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City Breaks to Warsaw

Although much of the city was destroyed during World War II, Warsaw has a beautifully recreated Old Town, now a Unesco World Heritage site. There are restaurants offering all types of cuisine, including local specialities, as well as café bars, with terrace service in warm weather. Warsaw enjoys a buzzling nightlife, with many young people heading to the city the clubs and bars.


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City breaks to Warsaw from Dublin give you the chance to explore places of interest within the old city walls, including St John’s Cathedral and the Royal Castle, an early Baroque five-wing building with a courtyard and clock tower. With cheap weekend breaks to Warsaw from Ireland you can ramble along its cobbled streets and discover craft shops, many selling jewellery and other items made from amber.  In the city’s green spaces and parks, free classical concerts take place during the summer. Warsaw is the birthplace of Frederik Chopin and a museum dedicated to the composer shows a collection of memorabilia.
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Warsaw has a continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and mild summers. On average, summer temperatures range between 47°F and 73°F (9°C and 22°C), while winter temperatures range between 25°F and 42°F (-4°C and 6°C). July is the wettest month, though rain does fall sporadically throughout the year.


The national language is Polish. English is widely understood in tourist areas.


The official currency is Zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy. Poland is essentially a 'cash country', and it is difficult to negotiate credit cards and travellers cheques in the cities, and well nigh impossible in rural areas. American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are, however, accepted in places frequented by tourists. ATMs are also beginning to proliferate in Polish cities, where the sign 'Bankomat' indicates them. Money (preferably US$ or Euros) can be exchanged in the cities and larger towns at banks, hotels or bureaux called 'kantors', which offer the best rates. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and some are open on Saturday till 1pm.

Bialowieza National Park, located on the border between Poland and Belarus, is a heavily protected area that guards the last remnants of a primeval forest that used to cover most of Europe at the time of the last ice age. This ancient woodland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an absolutely enthralling place to visit. Visitors can take a guided tour of the forest, and feel as though they are trespassing in a land that time has forgot - the towering trees and the sweet, rich smell of the soil that has sustained life for millennia will not easily be forgotten. An additional bonus is that the Bialowieza National Park is also the last place on earth that tourists can see European bison, huge beasts that once roamed across the continent, living undisturbed in their natural habitats. An ecotourism destination of international repute, the nearby city of Bialowieza can already begun to cash in on the popularity of the National Park, as numerous luxury spa resorts have opened up, offering high-class treatments and supremely comfortable lodgings.

Famous Polish composer Frederick Chopin lived just 32 miles (53km) outside of Warsaw, and his manor house has been converted into a lovely, relaxing tourist attraction. There is a leafy park surrounding the house, and an assortment of 19th-century furniture and instruments within. There are concerts hosted on Sundays in the summertime. A must-see tourist attraction in Poland for culture buffs.

The History Museum is one of the best of Warsaw's impressive array of museums. Its three storeys are crammed with fascinating exhibitions, covering every aspect of Warsaw's history and life from its beginnings to the present day, and there are old photographs, clippings and articles on display from everyday pre-war city life. The museum's special feature is a documentary film showing the destruction and reconstruction of the city, with footage shot by the Nazis during their calculated and systematic annihilation. The film is shown in English at 12pm, from Tuesday to Saturday. Please note that the Historical Museum of Warsaw is currently closed for renovations, but will be re-opening in 2012.

The busy Old Town provides the historic focal point of Warsaw, having been rebuilt in the original 17th and 18th Century style following the almost total destruction of the city during the war. The picturesque Old Market Square (Rynek) is at the centre, surrounded by restored buildings and colourful three-storey merchant houses with Baroque and Renaissance facades, lively open-air restaurants, art stalls and the Historical Museum of Warsaw. Around the two old central water pumps, the atmosphere is a constant buzz of activity with buskers, painters and musicians providing entertainment for the milling crowds, while around the fringes the clattering of hooves signals the arrival of another traditional horse-drawn carriage. Leading from the square is a network of cobbled streets and alleyways that contain beautiful Gothic churches and former palaces of the aristocracy. The impressive Royal Castle was once the home of the Polish Kings and is now a museum displaying tapestries, period furniture, portraits and other decorative collections. The narrow streets also lead to the ramparts and watchtowers of the medieval walls surrounding the old city, providing unforgettable views of the heart of Warsaw.

The Galeria Grafiki i Plakatu (Polish Poster Gallery), located in the splendid Old Town area of Warsaw, houses what is undoubtedly the finest collection of graphic art and posters in the country - and perhaps even in Eastern Europe. The Polish Poster Gallery was established in 1975, and now proudly exhibits over 5,000 posters and pieces of graphic art, all of which display some facet of Polish culture. Visitors will see theatre, music and cinema posters - as well as the pick of the lot, fantastic Polish Solidarity political posters - designed by greats such as Cieslewicz, Stasys, Gorowski and Sadowski. The posters have an iconic style, and are an interesting way to get to grips with Polish culture. The museum also has a great selection of prints for sale (about 2,000 different designs), and these make for fantastic gifts for friends and family back home.

Known as the Royal Way, this two-and-a-half mile (4km) route stretches from the Royal Castle in the Old Town to the stately King's Palace at Wilanów on the outskirts of the city. It is the most important thoroughfare, bisecting the central city from north to south, and is lined with galleries, museums and historical buildings (including St Anne's Church, where the Polish princes used to swear homage to the King). Along the way are the royal gardens of Park Lazienki, one of the city's beautiful most beautiful green spaces with its lakes, peacocks and the charming 18th-century Palace Upon the Water, the royal summer residence. There is a monument to the famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and outdoor concerts of his classical music are held on the lawns in summer. The Royal Way ends at the splendid Wilanów Palace, the former residence of King Jan III Sobieski that was modelled on Versailles. It is now a museum containing a marvellous collection of old paintings and furniture. In the well-kept park behind the palace is the Orangery, housing an art gallery.

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