Warsaw

Warsaw

Warsaw is Poland’s capital and largest city. The atmosphere in the old town is quite reserved and you’d be hard-pressed to find many foreign tourists armed with cameras and guidebooks.

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A massive one third of the buildings in Warsaw were destroyed during the Second World War, including historical masterpieces such as the Royal Palace and the Philharmonic. In the past few decades, however, many buildings have been painstakingly rebuilt and restored, and nowadays the city is dominated by impressive parks and squares. The beautiful old town center is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Warsaw’s palaces are especially impressive. Lazienki Palace, originally a bathhouse designed in 1683 by Dutchman van Gameren Tilman, has been restored in spectacular manner, while the Wilanow Palace, the only palace saved from destruction during the war, houses many beautiful Canaletto paintings.

 

The huge Palace of Culture and Science was a gift from the Soviets to the Poles in 1952. This impressive structure can compete with the finest American skyscrapers of the early 20th century, with its impressive height, large chandeliers and sleek marble walls.

Nightlife

Most local residents (guys are called Warszawiacy, the gals Warszawianki) would start a good clubbing night in one of the city’s über-trendy bars. No matter if you just want to grab a quick drink or dance ‘til dawn in a particular place, we heartily recommend the following watering holes: Organza, NoBo (for the best mojitos in town), Paprotka, Cinnamon (“I’m a model, so let me in”) and, lastly, Sheesha for a Middle Eastern night complete with belly dancers and water pipes.


As for clubs, well, if you’re into proper dance music and want to avoid trashy chart tunes, head for steady favorite Piekarnia, arty café come cult Klub Balsam, six floors of gay-friendly fun at Tomba Tomba, or a guaranteed top night at Klubo Kawiarnia, Luzztro, ON/OFF or M25.


The next morning you can wind down in Lazienki Park, where many families and lovers – and few stray tourists – go for a stroll on Sundays.

Land-Based Casinos

The Hyatt Hotel and Casino is open daily from 4pm-6am. The casino has thirty slot machines and twelve tables with poker games.

 
The Marriott Hotel & Casino is open daily from 11am-7am, and during the weekend 24 hours a day. The casino features 750m2 of gaming space with thirty slot machines and twenty-nine tables for card games. There’s also a wonderful bar and, of course, a large hotel with 522 rooms.


 

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