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Feel the beat of the pulse of the cosmopolitan Polish capital by choosing a low-cost hostel in Warsaw. Evenings of clinking vodka shots with fellow backpackers and sharing tales of the enchanting Old Town district in the common room are on the menu. And so are wild pub crawls that are sure to get you in the swing of things in Slavic speakeasies that serve cold beer and plates of pickled herring. During daylight hours, it's all about free walking tours and trips to enthralling war museums, all of which can usually be organised from the reception desk. When it comes to facilities and style, hostels in Warsaw boast a medley of classic dorms, double rooms, self-catering kitchens and even unique design features that are bound to catch the eye.
It's true that hostels in Warsaw offer some of the lowest rates of any type of accommodation in the Polish capital. But that's not all they do. They fizz with life, too. Backpackers of all walks mingle and meet in the common spaces. They clink cold beers, join organised quiz nights or get stuck into hedonistic pub crawls that take you to the town's liveliest after-dark areas. It's also fair to say that Warsaw hostels push the boundaries of design. Some look plucked out of Scandinavia, with stripped-down rooms of natural wood, and have windows that open onto the cobbled squares of the Gothic-esque Old Town. Others have colourful retro collections of 1960s and 1970s paraphernalia, or are chic minimalist places that champion modern kitchens and the like.
One of the other great things about hostels in Warsaw is the truly eclectic mix of different people that drop by. By putting secluded double rooms next to multi-bunk dormitories in prime locations in the city, hostels, here, are able to draw everyone from fly-in city breakers to romantic couples to solo backpackers on the tightest budgets of all. What's more, the prevalence of shared kitchens mean you can usually find somewhere to try your hand at Polish pierogi, while the possibility of booking packages with breakfast helps to get you set up for all that sightseeing.
No trip to the weathered Polish capital could possibly be complete without a jaunt through the immersive Old Town. It might look medieval, but the whole place was razed during WWII and subsequently rebuilt to mirror its former glory. It's a true feat of reconstruction work, with cobbled lanes and Gothic churches alike. You can even bag a bed in a hostel in Warsaw that overlooks certain parts of the famous district, perhaps in the vibrant Old Town Kanonia Hostel or with the welcoming travellers of DREAM Hostel Warsaw. You also won't want to miss the city's amazing museums. Start at the National Museum in Warsaw, with its iconic pieces of Polish portrait art, and be sure to drop into the Warsaw Rising Museum, where sobering collections related to the Nazi occupation remain.