• Warsaw, Poland
    Savior Square


Poland's capital and biggest city is huge, famous, and important…but not particularly romantic. If you're looking for Old World quaintness, head for Kraków. But if you want to experience 21st-century Poland, Warsaw's your place. Stroll down revitalized boulevards that evoke the city's glory days, pausing at an outdoor café to sip coffee and nibble at a pączek (jelly doughnut). Drop by a leafy park for an al fresco Chopin concert, then commune with the soul of Poland at a state-of-the-art museum. If you picture a dreary metropolis, think again. Warsaw is full of surprises.

At a Glance

▲▲▲ Museum of the History of Polish Jews Exceptional, expansive exhibit on the full Jewish experience through Polish history.

▲▲ Castle Square Colorful spot with whiffs of old Warsaw — Royal Castle, monuments, and a chunk of the city wall — and cafés just off the square.

▲▲ Royal Castle Warsaw's best palace, rebuilt after World War II, but retaining its former opulence and many original furnishings.

▲▲ Old Town Market Square Re-creation of Warsaw's glory days, with lots of colorful architecture.

▲▲ National Museum Collection of mostly Polish art, with unknown but worth-discovering works by Jan Matejko and the Młoda Polska (Art Nouveau) crew.

▲▲ Warsaw Uprising Museum State-of-the-art space tracing the history of the Uprising and celebrating its heroes.

Copernicus Science Center Spiffy science museum with well-explained, hands-on exhibits in English; Warsaw's best family activity.

▲ Łazienki Park Lovely, sprawling green space with Chopin statue, peacocks, and Neoclassical buildings.

Museum of Warsaw In-depth treatment of the history of Warsaw, with excellent movie in English.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Museum Honors the great Polish scientist who studied radiation, in her birth home.