Weekend in Warsaw

Poland’s capital and a hub of business, shopping and tourists with a historic old town fully re-built after WW2, Warsaw is Poland’s cosmopolitan city break destination.

Warsaw location:
The capital of Poland, Warsaw, sits just to the east of the centre of Poland and has connections (train and plane) to all the main cities: Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lodz, Szczecin.

Main sights:
Old town: Castle, main square, statue of the mermaid; Botanical Gardens (Lazienki),

Warsaw is much more of a business hub of Poland, with major companies having bases there. This should not put off anyone going there for a weekend as the old town and the shopping are pretty great.

The old town and castle have been completely re-built after the war (entirely from paintings) and the main square has a great many cafes, restaurants, tourist shops and of course silver and Amber to keep you busy til … well, til they throw you out. Try some of the specialist dumpling restaurants (pierogarnia) with fillings that’ll make your mouth water, and not forgetting the sweets of the likes of WZ (traditional Warsaw cream cake) , apple pie, donuts or cheesecake.  Walk along the medieval ramparts for great views of the city or pop into the Castle museum for a great lesson in Polish history.

In the summer, take the bus to the royal botanical gardens (Lazenki) to wander the avenues, ride on the little tram or if you’re lucky, you’ll catch an open-air Chopin concert, a must on a summer evening.

Transport:
Trams are great to get around Warsaw as with all modern cities, traffic is not great. Buses are good especially the 175 which goes from the Airport to Central Railway Station (Centralny Dworzec) and on to the old town – it’s by far the cheapest way to get into town from the airport at only 2zl per ticket (buy in a kiosk).

How to get there:
You can fly directly into Warsaw from London – Ryanair, Easyjet, BA and LOT all fly there from the UK.

Good times to go?
Winter’s good for snow, but as any city, it’s not the scenic views that you’d get in the countryside so summer’s you best bet.  You can then take full advantage of the multitude of cafes, shopping and park walks.

Castle in the old town, WarsawLazienki park with Chopin statue, WarsawLazienki botanical gardens, Warsaw

See more info on inlovewithpoland.com

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