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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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#1 Old Town (Stare Miasto) 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 ... Read more » Stefan Cioata / Getty Images

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#3 POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydow Polskich) Though several Warsaw sights (think: the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Warsaw Uprising Monument) pay homage to Polish Jews who lost their lives during World War II, one of the ... Read more » Maciek Lulko / Flickr

#4 The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum (Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum) One of Old Town's most recognizable buildings is The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum. This former royal residence and administrative center, which was bombed during World War II and ... Read more » 5xinc / Getty Images

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#7 Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) To gain a better understanding of how Poland gained independence, visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum. This attraction, which sits in a former tram power station in the Wola district, is ... Read more » Destructive Compliments / Flickr

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The bustling Old Town neighborhood of Warsaw offers a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. Stefan Cioata / Getty Images

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The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews features a sleek, modern exterior, but its interiors house a collection focused on the 1,000-year history of Poland's Jewish population. Maciek Lulko / Flickr

Head to Old Town (and its Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum) early and you'll see an array of colors illuminate the sky. 5xinc / Getty Images

The 33-foot-tall Warsaw Uprising Monument honors the Polish residents who died fighting against the German occupation during World War II. Stephen / Flickr

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