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Old TownWarsaw

Admire beautiful city squares, visit a royal castle and embrace the timeless atmosphere of the historic heart of Poland's capital city.

Delve into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed squares, streets, churches and monuments that make up Warsaw’s Old Town. Devastatingly damaged during World War II, the Old Town was faithfully recreated and looks cheerful once again with its multi-colored houses.

Start in Castle Square, home to the majestic Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski). Visit the palace that housed royals from the 16th through to the 18th century and browse the fine art collection of its Castle Museum. In the square’s center, look up at the towering column with its statue of King Zygmunt III, who made Warsaw the capital of Poland. The 72-foot (22-meter) high column and statue were erected in his honor in 1644.

Move on to the heart of Old Town in Market Square, which has been the focal point of Warsaw since the 13th century. Head to the bronze statue of the mythical Warsaw Mermaid in the center and use her vantage point to take in the renaissance-style buildings surrounding the square. From hosting markets, political speeches and even executions in years gone past, the square is now home to a diverse range of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions.

One example is the informative Museum of Warsaw located in several of the square’s historic houses. Browse the museum’s exhibits with a huge range of artifacts relating to the city. From a viewing platform on the 5th floor, take in the delightful views over Market Square and the roofs of the Old Town. Another attraction in the square is the Adam Mickiewicz Literature Museum, named after the country’s most celebrated writer.

Get in touch with the spiritual side of this devoutly Catholic city by visiting St. John’s Cathedral. The cathedral was originally established in the 14th century, but had to be rebuilt after wartime damage. Many famous people from Poland’s history are buried in its crypt and tombs. The nearby Shrine of Our Lady of Grace is a smaller but still delicately adorned religious building.

Warsaw’s Old Town is easy to reach on foot from all the central hotels in Warsaw. Trams and buses provide the best public transportation options, with stops just below Castle Square.


Popular places to visit in Old Town

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(190 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Warsaw during your trip to a well-known site such as 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(190 reviews)

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

Royal Castle
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Royal Castle

4.5/5(117 reviews)

A former royal residence, this stately building is now home to a fine collection of historic artwork and furniture.

Sigismund's Column
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Sigismund's Column

4/5(49 reviews)

Built in tribute to a 16th-century Polish king, this landmark overlooks the busy Castle Square and is a popular meeting place.   

Warsaw Mermaid Statue
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Warsaw Mermaid Statue

4.5/5(58 reviews)

A beloved symbol of Warsaw, this long-standing monument has been a constant fixture throughout the city’s tumultuous history. 

Presidential Palace
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Presidential Palace

4/5(52 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Warsaw with a stop at Presidential Palace. Discover the fascinating museums and shops in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Old Town

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

£16
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£17
Per adult
Royal Castle + Old Town + Lazienki Park: SMALL GROUP TOUR
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Royal Castle + Old Town + Lazienki Park: SMALL GROUP TOUR

£72
Per adult
Royal Castle + Old Town + Royal Route: SMALL GROUP /Pick-up/
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Royal Castle + Old Town + Royal Route: SMALL GROUP /Pick-up/

£51
Per adult
Warsaw: Off The Beaten Path regular tour
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Warsaw: Off The Beaten Path regular tour

£40
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Segway Old Town Tour - 90 minutes of magic!
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Segway Old Town Tour - 90 minutes of magic!

£38
Per adult

Top hotels in Old Town

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
5 out of 5
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £131 per night

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)

"Staff and the service provided was exceptional from the start. Everything was possible and always met with a smile. Spa facilities are small but had a great experience. Rooms are off a very good standard and the hotel bar was a great place to chill before hitting the city. Highly recommend to stay ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
5 out of 5
Krolewska 11, Warsaw, Masovia
Free cancellation
The price is £70 per night

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

". Excellent Parking . Right in Central warsaw close to the old town"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Castle Inn
Castle Inn
3 out of 5
Swietojanska 2, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £50 per night

Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps away from St. John's Cathedral, Royal Castle and Old Town Market Place. Old Town Square and University of Warsaw are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (668 reviews)

"The inn is in the perfect location and the price is unbeatable. I was only able to stay 1 night but saw a lot. The Inn is right across from the museum and these beautiful buildings and statues. Absolutely perfect location. Hotel Reception was extremely friendly and helpful evening giving me recommendations ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020

Castle Inn
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
5 out of 5
Ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie, 13 - 00-071, Warsaw, Warsaw
The price is £184 per night

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 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)

"Perfect service and perfect property. I will definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Hotel Bellotto
Hotel Bellotto
5 out of 5
ul. Senatorska 13/15, Warsaw, Mazowieckie
The price is £107 per night

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Caricature and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (339 reviews)
Highly recommend

"Beautiful building. Great location. Well sized rooms. Very comfortable. Wonderful service."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Hotel Bellotto
ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Old Town
ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Old Town
3 out of 5
Muranowska 2, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £33 per night

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Polonia Stadium, Old Town Square and Old Town Market Place. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw ...

4.2/5Very Good! (908 reviews)

"Good place to stay, close to the old town. Room was very clean. No complaints."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Old Town

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Nowe Miasto

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Nowe Miasto
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Muranow

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Muranow
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Powisle

You'll enjoy the museums and riverfront in Powisle. You might want to make time for a stop at Copernicus Science Centre or University of Warsaw Library.

Powisle
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Praga

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Praga
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Srodmiescie

4.5/5Wonderful!(359 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Palace of Culture and Science to Copernicus Science Centre – discover Srodmiescie, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Srodmiescie
Palace of Culture and Science which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Centrum

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Palace of Culture and Science to Copernicus Science Centre – discover Centrum, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Centrum

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