Old Town
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After being leveled when the Nazis left, this whole neighborhood of cobblestone Gothic streets and alleyways, baroque palaces, numerous churches and tiered burghers' houses were masterfully reconstructed to reflect the atmosphere of bygone days.
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  • Chris M
    Melbourne, Australia
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old town Warsaw
    Great place to visit with so many interesting places to explore. Small alley ways, underground museums, cobble stoned walkways and a magnificent castle to explore. It is awe inspiring but at the same time, a place to reflect on the past and to visit an area that was destroyed then totally rebuilt after WW2.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tourist meeting point
    This is where you find most of the tourists wandering around the cobblestone streets and stopping in at the numerous cafes. It has a great atmosphere as there is always something happening. There are buskers and small kids playing accordions trying to earn money.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old but Gold
    The Old Town is a must see. It has a unique style, many Churches and the Royal Castle. You can enjoy a walk, stay at a Cafe watch people walking and hanging. It is a nice place to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 19, 2023
  • challisfamily
    Ware, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit to the old town
    Visited the old town and shops. Lovely part of the city with various shops and places to see, this is the heart of the city and tourist visiting. Just remember this looks old but most of it rebuilt after WW2.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful area, for sure main touristic attraction in Warsaw. Many architectural buildings, cathedrals, restaurants, souvenir shops and many many more. You can spend easily half day or more in the neighborhood. And you will not regret. Sometimes could become very crowded as long as all tourists group comes here.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 5, 2023
  • AmKreuz86
    Helsinki, Finland
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Warsaw.
    I'll keep this short and sweet. The Old Town is an absolute must see in Warsaw. There's ALWAYS something happening and your eyes are always kept busy. In a good way. Just go and find out for yourselves. Many lovely places to eat and drink. To also buy local products.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 6, 2024
  • Tracy M
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous place to wander and spend time
    The old town is a rebuild of the pre-war old town, and very impressive in its attention to detail. We really enjoyed wandering the streets, which wind and intertwine to take you to a beautiful square (which in January had an ice rink and lots of cabins selling milled wine, hot chocolate etc.). Loads of lovely cafes and restaurants, plus shops to buy souvenirs. And around the edge of old town there are sunken gardens you can walk through, giving you a better idea of the scale of it all. We visited in January so greatly enjoyed walking through untouched snow around the walls.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 22, 2024
  • Natasa K
    Thessaloniki Region, Greece
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The heart of Warsaw!
    The Old Town is for me the best part of Warsaw! You can't stop wandering through its narrow streets, admiring the colourful buildings with the little shops and ending up in one of the squares, the most beautiful being Rynek Starego Miasta with the statue of the mermaid. It really takes you back in time..
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 24, 2024
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Urius
Vilnius, Lithuania
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Like much of Warsaw, the Old Town is a soulless place. Old Town is a reconstruction of what previously stood before World War II, albeit a fraction of the original surface area. Only the main central area of the Old Town was rebuilt, and it lacks energy. It's just a tourist attraction essentially in the middle of a city which greatly lacks energy to begin with. I've never actually seen a city of so many millions feel so downtrodden and bland. Contrasted to Gdansk or Krakow, Warsaw barely has a pulse. Compared to the not so distant Baroque Vilnius, it fails miserably. It is what it is. The Old Town can be visited in a short period of time, and hour or less by foot to see most of it. It's important to rebuild which was lost, and it must be praised as good policy.
Written December 22, 2020
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GlynisJF
Kempston, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A wonderful area, full of old style, with beautiful architecture. Plac Krolewski, where the Royal Castle museum is situated, is a large open space with always something going on. Little streets lead off, to the large market square, St John's Cathedral, Barbakan, just for starters. Always something new to explore there.
Written February 9, 2020
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The old town is a great place to spend an afternoon. Everything here was flattened in WWII so most of the buildings were rebuilt after the war. Even though it is touristy there are a lot of good restaurants although they are more expensive than the rest of town. There are also plenty of souvenir shops and people on the street selling paintings or playing music. It is touristy but fun. There are multiple museums, churches, and other places to visit in the area as well.
Written August 7, 2021
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Pam L
Carmel, IN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
If you're planning a trip to Poland, please consider StayPoland.com as your travel agent for everything Poland. My family and I just returned on Monday, 6/27/2023, from our tour and it couldn't have been better. This is our third experience with this agency and we haven't been disappointed.
We arrived in Kracow, Poland on 6/16, the driver picked us up at the airport and delivered us to Hotel Unicus for a two night stay. Having stayed there on our last trip in 2017, we knew what to expect, and the excellent standards were maintained. The next day, our agent, Anna, had arranged a walking tour of Old Town and Wawel Castle. Our guide was a font of information and kept us entertained for the three hour tour. Well worth the tired feet!
Our guide/driver, Peter met us in the hotel lobby, loaded us up in our 8 passenger Mercedes van and away we went. Even though our tour was private, it was a curated tour, Simple Pleasure, a seven day driving tour.
We visited the cities of Lanckorona, Novy Sacz, Łańcut, Zaność, Kazimierz, and ending in Warsaw.
The hotels we stayed in were all local to each city. Each were individual in their styles, but all clean and comfortable. The Hotel Modrzewiowka, in Lanckorona, had small rooms with double beds. that was a challange for our 6'4" son-in-law! Hotel Zamojski, in Zamość, had no central air conditioning. It was a warm day, but opening the balcony door soon cooled the room after temperature dropped after sunset.
We ended our tour in Warsaw and a two night stay at the Marriott. It was a real treat to be at an American hotel brand with some of the amenities we missed, AC and king beds. Again, our agent, arranged a 4 hour tour of Warsaw. It was a city drive, walking tour of the Royal Castle, and ended in Old Town.
This trip was to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We took our two children and their spouses. No party will be able to out-do this trip and the memories will be relived for a very long time.

Written July 1, 2023
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Daisyljm
Colchester, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
Enough said. I now live in Warsaw. Make sure to Google the museums in the old town, as there are loads hidden away! There's a list of free museums everyday (Google), including most of those in old town: the Warsaw Museum, the Royal Castle, the museum of literature. Such a perfect little place.

Don't forget to get your mulled wine in the winter and ice cream in summer.

You really could summer spend days sitting in Old Town being inspired by what's around you.
Written March 13, 2021
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Stephen T
Weston super Mare, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Accessible by bus or tram from the new town. Quite a small area easily walked through the large square through to the narrow lanes with bars and cafe's. There was an ice rink in the square surrounded by stalls selling mulled wine and various local delicacies
Written January 10, 2020
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Disc0vering
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Visiting the Old town of Warsaw is looking into monumental buildings/houses that well preserved by the government.
It is truly remarkable to see the old architecture of Old Warsaw.
But on the other hand, when you want to have lunch during your visit in Old Town, be prepared that you won't find any other cuisine beside the Polish cuisine. To my own experience, the Polish cuisine is not really tasteful to me. Their food are often too greasy and contain heavy textures.
So be sure you have already have lunch outside the Old Town or have some sandwiches with you for your time during your visit.
Written March 24, 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Old Town in Warsaw, although devastated in 90% during german occupation in WWII, amazingly restored to the former glory, and thankfully brought to life bit by bit, can provide valuable input and enjoyment to anyone who is visiting the city, which was slotted by Hitler to disappear from the Earth’s face. Galleries, high end restaurants, festivals, can keep anyone busy to curiously explore the town, and learn our civilization past.
Highly recommended for a day trip. Antoni
Written October 12, 2021
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Gary W
Richmond, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Extremely lovely old town. Picturesque and full of open air restaurant areas. Each restaurant seems to want people to queue even though tables are available. If you don't expect good service, it is well worth a visit. Easily accessible by foot or public transport. Everyone vapes or smokes, it seems.
Written April 30, 2023
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Kaye S
Brisbane Region, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were recommend Old Town by a friend who is Polish

Old Town met all expectations

We stayed in the heart of Old Town it is close all restaurants and there are so many to choose from.

There are a number of tours you can book we did the food tour which included food and history which was excellent.

The town has kept parts of the buildings to show damage/ bullet holes from the wars. They have preserved the original castle with mote, you can see the bullet holes in the century old buildings. In other parts of Old Town they had to rebuild completely

If you want to experience the culture and history of Warsaw then Old Town is a must see in your list

Would definitely stay there again

Excellent experience
Written July 13, 2023
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