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.

FRIDAY

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. (www.pkin.pl/)

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 (www.poloniawarszawa.com/) or the brand-new Legia venue (legia.com/www/index_en.php). If not, hit the bars of Warsaw's quaint, neo-classical Old Town.

SATURDAY

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 (www.kopernik.org.pl/en/). After the visit you can enjoy the roof gardens on both buildings in summer.   Continued...