This is a touristic overview of the Mariensztat housing estate. For a detailed description, please click on the box below.
Type of attraction
In the Warsaw touristic area?
How to get
This once private town of a Polish magnate developed into an “offshoot” of Warsaw’s Old Town, to which the settlement was visibly connected by a road. During World War 2, the whole area lay in ruins. After the war, the architects decided on an alternative reconstruction. A housing estate was created consisting of two-storey residential buildings and a market place in the centre. It was one of the first housing estates in Warsaw, so there was a lot going on here.
Nowadays the area is very sleepy and forgotten. Yet Mariensztat Market Square is just 400 metres from Castle Square, the Royal Route and the Old Town. In high season, when the Old Town can’t hold the crowds and there’s hardly a square metre left in the huge Castle Square, I recommend going to Mariensztat Market Square. Take a coffee-to-go with you, something to nibble on and relax on a bench in the shade of the tree in the middle of the square. I can guarantee you that there will only be a few people there.
Eating and drinking nearby
Unfortunately, there are no cafés or restaurants on the estate. So if you are coming from “upstairs”, I advise you to buy a coffee in a take-away cup in advance.
The nearest cafés, restaurants and bars are on Royal Route, in the Old Town and at the Powisle Electricity Station just under 1 km south.
It is not easy to get around there with a wheelchair.