Warszawa Old and NewOn September 20, 2014 by Emil
Got to Warszawa yesterday and am leaving for Munich tonight, a quick visit but well w0rth it! I liked Praha (Prague) a lot but it was a bit overloaded with tourists and unfortunately the typical Czech surly service was getting on my nerves. Although I will say there were many great service experiences too! But it’s just the nature of the culture, yes?
Anyways, I only got to see a bit of Warszawa but would definitely recommend coming back. The people seem much friendlier (both in the tourist areas and on the bus, which I think is an uncommon tourist transport mode here). The city is an interesting mix of old and new. First there is the (I think communist era apartment block look, but livened up a bit with some street art):
This was about a half mile from the Old Town, which is an interesting place given that it was practically obliterated by the Germans in WWII, but then subsequently recreated in the 1960s.
I took a free walking tour that focused mostly on the Old Town and part of the adjoining New Town. Very interesting and I was happy to tip the guide at the end. It was the Orange Umbrella tour, BTW.
Milk bars are remnants of the communist times, where the state subsidized cheap canteens for the workers. This is one of the last still in operation, maintained by the Polish government more as a historical site. Western fast food has ‘eaten the lunch’ of milk bars once the state subsidies disappeared.
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