About Warsaw

Travel back in time to Poland’s communist era and visit arresting monuments. Get acquainted with the historical sights and cultural delights of Warsaw, admire the grand architecture of the capital and largest city of Poland, Warsaw, one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities that stands on the Vistula River. Nicknamed as the 'Paris of East' till it was mercilessly ruined and razed by the Germans during World War II. Warsaw has literally risen like a phoenix from the ruins and today Warsaw is a dissonant mix of architecture that solidifies Warsaw’s position as a transit point between Western and Eastern Europe. Nowhere is Poland’s progress more apparent than that of the country’s economic and political capital, Warsaw. When it comes to food and culture, Krakow in Poland’s south has typically nabbed the limelight, but Warsaw is quickly stealing the show as it has no shortage of international restaurants these days. Adding to the glory of Warsaw's cuisine scenario, two restaurants earned a Michelin star in 2013 and 2016 for the first time in Polish history.

Warsaw’s fast-paced development extends to its cultural scene too, with new museums and galleries opening on a regular basis. Warsaw’s Chopin Airport is keeping up with its fast-paced growth, handling an increasing number of passengers and international flight connections every year. The historic city takes immense pride in its possessions be it the stunning architecture of the Lazienki Krolewski Palace and Wilanow Museum Palace or Marvel at monuments such as the Barbican and Old Town Market Square. Admire the aristocratic buildings of the "Royal Route." The city's symbol "The Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid" was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980 as it represents examples of nearly every European architectural style. With so much to offer, it is little surprise that “Warsaw has truly become very vibrant and international.” Every month there are more than 100 cultural events taking place in Warsaw. Institutions of culture in Warsaw offer a rich program of exhibitions and accompanying events, often of international nature. The Warsaw Philharmonic and the Polish National Opera do the city proud. But the musical events in Warsaw go further, with its Summer Jazz Days, Jewish Music Festival, and live rock venues like Stodola to enjoy. So look no further and head to Warsaw as it has plenty to offer on its traveling itinerary.

Public Transport System

Buses, metro, trams, and local trains can be used for traveling in Warsaw. Warsaw has an intensive internal, transportation system. Ranging from tram systems to its two metro lines (M1 and M2), buses and local trains. The public transport system is called ZTM (Zarzad Transportu Miejskiego).

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Cleanliness - High, Efficiency - Very high

Mode & Cost of Transports

The basic fare starts from 4.40 PLN for both the bus and metro/trams.

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 1.27
Cup of Coffee USD 2.53
Milk Carton Pack USD 0.76
Rice/Kg USD 1.01
White Bread USD 0.76
Eggs (12) USD 2.28
Combo Meal USD 5.06
Fine Dining USD 30.38
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 1.01
Domestic Beer USD 2.53
Imported Beer USD 2.53
Bottle of Wine USD 6.08
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 4.05
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.51
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 1.01
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 607.92

Do’s:

  • Being on time is very important for the Polish people. Arriving late is considered poor etiquette.
  • Make a note that to address Poles properly you need to use “Pan” for men and “Pani” for women together with their surname. Avoid calling people by their first name until they are good friends as it is not customary.
  • The greeting can be done by shaking everyone’s hand individually while looking at their face and smiling.
  • If you enter someone’s home it is customary to take off your shoes 
  • When talking about the current financial and social situation in Poland, you can expect to be politely asked your opinion. However, Poles are more likely to fervently discuss it among themselves. They may get quite emotional and raise their voices to talk over one another.
  • Despite being in the European Union, Poland does not use the Euro. So do carry some local currency.
  • Contrary to the name, milk bars (or bar mleczny in Polish) are affordable, cafeteria-style restaurants that you’ll find throughout Poland. Do try the homemade-style meals for as little as $2-3 CAD.
  • Be prudent and avoid shady areas after dark, and avoid going home with any strangers.
  • If you’re in Warsaw, make a note to only ride taxis that display both the company name along with the phone number atop the cab. Also, make sure that the license number of the taxi is displayed and the meter is running.  

Don’ts: 

  • Don’t talk about religion. The Polish are highly sensitive.
  • Don’t break street rules. It attracts heavy fines.
  • Smoking or drinking in public is strictly prohibited.
  • When giving flowers to a Polish, it is important to not give yellow chrysanthemums. These are flowers only used for funerals and won’t be received.
  • Being a war-ravaged country, the Poles are extremely sensitive about raising the topic of World War II or politics, try to avoid it especially around older Polish people.
  • Being a highly religious country, topics of sex or sexuality are generally avoided in casual conversation.
  • Avoid being overly enthusiastic and complimentary of Ukrainians and particularly Russians. As a result of Poland’s domination by the Soviet regime, there is still an underlying resentment and mistrust towards Russia.
  • The weather in Poland is quite fluctuating. Warsaw is extremely cold in the winter and quite stifling in the summer. Plan ahead. So don’t leave without checking the weather.
  • Don’t stick around when a fight breaks out as it can quickly turn into public violence. So stay safe and move away from the scene.
  • To avoid the chances of pickpocketing, don’t leave your belongings unattended and keep a vigil on your belongings.

Night Life

With its recent popularity, the city is definitely rising to be one of the top destinations in Europe for its nightlife. Carrying an enticing and relaxed atmosphere, Warsaw definitely offers a wide range of nightlife options ranging from scenic bars to celebrated nightclubs. Soak in the beautiful city landscape while you revel in the upscale bars and clubs. It is only in Warsaw where you can party with history. The old part of Warsaw is a popular place for walking at night when there is not so much crowd around. The embankment of the night Vistula blossoms with many lights on both sides of the river and has many bridges. Experience the best panoramas along the street from the bridge next to the Royal Square, with Prague Park, on one side and – the gardens of the Royal Palace and the Palace “Under the Bleak” on the other side. Multimedia fountains in Warsaw is another nightlife attraction worth exploring for a beautiful environment near the Old Town and the Vistula – on Podzamcze.

Get amazed by the astounding laser animations appear on the haze from the sprayed water from time to time. The shows are accompanied by music – both classical (Chopin) and pop. You can taste a variety of traditional Polish beer – Lech, Tyskie, Żubr, and Żywiec. However, if you want to try real “live” beer, then go to Restauracja Pianka where you can taste beer together with traditional Polish snacks – potato pancakes, sheep’s cheese and even more. It is time to enjoy at Level 27 housed in the heart of the city. Located on the 27th floor, this awesome place gives you an opportunity to enjoy the gorgeous sunrise and sunset view while in Warsaw. You can have a rocking night at this amazing nightclub. Eat, drink, dance and this place will drive you crazy! Tygmont Bar offers one of the most exciting jazz programs in Warsaw. Visit Jadtodajnia Filozoficzna to listen to ethnic, punk music without paying any charges. Head to Cafe Vogue to listen to soul, funk, Latino music styles. Warsaw boasts of several casinos in the city in popular hotels and if you are looking for more intensive casino experience, visit the Casino Royal near the President Palace. Dekada Bar is the centerpiece of folklore in the capital. The music is changing every day, and on the weekends you can mostly listen to diabolical and fresh European and American hits.

Must See

  • Visit the world's narrowest house.
  • Look at the magical window at Fotoplastikon.
  • Discover unusual murals and street art.
  • Neonize yourself at the neon museum.
  • Take a mystical stairway to heaven in the form of the DNA spiral.
  • Explore the music of Chopin.
  • Explore the historic center. 
  • Find out about the life of Nobel prize winner Marie Curie.
  • Get good luck from the wishing bell.
  • Visit auschwitz - birkenau museum from warsaw.
  • Head to the vibrant Praga district.
  • Experience a fountain light show at night.

Experiences

  • Private evening bar tour with vodka tastings aboard fiat 125.
  • Learn about the communist history of Poland.
  • Full-day Copernicus legacy tour to Torun.
  • Small-group polish food tour with tastings.
  • Warsaw hop-on-hop-off bus tour.
  • Guided city highlights private tour with meal and refreshment.
  • Stroll along Trakt Krolewski - the royal route.

Activities

Casinos Poland
Casino
al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, 00-001 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
2 Kms
Bialoleka Beach
Beach
in the vicinity of the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Bridge
Distance From City Center
15.1 Kms
Centrum Golf
Golf
Burakowska 15, 01-066 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
5.4 Kms
Olympic Golf Club
Golf
Wybrzeże Gdynskie 2, 05-077 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
6.4 Kms
Casino Warsaw
Casino
Grzybowska 63, 00-844 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
3.4 Kms
Golf Parks Poland
Golf
Vogla 19, 02-990 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
11.5 Kms
Bison Safari
Safari
Wild Poland S.C., Chlodna 64, 00-872 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
11 Kms
Zoliborz Beach
Beach
In the vicinity of the Olympic Centre
Distance From City Center
6.8 Kms
Casino Palace
Casino
Senatorska 13/15, 05-077 Warszawa, Poland
Distance From City Center
2.3 Kms

Shopping

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  • A Bottle of Chopin Vodka
  • Fryderyk Chopin - the premium potato-based Chopin
  • The Anchor Pin
  • Retro Design Mugs
  • Communist-styled Mugs
  • Brightly Colored Dolls in Folk Costumes
  • Beer Tankard

Official Language

Polish

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Currency

PZloty (PLN)

Population

1.76 (Millions)

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Weather

Scattered Clouds 9.14°C

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TimeZone

09:26 AM (GMT +01:00)

 

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Ambulance

999

 

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Police

997

 

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Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Type E ( 230 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport - WAW

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Warsaw is between June and August as during summer the weather is pleasant and most suitable for traveling, with the temperature falling between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the city is full of seasonal celebrations attracting the crowd. The icing on the cake, there will be lots of discounts on everything.

Moderate time to visit

March, April, and October, this period is the moderate time to visit with the colors of spring and autumn decorating the landscapes. The days are sunny though cool and temperature will vary between the mountains and the lower-lying cities.

Worst time to visit

November to February when snow covers the mountains and temperature often drops to below freezing.

Taxi

Start Tariff: PLN 8.00

1 Km. Tariff: PLN 2.40

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: PLN 40.00

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