Emerging from World War Two with almost 80% of the city destroyed, Warsaw has arisen like a phoenix; first from the ruins and then from the clutches of the Soviet Union. Poland’s capital has rapidly transformed into a vibrant Eastern European hub, flush with musical festivals, street art and cutting-edge museums documenting an unsettled past. From the cobbled alleys of the Old Town to the city center skyscrapers, Warsaw is still evolving and there’s a young, positive spirit in the air. If you’ve been before, go again – it won’t be the same.
A sprawling modern city, Warsaw caters to every traveler – whether you prefer the personal service of a boutique hotel in the Old Town or the privacy of an apartment in the creative district of Praga. Stay within walking distance of exciting Warsaw attractions with a room in the city center, or soak up the quieter atmosphere in the park district of Lazienki.
Warsaw boasts an incredibly diverse shopping experience, from the vintage shops of the Old Town to bold fashion statements like the designer VITKAC center. Look out for the buys that Poland is known for: quality vodka, Balkan amber and distinctive ‘peacock eye’ pottery. Warsaw’s markets should also be on your shopping check-list; try Kolo Bazar for characterful traders and rare oddities.
Don’t underestimate Warsaw’s culinary scene; nowhere is the city’s sophistication and modernity more apparent than in its restaurants, cafes and eateries. Look for restaurants recommended for their excellent service to ensure your culinary experience is top-notch, and it’s worth splurging for one night and trying a gourmet eatery like Atelier Amaro. For Polish cuisine of a more affordable and traditional vein, wander around the Old Town and find a restaurant there that takes your fancy.
Thanks to a rich history and culture there are a host of sights and attractions to be explored in Poland’s capital. Take a stroll around the Old Town or head south to immerse yourself in palaces and gardens. Wander the art galleries in Praga or step back into the past at the Fotoplastikon before exploring Krakowskie Przedmiescie and soaking up the architecture. For something a little more modern, get hands on in the Copernicus Science Museum.
A Warsaw city break offers a great opportunity to explore Eastern Europe’s historical and cultural powerhouse. With crumbling socialist factory buildings transformed into cutting-edge, modern art spaces, book a Warsaw hotel and experience the renaissance of one of Europe’s most fascinating capitals.
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