Royal Castle, Warsaw

Royal Castle, Warsaw

Photo by sfu (WIkimedia Commons)

Motorhoming in Warsaw

Photo by Barcex (Wikimedia Commons)Old Town, Warsaw Photo by Barcex (Wikimedia Commons)

If you think that Warsaw will be grey and uninteresting you will be very pleasantly surprised to find you were wrong!  Today, it’s just like a Parisian street, filled with flowers, open air cafes and beautiful buildings.  Many of the tourist attractions relate to the Poles struggle during World War II, and can be very moving, but there are always places to sit and enjoy the new way of life here, and reflect.

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles.

There are three main campsites on the outskirts of the city suitable for campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicles, as well as a greater number further away. The two nearest the centre are Camping Rapsodia Nr.127; a three star site associated with the Rhapsody hotel, Camping 123 BT-H Astur, a basic but functional site, and probably the best choice, but a little further out Camping Wok Nr. 90.  Camping Wok is a four star site, small, but with 24 hour hot water, good transport links and internet access.  The site also has a children’s playground, communal kitchen and barbecue garden.

Top things to see and do

Gestapo Headquarters Museum is located at Al. Szucha 25, in the courtyard of the Ministry of Education building. It’s very badly signposted and there are very few references to it in the local tourist guides, but if you’re interested in World War II history, this is one place you should visit.  It’s a very moving place to come to; visiting the cells can only give the slightest idea of how people brought here must have felt.  It’s a relief to come out.  

Stare Miasto or Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The neighbourhood was flattened after the Germans left, but everything from the cobblestone Gothic streets to the houses, palaces and churches have been reconstructed.

Between Zlota Street and Sienna Street are the remaining fragments of the Ghetto Wall. They take some finding, but the entrance via an iron gateway in Zlota Street is the easiest way to see them.  This is another very moving experience.

Another museum for visitors interested in Poland’s history is the Warsaw Rising Museum.  The museum tells the story of how the Poles where treated by first the Germans, the Russians, and finally the Allies during and after WWII.

Zamek Krolewski or the Royal Castle was the centre of the Polish commonwealth for centuries.  Another of the buildings to be rebuilt after being destroyed by the German troops, the castle stands in all its glory and you would never know that this is a recreation of the 17th century building.  The castles magnificent interiors are also well worth a visit.

Warsaw is a very unexpected delight to visit, it has some beautiful buildings and a truly relaxed and happy atmosphere, despite its past. A visit here on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in Poland will really surprise you.

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