One of Europe's most triumphant capitals to rise from the ashes of World War II, Warsaw fuses 21st century innovation with its tumultuous past. In this sprawling city, stately palaces and Baroque buildings sidle up to modern skyscrapers. A vibrant city unfurls weaving vast green spaces with cosmopolitan streets hosting galleries, gourmet restaurants and eye-catching boutiques.
Venture out to the suburb of Kolo on weekends to wander through the riot of stalls displaying a jumble of antiques from World War II memorabilia to typewriters to furniture. Bargaining is part of the thrill—and its expected—when negotiating treasures.
The unmistakable music of the great Polish composer of the Romantic era Frederick Chopin fills the air as visitors make their way through this interactive museum. Opened in 1953, four levels of the historic Ostrogski Palace have been filled with multiple perspectives on the composer's life as offered through high-tech audio-visual displays and collections of handwritten letters, original scores, and even the piano Chopin composed on during the last years of his life.
Inspired by Polish mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, this dynamic discovery center invites visitors to push buttons, pull levers and explore exhibits with all the senses. Ideal for children and curious explorers, and the Heavens of Copernicus planetarium with laser shows, films and starry night concerts on Fridays holds appeal for all.
Meander the manicured paths fragrant with blooming roses and dotted with sculptures in this pristine park-and-palace complex. Join the locals on Sunday afternoons mid-May through September for the outdoor Chopin concerts put on in the city’s largest oasis of green.
Standing on the site of what was the heart of Jewish Warsaw is a comprehensive cultural and education space hosting exhibitions, films, workshops, concerts and lectures. Opened to the public in 2013, is an immersive experience which transports visitors through the history of Polish Jews, from medieval times to the present.
A thriving arts scene has always been central to life in Warsaw. For 250 years, the drama unfolding on stage at The National Theater Poland has only been rivaled by the country’s history of strife, censorship and war. Experience a stirring performance on the main stage, or consider the Teatr Wielki, staging opera and ballet in a grand 1833 neoclassical theater rebuilt after World War II.
Renaissance facades and cobbled market squares set the scene for this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates from the 13th century. Medieval walls, baroque buildings and the Royal Castle with its bulbous spires make this a fairytale setting. Browse street art, take a stroll through world-class museums and duck into one the many cocktail bars or cafes lining the square.
The University of Warsaw's Library Rooftop Garden is a who’s who of horticultural species high above the city. Forsythia and cinquefoil bloom among juniper and Japanese barberry in the "gold garden," while dwarf mountain pine and Swiss willow shade ornamental grasses in the "silver garden." This tranquil secret garden is the ideal antidote to the buzzing city below.
Readings, panels, discussions, debates, and pop-up book stands with topics from literature to comic books are all on the program of this international fair for bibliophiles.Learn More
Lounge beneath the monument to Fryderyk Chopin in the Royal Łazienk park every Sunday at noon and enjoy recitals by performers from around the world playing Chopin’s works.Learn More
Listen to the Warsaw Chamber Opera perform some of Mozart’s earliest compositions at gorgeous venues throughout the city.Learn More
This festival of dance, performance art, circus acts, and music pops up in theaters, parks, and non-traditional performance spaces over the course of its run.Learn More
Headlining jazz artists from around the world convene to play concerts at this renowned festival.Learn More
Founded in 2001, this festival makes opera, ballet, and art-centered film widely available through more than 30 diverse events and educational programs.Learn More
The vibrancy of Jewish culture is expressed through theater, song, dance, visual arts, and exhibitions during this varied showcase.Learn More
Emerging directors, actors, and films both from Poland and around the world are the focus of this cutting-edge festival of screenings, panels, and events.Learn More
Grab a cup of hot mulled wine and wander through the maze of wooden stalls selling hand-carved toys, ornaments, jewelry, and more in the Old Town.
Create a musical postcard from Warsaw and follow the footsteps of a great Polish composer. Guests interested in Chopin’s Warsaw should visit the Holy Cross Church, where the virtuoso’s heart is kept and enjoy free concerts held each summer Sunday at noon and 4 pm in the Royal Łazienki park.
The top-notch concierge team are available at a moment's notice to arrange everything from taxis to opening night tickets at the Opera House and National Theater or behind-the-scenes chef's tables in renowned restaurants.Learn More
Get a taste of the pre-war spirit of the city at the charming Café Bristol. Since 1901, it's been a favorite meeting place for breakfast, lunch, and a slice of the legendary Tort Bristol.Learn More
Be whisked away for one incredibly romantic night. The scene will be set with flowers upon arrival, a bottle of champagne and breakfast in room or the restaurant.Learn More