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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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