Warsaw

 

Accomodation: Again there were not any accessible hostels so I ended up staying at the Campanile Hotel Warsaw which was a little bit out of the way but  it  was cheap and a had a fully accessible room with an accessible bathroom.

Transport: Warsaw is connected by buses and trams, a lot of which are accessible and fitted with ramps.  Here is a quick link to the cities travel without barriers website. I ended up just walking/pushing a lot as I didn’t know which bus/tram would take me where i wanted to go.

Overall Accessibility: Warsaw’s accessibility is ok. Again a lot of the shops/restaurants have a couple of steps to get into. The curb and guttering isn’t great and you have to go out of your way to find an accessible way to cross the street. So in hindsight instead of pushing everywhere I should of attempted to use the buses. There are quite a few cobblestones in the old town however you can usually find a route with less cobblestones.

Day 1- Walking tour, Royal Castle, The Royal Way, Old and New Town Squares, Jewish Ghetto, Chopin

The day I arrived was All Saints day which is an annual public holiday which meant that all the museums were closed. However mostly everything else was open. My hotel was in the commercial centre where there were alot of new buildings and nearby was the Palace of Culture and Science which looked a bit derelict but apparently contain theatres and bars. I then walked/ pushed down Royal Way which is lined by churches and university buildings and into the centre of the old town. Just as I arrived a walking tour was starting so I decided to join in. The walking tour took us past the Royal Castle, the new town square (which is older than the old town), the statue of the Warsaw mermaid (bizarre becuase Warsaw is no where near the ocean), Sigrids Tower, the old wall, Marie Curies house, Jewish Ghetto and a memorial to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

Warsaw is pretty fascinating. After the 1944 uprising most of the city was completely destroyed and was then rebuilt as it was. The castle itself is actually a replica but is exactly as it would have been like prior to 1944.

Warsaw is a bit cobblestony but the walking tour was a really great accessible way to see most of the city.

That night I pushed/walked back to where the restaurants re however it took me a while as the curb and guttering isn’t the greatest. However it was worth it because Polish food is amazing and extremely cheap.

Day 2 – Warsaw uprising museum

I really wanted to  visit this museum yesterday but it was closed due to All Saints day so I had to try and squeeze it in before my flight to Iceland later that afternoon. The museum (as the name implies) focuses on the Warsaw uprising of 1944 in which the people of Warsaw tried to overthrow Nazi occupation. After success early on it lead to the death of hundreds and thousands of Poles and destruction of the city.

There was access throughout the museums however it was extremely difficult to navigate. The museum is set over three floors with steps in between. There is lift access to all of the floors however it is not very well sign posted so can get a bit confusing so I think I ended up missing a floor as I couldn’t find the access. However the museum was very interesting and definitely worth a visit.

And that was Poland, friendly kind people,  beautiful building, interesting history, great food, ok accessibility. Now off to Iceland to battle the cold.

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