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Book a flight to Warsaw with Qatar Airways

Book a flight to Warsaw with Qatar Airways and discover why Poland's capital is becoming one of eastern Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. This sprawling city has managed to rise above its painful past. Razed to the ground during the Second World War, it is now a thriving, hip and modern metropolis. What was lost has now been rebuilt, as evidenced by new skyscrapers that have redefined its once flat skyline.

Museums, live music, history and arresting Renaissance architecture – Warsaw has them all in abundance. So take some time to get to know the city; explore its districts on foot and you'll fall for its plentiful charms.

Warsaw highlights

In Warsaw, there’s no shortage of distractions, from the opulent Royal Palace and Chopin’s masterpieces, to Lazienki Park’s vast green space and the city’s exotic dining scene.

  • Tourist attractions

    The Old Town area is where you'll find Warsaw’s main attractions, starting with the Royal Castle. Formerly the official residence of the Polish monarchy, the castle was the subject of extensive reconstruction efforts, after it sustained heavy damage during the war. Today, it is one of the symbols of Poland’s resilience. Several of the paintings in the castle’s collection, which are open for public viewing, were used by engineers and architects as reference in reconstructing Warsaw.

    Warsaw also has its fair share of museums. The National Museum has more than 800,000 exhibits, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, illustrations and photographs. The Chopin Museum, dedicated to the life and works of world-renowned Polish composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin, is spread over four floors. The highlight of any visit to this museum are the listening booths in the basement. Here you can work your way through a catalogue of pieces by the famous composer, completely undisturbed.

    A stroll around Old Town's maze of streets is best carried out with a guide to ensure you don't miss out on local history.

  • Leisure activities

    Whether you're interested in history or cultural activities, you'll find plenty to keep you amused when you travel to Warsaw.

    Built in the 17th century, Lazienki Park is Poland’s most treasured green space – a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Spread over 74 hectares, the park has a landscaped garden, an artificial lake and a palace-turned-museum built on an artificial island. It 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. Festivals such as Warsaw Summer Jazz Days are a great way to mingle with the locals.

    The 231-metre Palace of Culture and Science, Poland's tallest building, often draws divided opinions. Some love it, some hate it; but the best views of the city can be experienced from its 30th-floor terrace.

  • Food

    Think of Polish food and hearty fare comes to mind, yet there are lighter options on offer in Warsaw. You'll find the usual fast-food outlets, but it's also easy to find a unique, independent restaurant. For an authentic 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.

    Regional specialities include pierogi (dumplings with savoury filling, 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 meal.

    One of Warsaw’s charms is a distinct lack of international chain restaurants. But in recent years, the city's progressive culinary scene has made it easier to find local restaurants serving food from across the globe.

  • Shopping

    It is easy to find bargains on offer on every corner when you travel to Warsaw, with city markets and craft shops being the best places to find unusual souvenirs.

    Head for the Photography Market to find specialist equipment at discounted prices. Kolo Bazar, which is open on weekends, sells antiques and some even rarer finds, from small trinkets and jewellery, to a set of Indian-palace doors.

    For conventional shopping, Warsaw has malls, many of which stay open until 10pm. Sadyba Best Mall offers everything from fashion and perfumes to books and international brands. The more eclectic Cepelia is the outlet for artisanal goods, as well as Polish arts and crafts.

Essential facts about Warsaw

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