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WarsawPoland

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

Palace of Culture and Science showing heritage architecture and heritage elements

Centrum

Visitors to Centrum love its popular shops, and you can check out Palace of Culture and Science and Copernicus Science Centre. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Centrum Station.

Centrum
Warsaw Uprising Museum showing outdoor art

Wola

4.5/5Wonderful!(107 area reviews)

Unique features of Wola include the historic sites and coffeehouses. Make a stop by Warsaw Uprising Museum or Warsaw Trade Tower while you're exploring the area.

Wola
Warsaw featuring a city and a square or plaza

Old Town

Old Town is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square while in the area.

Old Town
Warsaw featuring heritage elements, heritage architecture and a church or cathedral

Srodmiescie

4.5/5Wonderful!(715 area reviews)

Visitors to Srodmiescie love its popular shops, and you can check out Palace of Culture and Science and Copernicus Science Centre. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Centrum Station.

Srodmiescie
Zielnik was nice/yummy restaurant.  The deal here is the outdoor seating which was closed bc of a heavy downpour.  If you go, triple check the weather.  They gave me a free dessert to make up for the loss of not being able to ear in their enchanted garden!

Mokotow

3.5/5Good!(14 area reviews)

Unique features of Mokotow include the shopping and historic sites. Make a stop by Sadyba Best Mall or Wodny Park while you're exploring the area.

Mokotow
National Library of Poland showing outdoor art

Ochota

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

Unique features of Ochota include the shopping and historic sites. Make a stop by Blue City or National Library of Poland while you're exploring the area.

Ochota

Top Hotels in Warsaw

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
4 out of 5
Zwirki I Wigury 1J, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is $51 per night

Located in Wlochy, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and within 6 mi (10 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Accross the airpoŕ drive from the terminal. Food service until late evening."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
5 out of 5
Ul Zwirki i Wigury 1, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is $64 per night

Located in Wlochy, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum, Palace of Culture and Science, and University of Warsaw. Royal Castle ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (441 reviews)

"Great, clean hotel! Helpful and friendly staff. Next to the airport."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
4 out of 5
ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is $63 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (996 reviews)
Worth every penny

"The best location in central Warsaw! Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Residence St. Andrew's Palace

Popular places to visit in Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science
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Palace of Culture and Science

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Admire the views from the terrace of the country’s tallest building, a controversial landmark that inspires mixed feelings from Polish citizens.

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(439 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Warsaw during your trip to a well-known site like Old Town Square. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.

Old Town Market Place
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Old Town Market Place

4.5/5(273 reviews)

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

Warsaw Uprising Museum
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Warsaw Uprising Museum

4.5/5(138 reviews)

Learn about the defining days of war in Warsaw at this enormous museum, which traces the Home Army’s doomed attempt to liberate the city from its German occupiers.

University of Warsaw
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University of Warsaw

4.5/5(153 reviews)

Stroll through the avenues and palaces of this historic academic institution, which has fostered two centuries of learning in Poland. 

National Stadium
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National Stadium

4.5/5(86 reviews)

Take a tour of this symbolic building, home to the Polish national football team and an important center for sports and culture in Warsaw.

Top things to do in Warsaw

Chopin concert in Warsaw Old Town, in historical site
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Chopin concert in Warsaw Old Town, in historical site

$20
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$26
Per adult
Warsaw city tour with private guide & transportation 4 h
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Warsaw city tour with private guide & transportation 4 h

$176
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Private Tour: Historic Warsaw by Retro Fiat
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Private Tour: Historic Warsaw by Retro Fiat

$142
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Palace of Culture&Science + Wilanow Palace: YOUR GROUP ONLY
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Palace of Culture&Science + Wilanow Palace: YOUR GROUP ONLY

$90
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
VIP Warsaw Airport Departure Transfer. Warsaw Hotel - Warsaw Chopin Airport WAW
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VIP Warsaw Airport Departure Transfer. Warsaw Hotel - Warsaw Chopin Airport WAW

$13
Per adult

Reviews of Warsaw

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 7.759882869692533%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Everything but restaurants are closed on sundays

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Things are closed on Sunday. Dining is available but not all dining options are available on Sundays.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Warsaw is a fantastic place to visit filled with amazing amount of history. This was my first time in Poland and won’t be my last. Usually I go to France, but Poland is a lot cleaner, safer, and friendlier then most places in Europe.

3/5 - Okay

Woodie

Feb 24, 2020

It’s a been there, done that kind of city. I probably will not come back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

We enjoyed sightseeing in Poland's capital. I can't wait to come back!

5/5 - Excellent

bz

Feb 20, 2020

cold as hell

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