Warsaw

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The capital of Poland was rebuilt after World War II and continues to grow, with a flourishing arts scene and a mix of old and modern architecture.

Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during World War II. The Old Town was painstakingly rebuilt and later became an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Gothic and renaissance architecture sits alongside concrete Soviet-era buildings and modern glass skyscrapers. The city's progressive cultural scene is as varied as the capital’s architecture. Visit war memorials and classical art galleries, or seek out underground theater groups and avant-garde cinemas.

Take a walking tour of the city, starting in the Old Town. Here, you’ll find many of Warsaw’s main attractions, including the Royal Castle, King Zygmunt’s Column and the Barbican, which is a relic of the walls that once surrounded the city.

Walk or catch a bus along the Royal Route, a path that connects the Royal Castle with the Wilanow Palace. The route is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) and encompasses a number of churches, the Presidential Palace and Warsaw University, among other attractions.

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of many examples of socialist realist architecture you’ll find in Warsaw. Its clock tower is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Ride the elevator to the terrace on the 30th floor for views of the city and the Vistula River.

Warsaw is known for its public green spaces; the city has more than 80 parks. The oldest park is the Saxon Garden, a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. The former royal garden has avenues of trees and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument to soldiers killed in war. Visit the Warsaw Zoo, which houses more than 5,000 animals across 99 acres (40 hectares) of parkland.

Chopin was one of the most prominent Warsaw residents and signs of the composer are everywhere, from monuments and street names in his honor, to a museum.

The best time to visit Warsaw is May through September, when locals make the most of the warm weather in parks and outdoor restaurants. Get around the city by bus, tram or train. Or, rent a bike using the city’s bicycle sharing system and cycle along the river.

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Where to stay in Warsaw

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
4 out of 5
Zwirki I Wigury 1J, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is $53 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
Located in Wlochy, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Krolikarnia Palace, Palace of Culture and Science, and Szczesliwice Ski Slope. Wodny Park and Invisible ...
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Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Aleje Jerozolimskie 65-79, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is $90 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Warsaw Fotoplastikon and Palace of Culture and Science. Copernicus Science Centre is ...
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"Great location, close to shopping and transportation. Very comfortable beds and pillows."

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Novotel Warszawa Centrum
Novotel Warszawa Centrum
4 out of 5
ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
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The price is $62 per night from Sep 19 to Sep 19
Located in Srodmiescie, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Galeria Centrum and Palace of Culture and Science. Copernicus Science Centre is 1.4 mi (2.2 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,094 reviews)
"Convenient location"

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Novotel Warszawa Centrum
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Ego Apartments Old Town
Ego Apartments Old Town
3.5 out of 5
Piwna, 29, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is $69 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Old Town Warsaw, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Town Market Place and Copernicus Science Centre. Palace of Culture and Science is 1.5 ...
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Ego Apartments Old Town
MONDRIAN Luxury Suites & Apartments Old Town Market Square
MONDRIAN Luxury Suites & Apartments Old Town Market Square
5 out of 5
Rynek Starego Miasta 1/3, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is $151 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Located in Old Town Warsaw, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw are also within ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)
"It’s a very nice, clean property. Laura was very accommodating and attentive to our needs. All and all was a great stay!"

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EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel
EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel
4 out of 5
ul. Bagno 2 lok. usl. 5, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is $86 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Srodmiescie, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Saxon Gardens and Palace of Culture and Science. Copernicus Science Centre is 1.2 mi (1.9 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (410 reviews)
"If you don't have a cell phone that works in Poland communication is really tough. Plus... Finding the place was a drag too. Once there and not having a need to ask for anything ... nice place !"

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Getting around Warsaw

Warsaw’s metro is a quick and comfortable way to get around the city; there are public bathrooms at every station and lift access for travelers with mobility issues. If you’re planning on sampling the weekend nightlife, the metro is very handy, as trains run until 2.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Metro tickets can also be used on the city’s bus and trolley network, while you can walk around the historic center. Visit the Warszawski Transport Publiczny website.Browse Warsaw rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Warsaw at different times of the year and you’ll have a very different experience, owing to the city’s varied climate. Summers are generally very pleasant, with temperatures reaching an average high in the mid 70s F (mid 20s C) – perfect for strolling through beautiful Lazienki Park and touring the city’s cultural attractions. Winters are cold, gray and wet, but you can get great deals on hotels.

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