Warsaw Travel Guide

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    A first view
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Warsaw Highlights

  • Pro
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     food, cheap, parties, people 

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     Apart from the Old town that is very pretty, the downtown has its fair share of depressing buildings that need a face lift. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Visit the Pheonix city rebuilt thanks to the will of its people.... 

Warsaw Things to Do

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  • Old Town

    This part of Warsaw was heavily damaged during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It was rebuilt after the war and today, consists of cafes and restaurants. The colorful facades of the buildings nonetheless, are a magnet to locals and tourists alike. The east side is home to the Historical Museum, which is currently undergoing restoration work on the...

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  • Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument

    I arrived at my hotel, then went for a walk in the cold fresh air. The park is almost next door to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. I was surprised to see two peacocks trying to keep warm, near the Belvedere Restaurant. The other thing that was unusual about the park, was the number of crows flocking around the park and trees - some thousands of them it...

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  • Monument to the Ghetto Uprising

    The monument over the heroes of the Warsaw Uprising is commemorating the citizens uprising in 1944 from the tyranny of the German Nazi, unfortunately ended tragically. The monument is located on the Krasinskich Square.

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Warsaw Restaurants

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  • Polish Cuisine

    I have chosen this place for a special birthday dinner of my friend. I was there on Friday evening. I book a table in advance but it was not necessary as the restaurant was not crowded. The interior is really great - cosy but elegant. The service was ok but nothing special. The waitress recommended a good wine for the dinner. However, they gave...

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  • Kompania Piwna

    Podwale 25 "Piwna Kompania": We discovered this restaurant after strolling around the old town of Warsaw, passing the Barbican (old town wall) and hearing live music coming from a courtyard across the street. We entered and were delighted to see a gorgeous setting with many patrons, children feeding bread to pigeons and waiters busily swirling...

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  • The Gessler Restaurant

    If you eat in no other restaurant while in Poland, please be sure you get to the Gessler. Finally found it on my 3rd trip. I've eaten in lots of restaurants all over Poland, but this one is stellar. We enter on street level and then are escorted down the stone steps to an absolute wonderland. Not only must I rave about the food...but the...

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Warsaw Nightlife

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  • Club Park

    went to warsaw for a weekend as a valentines present from my partner of two years, we are both in our early 20's , from IRELAND and love nohting more than a wild party!! :) Our final night we had decided from reading reviews that we were DEFO gonna hit lustro up so after the nightclub BANK was finished we made our way outside n bumped into a polish...

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  • Jazz Clubs

    I was in Warsaw on some of the hottest days of the summer. Gosia and I had been walking from place to place and we decided it was time to take a break for a cold one. A nice cold vodka and tonic hit the spot that day. We sat at the bar in the afternoon before the activity of the evening got under way. However I understand that there is live...

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  • Cinemas, theatres, concerts

    Check with your tour guide or the locals to find out when the next concert in the square is scheduled. We didn't stay to hear it but the crowds seemed pretty enthusiastic. Wonderful energy on a summer night with artists, restaurants, cafes, and lots of people out on a warm evening.

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Warsaw Transportation

  • Buses

    I have reached Warsaw from Vienna, it is a place I needed to re-sit to Vilnius. I was happy to use cheap bus service, named as Polski bus. It goes from Warsaw to central Europe cities as Bratislava, Prague, Vienna, Berlin, also stops in some major Polish towns. It is possible to get ticket for 10 euros or so.. :)

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  • Trains

    We took the train frm Krakow to Warsaw as all the locals told us not to take the bus. We decided to travel first class as second class is over full almost and when you have a bit of luggage, it is a great problem. It was worth the extra zloty that we paid. Much more comfortable and spacious and also not so full.

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  • Taxis

    Any taxi, and: 1. You should NOT reply to all those "mafia taxi" hunters, in the arrivals hall, offering their services. 2. You exit the hall to the lane outsied and take any taxi with name of the company and phone number on top, yellow/red stripes and the city emblem on the front doors. Fare is by the meter, about 35-50 PLN depends on time,...

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Warsaw Shopping

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  • Malls

    The Zlote Tarasy (Golden Terraces) is in the center of Warsaw next to the Central Railway Station. The futuristic glass roof covers in interior courtyard and most closely, the food court on the top floor. Cleaning the glass takes particular skill and caution.

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  • Gifts

    If you are looking for local craft and gifts in Warsaw the best choice is to stroll around the Old Town with gift shops, little galleries and vendor's stands (in late spring and summer) - all with similar prices. The good option are a few museum gift shops (like that one in the Royal Castle). Add difficult to find gift shops (don't waste your time...

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  • Bazaars

    June 2010 update-most sources say that this market is closed due to the new stadium being built, one local said part of it still remained but we didn't check it out Held daily in the former National Stadium, this is also known as the Russian market although there are many more nationalities selling goods there. Get there early, by noon a lot of...

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Warsaw Local Customs

  • Culture

    Poland is famous for a vodka-drinking tradition. Nevertheless, there are some popular Polish beers. One famous brewery is Zywiec which was founded in 1852 and nowadays owned by Heineken. Another well known beer brand is Okocim; an old-established brewery (founded 1845), which is now owned by Carlsberg. Both Zywiec and Okocim lager contain more...

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  • Language

    Whenever travelling abroad, it's a good idea to remain in touch with your respective consulate and/or embassy. Just in case you need their assistance (lost passport, marriage arrangements, etc.) here's a list of some of the embassies located in Warsaw: > AUSTRALIA: Nautilus Building, ul. Nowogrodzka 11. Tel: 022-521-3444 / Fax:...

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  • Palace of Culture and Science

    A controversial gift from Stalin is called the Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki, PKiN). For most (but not all) Poles, including me, this building is a symbol of communism and Soviet domination over Poland. I remember very well these sad and grey times of no freedom, of poverty, persecutions, humilations and first of all of no...

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Warsaw Warnings and Dangers

  • Unsafe areas

    I have been living in Warsaw for about 3 months now. I was born here but lived most my life in Chicago suburbs. When I first got here I thought it might be dangerous so I bought a knife to carry with. THERE was no need for it. People are very respectful In general and do not bother anyone. Poor teenagers may ask you for money but are very polite...

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  • Taxis

    Please consider checking www.teletaxi.pl or get-taxi-get.com If you planning travel to Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan, Gdansk) - for your safety. It's web aplication designed for mobile devices like tablets, smartphones and helps finding cheapest or quickest taxi in your location. You can find prices and list of extra servises like: type of...

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  • All warnings in one

    Warsaw is rated as the most dangerous city in Poland, and as a medium risk by the US government. There's a small risk of violence, mostly from drunks and football hooligans - both of which can be easily avoided. The biggest problem is from small time theft: pickpocketing for men and bag snatching for women. For me the city felt very relaxing to...

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Warsaw Tourist Traps

  • Taxis

    If I had to point a few very positive things in Poland, I would definetly consider the taxis. of course if you know the rules such as don't pick up a taxi from those guys waiting at the exit of the airport (some of the tem are not legal and they will charge your more) and the fact that is not possible to pick a taxi just stopping one in the street....

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  • Souvenirs

    The biggest tourist traps are hotels. NEVER, EVER buy there. Their markup seems massive. Buy basic souvenirs like fridge magnets, post cards, posters, books, tshirts, etc. I found the museums, galleries and a few mom and pop's stores to be great alternatives where you can get unique souvenirs for a fair price: 1. Muzeum Narodowe, 2. Zamek...

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  • Palace of Culture and Science

    After recomandation from our pocket guide its worth to spend some hours in the technical and science museum in Culture palace. Do it only if you want to have a feeling how it was in poland 20 years ago. Museum in itself have lots of interresting things but way its arranged,no explenation in english,deadly boring staff working there who dont care at...

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Warsaw What to Pack

  • Shoes and clothes

    Big, warm, hiking boots if you going hiking, or if you going anywhere in winter! And lots of sweaters, with at least one big, thick jacket to wear over everything! Some camera's have been known to stop working in extreme cold. Poland in January is EXTREMELY cold!

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  • Guides

    It is so nice to hear that "In your pocket" guide about Warsaw is free both downloading from Internet and in paper form. Online version you could download at http://www.inyourpocket.com If you are interested in paper version, you could take it free at Tourism information center or at upper class hotels. I got also "Warsaw in short" guide, here I...

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  • Various

    City backpack or small bag but, as usual in European cities, in crowded places in downtown cash and cards should be placed close to your body to avoid smart pickpockets. Dress for the season and keep an umbrella handy. It can rain at any point in the year. Warning: sometimes there are very hot days in summer and very cold in winter. Wear good comfy...

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Warsaw Off The Beaten Path

  • Buildings, streets...

    This kiosk with newspapers adjacent to Church of the Holy Spirit (Paulite Church) in the New City is the smallest house in Warsaw. Local law says that only seperate houses have own numbers and this tiny structure has its own number: ul. Dluga 1 (1 Long Street). Let me add the other, more cosmopolitan, Warsaw curiosities: 1. There are twenty towns...

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  • Monuments

    Walking around the Three Crosses Square (Plac Trzech Krzyzy) I found in its eastern part the bust signed: "For Rev. Jakub Falkowski (1t75 - 1845), a founder of the Institiute for the Deaf, grateful deaf and their friends." Falkowski was a parish priest of St. Alexander's Church. The name "deaf" instead of hearing- and speech-Impaired is still used...

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  • Kabaty Forest

    Just get to the metro train and go all the way to the very last station Kabaty. Getting out, pass Tesco mall and go straight. You'll easily get to the Kabaty Forest. Great place for walking, biking or just lying on the grass at the hidden glade between the trees.

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Warsaw Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    The Dziesieciolecia Stadium (10th Anniversary Stadium) was bulit in 1955 for a project of an "Olympic Stadium for the city of Warsaw". It has a capacity of 71.000, but often housed more than 100 000 spectators. Due to its poor condition the stadium was abandoned in 1983 and used for non-sports events. Nowadays, the area around the stadium is home...

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  • Fitness

    For those of you planning a longer stay in WAW, I strongly recommend the Sheraton Warsaw Fitness Centre. I actually live nearby and I've been using their gym and sauna facilities for over 6 years now. The quality of the equipment, cleanliness of the facilities and lack of crowds are its main advantages. There are two saunas: steam room and dry...

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  • Dziesieciolecia Stadium

    The Dziesieciolecia Stadium (10th Anniversary Stadium) was bulit in 1955 for a project of an "Olympic Stadium for the city of Warsaw". It has a capacity of 71.000, but often housed more than 100 000 spectators. Due to its poor condition the stadium was abandoned in 1983 and used for non-sports events. Nowadays, the area around the stadium is home...

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  • Streets

    Warsaw has a few big and busy squares. One of the most important ones is definitely the centrally located Rondo Dmowskiego where the busy Al. Jerozolimskie and Marszalkowska meet. Most trams and buses cross this square. Apart from that, the most important Metro station "Centrum" can be found here. Another busy and lively square is Pl. Zawiszy...

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  • Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument

    The Lazienki Park abounds in statues. They can be found everywhere: on the terrace of the Palace on the Water, in the Theatre on the Island, and in many other parts of the park too. They are often representations of antique gods, like the satyrs holding lanterns, or Zephyr and Flora in front of the Myslewicki Palace. The auditorium of the Theatre...

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  • Memories

    It had never crossed my mind to visit Poland, even after meeting Ewa, and teaching children who had Polish fathers in Scotland and Sudan. I'd never felt the inclination to visit Eastern Europe at all, but Fate decreed otherwise. My husband had to go to the FiCEE exhibition as he was the only person with a valid Shengan visa, and I was to help him....

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