For a Polish holiday that’s choc-full of culture and energy, it has to be Warsaw. The city was pretty much razed to the ground at the end of WWII, and in the years since then, Warsaw’s rebirth has been less about architecture and more about atmosphere. There are a few things you have to do when you visit Warsaw - a visit to the famous mermaid statue is a top priority, as is a stroll through the old town, which was actually rebuilt as faithfully as possible. For meals, Ryanair recommends you order as much delicious Pierogi as you can possibly eat (we suggest the potato and cheese filling)! Book flights to Warsaw with Ryanair.
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Warsaw has plenty to offer, its diverse history and interesting sights has made this city one of Poland’s most popular tourist destinations.
Polish Armed Forces Stadium PEPSI Arena

The PEPSI Arena underwent a re-construction in 2008 and re-opened in 2010 with a seating capacity for up to 31,000 spectators, housing a club museum, sports bar and other fun activities. It is located in the southern part of the city and within walking distance from the lively Nowy Świat area. This modern stadium is home to the Legia Warszawa, and if you have time you should try to catch a game or see a concerts while you are here.

​Address: Łazienkowska 3, Warszaw​Phone: +48 22 318 20 00​Website: www.legia.com
Uprising Museum

The Uprising Museum was built in remembrance of the war between the Polish resistance Home Army and Nazi Germany in 1944. The exhibitions in the museum show, under constant terror, the everyday life of the people in Poland during this time period. See different artefacts from then, with everything between weapons to love letters.

​Address: Grzybowska 79, Warsaw​Phone: +48 22 539 79 05​Website: www.1944.pl
Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland with 237 m to the top of the spire. It has 42 floors, houses 3288 rooms and on the 30th floor there is a terrace with an amazing view over the city. It is now used as an exhibition centre with a cinema, museum, offices, conference hall and much more.

​Address: Plac Defilad 1, Warsaw​Phone: +48 22 656 7600​Website: www.pkin.pl
Royal Castle

Formerly home to Poland’s kings, the Royal Castle, or Zamek Królewski, is an impressive landmark, situated only a short walk from the Old Town. Take a peek at the King’s apartment or pay a visit to the galleries exhibiting paintings, coins, medals and carpets.

​Address: Plac Zamkowy 4​Phone: +48 22 355 5170​Website: www.zamek-krolewski.pl
Park Lazienki

Park Lazienki is one of the most beautiful green spots of Warsaw. Take a stroll around its dazzling lakes or visit the stunning Neoclassical Palace on the Water (Palac Lazienkowski). The park is also home to the Chopin Monument, celebrating the famous Polish composer, and a range of smaller castles.

​Address: Ulica Agrykoli 1​Phone: +48 22 506 0028​Website: www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl
Pawiak Prison Museum

An estimated 100,000 people died inside the walls of this prison during the Second World War, when it was used by Nazi Germany to detain political enemies. Today, its remains serve as a powerful symbol for the oppression and horrors that Varsovians had to endure.

​Address: Ul. Dzielna 24-26​Phone: +48 22 831 9289
Chopin Museum

The Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina provides visitors with a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the life and work of Poland’s famous composer. It includes extremely valuable manuscripts, personal letters as well as Chopin’s last piano.

​Address: Ul. Okólnik 1​Phone: +48 22 441 6251​Website: www.chopin.museum/pl
Historical Museum of Warsaw

Historical Museum of Warsaw holds an extensive collection of clippings, photographs and other exhibits covering every aspect of the city’s history, from its foundation in the 13th century to the present day.

​Address: Rynek Starego Miasta 28-42​Phone: +48 22 635 1625​Website: www.mhw.pl
Centre for Contemporary Art

Describing itself as a "place for the creation and documentation of art in all its forms", this centre offers a variety of art exhibitions, presentations of visual theatre, concerts of contemporary music, experimental film screenings and more. It is housed inside the Ujazdowski Castle.

​Address: Ujazdowskie Castle, ul. Jazdóv 2​Phone: +48 22 628 12 71-3​Website: www.csw.art.pl
Old Town

With its cobbled streets and colourful houses, the Old Town marks the focal point of Warsaw. At the centre of this UNESCO World Heritage site lies the town square, Rynek Starego Miasta, which boasts a lively and charming atmosphere. The Old Town is also home to a number of beautiful churches and monuments, excellent coffee shops and restaurants.

​Address: Rynek Starego Miasta
Warsaw Ghetto Tour

This Jewish Warsaw walking and car tour is organized by a private tour company, taking you to the remains of the ghetto area. You will get to see monuments, historical sites, remains of the ghetto walls, the Jewish cemetery and the Jewish Historical Institute.

​Phone: +48 695 254 272​Website: www.insightpoland.com/ghetto_tour.htm
Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto

Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto is a large monument commemorating the tens of thousands who lost their lives in the Ghetto Uprising 1943 near the Palace of Science and Culture.

​Address: Muranow​More info: Between Karmelicka and Zamenhofa streets.
The National Museum

The National Museum boasts an excellent collection of paintings—both old and modern—as well as an impressive art library and a fine collection of old maps and prints.

​Address: Aleja Jerozolimskie 3​Phone: +48 22 629 3093​Website: www.mnw.art.pl
Gestapo Headquarters Museum

Gestapo Headquarters Museum might not be considered a big venue but leaves you with a lasting impression. It mixes images, sound and information that gives you a better and more complex understanding of World War II.

​Address: Al. Szucha 25​Phone: +48 22 629 4919​Website: www.muzeum-niepodleglosci.pl​More info: Ministry of National Education Building
Copernicus Science Centre

At Copernicus Science Centre you can spend several hours and is a perfect place for you to bring your children. This is a great interactive centre with many fun and exciting exhibitions.

​Address: Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie 20​Phone: +48 22 596 4100​Website: www.kopernik.org.pl
Wilanow Palace Museum

During spring and summer this garden is one of the most beautiful sights in Warsaw. The Palace is a gorgeous Baroque building where you can take a guided tour or walk around on your own.

​Address: S. K. Potockiego 10/16​Phone: +48 22 842 8101​Website: www.wilanow-palac.art.pl
Photoplasticon

Photoplasticon will take you back in time! Sit back, relax and let the 3D photographs rotate in front of you. They change the exhibits regularly.

​Address: Al.Jerozolimskie 51​Phone: +48 22 625 3552​Website: www.fotoplastikon.stereos.com.pl
Fragment of Ghetto Wall

The Ghetto Wall is located in a residential courtyard, and might not be very easy to find but worth looking for. It is a remembrance of World War II and an important piece of the country´s history.

​Address: Ul. Zlota 60
Polish cuisine is more than just beetroot soup and red cabbage, and you will realise this once you set foot in one of Warsaw’s many exquisite restaurants. Whether you fancy an old traditional Polish soup with a modern twist or a first-rate French beef tartare, your culinary desires are certain to be fulfilled. And when it comes to desserts, you are in for a real treat. After all, Varsovians have a very sweet tooth.
U Fukiera

One of the best-known restaurants in town, this charming venue offers high quality Polish and European cuisine in a cosy, if somewhat kitschy interior. Guests have included England’s Princess Ann, Denmark’s Queen Margaret and German model Claudia Schiffer.

​Address: Rynek Starego Miasta 27​Phone: +48 22 831 1013​Website: www.ufukiera.pl
Dom Polski

Based inside a beautifully restored pre-war villa, this restaurant offers traditional Polish cuisine in a charming atmosphere. The restaurant is located in Saska Kępa district and reflects the Polish national character and climate.

​Address: Ul. Francuska 11​Phone: +48 226 162 432​Website: www.restauracjadompolski.pl
Inaba

Inaba is a traditional Japanese restaurant with a mouth-watering choice of tempura and sushi, set in a simple, stylish environment. Offers a karaoke room for that special after dinner party.

​Address: Ul. Nowogrodzka 84-86​Phone: +48 22 622 5955​Website: www.inaba.com.pl
Sense

Specialising in fusion cuisine, this venue is a popular choice and will no doubt challenge your taste buds. Sitting in a classy lounge-like dining area, guests can choose from a wide range of exotic dishes such as "delta blue"—beef tenderloin stuffed with blue cheese. Why not try the creamy blue cheese mousse for dessert, or have one of the numerous cocktails or wines on offer.

​Address: Ul. Nowy Swiat 19​Phone: +48 22 826 6570
Jazz Bistro Gwiazdeczka

This stylish venue, equipped with a large glass roof, serves a variety of fine meat dishes, pasta, pastries and pancakes. Simplicity and healthy food is their motto.

​Address: ul. Wałbrzyska 11​Phone: +48 22 549 9125​Website: www.jazzbistro.pl
Kurt Scheller Restaurant

Kurt Scheller, one of Warsaw’s most prestigious chefs, operates this beautiful and exclusive restaurant. It is located inside the beautiful Hotel Rialto, combining delicious food with excellent service and elegant ambience.

​Address: Ul. Wilcza 73​Phone: +48 22 584 8700​Website: www.rialto.com.pl/restauracja_e.htm
La Bohème

La Bohème is an upmarket venue located inside the building of the Great Theatre. They serve Parisian-style beef tartar as its specialty, simply delicious.

​Address: Plac Teatralny 1​Phone: +48 22 692 0681​Website: www.laboheme.com.pl
Restauracja Polska Rozana

Rozana is a lovely restaurant serving Polish cuisine. The atmosphere is relaxed, cosy and feels like a home away from home. The food is always fresh and interesting and they have delicious dessert menu.

​Address: Chocimska 7 Street​Phone: +48 22 848 1225​Website: www.restauracjarozana.com.pl
Brasserie Warszawska

Business, romantic or family dinner - this place is suitable for all occasions. They serve European cuisine with focus on Polish flavours. Reservations are needed.

​Address: ul. Gornoslaska 24​Phone: +48 22 628 9423​Website: www.brasseriewarszawska.pl
Platter Restaurant

Platter Restaurant is located inside InterContinental hotel but do not let this put you off. Platter Restaurant has been mentioned in Guide Michelin and will probably soon receive their star. Prices might be slightly higher compare to other restaurants but when you taste the food you will understand why.

​Address: Ul. Emilii Plater 49​Phone: +48 22 328 8734​Website: www.platter.pl
Why Thai Food & Wine

Warsaw has a great selection of restaurants but if you feel like Thai food then you should go to Why Thai Food & Wine. The food is excellent with authentic Thai flavours and they have an extensive wine list.

​Address: Wiejska 13​Phone: +48 22 625 7698​Website: www.whythai.pl
La Rotisserie

La Rotisserie draws on French and Italian cuisine with an intriguing fusion of Polish flavours. You can tell that the chef is truly passionate about food and will make your visit a culinary experience.

​Address: Koscielna 12​Phone: +48 22 531 6070​Website: www.rotisserierestaurant.com.pl
Delizia

Delizia is one of the best Italian restaurants in town. They serve lovely cuisine and prepare the meat to perfection, but do not eat too much as many come here for their amazing desserts.

​Address: Hoza 58/60​Phone: +48 22 622 6665​Website: www.delizia.com.pl
Sushi Zushi

Sushi Zushi has limited seating options but the sushi here is lovely and fresh. It is well worth wait for a seat or you can take your sushi to go and enjoy it in the outdoors.

​Address: ul. Zurawia 6/12​Phone: +48 22 420 3373​Website: www.sushizushi.pl
Borpince

Borpince offers lovely Hungarian food. They have an extensive wine list and the service is excellent. If you are a bigger company, you could ask for a private room.

​Address: Zgoda 1​Phone: +48 22 828 2244​Website: www.borpince.pl
You can easily say that the Polish have a sweet tooth gene, making it easy to find a cafe that will satisfy your urge for sweet delights and coffee. While you are strolling up and down the streets of Warsaw, make sure to stop by Wedel for the best chocolate in town.
Wedel

This café, run by the traditional chocolate firm Wedel, boasts more than 20 different types of hot chocolate. The deserts are also worth dipping into. If you can’t live without chocolate, you will love it!

​Address: ul. Postępu 21​Phone: +48 22 430 0140​Website: www.wedelpijalnie.pl
Cafe Blikle

Cafe Blikle is a charming venue established in 1869 and well-known for their delicious cakes and ice cream that will leave you craving for more. This should not be missed.

​Address: Ul. Nowy Swiat​Phone: +48 22 826 6601​Website: www.blikle.pl
Cafe Bristol

Cafe Bristol is an elegant and expensive Viennese-style venue serving light meals and nice pastries. It is a great place to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

​Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44​Phone: +48 22 551 1828​Website: www.cafebristol.pl
Czuly Barbarzynca

This simple, bright café/bookshop is popular with students and hosts poetry readings and literary discussions. It is a great place to get an insight of the people in Warsaw.

​Address: Ul. Dobra 31​Phone: +48 22 826 3294​Website: www.czulybarbarzynca.pl
Same Fusy

Here you will find an excellent choice of teas with the most exotic flavours. They also serve yummy hot chocolate, coffee and cakes. Simply one of the best quiet and cosy non-big-chain coffee places.

​Address: Ul. Nowomiejska 10, Warsaw​Phone: +48 22 831 9104​Website: www.samefusy.pl
Warsaw night life has improved dramatically in recent years and can well compare to that of its Eastern European neighbours. Start the night by sipping a cocktail or glass of wine in one of the fine bars that are scattered across the city. If you like clubbing, there is a good choice of venues—from groovy, alternative clubs to stylish jazz venues, you are guaranteed a night of joy.
Nobo

Nobo is a stylish lounge bar with soft sofas, raspberry walls and plain wooden Venetian blinds. This place has featured some top notch guest DJs. Closes when the last guests leave.

​Address: Ulcia Wilcza 58a​Phone: +48 22 622 4007
Column Bar

This upmarket place boasts a range of excellent cocktails and live music and is popular with the Warsaw high society. At happy hour all drinks and snacks are half price.

​Address: Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44​Phone: +48 22 551 1000
Cafe Polyester

Cafe Polyester is a cocktail bar with a funky decor, offering a range of drinks and snacks. The bar is located near Hotel Regina and Nowe Miasto Square (Rynek Nowe Miasto).

​Address: Ul. Freta 49-51​Phone: +48 22 831 4636​Website: www.polyestercafe.com
Helicon

Helicon is a small, friendly jazz café with regular live music. Located next to one of the best jazz shops in the city.

​Address: Ul. Freta 45-47​Phone: +48 22 635 9505
Miedzy Nami

Local artists and photographers exhibit their work on the walls of this hip bar. Miedzy Nami is popular among media people and fashion addicts.

​Address: Ul. Bracka 20​Phone: +48 22 828 5417​Website: www.miedzynamicafe.com
Marszalkowska is lined with shops, cafés, theatres and restaurants and it’s the commercial heart of Warsaw. Zlote tarasy (Golden terraces) is a modern mall with around 200 shops near the central railway station. At the Galeria Mokotow and the popular Arkadia, one of the largest malls in Europe, you will find almost everything. Nowy Swiat and Chmielna Street are Warsaw’s chic shopping streets for the well-off, featuring numerous jewellery shops, antique stores, boutiques and galleries. Some well-known western brands have stores here, and the street is also home to a number of stylish cafés and restaurants. Go to the Old Town for souvenirs and original Polish crafts such as wood carvings and pottery.
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Modlin Mazovia Airport

Modlin Mazovia Airport is an international passenger airport which opened in July 2012. Warsaw/Modlin Airport is situated on the limits of Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, bordering Zakroczym on the north and north-west, and Pomiechówek on the north-east. Warsaw/Modlin Airport is located 35 km north-west from Warsaw, and there are regular taxi, bus and rail services from the airport to the city. Fares for taxi travel from Warsaw/Modlin Airport to Warsaw city centre are fixed, and can be confirmed with your driver before the journey. Travel time to Warsaw city centre is about 35-40 minutes. By car, take the S7 for Gdańsk and after crossing the Vistula river take the national road 62 for Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki.

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