We usually start from Charles de Gaulle Roundabout (where the Royal Route and Jerozolimskie Avenue meet). However, we can arrange our meeting at your centrally located hotel in Warsaw upon request as well.
There are certain reasons why we call our Warsaw Walk “Real”. First of all, your guide is a local with true passion for the city and its history. Secondly, members of the RealPoland team are engaged in many historical and cultural projects, for which they cooperate with several public institutions and tourist societies. Last, but not least, each walk is different, based on your interests and expectations – we never follow tight (boring?) schedules.
Warsaw is the city of contrasts, you will be shown most of its aspects. It is a must to stroll through Krakowskie Przedmieście with its old aristocratical city palaces that nowadays host fashion restaurants, cafes, shops and apartments. The alley, which was amazingly restored after the last war, leads us to the University area with its historical campus. Opposite the University of Warsaw you will see a big statue of Jesus that marks the entrance to the Holy Cross Church (ask your guide to show you a photo of ruins from 1944, where the above mentioned statue is the one and only structure that didn’t collapse). The church hosts an amazing memorial of the world famous composer – Frederick Chopin. His heart (literally!) is kept in a special urn inside one of the columns. A few steps from there we enter the Old Town area. It was all annihilated by the Nazi Germans and reconstructed within ten years after the war. Nowadays listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site – Warsaw Old Town provides a spectacular journey into Polish history. A variety of styles from different époques together with local heritage memorials give a perfect background for RealPoland guides storytelling.
Again, within a walking distance, you reach Warsaw Uprising Monument, that occupies the whole square between the modern Supreme Court building and the old Army Cathedral church. Two uprisings in 1943 and 1944 determine strongly our view on Warsaw as it is today.
We often have our last stop at Piłsudski Square – if we had visited it before last war, we would have seen the huge Saxon Palace. Currently, there is only one memorial of the former structure on this representative, ceremonial square. We call it the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Everlasting fire surrounded by the urns with soil from different battlefields, protected by two soldiers from the representative unit, symbolize the difficult history of Poland and Warsaw.
The above mentioned itinerary is just an example of the essential Warsaw walk. Nevertheless feel free to give your RealPoland guide your own ideas and do not hesitate to share your opinion – remember it is you who inspires us to catch all of the aspects of the city.