The Old Town area is where you'll find Warsaw’s main attractions, starting with the Royal Castle. Formerly the official residence of the Polish monarchy, the castle was the subject of extensive reconstruction efforts, after it sustained heavy damage during the war. Today, it is one of the symbols of Poland’s resilience. Several of the paintings in the castle’s collection, which are open for public viewing, were used by engineers and architects as reference in reconstructing Warsaw.
Warsaw also has its fair share of museums. The National Museum has more than 800,000 exhibits, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations and photographs. The Chopin Museum, dedicated to the life and works of world-renowned Polish composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin, is spread over four floors. The highlight of any visit to this museum are the listening booths in the basement. Here you can work your way through a catalogue of pieces by the famous composer, completely undisturbed.
A stroll around Old Town's maze of streets is best carried out with a guide to ensure you don't miss out on local history.