Book Flights to Warsaw (WAW)

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Book Flights to Warsaw (WAW)

Interesting facts about Warsaw

Warsaw is one of the fastest growing capitals in Europe. Its beauty often comes as a surprise to many visitors. Razed to the ground during WWII, the Old Town was rebuilt and restored to its former glory in the 1950s. Today, the historical centre of Warsaw is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site with plenty to see and do. The Finnair travel guide will help you to plan your time in the Polish capital.

Sights in Warsaw

Follow the ten-kilometre-long Royal Road that once connected the Royal Castle and the Royal Palace, admiring the numerous elegant buildings along the way. The baroque-style Royal Castle is a gem not to be missed, while the colourful Market Square has many restaurants surrounding it. Warsaw has an array of museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the National Museum in Warsaw, and the Poster Museum. Two of the most significant museums for fans of World War history are the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which is dedicated to the uprising against the Nazi occupation in 1944, and the interactive Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Other reminders of the city’s varied history include the Warsaw Ghetto memorial and the square from which Jews were sent to the annihilation camps. The Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from Stalin to the people of Warsaw, evokes mixed feelings even today, but there is no denying that the view from the 30th floor of the colossal high-rise building is breathtaking. Music lovers should add the Polish National Opera and the Warsaw Philharmonic to their itinerary. The city’s biggest park, Lazienki Park, offers respite from the busy city streets. 

Things to See and Do Near Warsaw

  • Wilanow Palace – Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and step back in time with a visit to Wilanow Palace, a baroque building that dates back to the 1600s.
  • Kampinos Forest – Enjoy being in the great outdoors and exploring nature in this rugged terrain, and relish the tranquil atmosphere and fresh air.
  • Konstancin-Jeziorna– Soothe your mind, body and spirit at this spa town, which also features a large, pleasant park. 

Shopping in Warsaw

Polish people are known for their love of retail therapy, and Warsaw is home to some of the biggest shopping centres in Europe. In addition to malls, Warsaw also has a number of markets as well as plentiful independent and chain stores.

  • Chmielna Street – Visit this street for luxury shopping in high-class fashion boutiques.
  • Arkadia– The largest shopping centre in Eastern Europe, you’ll find around 200 different stores within this expansive mall.
  • Blue City– Another large retail centre ideal for your Warsaw shopping needs, featuring diverse brands across the stores.
  • Hala Mirowska – A large covered market in the heart of the city, you’ll find clothes, household goods, electronics, food, and plenty more for sale. There’s also a supermarket that sells local and imported products.

Food and Drink

Polish cuisine features plenty of meat and winter vegetables, and noodles are common too. Known for being hearty and filling, influences from various cultures and countries have played a part in the evolution of Poland’s food scene.

  • Bigos – One of Poland’s national dishes, this meaty meal is often also referred to as hunter’s stew because of the inclusion of game and leftover meats. The exact recipe varies from region to region and it is typically eaten with potatoes or rye bread.
  • Pierogi – Curved parcels that are stuffed with various fillings, these can be found on most menus around Poland. Available both boiled and fried, common types of pierogi include the meat-filled z miesem, the mushroom-stuffed z grzybami, the cabbage-filled z kapusta, z serem (which contains a sweet mixture of cheese and raisins), and the strawberry-filled z truskawkami.
  • Kasza – Served alone or with onions and lard, this buckwheat cereal often accompanies meat-based meals.
  • Rye vodka – A lighter drink when compared with potato vodka, Poles are very proud of their extensive vodka-making heritage. Belvedere and Chopin are the main brands of clear vodka, but fruit vodkas, such as Wiśniówka, Krupnik and Żubrówka, are popular in bars.

Transport in Warsaw

The public transportation system in Warsaw is reliable and covers most of the city. Prices are generally affordable.

  • By foot – The Old Town, or Stare Miasto, is easy to explore by foot. Indeed, wandering around is the best way to appreciate the diverse sights in this part of the city.
  • Taxis – Many taxis are available around Warsaw. Minimum fares apply, and the base rate increases at nighttimes and at weekends. The city is divided into different zones, and taxis charge according to the zones travelled between. Unofficial taxis are unregulated and they are best avoided.
  • Trams – Around 30 tram lines run around Warsaw and the tram system is relatively easy to use. Journeys outside of the city can, however, be slow.
  • Buses – Numerous bus routes (around 200) connect almost all parts of the city. Try to avoid taking buses during peak travelling and commuting times, though, so you aren’t sitting in traffic for substantial periods of time.
  • Underground and metro – The modern Rapid Urban Railway runs between north and south on the left bank and can be a quicker way of reaching places along its route. The underground system runs through the districts of Włochy, Ursus, Rembertów and Wesoła. The metro in Warsaw is also fairly new and modern, though it mainly serves commuters and doesn’t really pass many tourist attractions. 

Weather in Warsaw

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