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From palatial panoramas to milky meals, Warsaw has a surprising amount to entertain children. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the top things to do with kids in Warsaw.
1. Enjoy a city panorama. Wherever you go in Warsaw, you’ll see the Palace of Culture and Science; this is the one-time pet project of Joseph Stalin and still Poland’s highest building. But if you’d rather flip the perspective, take the kids up to the palace’s 30th floor terrace for an incredible view over the capital.
2. Head to the park. Warsaw has several large open spaces that are perfect for kids. The huge Łazienki Park boasts a number of fascinating memorials, as well as gondola rides on the river, while Agrykola Park has a lovely city panorama. Kabaty Forest, close to Warsaw, is the most popular choice for a day trip.
3. Explore with Copernicus. One of the most advanced – and the most interactive – educational museums on the continent, the Copernicus Science Centre is a great way to get kids excited about science and technology. The planetarium is particularly impressive.
4. Hop on a train. If you’re in Warsaw on a Sunday, head just ten miles south of the city to the town of Piaseczno, where you and the kids can board a tourist steam train running the rare narrow-gauge rail track.
5. Eat in a milk bar. A remnant of the communist era, milk bars were originally created in the sixties to serve cheap meals based on milk products. Although the food here isn’t of the highest quality, it is generally healthy and will give your children a visceral snapshot of how life was behind the Iron Curtain.