Warsaw - Poland

Polish capital city Warsaw brings to mind images of brutal Soviet-era architecture and chilly winters. While there are still clear reminders of the city’s turbulent history, it is also one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, where the inhabitants are approaching a new era with incredible zeal.

Warsaw sits on the River Vistula roughly 370 km from the Baltic Coast and the 350 km from the Carpathian Mountains. The population is around 1.7 million, making it one of Europe’s medium-sized capital cities.



If you want to dance the night away in authentic cold war surroundings, The Ground Zero Club, a converted air-raid shelter is a popular option. Elsewhere, the Tygmont Jazz Club is a popular live-music venue in the middle of town. Many people say that Warsaw has the best nightlife to be found in any of the former Soviet states

People flock to the banks of the Vistula on Midsummer’s Night for Wianki (Meaning “Wreaths” in Polish). The history of the festival dates back to pagan times, when maidens would float their herbal wreaths on the water to predict who they would marry and when. The modern festival is good natured and well worth a visit for tourists.


Warsaw is home to over 30 theatres located throughout the city. The two most widely known are theNational Theatre (founded in 1765) and the Grand Theatre (founded in 1778).

Warsaw hosts many festivals at a huge range of venues, including the the Chamber Opera, the National Philharmonic Hall, Teatr Wielki, the Polish National Opera and National Theatre. Elsewhere, the Congress Hall in the Palace of Culture and Science is a popular destination. Museums and art galleries



Warsaw’s artistic and literary heritage suffered greatly at the hands of Nazi occupiers during the Second World War, when 85% of the city was razed to the ground. Many pieces were burnt by the invaders, more still was sent back to Germany. While this dark history may suggest a lack of museums in Warsaw, nothing could be further from the truth. The Museum of Posters, for example, is well worth a visit for anyone with even the vaguest interest in design. Elsewhere, the National Museum has a fascinating collection of national and international works.

If you would like to find out more about the Warsaw Uprising itself, when the Polish Home Guard rebelled against Nazi rule, only to be brutally crushed with huge loss of life, the Warsaw Uprising Museum is well worth a visit, as is the Katyń Museum.

Away from the artistic mainstream, Warsaw also possesses some quirky delights such as the Museum of Caricature and a classic motor museum.

For a different type of weekend break Warsaw is a great alternative that is slightly off the beaten tourist track.


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Winters in Warsaw are chilly and summers are typically cool. The average January temperature is −2°C, rising to 19°C in July (also the rainiest month).

It is often said that autumn and spring are the best times to visit the Polish capital.

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Warsaw Weather (BBC)

Warsaw Airport

Official Tourism Site