Warsaw Travel Guide

Warsaw Holiday Information

Being Poland's political, economic and cultural capital since 1918, modern day Warsaw is one of the fastest growing and most exciting cities in Europe. Warsaw is full of construction and renovation projects. The public transport system is constantly being upgraded and extended, new shopping centres built and old historical buildings that were destroyed during World War II are being reconstructed. This is partly why tourists have been flocking to Warsaw, its an exciting place to visit.

The Old Town is the oldest and most historic borough of Warsaw, right in the heart of this area you can find the Old Town Market where today many boutiques, fine restaurants and alfresco caf├ęs are in abundance. Medieval architecture can be seen throughout the surrounding streets, including the impressive town walls that were built to defend against potential aggressors.

Tourist Attractions Around Warsaw

The Jewish ghetto, which before WWII was occupied by more than 400,000 people, is located in the northwest of Warsaw. During the war between 1942 and 1943 most of the occupants of this area were either killed or taken to the Nazi concentration camps. There is also the Jewish Historic Museum located on Gen Andersa street. With many other attractions nearby the area is an interesting and educational place to visit. But Warsaw is not all about a sad past, today it is a thriving, interesting place to visit, it holds an annual film festival, arts festivals and musical events. The Royal Castle is one of Warsaw's most visited tourist attractions. At the entrance of Old Town it is the past home of the Polish monarchs, rebuilt after WWII.

Warsaw's New Town was developed during the 14th century in 1408 when Duke Janusz was granted a separate status from the Old Town. The New Town came with a town hall and council of its own, as well as several monasteries and churches. But it wasn't until 1791 that the New Town incorporated into the city of Warsaw. Today the streets of the New Town are closed to traffic, making it a wonderful walking area for a tour of Warsaw. With many shopping, bars and restaurants the New Town is a great place to relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Transport Around Warsaw

Travelling to Warsaw is made easy with the Frederic Choplin International Airport located only four miles southwest of the city. If flying during the winter, be prepared for occasional delays and impromptu diversions due to fog or ice. The flight is around two and a half hours from London airports. Taking the train is much slower due to the Polish rail system which doesn't have the same high-speed service on offer throughout much of Europe, but it can make for a relaxing and romantic trip.