Visiting Warsaw…The City of Mermaids

A few weeks ago I had to attend an Intensive programme as part of my Masters in Humanitarian Action, and this year it took place in wonderful Warsaw. I think it’s sad and misleading when many people give Warsaw a bad review, opting instead to venture to the neighbouring city of Krakow. Visiting Warsaw might just be the best things you do this year.

This was my 2nd visit to the Polish capital, the first being a surprise birthday weekend with my mate John, and I feel Warsaw is well worth the visit. From cheap eateries, rooftop gardens, the quaintness of the old town which becomes alive with music and party goers every night and all the wonderful cafe’s that line the streets it really is a great place to put on your itinerary! There’s even a lot to do in Warsaw for couples, which I had no clue about!

I found there was an interesting contrast of old Vs new, traditional Vs non traditional; not just between buildings but clearly seen among the local people and even the food. From street corner eateries to stylish cocktail bars, from the palace of culture and science to the modern new football stadium, from old ladies feeding the ducks to young fashionistas strutting their stuff on a Saturday night out on the town, Warsaw is full of history and full of wonderful things to see.

Be sure to seek out the 2 Mermaid statues in the city as the Mermaid or Syrenka is the “Symbol of Warsaw”, and is in many old myths and legends about the city.

Shops and Cafes in Old town Warsaw

Horse drawn carriage in old town, A Unesco world heritage site

Waiting for customers

A walk in the park 

Wedding in the Old Square

Local Lady feeding the birds

Sunny day in Warsaw

Warsaw at night, Museum of Culture and Science 

One of 2 Mermaid statues in Warsaw

Warsaw..home to cheap VODKA!!

Black Vodka



  1. John McMaw
    October 19, 2011 / 10:52 pm

    Fond memories JanJan…do you remember the fantastic hostel we stayed in?…and the lovely Polish ladies that took us there? Have to plug the hostel here I think… Great postas always sweetie! :-)

    • intrepidtraveller
      October 19, 2011 / 10:55 pm

      Yea that hostel was awesome…everything was all mismatch and their were like cheese graters or something random hanging from the ceiling in the kitchen! Aww I forgot about those awesome polish saviors…we would have been SO lost without them! Was also great/random that we ended up in a salsa club in Poland!!! :)

  2. October 20, 2011 / 3:05 am

    these photos give a wonderful feel for Warsaw! My “mate” is of Polish descent and has promised to take me there. After seeing these, I think he’d better do it sooner than later!

    • intrepidtraveller
      October 20, 2011 / 10:55 pm

      Glad you liked them! It really is a cool city so start annoying your friend to take you… the sooner the better! :D

  3. December 24, 2011 / 1:57 pm

    You’ve actually made me want to go to Warsaw! First time ever!

    • intrepidtraveller
      December 25, 2011 / 11:55 pm

      Haha awesome! It really is a great city- well worth a visit!

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