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Red rooftops in historic Warsaw, Poland

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Uncover the Polish capital on short breaks to Warsaw, where medieval majesty and 20th-century drama meet in charming harmony.

Why go?

Thinking of a Warsaw city break? Read on to discover why you should go and when, and then use TravelSupermarket to compare the best deals...

Even the old is new in Warsaw. The Old Town's narrow, cobbled streets and open square, with its mermaid statue, were lovingly restored after being ravaged during World War II. The red Royal Palace and the colourful city houses' tall, playful façades contrast with the Palace of Science and Culture, the tallest building in Poland. Drink in the views from the terrace on the 30th floor - it's the best way to get your bearings in this sprawling capital city.

Situated on the banks of the Vistula River in the east of Poland, Warsaw is a great destination for a short break. Visitors get a feel for Poland from the moment they arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), following a flight time of two-and-a-half hours from UK airports.

The past is laid out for all to see, while the architects of the present continue to create a skyline that will stand the test of time.

Must-see attractions in Warsaw include the Royal Castle, Old Town Square, St John's Cathedral, and the Saxon Gardens. If you have time, be sure to check out the National Museum and the Polish Army Museum too. Muranow is also an interesting place. The district's former life as a concentration camp and war-time ghetto still haunts the streets. See the Ghetto Heroes Monument and visit Pawiak Prison Museum.

Stay as centrally as possible in Warsaw to get about easily on foot. The city centre is fairly compact so choosing hotels in prime locations, such as those in Old Town (Stare Miasto) and New Town (Nowe Miasto), is a wise move.

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When to go?

Warsaw city breaks are popular throughout the year. Spring, summer, autumn or winter, Warsaw is captivating at any time...

The summer months and the festive period draw the biggest tourist crowds to Warsaw. The long hot days of July and August are particularly busy and short breaks should be booked well in advance of travel. In December, the magical market scenes lure visitors, too, so book early to secure your stay. Wrap up warm in winter, when the mercury hovers at around 0C during the day, dropping into minus figures overnight.

Spring and autumn are pleasantly mild and see far fewer tourists than summer and winter, though rain can be expected at any time of the year in Warsaw.

What's on?

Book a Warsaw weekend break to coincide with any of the following top annual events to make your holiday even more memorable...

Slaska Noc Swietojanska; June: Also known as Midsummer's Eve, the city celebrates the longest day of the year with food, drink, concerts, dancing, costumes and fireworks. It's a lovely time to be in Warsaw.

Warsaw Autumn Festival; September: A platter of musical performances is piled high and dished up at various venues around the city. Warsaw and classical music go hand in hand and this is the perfect place to hear some of the world's finest musicians hitting the right notes.

Christmas Markets; November-December: The streets and squares of Warsaw are lit by fairy lights and dotted with fairs and markets as Christmas draws ever closer. Crowds of red-nosed visitors, bundled up in their warmest winter gear, buy gingerbread, take pictures of the immaculate trees, warm their hands around cups of mulled wine and snap up unique stocking fillers.

What to do?

City breaks in Warsaw are suitable for families, couples, groups... every type of traveller! Find out what you can see and do...

Families: Let the kids run riot through leafy Lazienki Park, giving you time to explore King Stanislaw II's exquisite Water Palace.

Romance: The heart of Warsaw's favourite musical son, Chopin, is encased within a column in the Holy Cross Church. Hear it beat in his truly-madly-deeply romantic music at Ostrogski Palace's Chopin Museum.

Relaxing: Eat al fresco along the New Town's wide boulevards as the world rushes by.