WarsawPoland

The capital of P Poland,Warsaw, was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but has since come back with a vengeance, with a thriving arts scene and a mix of rescued and save ancient architecture, alongside modern buildings.

The Old Town was carefully rebuilt after the war and has since been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with architecture from the gothic and renaissance periods. Next to these you’ll find concrete monstrosities from the Soviet era and new modern glass skyscrapers, making the city a truly fascinating and eclectic place to visit for architecture buffs. The progressive cultural scene is as varied as the architecture of the capital. Visit war monuments and classical art galleries or discover underground theatre and avant-garde cinema.

Take a stroll through the city, starting in the Old City; here you will find many of the of Warsaw’s most popular sites, including the Royal Palace, King Zygmunt's Column and the Barbican, a remnant of the wall that once surrounded the city.

You can walk or take a bus on the Royal Route, which runs from the Royal Palace to the Wilanow Palace. The trail is about 10 kilometres long and takes you past several churches, the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and other attractions.

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of many examples of socialist realist architecture you’ll find in Warsaw. Its bell tower is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Take the elevator to the 30th floor for a beautiful view of the city and the River Vistula.

Warsaw is known for its public parks. The city has more than 80 parks; the oldest being the Saxon Gardens, which is just a 10 minute walk from the Old City. In this former royal garden you will find tree-lined avenues and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument to the soldiers killed in the war. It’s also home to the Warsaw Zoo where you can find over 5,000 animals spread over 40 acres of park land.

Warsaw has been home to many famous composers and artists over the century, such as Chopin, who was one of the most prominent residents of Warsaw. You’ll find reminders of the composer all around the city, in the monuments and street names and even a museum dedicated to him.

The best time to visit Warsaw is between May and September when the locals are taking full advantage of the warm weather in parks and outdoor restaurants. You can work your way through the city by bus, tram or train or you can use the rental bike system and cycle along the river.

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Where to stay in Warsaw

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
Warsaw Uprising Museum which includes outdoor art

Wola

4/5Very Good!(61 area reviews)

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

Wola
Warsaw showing a square or plaza and a city

Old Town

Old Town is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square while you're in town.

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

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
Mokotow, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Mokotow

3.5/5Good!(15 area reviews)

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

Mokotow
National Library of Poland which includes outdoor art

Ochota

4/5Very Good!(15 area reviews)

Unique features of Ochota include the shopping and historical 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 £44 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 miles (10 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (993 reviews)

"Cozy, comfortable, and available at an affordable price! Much unlike many brand hotels attached to airports, this hotel provides a fantastic service for a fair-to-reasonable price."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
4 out of 5
ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £51 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! (990 reviews)
Worth every penny

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

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Residence St. Andrew's Palace
Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre
Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre
3 out of 5
Ul. Wspólna 72, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £43 per night

Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Terraces and Palace of Culture and Science. Warsaw Uprising Museum and University of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,286 reviews)

"Great location, room and amenities were very nice and clean"…"

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre

Popular places to visit in Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science
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Palace of Culture and Science

4.5/5(118 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(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.

Warsaw Uprising Museum
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Warsaw Uprising Museum

4.5/5(85 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(51 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(37 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

Full-Day Wolf's Lair Tour from Warsaw - Hitler's HQ
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Full-Day Wolf's Lair Tour from Warsaw - Hitler's HQ

£162
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
Warsaw: Communist regular tour
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Warsaw: Communist regular tour

£35
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Warsaw Uprising 1944 & Museum of the History of Polish Jews
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Warsaw Uprising 1944 & Museum of the History of Polish Jews

£59
Per adult
Palace of King Jan III Sobieski in Wilanow: SMALL GROUP TOUR
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Palace of King Jan III Sobieski in Wilanow: SMALL GROUP TOUR

£38
Per adult
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

£33
Per adult

Reviews of Warsaw

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Warsaw is a beautiful city, with loads of history and so much to see and do, it was a fantastic family trip. Suitable for all ages.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Mar 2020

Nice city, better than many Western European capitals!

4/5 - Good

Guest123

10 Mar 2020

I stayed only a day hence can’t say much except that I found many helpful people (except hotel clerks) who made my travelling easy peasy

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

We were in Warsaw for Fat Thursday and enjoyed lots of lovely donuts

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jan 2020

Well as it is my birth town is hard to remain objective.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

Warsaw is a beautiful city that has been authentically restored from the ruins of WWII its is well worth a visit

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