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It may have a turbulent history, but today there’s more to see and do in Warsaw — old and new — than you might think. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best five things do in Poland’s capital city:
1. Walk the Royal Route. A ten-kilometer stretch starting at Warsaw's Castle Square and ending at Wilanów palace (called the “Polish Versailles”), this walk takes in a grand total of seven palaces, five churches, two parks and a castle.
2. Enjoy some traditional fare. Like the food in most Slavic countries, Poland’s cuisine is rich and hearty, characterized by lots of meat, cream and cabbage. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be delicious—for great traditional food, try Polish eateries Fukier and Buffo.
3. Explore the museums. Warsaw is home to dozens of excellent exhibits, from the endlessly absorbing (The Fryderyk Chopin Museum, the Centre for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Independence) to the wonderfully wacky (the Museum of Caricature, the Museum of Torture, the Wilanów Poster Museum). If you’re in the city in mid-May you can also explore the museums for free on the Noc Muzeów: the Long Night of Museums.
4. Be entertained. As the capital city, Warsaw is home to the country’s major cultural institutions, from the Polish National Opera to the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, so there’s no better place to take in the arts. With spectacular venues like the neoclassical Grand Theatre, you’re sure to have a great night out.
5. Take in a festival. Warsaw has festivals running throughout the year, but come in the fall for the best events, including the Festival of Jewish Culture in August/September, the Old-Polish Music Festival in September/October and the Warsaw Film Festival in October.