Flights to Warsaw
Situated just east of Central Poland is Warsaw, the country’s capital and largest city. This attractive and historic city has many beautiful old buildings including squares, palaces, castles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making Warsaw an interesting and culturally rich city to visit.
Flights to Warsaw arrive at the largest airport in the country, the Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport (airport code: WAW). It’s 10 kilometres away from the city centre and accessible via public bus, train and taxi services. There are a number of 1-stop flights to Warsaw with many major airlines flying from South Africa. Swiss Air stops in Zurich, while other routes include a transfer in Munich with South African Airways, or in London with BMI. Lufthansa also stops in Munich. The average journey time for a flight to Warsaw is between 13 and 18 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Warsaw:
Warsaw is a large city (the ninth largest in the EU) so there are many things to see and do here. If you’re restricted for time it’s best to remain within the Centrum area and particularly the inner city, Srodmiescie, as this is where the most important and popular tourist attractions can be found.
Warsaw Old Town
Castle Square is a large and impressive city square that was essentially destroyed during World War 2 and has now been rebuilt. It forms part of the Historic Centre of Warsaw which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance. On this square stands the impressive Royal Castle.
At the heart of the old city is another square, Old Town Market Place, which dates back to the 13th century. Most of the buildings lining this square were built in the 1600’s after a fire destroyed them in 1607. The square is still an important place for gathering and socialising and enjoying its cafés.
Palace of Culture and Science
One of Warsaw’s most prominent landmarks is the Palace of Culture and Science. This building truly is a palace as it’s huge and sprawling, and has multiple uses. Inside there are two universities, theatres, a concert hall and a museum, and an observation deck in its tower. The observation deck of course provides an excellent view over Warsaw that you can’t get from anywhere else in the city.
Warsaw has a great many museums where you can greater explore the city’s culture and history. There are several dedicated to two of Poland’s most famous citizens, Marie Curie and Frederic Chopin, including the Frederic Chopin Museum, the Chopin Family Living Room, and the Marie Curie Museum.
Other museums include the National Museum, the Warsaw History Museum, and the Ethnographic Museum.
As well as many beautiful buildings, Warsaw has many beautiful parks. Saxon Garden is Warsaw’s oldest public park and was opened to the public in 1727, making it actually one of the oldest public parks in the world. The Royal Baths Park is another historic park and the largest park in Warsaw. The park was designed in the 17th century but not opened to the public until 1918. Along with the landscaping there are water features and several impressive buildings within this park, including the Palace on the Water.
When Should You Visit?:
Warsaw has a humid continental climate which means the city is cool to mild throughout the year. Summers are the best time to visit though between June and August it is also the wettest time. Average high temperatures range between 21.7C and 23.8C. Late spring and early autumn can be nice but winters are cool.