Warsaw

Old Town Square

  Rynek Starego Miasta ,   Old Town         13 Sep 2018
Measuring 90 by 73 metres Warsaw's ​Old Town Square (Rynek Starego Miasta) is Warsaw's defining highlight, lined with richly decorated burgher houses and filled with al fresco diners in the warmer months and ice skaters and carolers in the winter. During the 15th century the Old Town Square was home to Warsaw's Town Hall, though this was pulled down in 1817 and never replaced. Today you'll find a couple of water pumps dating from the 19th century, as well as Warsaw's best loved monument - Syrenka. Cast in 1855 this mermaid's form graces every bus, tram and coat of arms you'll find in the capital.

While the Old Town Square presents no shortage of ways to part tourists from their cash, one place that is worth popping into is U Fukiera at number 27. The culinary tradition here dates from 1810 when the Fukier family turned this place into Warsaw's top winery. Today the restaurant is in the hands of the famed Gessler family, and their guest list reads as something of a Who's Who of stage and screen. Close by is the Warsaw Museum (Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42) which will give you some great insight into the deep and storied history of this glorious square.

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