Old Town (Stare Miasto)

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Warsaw's central Old Town neighborhood is one of the city's most popular areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district, which was rebuilt after bombings from World War II destroyed most of it, is filled with restaurants, art galleries, shops and cafes housed in structures designed to replicate the region's former 14th- to 18th-century buildings. Old Town is also where attractions like The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and the King Zygmunt III Waza Column, among other landmarks, reside.

Travelers love Old Town's lively atmosphere and charming buildings, adding that the neighborhood is a prime spot for shopping, people-watching and getting your caffeine fix. However, the area is often packed with tourists, so expect higher prices at the restaurants lining the square. If you don't want to rub elbows with other visitors, consider arriving early (before 10 a.m.).

Old Town sits on the Vistula River's left bank just south of Warsaw's New Town region. It's free to visit 24 hours a day, but most shops don't open until 10 a.m. Complimentary Old Town walking tours are offered every day at 10 a.m. by companies like Orange Umbrella Free Tour and FreeWalkingTour.com. Reservations are not accepted for tours, so plan to arrive at Castle Square (where tours depart) early to make sure you get a spot. The neighborhood is within walking distance of many downtown restaurants and hotels, as well as several bus stops and the Stare Miasto tram station.

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#2 Lazienki Królewskie Museum (Muzeum Lazienki Królewskie)

The 188-acre Lazienki Królewskie Museum is one of Warsaw's most scenic locales. Here, you can go for a leisurely stroll through gardens, explore former palaces, admire various works of art or even catch a free piano concert (by the attraction's Frédéric Chopin monument). You'll also find amenities like a restaurant, gift shops and an amphitheater on-site.

Recent travelers raved about the Lazienki Królewskie Museum, citing its "lovely park" and "impressive" palaces – especially the Palace on the Isle – as highlights. However, several cautioned that the property can get crowded on weekends, so claim your spot early if you plan on attending one of the free piano concerts, which take place at noon and 4 p.m. every Sunday from May through September.

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