Poland is a highly underrated destination for travellers that offers a little something for everyone; whether you’re looking for picturesque countrysides, modern cities full of history or idyllic seasides. Home to 16 UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural history, Poland offers its visitors a truly unique and safe experience. In this series, we’ll look at 5 of Poland’s top destinations and give you tips on how to make the most of your visit to this beautiful country. Today, find out what you can see in Warsaw.
Warsaw is a truly special place. The Polish capital has a rich history and energy that’s hard to come by anywhere else in the world. Unlike the other major cities in Poland, Warsaw isn’t centered around it’s old town. It’s spread out across numerous districts that capture the city’s checkered history and express its progress moving forward. Warsaw’s ability to preserve the old and celebrate the new is something to behold. It really has something for everyone; you can get lost in its historic buildings and museums, wander through grand outdoor spaces and royal gardens, dine to your stomach’s content in milk bars and molecular gastronomy restaurants and party till the wee hours in bars and upscale clubs.
With so much to offer, it’s likely you’ll need to visit Warsaw more than once to truly get a feel for the place. Imagine if you could visit this city for free and meet locals who can help you immerse in the local culture? Find out how, here.
There are two airports close to Warsaw. Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport. Modlin is used by many budget airlines, such as RyanAir, so is easily accessible from the UK and Europe. You can get into the city centre using a taxi, uber or bus.
Where to stay:
Depending on the experience you’d like to have while staying here, choosing where you stay is crucial. If you’d like to be in the cultural centre, consider the Old town. You’ll likely spend some of your time here so why not set up a base? Alternatively, there is Downtown, Newtown or Mirow – places where the modern city comes to life. Majority of accommodation is located in these areas so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
With so much to do see in Warsaw, here are our top 5 popular and lesser known things to do:
1: Where the wild things are
Although it may not be the prettiest zoo you’ll visit, the Warsaw Zoo is truly special. During the second world war, the zoo was affected by bombings and many of the animals were relocated or lost. During the nazi occupation of the city, the directors (the Zabinski family) used the site to protect and save the lives of over 300 Jews. This was the story the film “The Zookeeper’s Wife” was based on. In 1949, the zoo was reopened and animals were welcomed back. Today, the Zabinski villa is still on the site and you can explore its history and see the wonderful animals of the scientific zoo.
2: Rhythm of the night
Warsaw has an incredible night life. Illuminated by beautiful lights, simply wandering the city in the evening is amaIng. There are so many excellent restaurants and bars it can be hard to choose. A great spot to start is the Alchemist. Come for the famous beer wall, stay for the incredible food and cocktails. Their signature concoctions are served in beakers and there is even a bubbling beverage served in a miniature bathtub – complete with Rubber Duck! You can sample local beers from the beer wall and also enjoy the incredible food too.
3: Flavours of the World
We’re going to assume you’ll be eating perogies, so we won’t mention them in detail. Amongst the many culinary delights and hot spots in Warsaw, there are few quite like Hala Koszyki. There is more cuisine on offer here than you can probably name, so be sure to arrive with an empty stomach. In a stunning industrial setting, you’ll find local delights and international treats in abundance. It’s even home to amazing exhibits and art installations!
4: The Great Outdoors
Pack your walking shoes. The best way to see this city is on foot. Wonder through the streets of The Old Town and New Town for a tapestry of coloured buildings, churches, modern architectural marvels and historical sites including the Royal castle. Whilst out and about, explore the city’s parks, like Lazienki Park. Surrounding the summer residence of King Stanislaw August, this luscious space is home to rolling hills and picturesque lakes. There are also free weekly Chopin concerts in the summer.
5: Window into the Past
Poland’s history is tragic. Events of the last hundred years have been unkind to the country and this was heavily felt in Warsaw. Looking back, it’s inspiring to see how far Warsaw and its people have come. This history can be explored in so many areas. To name a few, you can visit the Warsaw Rising Museum, Polin Museum for the history of the Polish Jews, the Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Ghetto Memorial and the Warsaw Uprising Monument. These sites not only showcase a dark past, but the ability of people to unite and overcome extreme adversity as well.
So, what will you see in Warsaw? Angloville offers an amazing chance to visit Warsaw for free, all while meeting the locals and immersing yourself in their culture! You can view our upcoming programmes here or contact us today for more info! (links will need to be updated for Warsaw).
Do you you know you can book a room in Warsaw?
Booking a room with Angloville before and after the programme starts is the best way to travel with peace of mind. Our partner hotels welcome you in modern and comfortable venues, close to the city’s main train station. All the rooms are cozy and well soundproofed, equipped with comfortable furniture and facilities, with ensuite private bathrooms.
We have five amazing new Hotels on offer in Poland’s hottest destinations! After your Angloville experience, you’ll no doubt have had a taste of what Poland has to offer – extend your stay in one of our brand new hotels. Why not book a night before your programme starts, so you can drop your bags off and explore an exciting new city? With special rates available in Warsaw, Poznan, Krakow and Katowice, you’re spoiled for choice – book now!