_Short visit to Warsaw

Short visit to Warsaw

castel square
Castle square

My EW plane left DUS at 6:55 o’clock on Tuesday morning and I had to get to the airport at least an hour earlier to make it. My plan was not to take the train to get there (approximately 25 EUR for a return ticket) but to take a Car2Go vehicle instead. The wake-up call was set to 4:30 o’clock – time enough to take a shower, block a Car2Go and grab my luggage to pick it up and rush to the airport which was an estimated 45 minutes ride.

After arrival at DUS an email told me that they will charge 23.80 € for the Car2Go ride. A very acceptable price because of the convenience this ride offered.

The flight departed on time and it took only 💯 minutes to reach WAW. Customs clearance was as easy and fast as my baggage claim was. I was standing in the arrival area of the Chopin airport (WAW). Right in front of me was the office of ZTM where I was supposed to get three day travel tickets (Bilet 3-Dniowy Normalny) for unlimited rides within zone 1 for 36 Zloty. The clerk spoke 👌 English and it was easy to pay by e-cash card. Because of the fact that I don’t speak the Polish language I had to depend on finding people who speak either English, French or maybe German, too. That was not a problem at no time.

3 day travel ticket

To find my way to the 🚊 platform of the SKM (Szybka Kolej Miejska = Fast Urban Railway) to board for my ride to Warsaw central was easy and it took only a ten minutes walk. And don’t forget to validate your ticket for the rides!

I‘m almost there … 😊

Warsaw was deliberately annihilated in 1944 as a repression of the Polish resistance to the Nazi German occupation. The capital city was reduced to ruins with the intention of obliterating the centuries-old tradition of Polish statehood. The rebuilding of the historic city, 85% of which was destroyed, was the result of the determination of the inhabitants and the support of the whole nation. The reconstruction of the Old Town in its historic urban and architectural form was the manifestation of the care and attention taken to assure the survival of one of the most important testimonials of Polish culture. The city was rebuilt as a symbol of elective authority and tolerance, where the first democratic European constitution, the Constitution of 3 May 1791, was adopted. The reconstruction included the holistic recreation of the urban plan, together with the Old Town Market, townhouses, the circuit of the city walls, the Royal Castle, and important religious buildings. (Copyright of last paragraph: Unesco.org)