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Off the beaten track

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Off the beaten track

We will be alone in Warsaw for a couple of days in early Nov. and would like to see "non touristy" places of interest as we will have already done a tour of Warsaw with our tour group. We also enjoy absorbing ourselves into the culture of a country and would like recommendations of places to shop for interesting, unusual items as well as places to eat. We are adventurous and not knowing a language is not an issue.

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1. Re: Off the beaten track

Could you possibly give an example of a 'non touristy place of interest'? It sounds like a bit of a contradiction to me, at least as far as Warsaw is concerned. The city was razed to the ground during WWII, so sadly we do not have countless historical little gems hidden away from tourists here. What was left or rebuilt is in every guidebook and part of every tour, so there are tourists around.

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2. Re: Off the beaten track

Warsaw as a whole is non-touristy and off-the beaten track of most of the tourists, especially american ones. Wherever you go, with the exception of the old town and the most popular mmuseums, the chance thet you will be accompanied by a croud of other tourists are close to 0.

Some ideas:

1) go to see some cemeteries (Powazki Military cemetery, Jewish cemetery, Muslim one, etc.). At the beginning of November the atmosphere is really special with crowds of people visiting the graves of relatives and other people they respect. Plus the sight of millions of candle light is amazing.

2) Visit some of the rarely seen but amazing museums:

-- Gestapo HQ museum

-- Pawiak Prison

-- Jewish Historical Institute

2) if you like meeting new people go to see clusters of bars at intersection of Poznanska and Hoza

(places such as "Beirut", "Kraken", "Tel Aviv", "Jezzarium" etc)

or go to Ochota district in the exening and sit at "Pochwala niekonsekwencji", "Jelen na rykowisku", "Mam Ochote" drinking one of the 100s of unknown elsewhere beer brands from local breweries.

or to Powisle district which while beeing vclose to the old town has a unique atmosphere.

3) Go to a shooting range and try old and new polish/czech/russian firearms rarely seen in the US.

4) Find some historical event, print yourself a map and all details) , go to the place and try to understand what really happened.

Ideas (from WW2):

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Arsenal

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Kutschera

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gęsiówka#Attack_on_G.C4.99si.C3.B3wka

etc.

Edited: 21 October 2013, 08:54
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3. Re: Off the beaten track

Here are some other suggestions:

- Ujazdowski palace and surrounding park

- rooftop gardens of the university library

- several parks as Krasinskich garden, Skaryszewski etc

- Praga district which I am not a fan of, still I believe there are some places of interest as the orthodox cathedral, zoo etc

- a walk on the streets of Saska Kępa district

- maybe not off the beaten path but have you already been to Wilanów palace?

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