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The capital of Poland was rebuilt after World War II and continues to grow, with a flourishing arts scene and a mix of old and modern architecture.

Warsaw was almost completely destroyed during World War II. The Old Town was painstakingly rebuilt and later became an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. Gothic and renaissance architecture sits alongside concrete Soviet-era buildings and modern glass skyscrapers. The city's progressive cultural scene is as varied as the capital’s architecture. Visit war memorials and classical art galleries, or seek out underground theater groups and avant-garde cinemas.

Take a walking tour of the city, starting in the Old Town. Here, you’ll find many of Warsaw’s main attractions, including the Royal Castle, King Zygmunt’s Column and the Barbican, which is a relic of the walls that once surrounded the city.

Walk or catch a bus along the Royal Route, a path that connects the Royal Castle with the Wilanow Palace. The route is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) and encompasses a number of churches, the Presidential Palace and Warsaw University, among other attractions.

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of many examples of socialist realist architecture you’ll find in Warsaw. Its clock tower is visible from almost anywhere in the city. Ride the elevator to the terrace on the 30th floor for views of the city and the Vistula River.

Warsaw is known for its public green spaces; the city has more than 80 parks. The oldest park is the Saxon Garden, a 10-minute walk from the Old Town. The former royal garden has avenues of trees and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument to soldiers killed in war. Visit the Warsaw Zoo, which houses more than 5,000 animals across 99 acres (40 hectares) of parkland.

Chopin was one of the most prominent Warsaw residents and signs of the composer are everywhere, from monuments and street names in his honor, to a museum.

The best time to visit Warsaw is May through September, when locals make the most of the warm weather in parks and outdoor restaurants. Get around the city by bus, tram or train. Or, rent a bike using the city’s bicycle sharing system and cycle along the river.

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Where to stay in Warsaw

Top Hotels 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 ¥5,115 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Wlochy, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and within 6 mi (10 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (959 reviews)

"The hotel is across the street from the airport departure hall,an ideal location for the early flights. My room was clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
5 out of 5
Ul Zwirki i Wigury 1, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is ¥6,767 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Located in Wlochy, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum, Palace of Culture and Science, and University of Warsaw. Royal Castle ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (464 reviews)

"The hotel is really fantastic! Wonderful staff, awesome restaurant! Five stars from me!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Renaissance Warsaw Airport Hotel
Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre
Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre
3 out of 5
Ui Street Twarda 52, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is ¥4,358 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Wola, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Royal Castle are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (280 reviews)

"Clean, modern and well kept room. Comfortable beds. Attention to details, professional customer service. Easy and smooth check in/ check out process. Exccellent location. No complaints😊"…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Holiday Inn Warsaw City Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Warsaw

 Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square
Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square
5 out of 5
Rynek Starego Miasta 1/3, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is ¥12,415 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Old Town, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square. Royal Castle and University of Warsaw are also within 1 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (173 reviews)
Perfect

"Laura was an excellent host."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Luxury Apartments MONDRIAN Market Square
P&O Apartments Warsaw West Railway Station
P&O Apartments Warsaw West Railway Station
3 out of 5
Prymasa Tysiaclecia 83A, Warsaw

Located in Wola, this apartment building is 0.6 mi (1 km) from EXPO XXI and within 3 mi (5 km) of Warsaw Uprising Museum and Palace of Culture and Science. Blue ...

P&O Apartments Warsaw West Railway Station
Mamaison Residence Diana
Mamaison Residence Diana
3 out of 5
Chmielna 13 A, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is ¥5,220 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5

Located in Srodmiescie, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nowy Swiat Street and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Copernicus ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (873 reviews)

"Is such a nice hotel right in the middle of town, I will back here again while I will be in Warsaw again"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Mamaison Residence Diana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Warsaw

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 36.01756954612006%
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3 - Okay 7.759882869692533%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

Everything but restaurants are closed on sundays

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Things are closed on Sunday. Dining is available but not all dining options are available on Sundays.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 8, 2020

Warsaw is a fantastic place to visit filled with amazing amount of history. This was my first time in Poland and won’t be my last. Usually I go to France, but Poland is a lot cleaner, safer, and friendlier then most places in Europe.

3/5 - Okay

Woodie

Feb 24, 2020

It’s a been there, done that kind of city. I probably will not come back

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

We enjoyed sightseeing in Poland's capital. I can't wait to come back!

5/5 - Excellent

bz

Feb 20, 2020

cold as hell

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