Are you looking for a place rich in history to visit? Would you like to see a place that was preserved virtually exactly how it was before? If your answer is yes, then Warsaw Old Town Marketplace is the place for you.
Warsaw Old Town is the oldest historic district in the city. Situated along the bank of the Vistula River, it is one of the main tourist attractions in Poland’s capital. The Warsaw Old Town Marketplace is the heart of this area. It has traditional Polish restaurants, cafes, and shops, with the city walls, barbican and St. John’s Cathedral as the backdrop. This was the venue where guild representatives and merchants met, fairs were held, as well as an execution or two. The great fire of 1607 destroyed the market place and was then rebuilt in late-Renaissance style.
The four squares of the marketplace were named after famous Polish parliamentarians. Dekert’s Side is the square’s north side. Its entrance is in a building called “The Negro”. One of the preserved houses in this side includes the Barczyka House. To the east is Barss’ Side. The most damaged side, it now has pseudo-antique houses with old details. Kollataj’s Side is in the west. The facades here are Gothic in style. Due south is Zakrzewski’s Side. On this side you will find the Bazyliszek House and the tower to the Jesuits’s church.
Warsaw Old Town Marketplace was cited in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as “an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century.”
Where to stay:
Mercure Grand – Located 570 meters from Centrum rail station, this hotel offers very modern amenities. The fully-air conditioned, 299-room hotel has multilingual concierge service and a 24-hour front desk. Room service is available around the clock.
Hotel Metropol – If you don’t mind the noisy street where it’s on, then you might consider staying at this hotel. Its location allows you to visit both the Old Town and the New Town.