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Introduction

Warsaw Old Town side street

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On the banks of the River Vistula lies Poland's capital, Warsaw, a bustling metropolis with a population of around 3 million. Warsaw's Old Town (Stare Miasto), a UNESCO World Heritage site, was rebuilt to perfection after being flattened in the Second World War. It serves as a somewhat eerie reminder among the noticeably more modern buildings in the rest of city. Warsaw is a rapidly changing city, with an upwardly mobile population.

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Neighbourhoods

  • Centrum - Śródmieście, Wola, Mokotów, Żoliborz, Ochota, Praga Północ, and Praga Południe
  • Northern Warsaw - Bielany and Białołęka
  • Western Warsaw - Bemowo, Włochy and Ursus
  • Eastern Warsaw - Targówek, Rembertów, Wawer, and Wesoła
  • Southern Warsaw - Ursynów and Wilanów

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Sights and Activities

Museums and Galleries

  • The National Museum was founded in the 19th century to be primarily an art museum. There are over 780,000 pieces of art from several different periods of times and locations around the world.
  • Zachęta National Gallery of Art is one of the best art galleries in Warsaw. There are several amazing paintings and works of art housed in the museum that are worth seeing.
  • Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Polish Army Museum is one of the largest museums in Poland and has the largest collection of military objects found in Poland. It traces a thousand years of Polish military history from the 10th century to World War II.
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum is a museum dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The museum has several artifacts and items that belonged to the people that organized the uprising. It also tells the history of what led up to the uprising, what happened during the uprising and what happened afterwards. One of the main missions of the museum is to collect the personal histories of people involved in the uprising that are still alive.
  • Copper-Roof Palace is an 18th century palace that is now home to a nice collection of oriental carpets.
  • Fryderyk Chopin Museum located in the rebuilt Ostrogski Castle this is a very nice home and museum to visit.
  • Historical Museum of Warsaw
  • Polish History Museum was established in 2006 to help promote education and the study of Polish history. There are also several scholarships meant for foreigners interested in studying more about Polish history.
  • Museum of Independence
  • Museum of the History of Polish Jews traces the thousand-year-history of Jews in Poland using multimedia and interactive exhibits.
  • Museum of Sports and Tourism has collections of sports memorabilia ranging from uniforms to medals.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Royal Castle was the home of the Polish kings for many generations. The castle was completely destroyed by the Germans in World War II and was not reconstructed until the 1970s. Today the castle has been restored using much of the original stones and a nice place to visit.
  • Great Theater and Polish National Opera was built in 1833 and has been remodeled several times. During the battle of Warsaw in 1939 the building was completely destroyed except for the façade. It was rebuilt from 1945 to 1965. Today it houses many great performances every year.
  • Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Warsaw and very impressive.

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Weather

Straddling the Vistula River Warsaw is located in the heart of the Masovian Plain giving the city an altitude of only 100 metres (330 feet). This gives the city a continental humid climate. In January the average temperature is -2 °C (just above zero during the day and around -4 °C at night) and during July it is 18 °C, however sometimes it can get up to 30 °C during the summer and average daytime temperatures are nice with around 24 °C from June to August. The yearly rainfall is around 680 mm (26.8 inch) with most of the rain falling during the months of June and July, though usually in the form of some heavy showers. Winters are driest, with some snow possible.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max0.4 °C1.9 °C6.8 °C13.1 °C19.3 °C21.9 °C23.6 °C23.4 °C17.9 °C12.3 °C5.5 °C1.9 °C
Avg Min-4.8 °C-4 °C-1 °C3.1 °C8.1 °C11.3 °C12.9 °C12.3 °C8.6 °C4.4 °C0.3 °C-2.8 °C
Rainfall22.1 mm22 mm28.1 mm34.8 mm50.7 mm71.3 mm73.2 mm59 mm49 mm38.2 mm36.6 mm34.6 mm
Rain Days151413121213131212131416

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Getting There

By Plane

1. LOT Polish Airlines is the national airline of the country and is based at Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport (WAW), formally Okęcie International Airport, located in the Okęcie district of Warsaw and the main international and domestic airport in Poland. Several other airlines serve Warsaw and Norwegian Air Shuttle uses the city as a focus place throughout Europe. Other low cost airlines are SkyEurope (to Vienna) and Wizzair (about a dozen places in west of Europe).
The airport has connections to most European cities and few other cities outside of Europe with the most common international flights being London, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. Some other main cities served include Moscow, Rome, Dublin, Brussels, Tel Aviv, Reykjavik, Barcelona, Chicago, Istanbul, Madrid, Milan, New York, Toronto and Lisbon. A few summer charter flights exist as well, mainly to destinations in southern Europe.

To/from the airport
Buses 175 and 188 run all day from the city centre while bus N32 runs during the night for a reasonable price. There is also a train station under Terminal 2 in the airport that has connections to the Warszawa Śródmieście Station. There is also an additional line 148 that provides access to Ursynów (a southern part of Warsaw) and Praga (an eastern part of Warsaw). The fare is PLN 2.8 one-way for all the lines (day and night). Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport as well.

2. Warsaw Modlin Airport is an airport which was transformed from disused militairy airport into an airport for budget airlines, especially aiming for the expected crowds at the UEFA 2012 European Championships. It opened in July 2012 and Ryanair flies to/from Barcelona, Bologna, Bristol, Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Budapest, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Eindhoven, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Glasgow-Prestwick, Liverpool, London Stansted Airport, Manchester, Milan-Bergamo, Oslo Rygge Airport, Paris Beauvais-Tillé Airport, Rome Ciampino Airport, Stockholm-Skavsta Airport and Airport Weeze.
Wizzair, flies to/from Barcelona, Brussels South-Charleroi, Budapest, Cork, Doncaster/Sheffield, Eindhoven, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City, Liverpool, London-Luton Airport, Malmö, Milan-Bergamo, Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport|Rome-Fiumicino]], Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Stockholm-Skavsta and seasonal to/from Burgas, Grenoble and Madrid.

To/from the airport
A new 5-kilometre-long rail spur branching off from the existing Warsaw-Gdansk line will be built with an underground station at the airport, providing a 30-minute trip to Warsaw's centre. For the time being the train connection with Koleje Mazowieckie operates and it is combined with a shuttle bus that delivers passengers from terminal to the train station Modlin. There are also alternative transfers like for example a shared door to door transfer by car.

By Train

Warszawa Śródmieście Station is the main train station in the city centre. It is on the main west-east corridor between the Netherlands and Moscow. There are numerous domestic services as well as regular trains to Berlin and Minsk. One train per day runs to Kaunas and Vilnius in Lithuania, with a change of trains at the border.

By Car

Four European "E-roads" lead to Warsaw: E30 (A2), E77 (7),  E67 (A8), and E372 (17). Between brackets are the road numbers of Poland. From Warsaw, it's 390 kilometres to Gdańsk 390 km, 290 kilometres to Kraków, 310 kilometres to Poznań, 570 kilometres to Berlin and 700 kilometres to Budapest.

By Bus

There are many bus services throughout Poland, for example to Gdansk (7 hours) and Krakow (8 hours).
PKS Warszawa has similar routes.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

It might be a good idea to buy a public transport travelcard, available for 24 hours, 3 days or a week. You can buy them at the Warsaw Transport Authority.

Metro
Warsaw's Metro System is one of the newest underground railway systems in Europe and opened in 1995. The system currently consists of only one line, which was designed to carry commuters from the new districts at the northern and southern outskirts into the city centre. As a result, the subway does not go to many tourist destinations, however several stations will take you in a general vicinity of some attractions. A second route is planned, which is supposed to link the center with the right bank of the river Vistula with a segment containing 7 stations now expected to be completed in 2013 at the earliest. It operates at 3 to 10-minute intervals, mostly until midnight or 1:00am, until 3:00am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bus
Bus lines 100 and 180 are the best ones of travellers. Number 100 makes a route that links some of the most interesting tourist attractions while number 180 is the Warsaw Sightseeing Route between the Powązki Cemetery and Wilanów.

Tram
There are a number of tram routes and the special Route T which can be of particular interest to travellers, though they are not faster or better.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
B&B WarsawSêkociñska Street Nr 5 flat nr 4, first floor.GUESTHOUSE82
Babka Tower SuitesAl.Jana Pawla II 80/D44 10th Floor-Section D,Reception-10th FloorHotel83
Boutique B&Bul. Smolna 14/7GUESTHOUSE-
Castle Inn by Oki DokiSwietojanska 2, entrance from Plac Zamkowy WarsawGuesthouse87
Dizzy Daisy Hostel Rivieraul. Waryńskiego 12Hostel78
Cityhostel WarsawRynek Nowego Miasta 4HOSTEL82
Garden VillaDolna 42Hostel-
Helvetia Plus - Double RoomsBartoszewicza 1C (reception only in Hostel Helvetia, see details)HOSTEL86
Hostel Green MazoviaNowogrodzka 46/6 StreetHostel76
Hostel HelvetiaSewerynow 7Hostel88
Old Town Hostel KanoniaJezuicka 2Hostel82
Hostel KrokodylCzapelska 24Hostel84
Camera HostelJasna str. 22Hostel88
Hostel Sluzewiec36, Bokserska Str.Hostel84
Hostel TamkaTamka Str 30Hostel82
Hostel To-Tu8, Krasiczyñska Str.Hostel-
Jump Inn HostelŻurawia str. 32/34HOSTEL-
Nathan's Villa Hostel WarsawUl. Piekna 24/26 Building CHostel83
New World St. HostelNowy Swiat 27Hostel87
Niska StudioNiska 17 app. 2APARTMENT-
Hostel Oki DokiPlac (Square) Dabrowskiego 3 Corner of Marszalkowska and SwietokrzyskaHostel90
Old Town Apartments29 Nowy Świat apt. 3APARTMENT89
Patron HotelAl.Dzieci Polskich 20Hotel-
Bielany ApartmenKochanowskiego 3 app.103 WarsawAPARTMENT-
Royal Route Residenceul. Nowy Œwiat 29/3 WarsawApartment82
Twarda StudioTwarda 54 app. 91 WarsawAPARTMENT-
Wilson HostelFelińskiego 37Hostel82
Chmielna Guest HouseChmielna 13/12GUESTHOUSE86
Noclegi OkecieAl. Krakowska 228Hostel-
Design City Freta ApartmentFreta StreetApartment82
Karis Hotelul.Karatowa 5Hotel89
Hotel Dom Literaturyul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 87/89Hotel-
Design City Brzozowa ApartmentBrzozowa StreetApartment-
Design City Mostowa Apartmentul. MostowaApartment-
Design City Suzina Apartmentul. SuzinaApartment-
Hostel Witt00-669 Warsaw ul. Emilii Plater 9/11 m2Hostel83
Apartament 902Pereca 2/902Apartment90
Magnolie ApartmentsRyzowa 36AApartment-
Karat Hotel - WarsawSloneczna 37 Sloneczna 37Hotel-
Rest Hotel - WarsawPoznanska 33Hotel-
Emma HostelWilcza 25Hostel80
Szucha ApartmentAleja Jana Christiana Szucha 11a/9Apartment-
Moon Hostel - Warsaw16 Foksal St.Hostel85
Lost and FoundOdolanska 42 WarsawHostel-
Hostel Fabryka11 Listopada 22/21 WarsawHostel77
El hostelSmocza 1Hostel83
Jaz Warsawul.Mickiewicza 32A/8 WarsawHotel-
JAZ HostelMickiewicza 32A/8 ŻoliborzHostel-
UFO Hostel WarszawaGrottgera 11, Mokotów, WarszawaHOSTEL79
V. HostelHoza 42/10Apartment-
PuffaHostelSolec 50 WarszawaHostel81
B&B Nowolipkiul.Nowolipki 2A/2400-160 WarszawaGUESTHOUSE-
HostelpalacWarszawska 289GUESTHOUSE-
Marszalkowska ApartmentMarszalkowska 27/35 Apt. 52Apartment-
Hostel In The Center 4Uul. Prozna 12AHostel80
Globetrotter HostelAleja (Avenue) Wyzwolenia 10/127HOSTEL83
AGA HostelTopiel Str. 27HOSTEL80
Warsaw StopoverAl. Niepodleglosci 46/50APARTMENT-
Apartament Nowolipki 8Nowolipki 8/9Apartment-
Central Station hostelEmilii Plater 25/4500-688HOSTEL81
Dandelion B&BDenarowa 15,02-490 WarszawaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostel ApianoAl.Jana Pawła II 57 01-024 Warszawa PolskaHostel-
Bielany Apartment - Underground SlodowiecJana Kasprowicza 19, Flat no 4APARTMENT-
Chillout Hostelul. Poznanska 7/7HOSTEL83
Team HostelLechicka 23BHOSTEL80
Swietokrzyska ApartmentSwietokrzyska 32APARTMENT-
Boomerang HostelChelmzynska 62HOSTEL-
Hotelioni Modulowy WarszawaTARGÓWEK Kołowa 18Hostel-
Old Town Kanonia ApartmentsJezuicka 2Apartment-
Anton HostelPalestynska 1EHOSTEL-
Mermaid Hostelul. Wilcza 29a/7HOSTEL-
The Warsaw HostelKopernika 30 StreetHOSTEL82
Kabaty RoomsBronikowskiego 17 02-796HOSTEL-
Hoza Hostelul. Hoza 42/8HOSTEL79
Design City Mostowa 2 Apartmentul. Swietojanska 33 m. 1APARTMENT-
Warsaw Green Apartment by SubwayLisowska 29/64 entrance from Str. FontanyAPARTMENT-
Hostel Zeldaul.Jagiellońska 6 m.1HOSTEL-
Apartament One140 Marsza 322, kowska StreetAPARTMENT-
Hostel Lux 22Odolanska 38HOSTEL-
"Little Warsaw" Apartment47/61 Kolejowa StreetAPARTMENT-
New Town Market SquareRynek Nowego Miasta 19 m 5APARTMENT-
Tapir HostelUl.Wilcza 58AHOSTEL82
Fest HostelOboźna 7 flat 64 00-332 WarszawaHOSTEL-
Kalinowy Senul. Kaliny 2 FHOTEL-
FranciszkanskaFranciszkanska 10b m 3APARTMENT-
Top One ApartmentsWarsaw, Graniczna 4APARTMENT-
Stalowa52 Hostel&Apartmentsul. Stalowa 52GUESTHOUSE-
Castle Square ApartmentPlac Zamkowy 1/13 apart.8APARTMENT-
Wawa Noclegiul. Lechicka 25GUESTHOUSE-
Pepe HostelGdanska 25HOSTEL-
Unique Warsaw Center Apartmentul. Warecka 5/7 m.13APARTMENT82
Senator Warsaw ApartmentsUl. Skierniewicka 12/14Apartment-
Tatamka ApartmentTamka 16 Tamka 30APARTMENT-
In-joy Hostelul. Pańska 67 00-830 WarszawaHOSTEL81
Hostel Mostel WarsawUl. Dąbrowskiego 15a / 8 02-558, WarszawaGUESTHOUSE-
P&O Apartments Center12 Miodowa street apt. 22Apartment-
P&O Apartments Old Town12 Miodowa street apt. 22Apartment-
P&O Apartments Arkadia12 Miodowa street apt. 22Apartment-
Mish Mash Hostelul. Poznańska 3m.9 00-680 WarszawaHOSTEL-
Hostel SandoUL. Sandomierska 18/14HOSTEL-
Chmielna 5Chmielna 5HOSTEL-
Barnabitow Hotelul. Smoluchowskiego 1HOTEL-
Anton Center Houseul. Smulikowskiego 4HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

In the cities there are more and more Wifi Hot Spots, so if you have your own mobile device, you can connect. Best chances of finding one are at airports, railway stations, in cafés, shopping malls and universities. Places like McDonald's and Starbucks usually have unlimited free wifi. In some hotels you can find free wifi, though you might have to pay as well or maybe just use it for a limited amount of time. Internet cafes become less popular recently as people prefer to use internet at homes.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

To call to Poland from abroad, dial the Polish country code,48, then the number without the leading 0, as if calling from a domestic mobile phone.
The general emergency number is 112. Police (997), Ambulance (999) and Fire (998) have phone numbers as well, and municipal police has 986 as a number.

Mobile phones work almost across the whole country. There are four mobile phone operators in Poland: Plus, T-Mobile, Orange and Play. About 98% of the country is covered by the standard European GSM 900/1800 MHz network, the remaining 2% are wildlife reserves or high mountains. 3G is available in almost every town.
Domestic call rates are roughly the same across all services. Prepaid starter kits with SIM card (called starter in Polish) are widely available in reasonable prices (PLN5-20, most of which is available for calls), in most of the shops, supermarkets and news agents.

Just about every shopping centre has at least one independent cellphone shop, the guys who run them are usually knowledgeable and have a range of cheap handsets which you can use as a local / travel phone. This may be a good option since juggling SIM cards is always a pain.

Post

Poczta Polska is the Polish public post service. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Some offices are open on Saturday until 2:00pm and the main post offices in major cities are open daily, 24 hours. Services are generally ok, but don't expact it to be fast and it is not always reliable, though most letters, postcards and parcels will arrive at its destinations after a week or two. You can find the red post boxes dotted throughout the country. You can check this postal website to see how much sending a letter, postcard or parcels costs, both domestically as well as internationally. For sending packages internationally, you can also check FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS, as they have fast and reliable services and generally competitive prices as well.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.229676
  • Longitude: 21.012229

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