Discover Warsaw, Poland’s vibrant capital
Explore Warsaw’s charming old town
Warsaw’s most historic neighbourhood, the old town has a fairytale feel and is home to narrow cobbled streets and stunning medieval architecture. History lovers will be in heaven exploring the city walls and the Warsaw Barbican, which offer a taste of the complex network of historic fortifications that once surrounded and protected the city. The heart of the old town is the colourful marketplace, which boasts a plethora of shops, cafes and restaurants: the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a plate of pierogi dumplings after a day of exploring. After satisfying any cravings for hearty Polish cuisine, get some spiritual nourishment by visiting stunning St. John’s Cathedral, founded in the 14th century and steeped in local history.
Step back into the communist era
Perhaps the most striking element of the Warsaw skyline, the towering Palace of Culture and Science is a landmark you won’t want to miss. Harking back to Warsaw’s four decades of communist rule, the 231-metre skyscraper was commissioned by Joseph Stalin as a “gift from the Soviet people” and boasts over 3,000 rooms. Once the venue for the exclusive annual New Year’s Eve Ball – where the best workers in socialist Poland would be invited to celebrate their achievements – the Palace of Culture and Science houses theatres, cinemas, museums, a swimming pool and a university. Visit the terrace on the 30th floor for an unforgettable panoramic view of the city.
Discover Warsaw’s Jewish history
Situated on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto, the award-winning Museum of the History of Polish Jews is a must for any Warsaw holiday. Opening in 2013, the museum features a multimedia narrative exhibition exploring the life of the Jewish community that prospered in Poland prior to the Holocaust. Set in a state-of-the-art cube-shaped building, the museum offers an eye-opening glimpse into a millennium of rich Jewish history.
Get creative in Praga
Across the Vistula River from the old town, you can find the Praga neighbourhood: a veritable hipster paradise. Undoubtedly the coolest place to be seen in town, Praga is full of trendy coffee shops, artists' spaces and unusual cultural events set in atmospheric warehouses. Top picks for an afternoon in Praga include Soho Factory, which hosts workshops, performance art and concerts, and the 19th-century Bazar Ró?yckiego: the oldest market in the city. Those in need of some retail therapy will enjoy scouring the 300+ stalls for independently-produced clothes, food, and accessories.
Whether you’re on the lookout for jaw-dropping architecture or keen to explore Poland’s rich past, our handpicked selection of exceptional hotels offer the perfect base for your Warsaw holiday.