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About Warsaw

Poland’s capital was essentially rebuilt after being completely destroyed by the Nazis during WWII. Now the sprawling metropolis offers a large variety of modern restaurants, shops and nightclubs, whilst its varied history is remembered in the museums and architecture of Old Town.

Food and drink

For a peek into Communist-era Poland, step into one of the city’s remaining bar mleczny (’milk bars’), which serves traditional Polish food at rock-bottom prices. As expected, the vodka in Warsaw comes in all sorts of types and flavours. Tea and coffee are also popular, so quaint cafes are prevalent.

Shopping

Three huge shopping malls in Warsaw offer all the Western brands at cheaper Polish prices. Visitors can spend a whole day here, buying anything from groceries to designer shoes, shopping for gifts at the Christmas market and dining in the eclectic food court.

Things to see and do

  • Palace of Culture and Science - As Warsaw’s tallest building, the best city views are from the top of this prime example of Stalinist architecture.
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum - Details city life during WWII, including how the residents bravely resisted German forces for two months.
  • Zamek Krolewski (Royal Castle) - Reconstructed in the 1970s, the 18th-century palace for Polish royalty later housed parliament, and now serves as a museum.
  • Lazienki Park - Extensive green space hosting free concerts in the summer to celebrate Warsaw-native, Frederic Chopin.
  • Jewish Ghetto Memorial and Museum - A moving monument and museum dedicated to the city’s Jewish population, which was decimated during WWII.
  • Walk the Gothic, cobblestone streets of Old Town for a glimpse of baroque palaces and churches.
  • Relax in Lazienki Park, with its magnificent gardens, ponds and 18th-century, neoclassical palace.

Warsaw Blog posts

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28th May 2019 by While I'm Young

27 reasons to visit Warsaw for your next city break

I have to admit that Poland’s capital had never been high on my list of places to visit. I booked flights on a whim then immediately wondered why I hadn’t spent the cash on a trip to say, the former capital Krakow, which everyone knows is a fun destination. But Warsaw? Not gonna lie, I hadn’t heard much hype....

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28th May 2019 by While I'm Young

The best bars in Warsaw, Poland: A drinker’s guide

I was recently in Warsaw for a long weekend with my fiancé and I won’t lie, we spent most of our time in the city’s many watering holes. The city has tons of attractions, which I covered in my guide to what to do with three days in Warsaw, but what got us excited were how much fun the bars in Warsaw were! Based on my findings during my very serious research (I’m now on a detox until 2026), I thought I’d put together a little guide to where to drink in Warsaw, in case any fellow boozy...

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28th May 2019 by While I'm Young

Three days in Warsaw: A complete itinerary

I recently spent three days in Warsaw and I’ve come back filled with an enthusiasm for the destination that I wasn’t expecting. I hadn’t heard too much online hype about Poland’s capital before my trip, but cheap flights lured me to book a city break in Warsaw and I’m so glad I took a chance on the place, instead of heading to more widely raved about Krakow. With over 70 museums, a picture-perfect Old Town and a plethora of cheap, unique bars (three nights in Warsaw was barely enough...

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19th January 2021 by John

Europe’s cheapest cities for 2017 travel

The Europe Backpacker Index ranks 56 of Europe’s most popular cities from cheapest to most expensive.We’ve teamed up with Price of Travel again to bring you an infographic, highlighting the top 10 cities where your travel budget will stretch for miles in 2017.The Backpacker Index is based on thorough research and calculated on one night accommodation in the cheapest hostel, two public transport rides per day, one paid attraction per day, three budget meals per day and three local beers or...

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19th January 2021 by John

Discover the cheapest destinations in Europe for your next holiday

There’s no doubt about it, travel throughout Europe can be an expensive addition to your budget.Some of the world’s most famous destinations, including Italy, France and Spain, are absolutely fabulous, but can easily stretch the wallet on accommodation alone. But, never fear, the team at Simply Holiday Deals has come to the rescue, with a map of the cheapest destinations in Europe, based on the Europe Backpacker Index for 2015.Based on good quality hostels, the price of daily meals, drinks...