Warsaw Travel Guide & Information

Warsaw, the capital and largest city in Poland is considered to be one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The vibrant heart of the largest country in the "New Europe", Warsaw is now poised to become a business and cultural hub. As in every other European capital, Warsaw has many tourist attractions, which make it easier to get to know the city better. The extensive repertoire of theatres, numerous concert halls and cinemas will satisfy even the most discerning audiences.

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Travel to Warsaw, a city also known as the "Phoenix city". Flights to Warsaw gives you an opportunity to visit a modern metropolis, with an impressive cultural scene, thriving nightlife and a string of intriguing attractions. The city also offers many green spaces, with parks and rowing boats, outdoor cafes and more. During the summer, you’ll find free classical concerts, which attract numerous music lovers locally and from abroad.

The nightlife scene in Warsaw is one of the best in Eastern Europe, with a multitude of bars and clubs scattered throughout the city. The city offers numerous dining options with international cuisine alongside local delights. The city has wonderful examples of architecture from the gothic, renaissance, baroque and neoclassical periods. With so much to see and do, Warsaw has become a major tourist destination.

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Things to do in Warsaw

Museums:

Warsaw is home to some wonderful museums that offer excellent exhibits for those interested in the historical and cultural heritage of Chicago.

National Museum: There are presently seven permanent galleries in the National Museum. The Ancient Art Gallery presents artifacts, which were developed in the Mediterranean. The Faras Gallery presents early art and the Medieval Art Gallery displays sculptures, panel paintings and goldsmiths work. The Polish and European Painting Galleries and the Decorative Arts Gallery exhibit paintings, sculptures and examples of craftsmanship from the middle Ages and the beginning of the 20th century.

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Museum of the Polish Army: documents the military aspects of the history of Poland. It's Warsaw's second largest museum and the largest collection of military objects in Poland. The collection illustrates a thousand years of Polish military history ranging from the 10th century to the Second World War.

Warsaw Uprising Museum: collects and maintains hundreds of artifacts, ranging from weapons to love letters, in order to present the entire landscape and depict the history from every point of view. The museum is dedicated to all facets of the uprising in Warsaw. Exhibits are full of photographs, written accounts and other testimonies of how life was during 1944.

Prominent Attractions:

Warsaw has a plethora of other prominent attractions well worth adding to any traveler’s itinerary.

Royal Castle: is a royal palace and was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. Today, it is a historical and national monument and is listed as a national museum. The interior consists of many different rooms, all restored in painstaking detail with as much original exhibits as possible. Many official visits and state meetings are held in the Royal Castle, too.

Saxon Garden: is the oldest public park in Warsaw. Founded in the late 17th century, it was opened to the public in 1727 as one of the first publicly accessible parks in the world. Its original design was based on the Versailles gardens; however, it was then redesigned in accordance with the English landscape park style. The park abounds as one of the great tourist attractions. The top of the park includes sandstone baroque statues, a part of the rich collection of sculptures removed from St.Petersburg.

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Where to Stay in Warsaw

Whether you are in Warsaw for business or leisure, Warsaw offers cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, quaint inns and youth hostels.

Srodmiescie: is the central district of Warsaw. Although it constitutes a mere 3% of the city, it is the most important part of Warsaw in every aspect, home to many well-known businesses, governmental institutions, universities and the center of tourism. Public transportation is well built in this district and easy to use. The area is hub to several attractions like the Royal Castle, Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, St. John's Cathedral, etc. The area is also the address for several hotels to suit all budgets. Tourists looking to stay in renowned 4-star and 5-star hotel chains would appreciate this area.

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Wola: traditionally the industrial district of Warsaw, this is now changing and rapidly becoming the commercial center of the city. Home to attractions like, The Warsaw Rising Museum, Powazki Cemetery and Muzeum Kolejnictwa; Wola certainly is a premier area to stay during your vacation. Most travelers spend their time in this part of Warsaw, as most major attractions and hotels are located here.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information to Warsaw, the city is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Warsaw for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

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* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Warsaw.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Warsaw

Replete with plenty of attractions and an eclectic nightlife, Warsaw is popular destination anytime of the year. However, the most popular time to visit is during the summers when the weather is at its best and the city hosts numerous festivals.

Budget travelers can choose to visit during the winters. However, one should be prepared to brave cold winters.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (April to October)

Off-Peak season: (December to February)

Warsaw Weather

Warsaw has four distinct seasons. Spring starts cold and ends with warm and sunny days.

* Summer is warm with lots of rain. July is the hottest month.

* Autumn is cold and foggy. There can be lots of snow from December through February.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Warsaw. Let your bank know your dates of travel and find out the cost of cash withdraws.

Languages:

* Polish is the official language.

* Travelers will find many people, especially those in business and tourist areas that speak some English.