Warsaw

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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

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
4 out of 5
Zwirki I Wigury 1J, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £39 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Wlochy, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Krolikarnia Palace, Palace of Culture and Science and Szczesliwice Ski Slope. Wodny Park and Invisible ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (943 reviews)
"The room was nice and clean. The temperature we couldn’t adjust and the towel warmer didn’t work"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Aleje Jerozolimskie 65-79, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £78 per night from 1 Oct to 1 Oct
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Novotel Warszawa Centrum
Novotel Warszawa Centrum
4 out of 5
ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
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The price is £52 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
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! (1,086 reviews)
"Convenient location"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2021

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 £56 per night from 27 Sep to 27 Sep
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"very secure & right on Old Town main square"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

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 £122 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Located in Old Town Warsaw, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw are also ...
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!"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021

MONDRIAN Luxury Suites & Apartments Old Town Market Square
EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel
EXCLUSIVE Aparthotel
4 out of 5
ul. Bagno 2 lok. usl. 5, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is £65 per night from 17 Oct to 17 Oct
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 !"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2020

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