Warsaw is an ideal destination to travel on a budget in Poland. The city reflects its tumultuous past. Ancient and modern combine, giving the capital a unique charm. Booking a budget hotel in Warsaw and exploring Poland's capital has never been easier: B&B Hotels offers you affordable guestrooms with all modern conveniences, which you can book online on our secure website.
Spending a few days in Warsaw: the musts
Explore the Old Town
Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto) and its Royal Route, which were totally rebuilt after the war, are a good starting point when you want to explore Warsaw in a few days.
The Royal Castle, which dates from the 15th century, is now a history museum where visitors can admire the work of Old Masters such as Canaletto and Rembrandt.
Exploring old Warsaw is a must: stop by St. John's Archcathedral or the Old Town Square. It's the perfect place for a romantic trip in Poland with its beautiful winding streets, which are usually very quiet but come to life in summer and are filled with outdoor seating areas and street artists. Then head to the Royal Castle and the Łazienkowski and Wilanów parks. Check out Nowy Świat Street and its neoclassical architecture. It's a good place to shop with lots of small businesses where you can pick up holiday souvenirs. Peckish? Take a break in one of the many restaurants and bars in the surrounding area to try some Polish culinary specialties.
Visit modern Warsaw
Because it was destroyed during the Second World War, Warsaw is a city of huge architectural contrasts. Outside the Old Town, south of Nowy Świat Street, are old buildings inherited from the Communist era, marking the start of modern Warsaw. You'll soon see the Palace of Culture and Science on Aleje Jerozolimskie in the Centrum district. The city's tallest building at 757 ft., it was controversially financed by Stalin's USSR. Go up to the terraces of the thirtieth floor to see the fabulous panoramic views of Warsaw and its skyscrapers close to the central train station.
Museums to see in Warsaw
There's no shortage of museums in the "Phoenix City". B&B brings you a selection of its favourites to help you plan your stay in Warsaw.
The city's Historical Museum presents more than 700 years of history, as does the Museum of Independence. Art lovers won't want to miss the National Museum, which has treasures such as Matejko's The Battle of Grunwald. Also worth seeing is the Poster Museum, which is typical of Poland.
Another unusual but very popular option is the Fotoplastikon, where you can see rotating stereoscopic images of Warsaw in the 19th century.
What to eat
During your time in Warsaw, stop to try some traditional Polish food: calorific yes, but very tasty! On the menu, you can expect bread, meat dishes, soups, cakes and biscuits, with dishes such as bigos or kotlet schabowy. If you've still got room, end your meals with a shot of vodka, as tradition dictates. It will help your digestion.
Where to shop
If you love to shop, you'll find all the big international brands in one of the city's major shopping centres, such as Arkadia or Złote Tarasy. If you're looking for more authentic and traditional products to use as cute gifts and souvenirs of your holiday in Poland, check out the small modern boutiques, bazaars and markets. And when you've shopped 'til you drop, come and recover in your B&B Hotel guestroom.
Where to stay
Our B&B Warszawa-Okęcie Hotel welcomes anyone who wants to use a budget hotel as their base for exploring Poland without breaking the bank. With parking, family guestrooms, Wi-Fi access and all-you-can-eat breakfasts, our hotels have plenty to offer! Book today.
History and urbanism
Since it was founded in the ninth century, Warsaw has seen epidemics, invasions and fires. Its history, which is similar to that of Poland, is marked by numerous bloody battles, particularly during the Great Northern War, War of the Polish Succession, January Uprising, First World War, Second World War and finally the Warsaw Uprising. The latter was so violent that the city was totally destroyed. Signs of the conflicts are everywhere. As the city was destroyed several times before being rebuilt, it's an ideal destination for amateur historians, who will love strolling through the history-filled streets. Warsaw is now one of Eastern Europe's main cities in both commercial and cultural terms.
Want to stretch your legs or get some fresh air? Escape to one of the city's many green spaces. You can choose to stroll through Łazienki Park, Saxon Gardens or Ujazdów Park.
The city's tumultuous past has left traces on Warsaw's heritage. The Old Town and Royal Route are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Music fans will love being in Warsaw in the summer: the renowned International Open Air Jazz Festival has been held here from June to September for over twenty years. To go out, B&B recommends the MDM "Model District" and Constitution Square, where you can find trendy bars, clubs and restaurants.
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