Poland’s capital is a mix of stunning architecture, places of historical significance and a burgeoning arts scene that has seen the city emerge as one of Europe’s most fashionable and desirable destinations. Its mix of traditional and modern as well as comparatively low prices of dining out have made it a vibrant and exciting place to be all year round. Whether you enjoy stunning parks, battlefield tours or contemporary art galleries, Warsaw is an absolute must for any serious traveller.
Those visiting the city for the first time will probably want to base themselves as close to the Old Town as possible, as this is where many of the major sights are. However, those visiting on business, or making an extended stay may prefer to look for accommodation in Śródmieście or Mokotów, which offer all the benefits of a central location but are just a step away from the touristic areas. Choosing a serviced apartments in such neighbourhood means getting to really experience the city as a local - especially being able to cook using your own kitchen facilities. Whether you are seeking a small studio or luxury apartment, the Squa.re carry a range of properties to meet the specific needs of your trip.
Warsaw offers visitors an eclectic range of sights, sounds and activities - from free walking tours of the city’s stunning architectural highlights, to excursions to famous World War Two landmarks. Of course there are also numerous bars, clubs and restaurants which make Warsaw a fantastic destination for anyone who is looking for vibrant nightlife.
Warsaw has stunning architecture and first time visitors will no doubt want to simply take in the scenery - from Gothic spires to unique soviet-era megaliths, Warsaw’s incredible array of structures are an attraction in themselves. There are also stately homes and summer palaces just outside of the city centre, with immaculate gardens and art galleries within.
Of course, Warsaw is also famous for its role in the second world war and there are many museums and landmarks dedicated to this - including the notorious Warsaw uprising. Those seeking some evening culture can also pay a visit to one of the many theatres the city offers, or simply enjoy some people watching in the myriad of bars and late-night cafes.
Those seeking traditional Polish cuisine will find that Restauracja Różana and
Stary Dom offer just that, in cosy and intimate settings, whilst Bistro de Paris Michel Moran and Nolita Restaurant both offer contemporary cuisine with international influences. There are also many venues like the Amber Room and Senses, which offer quick and easy bites as well as drinks and cocktails.
Warsaw has several shopping malls spread throughout the city centre, making it an ideal destination for shoppers. There’s Arkadia and Galeria Mokotów, both of which offer a range of domestic and international brands, whilst Atrium Reduta has plenty of outlets stores and is a great place to pick up bargains. There are also several regular markets in the city, including Bazar Olimpia, which offers local arts and crafts as well as food sourced from regional farms.
Warsaw Old Town is a must for first-time visitors, who can simply wander around and enjoy the picturesque streets. The Royal Castle is another favourite, with reconstructed 14th-century palace and art collection housed in the royal apartments. The imposing Palace of Culture and Science is also a fantastic attraction, with now plays hosts to various events, including exhibitions, sporting events and concerts.
Warsaw has a modern and reliable public transportation network, which includes a tram systems, two metro lines, buses and trains. Taken together they make travelling round the city extremely straightforward, not to mention very reasonably priced. Most transport lines run from 0500 to 2300, with several night buses providing services after this. Over-ground trains can also be used for reaching other Polish cities, such as Lodz or Lublin.
Warsaw’s economy has been going from strength-to-strength in recent years and no produces over 12% of Poland’s national income. There are several financial services companies operating out of the city, including Alior Bank and Getin Holding, along with US real estate giants AIG/Lincoln. Most of the national utility and commerce firms are also based in Warsaw, including PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, PKP Group and Polish Airlines.
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