Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Krakowskie Przedmieście is easily one of Poland’s most prestigious and well-known streets, stretching from the Royal Castle in the Old Town until it blends into the famous ul. Nowy Świat. A natural starting-point for any stroll of this high street is the sabre-rattling King Sigismund’s Column, just outside the Royal Castle.

This popular meeting point sees its steps visited by buskers, tourists and white-gowned brides in search of memorable snaps. From this point head to St. Anne’s Church, a neo-classical effort that survived the war but came within a whisker of collapse when work on the W-Z street tunnel in 1949 caused several landslides; it took a team of 400 workers two weeks to shore the foundations and stabilise the soil, but the real hero of the hour was Romuald Cebertowicz – a professor who invented a way of solidifying the soil via the use of electrical currents.

The interior of St. Anne’s is fine, but the real reason for visiting is the viewing platform, which offers impressive views of the Old Town and a distant shot of the red and white National Stadium.

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