warsaw City Breaks
Poland's capital has far more to offer than its unfortunate grey image resulting from major destruction in World War II. The Old Town has been carefully restored to resemble its former glory. Filled with history, fascinating sights and a good choice of international and traditional restaurants and bars.
Poland’s capital is a superb choice for a short break. Not only will you unravel a compelling history of a city which has witnessed so much, but you will also feel a warm welcome from the locals and be surprised at what exceptional value for money you get on a Warsaw city break.
What to see...
There is much to see and learn in Warsaw. An absolute must is a visit to the Stare Miasto (Old Town). Although completely obliterated during the war, the area has been painstakingly reconstructed with the look and feel of the city prior to its destruction, even using the original bricks where possible. The Rynek Starego Miasta (Market Square) dates back to the 13th century and has a lively atmosphere and a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants to just sit, relax and watch the world go by. You might want to continue with a visit to the Jewish Cemetery. It is amongst the largest in the world and has become the final resting place of rabbis, intellectuals as well as local people. Another popular attraction is the park-palace complex of Lazienki Park, the largest park in Warsaw, which links the Royal Castle, itself a national monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the beautiful Wilanow palace, nicknamed the Polish Versailles. The park also contains its own Palace on the Water, a roman inspired amphitheatre and the Little White House. For many film fans and historians a trip to Warsaw will include a visit to the Jewish Ghetto where they will be able to retrace the steps of the composer and pianist Wladsylaw Szpilman, whose story was told in Roman Polanski’s film, The Pianist. Music lovers may want to remember one of the city’s most famous residents and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum dedicated to his life is housed at the Ostrogski Palace. A visit to Warsaw’s former Gestapo HQ museum is a stark reminder of man’s capacity for cruelty, and a telling reminder of Poland’s recent history.
Where to stay...
Warsaw is a large city so expect to do some walking whilst here. The 3 star Mercure Fryderyk Chopin is a well rated hotel located in the heart the city centre and makes a good base for your stay. The hotel also boasts an attractive coffee shop serving freshly baked cakes throughout the day an elegant gourmet restaurant, brasserie and a small in-house gym and sauna. If you prefer a 4 star, we recommend the Jan III Sobieski Hotel. Adding a touch of luxury doesn’t cost as much as you might think in Warsaw. We have excellent rates with a number of 5 star hotels across the city centre allowing you to enjoy your break in style. Amongst our favourite 5 stars are the InterContinental and the Sofitel.
What to eat...
Bigos is a traditional stew of cabbage, mushroom and meat. The famous Pierogi are made of dough and usually contain cheese, potatoes, onions, and/or meat and are served hot boiled or fried with sour cream, although these days you can find pierogi containing just about any filling savoury or sweet you care to mention.
When to go...
The weather is typically cold winters and warm summers but each season is a different experience and Warsaw is great to visit whenever you choose.
We can offer direct flights to Warsaw from 11 UK and Irish airports, including Cork, Doncaster/Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow Prestwick. A Warsaw city break also works really well when combined with a city break to Krakow due to the excellent rail connection between the cities. Call our city break team for more information on tailor making your own multi centre Warsaw and Krakow holiday.
In Our Opinion
With a history that is both stark and compelling, Warsaw’s historic centre has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of Nazi destruction...
Thank you to your staff for their help and efficiency. I could never have sourced this package at anything like this cost...Warsaw
Getting value for money
Combining with a stay in Gdansk and/or Krakow
Extremely helpful, took the time to find what we wanted...Warsaw, July 2016
From the first query (Rose) to last passport panic (Richard) - to say nothing of the date change made by Joy (because of my husbands illness) - I have nothing but praise for your company. Travel arrangements went to plan (apart from hotel in Krakow which was beyond your control). Many thanks to you all. I certainly intend to recommend your company, and indeed have already done so to two family members who wish to visit these same cities next year...Warsaw & Krakow, October 2015
First class service, good information before our trip. Will look to Cities Direct first for our next break away...Warsaw, October 2015
Excellent company which I have recommended to friends and will certainly use again...Krakow & Warsaw, August 2015
Your office staff are exceptionally helpful & pleasant...Krakow & Warsaw, April 2015
I enjoyed the holiday, everything sorted, all we did was turn up – thank you...Berlin, Warsaw & Krakow, March 2014
Cities Direct staff are very helpful. Richard initially found destination for us and he went out of his way to help. This trip was for my 19yr son and his girlfriend. They had a great time. The pack you send with all the info is great and straight forward. Will use you again...Warsaw, December 2013
Booking was easy to make & Richard extremely helpful, I found the whole process easier than trying to book myself on the internet. Will certainly use Cities Direct for future bookings. Thank you for a fab break...Warsaw, October 2013
We have not used Cities Direct before and greatly appreciated the well organised holiday – it really helped to have the train tickets organised and trips booked. The driver in Krakow (to Auschwitz & the airport) was particularly friendly. Many thanks...Warsaw & Krakow, August 2013
Thank you to your staff for their help and efficiency. I could never have sourced this package at anything like this cost...Warsaw, September 2012