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Book a flight to Warsaw with Qatar Airways and discover why Poland's capital city is such a popular holiday destination. Home to 1.7million people, the city was razed to the ground during World War Two, but today it's thriving and expanding. What was lost has been rebuilt yet there's an underlying current of change that dictates the pace of life in Poland's largest city.
Museums, live music, history and arresting Renaissance architecture – Warsaw has them all in abundance. So give the city time; explore its districts on foot and you'll fall for its charm. You can fly to Warsaw with Qatar Airways to enjoy a short break here on your tour of Poland, or stay a little longer and soak up the city's culture and history.
On your trip to Warsaw, you'll find most of the city's main attractions in the Centrum area. Start your adventure at the Royal Castle, once a Magovian stronghold. A stroll around the Old Town's maze of streets is best carried out with a guide to ensure you don't miss out on local history.
Warsaw has its fair share of museums that are worth visiting. The National Museum's extensive collections contain almost 800,000 items and you could find yourself spending a whole day here. The Chopin Museum is spread over four floors, but the highlight of any visit are the listening booths in the basement. Here you can work your way through a catalogue of pieces by the famous composer, completely undisturbed.
Whether you're interested in the city's history or looking for cultural activities, you'll find plenty to keep you amused when you travel to Warsaw.
Lazienki Park is often filled with families throughout the week, and is a great picnic spot. On Sundays during the summer months, you may be lucky enough to catch an al fresco Chopin concert.
The live music scene in Warsaw is buzzing – Warsaw Philharmonic and the Polish National opera are based here, and festivals such as Warsaw Summer Jazz Days are a great way to mingle with locals.
The Palace of Culture and Science, Poland's tallest building at 231m high, divides opinion locally. Some love it, some hate it, but the best views of the city can be experienced from the 30th floor viewing terrace.
Think of Polish food and hearty, fare comes to mind. Yet there are lighter options on offer in Warsaw. One of the city's charms is a distinct lack of international chain restaurants. You'll find the usual fast food outlets, but otherwise it's easy to find a unique, independent restaurant to enjoy a meal. For a real Polish experience, visit one of Warsaw's milk bars. Opened in the 1960s to serve affordable, milk-based products, the food is distinctly Polish and it's a great way to experience life as a local.
In recent years, the city's progressive culinary scene has made it easy to find food from across the globe here. Local specialities include Pierogi (savoury filled dumplings, usually topped with sour cream), Golabki (stuffed cabbage leaves) and Bigos, a hearty meat and sauerkraut stew. Make sure you try Krowki, a soft Polish fudge, for a sweet way to end your evening.
It is easy to find bargains on offer around every corner when you travel to Warsaw, and the city's markets and craft shops are the best place to find unusual souvenirs.
Head for the Photography Market to find specialist photography equipment at discounted prices. Kolo Bazar (open on weekends) is a more unusual market, selling antiques and some rare finds – from small trinkets and jewellery to a set of Indian palace doors!
Warsaw has more conventional options for shopping too. There are many indoor shopping malls, many of which stay open until 10pm. Sadyba Best Mall is a good quality complex, offering everything from fashion and perfume stores to American bookshops. The more eclectic Cepelia is the outlet for a collective of artisans dedicated to promoting the best arts and crafts that Poland has to offer.
Warsaw is generally considered a safe city. Polish and Slavic languages are widely spoken, although you will usually find most people speak and understand at least some English.
At first you may find the Polish people a little reserved, but you'll soon realise that most people you meet when you travel to Warsaw are friendly and willing to help visitors.
Flights to Warsaw with Qatar Airways arrive at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, located around 10km from the city centre. You may hear the airport referred to locally as 'Okęcie'.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Warsaw please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Polish Złoty (PLN)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / E
International dialing code: +48