After arriving in Warsaw in the evening in the dark, we set off the next morning to explore the center of the city. Unfortunately, the weather plays a trick on us; it rains. We only have a rough idea in which direction we should go. So we miss the right metro exit and drive one station too far.
When we see the daylight again, we stand on the bank of the Vistula with a view to the Świętokrzyski Bridge and the stadium PGE Narodowy. It is the Polish national stadium, built for the football EM 2012.
So we drive back one metro station and get off at the station Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet. As the name suggests, we are at the Nowy Świat-Uniwersytet. In front of it stands a famous monument of Nicolaus Copernicus.
On behalf of Stanisław Staszic, a representative of the Enlightenment in Poland, one built the monument in 1822. One copy of it stands in Montreal and one in Chicago. We walk along Krakowskie Przedmieście, past the Museum of Modern Art and the University.
In front of the Visitationist Church, we find a monument to the popular Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former primate of Poland.
Then follows the Hotel Bristol and the President’s Palace.
On the opposite side is the Potocki Palace, which houses the Ministry of Culture today. In front of both buildings is an exhibition of armed forces vehicles and a temporary monument to the war victims.
The presidential palace was originally privately owned. In 1818, it passed into the possession of the Kingdom of Poland. Later it became the seat of the Russian governor. Since 1995, it has been the seat of the Polish president. Next to it is the Carmelite Church.
We reach Warsaw Castle Square with the Sigismund Column. Sigismund declared Warsaw the capital of Poland in 1596. The castle is on the south side of the square. You still can see parts of the old city wall in the north.
Since the weather is still not better, we decide to have breakfast first. The birds in the old town market find this also a good idea.
Then we visit the castle, to be seen in a separate video. Our assumption that after visiting the castle the weather is a bit better again, turns out to be correct.
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