The story of the little mermaid as you’ve never heard it before.
In one of the squares of Old Town Warsaw you’ll find a beautiful scenery: old houses, beautiful shops with all kinds of exotic flowers, bars and restaurants where people enjoy themselves sipping on some whine in the afternoon sun. And in the middle of it all, you’ll find a little mermaid statue. As Warsaw is not on the ocean, what does a mermaid have to do with Warsaw, you ask? Well, let me tell you a little story about how Warsaw came to its name:
Once upon a time, there were two mermaid sisters. One swam to Copenhagen (Where you’ll find her sitting on the city shore), the other swam to a place that would later become Warsaw. There, she rescued some fish that were caught in a fishing net. The fisherman didn’t appreciate such behavior and took her captive. The fisherman’s son however fell in love with the little mermaid and helped her escape. As a sign of her appreciation she protected the city he lived in. His name was “Wars” and hers was “Zawa”. Put the two together and you’ll get “Warszawa” – the Polish name for Warsaw.
So who wants to go to Paris now, when the city of love is right around the corner!? 😉
I hope you enjoyed this post on how Warsaw got its name. If you did, don’t forget to give this post a thumbs up. Also, let me know in the comments if you’ve ever seen the statue of the Polish mermaids sister in Copenhagen. If you are thinking about visiting the beautiful Polish capital, check out my blog post on sightseeing in Warsaw.