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Warsaw City Breaks

Warsaw city breaks will take you to a place that’s rich in history, culture, and is home to a thriving club and music scene. The capital of Poland is the country’s biggest city, and it’s got everything you need for a memorable getaway. There’s a historic Old Town to explore, impressive Baroque townhouses, and plenty of lively bars and restaurants to discover.

Whether you’re enjoying Warsaw city breaks during the chilly winter or warm summer months, there’s always something going on in the streets. The general hustle and bustle of the city is exciting, and you can play to your inner culture vulture by taking a look at local art exhibitions or going to Chopin-inspired music festivals.

Things to do

Things to do
Warsaw city breaks promise to whisk you away to one of the coolest cities in Europe. You’ll find a wealth of historic and cultural sights to explore, as well as a thriving nightlife when the sun goes down. Don’t leave without getting a taste for local cuisine. Here’s a list of some of the best things to do during your Warsaw city break.

Explore the Old Town

Explore the Old Town
With pretty cobbled streets, ornate façades and beautiful plazas, the Old Town is one of the most picturesque parts of the city. You can’t help but fall in love with its olde worlde charm as you stroll through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. But it’s also a reminder of how the city has risen from the ruins of WWII, being completely rebuilt following the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Make sure you see the Royal Castle, the Sigismund Column and the Rynek (the Town Hall Square).

Try local cuisine

Try local cuisine
Warsaw city breaks will give urban explorers the chance to indulge in local Polish cuisine, from tempting street food to traditional regional specialities. Why not start with the three ‘B’s’, that’s borscht (beetroot soup), bigos (stew made with spicy Polish sausage), and babka (a sweet loaf laced with rum syrup and icing). You’ve also got pierogi, which are tasty flavour-filled parcels, served either crispy and fried or soft and boiled; the ruskie (cheese and potato filling) are especially delicious. If you fancy a taste of ‘Polish pizza’ after a night out, keep an eye out for Zapiekani; this popular street food is an open-faced baguette with melted cheese, chopped mushrooms and ketchup.

Enjoy the nightlife

Enjoy the nightlife
When it comes to nightlife, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Warsaw. There are lots of lively, bohemian bars over in Praga, and glamorous hangouts in the downtown area, as well as plenty of nightclubs where you can dance all night to big-name DJs. You’ll find hundreds of different types of vodka (Poland’s famous drink) served in most places, and beer is fast becoming a local favourite. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated evening, book yourself tickets to the ballet or a classical concert.

Must-see sights: the incredible Royal Castle, King Sigismund's Column, and the charming Market Square.

Best time to visit: June and July, when it’s sunny and warm 2 hours 30 minutes

Fly to: Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), around 20 minutes from Warsaw city centre


History buffs: Warsaw’s Old Town buildings were beautifully restored after World War II, and it’s home to some of the country’s finest architectural gems. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising should definitely be on your itinerary.

Culture vultures: Take a look at royal Wilanow palace and gardens with its almost 350 years of history, before heading to The Museum Of Caricature And Cartoon Art. Soak up the atmosphere and sample local fare at the weekend breakfast market, held in locations throughout the city.

Night owls: The Polish capital has a varied nightlife scene with something for everyone. Head for a sophisticated evening at the ballet, grab tickets to a classical concert, or hit the biggest clubs in town for an all-night party.


Language: Polish

Currency: Polish złoty (zl)

Local time: 1 hour ahead of GMT

Fly to: Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), around 20 minutes from Warsaw city centre

Flight time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes

Tourist information: Further Warsaw Poland tourist information can be found at www.poland.travel/en-gb/

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/poland for recommendations and advice on visas and health for Warsaw city breaks


Temperature: Poland has a temperate climate. The average temperature in July is 19°C, which can rise to as high as 30°C in the peak of summer.

Best time to visit: If you fancy seeing the sights against a backdrop of blue skies and sunshine, you’ll want to book a Warsaw city breaks for June or July. If it’s winter sports you’re looking for, or you want to see the city looking magical in the snow, January to March is the best time to head out.


Metro: Warsaw has a quick and efficient metro system, which connects the two banks of the Vistula River. You can buy tickets at ZTM point, newspaper kiosks, and ticket machines in metro stations, and you can pay by cash or card.

Buses and trams: The public transport system also includes a good bus and tram service. You can buy single, one-day and weekend tickets, and they can be used across the public transport network (including the metro).

Rent a bike: Hiring a bike is a great way to explore the city at your own pace. There’s a great bike rental system here, called, Veturilo, which is available from March to November.


Chopin concerts: From mid-May to September, Chopin concerts take place every Sunday in Łazienki Park. There’s one at 12pm and another at 4pm, and there’s no need to buy a ticket; entry is completely free.

Orange Warsaw Festival: Held every year since 2008, this music festival brings big name music acts to the city for a two-day event in summer. Make sure you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Warsaw Carnival: In March, 40 days before lent, the Carnival takes centre stage in Warsaw, and there’s a lively atmosphere throughout the city. You can expect dancing, food and drink galore, with events taking place in all kinds of venues.

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