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Is Warsaw worth visiting in Poland?

edited July 2013 in Europe
Hi all,
Could anybody advise me about attractions in Warsaw? Is the city worth visiting on a holiday in Poland? I'm definitely visiting Krakow, which people rave about, but I haven't heard much about Warsaw and most people I talk to seem pretty ambivalent about the capital... any advice?


  • If the nature of your trip is to do the regular touristy stuff, then Warsaw has very little to offer. In comparison, Krakow is worth every penny.
  • Warsaw hasn't got the obvious aesthetic appeal of many European capitals but it is a very interesting city. The Old Town was devastated in World War II but rebuilt afterwards and this fact alone intrigues many history buffs. Warsaw also hosts some wonderful festivals and events, like the Mozart Festival in June/July.
  • Warsaw can be more interesting than Krakow even. It depends on what you are looking for. Many people mistook Warsaw's Old Town with city centre and compare it to Krakow then. Krakow has superb landmarks, but besides that it is just like any other city of this kind, while Warsaw has many different places just to walk around, like Lazienki Park, Ujazdowski Av with old villas, also a quarter place with socialists architecture buildings. Old Town is just half day experience. I mean city to walkaround. For nightlife you really have to know where to go to, and then it is heaven, otherwise you stuck on Old Town or Royal Route.
  • I'm originally from the North of Ireland and now live in Poland. I have travelled throughout Poland and have visited Warsaw on a couple of occasions. Luckily for me my wifes Uncle lives there and we had a fantastic tourguide. We walked for miles, jumping on and off buses and seen loads of interesting places. Lazienki Park and Palace, beautiful gardens and a lake where you can take a gondola.. great for the kids too. Jan Sobieski's Palace, Wilanow, incredibly beautiful and a must see. The Mulitimedia Fountain Park is terrific, loads of fountains dancing to music.. great to visit on a hot day. Zamek Krolewski ( Royal Palace ) in the old town well worth a visit too, beautifully kept with lots of interesting art works. I could go on,... Warsaw is definitely a place to visit. I will return one day, it's only a 4 hour drive from where I now live.
  • I would recommend Warsaw but try Krakow it is one of the most beautiful places in Poland!
  • Warsaw is definitely worth a visit but maybe try get to Krakow. Some great sights in Warsaw include the beautiful Old Town and spectacular Royal Way. Another great excursion would be to go to the Bialowieza National Park where there is the largest remaining population of European bison in existence. For more info, check out this site:
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