Fly To Warsaw, Poland
With an abandoned train station in the city centre, adventurous visitors can follow the old rails on foot for an alternative view of Poland's capital.
There's a ton of history here too, with the remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto- it was once the grim holding place of over 400,000 Jews on the way to Treblinka, but today memorials and artwork pay tribute to the victims. Chic and cosmopolitan, Warsaw is modern Poland at its best.
Why visit Warsaw?
- The street art. There are Instagram-worthy murals on buildings everywhere!
- It's a city full of art and culture- check out the Museum of Modern Art (complete with free entry)!
- It's affordable and off the main tourist trail!
Warsaw has a continental climate. Average temperatures in the winter are very low, although things get milder in April. Visit in the summer for the warmest weather and to make the most of the city.
Polish is the language of Warsaw, but Poles are omniglots and many inhabitants also speak fluent English, French, or German. Older residents may also speak Russian. Jak się masz? means "How are you?".
- Warsaw's Old Town is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Mermaids are the symbol of Warsaw, and can be found on statues and coats of arms throughout the city.
- Chopin was a Warsaw native, and he requested that his heart be buried here- and it is, in the Holy Cross church.
Warsaw may not be blessed with beaches like Barcelona, or canals like Venice, but its brutalist Communist-era architecture has a certain charm, and there are many points of interest.
With gritty streets, a gentlemen's club or two, many cheap or free museums, and traditional pierogi restuarants and mleczny bars, Warsaw is authentic and different- a place where the Palace of Culture and Science dominates the city skyline.
The city is well connected to international airports, and football has a big fanbase.
Warsaw is cosmopolitan, with everything from Belgian fries to authentic tastes of Beirut available from its many reasonably priced establishments.
The traditional mleczny bar, or "milk bar", is a hangover from Communist times, and a must-visit when in town. Diners can enjoy a large serving of traditional food and drink for around 8,500 zloty.
Poland is a Catholic country, and relatively traditional. Most festivals are religious ones, and most Poles still have large extended families which form their social and business networks.
While Warsaw is relatively safe, Poland has one of the worst road safety records in Europe, and jaywalking is illegal, so make sure you stick to the crossings!
Public drunkenness is frowned on, and if local police consider you to be a nuisance, you will be fined and taken to a jail cell for the night.
South African passport holders do need a Tourist Visa for Warsaw, Poland. The temporary visa is issued for three months or 90 days. Apply for your Schengen Visa here.
Republic of South Africa Embassy in Warsaw
Address:IPC Business Centre, 6th Floor, ul. Koszykowa 54, 00-675 Warszawa (Warsaw), Poland
Phone: +4822 622-1031/ 1005
Fax: +4822 625-6270
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R90||R100||R78|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R22||R20||R28|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R10||R12||R8|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R35||R35||R54|
What to see and do
Delve into history with a stroll down the streets of Warsaw’s Old and New Towns. Enjoy the open-air galleries, musical and theatrical performances at the New and Old squares during summers. Explore Warsaw's historical architecture with the city's largest park, Lazienki Park.
The site is a park-palace complex featuring ornate palaces and a Roman theatre. The Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland and accommodates theatres, museums, a cinema hall and a concert hall. Warsaw has some esteemed museums like Warsaw Rising Museum, Gestapo Headquarters Museum, and the National Museum. While the Multimedia Fountain Park pampers you with music and light, Warsaw Zoological Garden inhabits thousands of animals, including brown bears.
Traditional Polish paper art, pottery, decorated eggs, and carved wooden handicrafts are the best buys. Get these from Market Square, Old Town.
Buses, metro, trams, light rail, and railway are some of the public transport options available in Warsaw.
Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport – WAW
Location: Wlochy district, Warsaw, Poland.
Food and beverage: Cafes, snack bars, and restaurants at the airport serve both Polish and international cuisine.
Currency Exchange: Bureaux de change is located at Warsaw Airport.
Lost Baggage Help: For lost baggage, you can call the 24-hour helpline number (022) 650 1250.
Airport Hotels: Warsaw Airport has one hotel – The Courtyard by Marriott. Besides this, you can find several accommodation options near the airport and in the city to suit all budgets.
Car Hire: Alamo, Budget, Avis, Dollar, Hertz, Sixt, National, Europcar are some key airport car rental providers.
Airport Hub: Warsaw Airport – WAW is a hub for LOT Polish Airlines.
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