Warsaw Tourism

Visit Warsaw - Best of Warsaw

Even though Poland has been quite a favorite of Jeffrey Archer in terms of tragic setting and background of a lot of character establishments, the city has a lot more to it today. The World War II left most of the areas,regions and neighborhoods and most of its cultural heritage in ruins. Despite this, the city and its people’s spirits have persevered. Its monuments, buildings, parks and streets have been painstakingly and lovingly restored to their former glory. Now, apart from the memorial and the museums that recognise this painful past, there’s barely any sign that the city ever suffered. Warsaw is more enchanting than ever.

It’s most important attractions, like most places in Europe, pay tribute to its history. What sets it apart is how recent that history is. The most important event in the city’s history was the Warsaw Uprising, which though it failed, was a success in being the only demonstrably effective military resistance to German oppression in all of Europe during WWII. There’s the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, the Memorial Museum and the much restored Nowy Swiat.Slowly becoming an important trade center, there is something in this city for everyone at all times. Just as you feel you have absorbed enough history with your visits to all kinds of museums is when you will realize that the city would rise again after hours and involve you into its mystic nightlife.

There’s much to appreciate apart from this. Tourists will love the parks, the unique non-westernized cuisine, the milk bars and the huge variety of coffee. The city’s subtlety lends it a unique and relaxed romantic environment. Although it’s true that much of this elegant city’s mystery and majesty comes from it’s tragic past in the last century but most of these incidents are now existent only in records and have a considerable amount of space in people’s memories. But today, you must visit to explore this wonderful city and it is sure to make a permanent place in your memory! Each one of you should visit Warsaw at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Warsaw.

Warsaw Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Warsaw tips for your visit

Essential Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+01:00
  • Currency- The currency used here is zloty ( PLN). 1 Zloty is divided into 100 Grosky.

Internet

  • Hot Spot: In Warsaw, you have the chance to enjoy free, municipal Wi-Fi network, in many placed like the Old Town, on, 'Wiech' Passage  - Shopping Centre and in the area of Browarna Street , at the back of the 'Wars i Sawa' or Krakowskie  Street. Free internet is also available in Costa and Coffee Heaven cafés, Pizza Hut restaurants, Mc donald’s, starbucks, KFC as well as some food locations in the city centre. The majority of hotels and hostels also have internet access.

Electricity

  • In Poland is 230V, 50Hz AC

Languages

  • Poland's official language: Polish, Warsaw residents speak Polish as their first language and only some of the city's population is fluent in English, French or German.

Emergency Contact Numbers

  • 999 : Ambulance
  • 998 : Fire Brigade
  • 997 : Police986 – Municipal Wardens
  • To call an emergency service using a mobile phone, please dial112 - all services 800 777 770 : Information about emergency treatment in hospitals: Warsaw Medical Information : +48 22 827 89 62, +48 22 826 83 00

Security

  • Beware of pick-pockets.
  • Warsaw is a relatively safe but don’t flash around your wealth in public areas. Hide your money wisely and don’t carry visible wads.
  • Avoid Praga at night and during the day, don’t wander off; stick to the tourist zone.
  • Should you face any problem, ask a policeman for help.
  • National holidays can turn violent due to political propaganda, so a little cautiousness can go a long way.
  • Don’t speak too well of Russia. The Poles place much of the blame of the Uprising’s failure on lack of Soviet Cooperation.
  • Don’t demonstrably appreciate the Palace of Culture and Science, which was built by the Soviets.
  • Don’t speak ill about Warsaw’s idols, whether Curie or especially the members of the Uprising.
  • Off-beaten Path- Do hop on a tram and explore the city.
  • Tipping- The average tip is around 10-15% of the cheque. Tipping is not obligatory, you can tip whoever you want to show that the service was good. Don't forget to tip tour guides and drivers too, but only if you are happy with the service they have provided.

Tourist Traps

  • Avoid Praga at night and during the day, don’t wander off; stick to the tourist zone.
  • Do not buy souvenirs from big hotels.
  • Do not stay for too long at the station.

Customs

  • Should you be travelling around Warsaw in your car, please have in mind that in the city most of parking places are paid parking zones.
  • If you hand over the money and say Thank You - Dziekuje -, the waiter will consider that you are saying "Keep the change", no matter how much it is.
  • In Poland, ladies are always first and you refer to people who are older than you as Mr. or Ms.
  • Saying "hello," "goodbye" and "thank you" in stores, restaurants, hotels and so on is normal.
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Facts and Stats for Warsaw*

  • Pollution Statistics in Warsaw

    Know the pollution level of Warsaw before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 61.07 (High)
    • Water Pollution 33.87 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50.78 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.08 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23.85 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20.7 (Low)
  • Warsaw: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Warsaw for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Warsaw.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.7 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 31.69 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 22.55 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 48.29 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 31.54 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.56 (Low)
    • Attacks 33.29 (Low)
    • Drug offense 29.13 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.84 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 61.14 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.57 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.92 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 49.53 (Moderate)
  • Living in Warsaw - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Warsaw is 133.01 (High)

    • Safety Index 66.74 (High)
    • Climate Index 74.39 (High)
    • Pollution Index 52.35 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 38.13 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 45.83 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.35 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.35 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 61.96 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Warsaw

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Warsaw

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.82 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.55 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 75 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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