Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Warsaw

Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:11am EST
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By Gabriela Baczynska

WARSAW (Reuters Life!) - The Polish capital offers visitors a diverse cocktail of old world charm, communist heritage and state-of-the-art museums honoring two of Poland's most famous sons, Chopin and Copernicus.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help you get the most out of a short stay in this city of two million people.


6 p.m. - Hit downtown Warsaw (you are already here if you came by train to the communist-era Central Station) and look up to see the city's hallmark, the towering "Stalinist Gothic" Palace of Culture and Science, a "gift" from the Soviet Union to Poland, its new communist satellite, after World War Two.

Go to the Palace's 30th floor for great views of Warsaw's skyline from the panorama terrace. (

8 p.m. - If you are a soccer fan, you can choose a game at one of the Warsaw teams' stadiums on your first night in the city-- Polonia ( or the brand-new Legia venue ( If not, hit the bars of Warsaw's quaint, neo-classical Old Town.


10 a.m. - Drop by the Powisle district by the Vistula river to see Warsaw University's modern library and then move on just a few meters to Warsaw's brand-new interactive Copernicus Science Center ( After the visit you can enjoy the roof gardens on both buildings in summer.   Continued...