In Warsaw
Warsaw is the beautiful capital city of Poland, and it’s full of history and fantastic things to do, so if you’re going to the show, or if the team have some time before jetting home, here a few things this fair city has to offer.
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum
World-renowned composer, Fryderyk Chopin, was born in Żelazowa Wola, Warsaw in 1810 (though some say it was actually 1818) and in 2010, a museum was opened to celebrate his 200th birthday (or should that be 192nd?).
The museum spans four floors and covers almost every detail of Chopin’s life from beginning to end.
With over 5,000 exhibits including:
- A lock of Chopin’s hair
- His school books, and
- The passport he used to enter England
There’s no end to how much you can find out about the life of this musical genius, and with a host of interactive options, including the opportunity to tailor your visit to your personal circumstances, it’s no wonder it’s known as the most high-tech museum in the world.
There are so many museums to visit in Warsaw, so if you love them but Chopin isn’t your thing make sure to stop by:
- The Royal Castle Museum
- The Warsaw Uprising Museum, or
- The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
And as for the Fryderyk Chopin Museum?
Yes, we can confirm, there’s definitely a gift shop.
Holy Cross Church
Sticking with a Chopin theme, of sorts, if you fancy visiting the resting place of the composer’s heart (yes, you read that right), then a trip to this beautiful, white-fronted baroque church will take your breath away.
The church dates back to the 15th century when a small wooden house of worship stood on the site. However, following several rebuilds, including a mass rebuild following Warsaw’s devastation during World War II, the church is now one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations.
And Chopin’s heart?
It’s encased in an urn covered by a stone tablet behind a statue of Chopin himself.
You’d have to be Indiana Jones to get your hands on that!
The Pianist Filming Locations
Schindler’s List isn’t the only moving film set during Nazi-occupied Poland in the second world war, Roman Polanski’s film ‘The Pianist’, starring Adrien Brody is another.
The movie is set and was partly filmed in Warsaw and follows the true-life events of the Polish-Jewish composer and pianist Władysław Szpilman.
The district of Praga was used for many locations due to its rundown look, which has remained virtually the same as the years have passed. Meanwhile, the Umschlagplatz scene where Władysław Szpilman and his family wait to be taken to the extermination camps was filmed at Warsaw’s National Defence University.
It’s a haunting visit, but one well worth taking.
Vistula River Cruises
Once you’ve had your fill of music and film (if that’s possible), then a boat trip on the Vistula River is the perfect way to unwind and relax as the Warsaw skyline drifts by peacefully.
Both tourist and private tours are available – and you can also hire and pilot a boat yourself.
And for the more adventurous, the Vistula offers a bucket load of water sports options too.
Now, who in the iFi team is up for a bit of jet skiing?
Old Town Square
A visit to Warsaw wouldn’t be the same without stopping by the Old Town Square.
In the summer months, the square is filled with outdoor seating for those who love to eat out, while in the winter it’s used for ice skating as carolers sing songs of the festive season.
If nothing else, it’s a slice of old-style Poland that can’t be missed.
Looking for a great night out with fantastic food all under one roof?
Then the Hala Koszyki in the centre of Warsaw is the place to be seen. Dozens of restaurants are packed under one roof, leaving even the fussiest eater spoilt for choice.
And when we say it’s the place to be seen, we mean it. The Hala Koszyki is popular with tourists and locals alike, which means it books up fast.
Even so, whether you’re after something traditionally Polish or something further afield, you’ll find it here.
Next Stop: Poland
So, if that hasn’t whetted your appetite for this great city, we don’t know what will.
History. Relaxation. Fun and food.
We’ll drink to that.