is the capital city of Poland
and is currently one of Europe’s most exciting destinations to visit. It’s climate is continental humid and the city enjoys warm summers when the temperatures often reach 30 degrees. Despite being a relatively new city due to its almost complete destruction during World War 2, Warsaw is nevertheless a beautiful city and the ‘old town’ area of the city contains many beautiful buildings, despite not being that old! There’s lots to see and do in the city and plenty of accommodation available for tourists. Wimdu has over 400 properties in the city including tasteful city centre studio apartments, cosy guest rooms or stylish loft conversions. Find you the accommodation to suit you with Wimdu today!
Warsaw has 82 parks covering 8% of the city!
Warsaw is known as the ‘Phoenix City
’ because it had to be completely rebuilt following its destruction by the Nazis.
In Warsaw there is an annual city-wide medieval festival, including jousts, horse archery, medieval dances and other activities.
In Poland, bananas are peeled from the blossom end, not from the stem end!
Warsaw is one of the tallest cities in Europe – 11 of Poland’s tallest skyscrapers are in Warsaw.
Sightseeing in Warsaw
Most of what is of interest to tourists in Warsaw is located in the central area of the city which encompasses 7 districts. You’ll find the Śródmieście
district contains most attractions. It is here where Warsaw’s old town area is located. The area is packed full of picture-postcard streets, moving architecture and elaborately carved archways and gates. The old town is located on a hill and you’ll several good spots where you can get a view over the rooftops – beautiful! It’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon wandering through the streets. There’s lots of small shops selling jewelry and homemade cakes.
Museums in Warsaw
There are plenty of interesting museums in Warsaw. The Warsaw Uprising Museum
comes highly recommended from Wimdu. The museum tells the story of the Polish resistance during World War 2 and their efforts to fight the Nazis. It is a very modern museum with interactive displays and engaging videos. The museum is in English and Polish and you’ll want to allow 2 or 3 hours to see everything the museum has to offer. Check out the Royal Castle if you’re intrigued by the Uprising. This castle was dynamited by the Nazis after the uprising as revenge for the chaos caused. The castle has been rebuilt and is a perfect replica of the former 17th century building. If you’re more interested in science than history then head for the Copernicus Science Centre
, it’s a perfect place to take children to and there are lots of hands on experiments and interactive exhibits and displays. It’s very well laid out and is fun for both children and adults.
The Old Town Square Market
(Rynek Starego Miasta) is a square in the centre of the old town that is surrounded by 17th century merchant houses. Many bars and famous restaurants line the square and it’s regarded as one of Warsaw’s hot nightlife spots. Settle down in the early evening at a terrace bar then head down a side street to investigate Warsaw’s legendary club scene
There are a huge number of parks in Warsaw and Lazienki Park
is possibly the best one. The park was founded in the 18th century and is the grounds of the grand Lazienki Palace
(‘Palace on the water’). It is one of Warsaw’s best attractions and is spread over a wide area south of the centre. There are many beautiful stretches of water containing fish and elegant old trees to admire. The park is a favourite with locals and tourists alike on a sunny day. Boat rides are offered on the large lake and you can even feed the various animals found in the park!
Warsaw has two airports that connect the city with the rest of Europe and the world. Chopin Airport
handles is served by major airlines whilst Modlin Airport
handles low-cost airline traffic. Most plane travelers heading to Warsaw will arrive at Chopin Airport which is located 10km to the south of the city. Trains connecting the airport with Warsaw city centre depart from the airport roughly every 10-15 minutes and the journey to the centre takes 20 minutes. A bus service is also available and a night bus offers connections for late night travelers. Modlin Airport is 40km north of Warsaw and a train and bus service take passengers into the city from the airport. Once you’re in the city centre it is relatively straightforward to navigate around the city. Warsaw has a well-developed public transport system consisting of trams and buses. A metro system
opened in the city and is one of Europe’s youngest metro systems. It is mainly designed for commuters and doesn’t serve many tourist attractions. Most tourists will find the tram system most useful for getting around Warsaw. Warsaw’s old town area should definitely be explored on foot and there are many curious and intriguing side streets that should be explored!