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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

This military memorial is a moving tribute to all the men and women who gave their lives for Poland. 

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a touching memorial, honoring all those who died while fighting for their country. Find the monument sheltered under a lone-standing portico, the only remaining piece of Saxon Palace, which was destroyed during World War II. 

While exploring the city of Warsaw, take a moment to ponder its turbulent past and to pay respects to the fallen soldiers who died while defending their country. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a fitting memorial to the lost. A quiet, contemplative atmosphere pervades here.

The monument was originally constructed in 1925 to house the remains of an unknown soldier who was killed during the Polish-Ukrainian war of 1918-1919. Along with the soldier’s remains went vessels containing soil from 14 different battle grounds on the eastern borderlands.

Notice the elegant colonnade that covers the tomb. This is the only surviving part of the Saxon Palace, a grand neoclassical 19th-century structure that was blown up after the failed Warsaw Rising in 1944. Read the names of the soldiers inscribed under the colonnade and examine the stone tablets, which reference wars from as far back as the 10th century.

See soldiers silently standing guard over the tomb and its ever-burning flame and watch the changing of the guard, which takes place hourly. If you are in town on Sunday, time your visit for midday to witness the more elaborate weekly Changing of the Guard ceremony. Observe the Polish soldiers’ unique marching style during the event. Major memorial ceremonies are also held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on important national days.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Saxon Gardens, a public park that’s perfect for walks and picnics. From the Tomb, it’s just a short walk to other nearby sights including the University of Warsaw and the Presidential Palace.  


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Novotel Warszawa Centrum
Novotel Warszawa Centrum

Novotel Warszawa Centrum

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    4.3
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    Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charles de Gaulle Roundabout and Palace of Culture and Science. Lazienki Park and National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Sofitel Warsaw Victoria $94
    Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

    Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

    Krolewska 11, Warsaw
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 1,481 reviews
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      This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Zacheta, University of Warsaw, and Presidential Palace. Royal Castle and Grand Theatre are also within 15 minutes.

      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw $134
      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

      Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw
         
        4.7
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        Located a block from Piłsudski Square, Warsaw's largest, Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. A great base for exploring the city's historical areas, the hotel is only 10 minutes on foot from the Old Town, and 2 minutes from the Presidential Palace.

        Warsaw Marriott Hotel
        Warsaw Marriott Hotel

        Warsaw Marriott Hotel

        Aleje Jerozolimskie 65-79, Warsaw
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 2,491 reviews
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          Warsaw Marriott Hotel is opposite Central Station and a 2-minute walk from Centrum tram, and 5-minute walk from the metro station. The Palace of Culture and Science is 3 minutes from the hotel on foot. Sightseers will want to visit Old Town Market Place and the Royal Castle, both within a 10-minute cab ride away.

          Metropol Hotel
          Metropol Hotel

          Metropol Hotel

          Marszalkowska 99a, Warsaw
             
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            of 5, from 1,307 reviews
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            Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Parade Square and Palace of Culture and Science. Lazienki Park and National Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Polonia Palace Hotel $82
            Polonia Palace Hotel

            Polonia Palace Hotel

            Jerozolimskie Av. 45, Warsaw
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 2,344 reviews
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              Polonia Palace Hotel is situated just 350 meters from Warszawa Centralna station and 15 minutes from the Złote Tarasy Shopping Centre. Warsaw’s Old Town is only 2 km away.

              The Westin Warsaw $80
              The Westin Warsaw

              The Westin Warsaw

              Al. Jana Pawla II 21, Warsaw
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 1,467 reviews
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                The hotel is steps from the landmark Palace of Culture and Science, around the corner from Złote Tarasy shopping mall. Guests can stroll to the Old Town in 30 minutes, stopping at the nearby Chopin Museum, and learn about the city's legendary wartime resistance at the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising.

                Mercure Warszawa Centrum $66
                Mercure Warszawa Centrum

                Mercure Warszawa Centrum

                48-54 Zlota St, Warsaw
                   
                  4.5
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                  Across the street from the modern Zlote Tarasy shopping center, the newly renovated Mercure Warszawa Centrum is a block from the Central Railway Station and 5 minutes from both the National Museum and Warsaw Uprising Museum.