Image courtesy of: Zbigniew Panów pzstudio.pl, archives: www.warsawtour.pl
Warsaw – the capital of Poland – is a vibrant and green metropolis. The modern and bustling city centre does not exclude a history looking out from behind every corner. Gothic relics, baroque palaces, socialist realism architecture and contemporary buildings form a unique mosaic.
Discover the cobbled, narrow streets of the Old Town, admire the blooming chestnuts in Łazienki Park and enjoy the sunshine on the picturesque Vistula riverbank. Walk through the streets where footprints were left by the well-known Polish actress Pola Negri and Władysław Szpilman, the musician commemorated by Roman Polański in the unforgettable film “The Pianist”. Finish your day with a glimpse of the sun setting between the tenement houses.
- The public bike system is getting more and more popular each year. Should you wish to use a bike while exploring the city, please visit Veturilo.
- The fountain park is a popular tourist attraction in the summer season. In June, shows usually take place on Friday and Saturday nights at 9.30 p.m. The park is located below the Old Town, by the Vistula river.
Polish Złoty (PLN) is the official currency in Poland.
- EUR 1 = approx. PLN 4.28*
- USD 1 = approx. PLN 3.62*
* Exchange rates of Narodowy Bank Polski, table of 12 January 2015
- ATMs are widespread around the city and card payment is possible in almost every shop, restaurant and public transport services point. Please note that you may be charged an extra transaction fee depending on your bank policy.
- Warsaw Chopin Airport
- Warsaw Modlin Airport
- popular big shopping centres like Złote Tarasy (near the Central Railway Station) or Arkadia (near Warszawa Gdańska Railway Station)
- exclusive shopping streets like Mokotowska, Chmielna, Mysia
- outlet stores – the biggest ones can be found on the outskirts of the City (Ursus, Piaseczno)
Travelling with kids
There are many interesting attractions in Warsaw for young ones. The most popular kid-friendly places are:
Copernicus Science Centre; even the youngest kids will enjoy themselves while exploring the world of science (don’t forget to bring a spare set of clothes – kids can get soaked) and the Copernicus Planetarium offers shows for ages 3 and up. It might be a very crowded place (especially at weekends), so make sure you book your ticket in advance.
Warsaw Zoo; the Zoo (est. in 1928) is located in Praga district, on the east riverbank, in a 40-hectare park.
Viewpoints in the city centre. Should you wish to admire a beautiful view of Warsaw, visit one of the two most popular places:
- playgrounds closest to the conference venue are in the Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski), Ujazdowski Park, Krasiński Garden (Ogród Krasińskich)
- Łazienki Park is probably the most popular green area in Warsaw. Kids will surely enjoy it on a sunny day. There are plenty of birds, ducks, peacocks and squirrels and if you are lucky, you can even spot a deer.