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Old Town Market Place

The heart of Warsaw’s Old Town, this lively square is lined with picturesque buildings from the 1600s and 1700s.

Warsaw’s Old Town Market Place is a bustling local gathering place and a symbol of the city’s resilience. Although most of the square’s original buildings were destroyed in World War II, the square has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its meticulous reconstruction. Dine on traditional cuisine at an outdoor café and enjoy the entertainment provided by street performers.

Established in the late 13th and early 14th centuries, the Old Town Market Place is one of the most historic areas in the city. Take your time admiring the square’s gorgeous buildings, each of which was painstakingly rebuilt to recreate the square’s appearance during its Golden Age in the Renaissance era.

As you stroll through the square or sip a local beer on an outdoor terrace, listen for the music of barrel organ players and other street musicians who frequently perform here. Watch some of the square’s portrait painters at work and browse the surrounding shops for Polish folk art, pysanky Easter eggs and traditional costumes.

Look at the famous bronze mermaid statue in the center of the square. Once the location of Warsaw’s old city hall, the statue has been the focal point of the square since the mid-19th century. The mermaid is an important symbol of Warsaw, also appearing on its coat of arms and in many other pieces of architecture throughout the city. Notice the low fountain below the statue’s stone pedestal, designed to symbolize her connection to the city’s Vistula River.

Head to the north side of the square for the Warsaw History Museum. Set in a series of mansions, this museum features exhibits ranging from old pieces of pottery to portraits of famous figures. Most exhibits are labeled in both English and Polish. The museum emphasizes the massive devastation and extensive reconstruction that the city faced following World War II.

Find the Old Town Market Place in the center of Warsaw along the Vistula River. It’s within easy walking distance of tram stops.


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Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw $160
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 22 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 26 minutes.

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace $66
    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Technology, Palace of Culture and Science, and University of Warsaw. Copernicus Science Centre and Royal Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centrum Station is 5 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 11 minutes.

      Castle Inn $61
      Castle Inn

      Castle Inn

      Swietojanska 2, Warsaw, Masovia
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St. John's Cathedral, Royal Castle, and Old Town Market Place. Old Town Square and University of Warsaw are also within 15 minutes. Warsaw Gdanska Station is 23 minutes by foot and Centrum Station is 28 minutes.

        Sofitel Warsaw Victoria $84
        Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

        Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

        Krolewska 11, Warsaw, Masovia
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Zacheta and University of Warsaw. Royal Castle and Copernicus Science Centre are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 18 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 23 minutes.

          InterContinental Warsaw $115
          InterContinental Warsaw

          InterContinental Warsaw

          Emilii Plater 49, Warsaw, Masovia
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Warsaw Uprising Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Warsaw Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Centrum Station is 10 minutes.

            Novotel Warszawa Centrum $50
            Novotel Warszawa Centrum

            Novotel Warszawa Centrum

            ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Srodmiescie, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Warsaw Fotoplastikon and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Copernicus Science Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centrum Station is only a 4-minute walk and Warsaw Central Station is 9 minutes.

              Ego Apartments Old Town $62
              Ego Apartments Old Town

              Ego Apartments Old Town

              Piwna, 29, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this apartment building is steps from Warsaw Mermaid Statue, Old Town Market Place, and Old Town Square. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw are also within 1 mi (2 km). Warsaw Gdanska Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square $138
                Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square

                Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square

                Rynek Starego Miasta 1/3, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw are also within 1 mi (2 km). Warsaw Gdanska Station is 22 minutes by foot.