The southern side of Warsaw’s Downtown contains numerous beautiful buildings that luckily survived WWII. It`s full of contrasts. Here you can see a boutique hotel standing near an abandoned and ruined tenement house. Travellers still often miss this neighborhood during their visit.
The area served the German Nazis during occupation as their residential district and headquarters for the German police institutions the Gestapo and Wehrmacht. The neighborhood was bombed by the Germans during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, but the scale of destruction wasn’t as big as in the Northern district and Old Town areas.
Nowadays it’s a vibrant place full of elegant houses, great restaurants, local cafes, vegan bars, pastry shops and embassies as well as abandonded houses, squats and alternative bars. It`s a unique mix but it`s getting more gentrified so try to see it now.
Among many important landmarks you should definitely visit the Warsaw University of Technology, Koszyki, Zbawiciela Square, Konstytucji Square and streets like Aleje Ujazdowskie, Mokotowska, Aleja Róż and Emilii Plater.