Introducing the city

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Beer £1.67 | 8.00 zł

Main Course £5.23 | 25.00 zł

About Warsaw

Poland's capital city of Warsaw was reborn after WWII and now stands as a major tourism destination in Europe with age-old charm, bold architecture and heaps of character.

Much like a world champion boxer, the city of Warsaw has been knocked down but not out. Since the fall of communism in 1989, Warsaw has undergone a huge transformation, with modern and contemporary architecture now dominating Warsaw’s landscape. It is the most populous city in Poland with around 1.7 million residents and increasingly blossoms with culture, energy and action.

Warsaw has changed remarkably since the 19th century. It’s estimated that around 95% of Poland’s capital was flattened during the Second World War and in the midst of the destruction came grey, drab apartment blocks that typified the city during the Stalinist era. However, the redevelopment brought new life to the once-written-off-city and it's now among the top 50 most visited cities by tourists around the globe. From the remaining cobbled gothic streets and alleyways of the Old Town, to its thriving nightlife scene, Poland's capital punches well above it's weight.

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When Should You Go?

If you don't like the feeling of numb toes then it's probably best to avoid the winter. Summer is the best time to visit when cafes, bars and the Old Town are buzzing with life.

Warsaw's weather can be unpredictable. Average high temperatures in summer reach up to 25 degrees Celsius although a lightweight water-proof jacket is needed for rainy days. In spring, trees bud and flowers bloom ideal for romantic walks in the city's parks. Winters are very cold with temperatures often dropping below freezing and snowfall common.

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Travioor top tips

Travel Ticket
Free Concerts
Walking Tour

Insider Info

  • If you're planning on using public transport buy a weekend or 24-hour travel ticket - you'll save a few zloty.

  • If you're on a budget then head to the Chopin Monument on a Sunday where free classical concerts take place at midday and 4pm.

  • See the city by foot by joining in on a free walking tour - the meeting point is Sigismunt's Column.

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Food and drink

Main Course £5.23 | 25.00 zł

3-Course Meal £20.91 | 100.00 zł

Cappuccino £1.83 | 8.77 zł

Beer £1.67 | 8.00 zł

The Scene

If you're interested in Polish cuisine, there's no need to look further than the capital. Among the buzz of the Old Town, you'll discover some fantastic Polish eateries and cafes which provide a true taste of local food with specialities such as pierogi (basic) and ruskie (cheese and potato) dumplings extremely popular with Poles. For one of the best and most memorable dining experiences, The Panorama Bar and Lounge on the 40th floor of the Marriot Hotel boasts the best view of Warsaw.

Warsaw also possesses some of the best nightlife in Eastern Europe and you can enjoy a brew (alcoholic of course) for as little as 60p. Tyskie is sweeping Europe as an extremely popular Polish beer and is just one of many pints you can get your hands on in the Polish capital. Whether you want a casual glass of bubbly in a quiet bar or a huge dancefloor filled with holidaymakers and locals in their finest attire, you're sure to find it in Warsaw.

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History

Warsaw’s Story

Before the 14th century, Warsaw was a small fishing village until it was made the capital of Mazovia in 1413. During King Sigismund III Vasa's reign in the 16th century it grew in size, eventually becoming the capital of the Commonwealth and the Polish Crown. Soon after, many forces sought to attack Warsaw and by the late 18th century, it was divided between Russia, Prussia and Austria.

It wasn't until 1815 that Warsaw was declared the capital of the Polish Kingdom and the next 100 years saw the city's educational centres and infrastructure grow, with the formation of universities and the building of bridges. By 1918 Poland had gained independence but the worst was soon to come; during WWII, the Nazis completely destroyed the city and hundreds of years of work. A major reconstruction project after the war - led by country's Socialist government - saw the majority of museums, castles and churches restored back to their former glory.

Language

Dzien' dobry | Hello
Dzie, kuje | Thank you

Polish

Polish is the official language of Warsaw. Some residents are fluent in Russian but take note; some Poles consider its use offensive. In central tourist areas, many people will also be fluent in English, French or German but if you plan on exploring the outskirts of the city, it's advisable to take a phrasebook or learn the basics:

  • Goodbye: Do widzenia
  • Do you speak English?: Czy mowi pan po angielsku?

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Need to know

+48 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Tipping isn't expected, although you can round up the bill if you like.
  • Don't hail taxis - get someone to call you one instead, it's about 30 percent cheaper.
  • Accommodation, food and drink are more expensive here than in the rest of Poland.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Poland here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Sightseeing

Explore the re-built monuments, the Market Square and the charm and vibrancy of the Old Town.

2. Museums

Unravel the history of the city in the many museums.

3. Nightlife

Enjoy one of the party capitals of Eastern Europe in the super cheap clubs and bars.

4. The Royal Route

Embrace the culture along the Royal Route, home to St Anne's Church and the Radziwill Palace.

5. Lazienki Park

Wander across the green lawns and down the winding paths of Lazienki Park.


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