Warsaw

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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

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
4 out of 5
Zwirki I Wigury 1J, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is AU$70 per night from 28 Nov. to 28 Nov.
Located in Wlochy, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Szczesliwice Ski Slope, Wodny Park and Invisible Exhibition. Savior Square and National Library of ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (920 reviews)
"Very good Hotel. very good Location. Recommend for every one."

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
5 out of 5
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is AU$231 per night from 29 Oct. to 29 Oct.
Located in Old Town Warsaw, this luxury hotel is steps away from Presidential Palace, Carmelite Church and Pilsudski Square. Museum of Caricature and University ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (979 reviews)
"Great location. Rooms are rather smallish."

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
The Westin Warsaw
The Westin Warsaw
5 out of 5
Al. Jana Pawla II 21, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is AU$98 per night from 12 Nov. to 12 Nov.
Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nozyk Synagogue and Rondo 1 Conference Centre. Hala Mirowska and Museum of Modern Art ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"Staff very friendly, accommodating. Food - excellent, parking on the property."

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

The Westin Warsaw
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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 AU$100 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in Old Town Warsaw, this aparthotel is steps away from Old Town Market Place, Warsaw Mermaid Statue and Old Town Square. St. John's Cathedral and Warsaw ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (160 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 AU$191 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
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 ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (189 reviews)
"Very spacious apartment nearby the Market Square in the old town. Alex was super friendly and helpful! Would highly recommend!"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

MONDRIAN Luxury Suites & Apartments Old Town Market Square
Mamaison Residence Diana
Mamaison Residence Diana
3 out of 5
Chmielna 13 A, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is AU$103 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Located in Srodmiescie, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Nowy Swiat Street, Charles de Gaulle Roundabout and Vitkac. Foksal Gallery and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (883 reviews)
"Nice hotel at great location"

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2021

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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