What to see in Warsaw

Warsaw Attractions

Warsaw may not have the obvious aesthetic appeal of Krakow, but the city has many hidden historic gems and a meticulously rebuilt Old Town which stands as tribute to the resilience and determination of its population. Many of Warsaw's historic sightseeing attractions are clustered in and around Old Town (Starego Miasta), with Market Square at its heart. This part of the city, famously rebuilt after the devastation of World War II, is a warren of cobblestone streets and alleys towered over by Gothic and Baroque buildings and palaces, and colourful, tiered homes.

Many of the city's best museums can be found in this area, which is best explored on foot. Another great way to take in some of Warsaw's best historic sites is to tour the Royal Way, the route stretching from the Royal Castle in Old Town to the King's Palace at Wilanow, which is lined with museums, palaces and historic buildings, including St Anne's Church. The graveyards of the city also allow a step back in time: the Jewish Cemetery (Cmentarz Zydowski) is romantically overgrown in summer and spookily snow-covered in winter, and is a moving and picturesque site to explore; and the famous Powazki Cemetery is home to some remarkable sculptures and grave markers.

For some outdoor fun go strolling, paddling and picnicking in the lovely Lazienki Park, the most popular of Warsaw's green lungs. There is a monument to Chopin in the park, which is frequently a venue for outdoor concerts. For those travelling to Warsaw with kids the Copernicus Science Centre is a great rainy-day attraction.

Bialowieza National Park

Bialowieza National Park, located on the border between Poland and Belarus, is a heavily protected area that guards the last remnants of the primaeval forest that used to cover most of Europe at the…

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Museum of Warsaw

The History Museum is one of the best of Warsaw's impressive array of museums. Its three storeys are crammed with fascinating exhibitions, covering every aspect of Warsaw's history and life from the…

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Old Town (Starego Miasta)

The busy Old Town of Warsaw provides the historic focal point of the city, having been rebuilt in the original 17th and 18th-century style following the almost total destruction of the city during…

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Polish Poster Gallery

The Galeria Grafiki i Plakatu (Polish Poster Gallery), located in the splendid Old Town area of Warsaw, houses what is undoubtedly the finest collection of graphic art and posters in the country -…

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The Royal Way

Known as the Royal Way, this two-and-a-half mile (4km) route stretches from the Royal Castle in the Old Town to the stately King's Palace at Wilanów on the outskirts of the city. It is the most…

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