Warsaw, Poland travel tips

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Have a meal at the charming restaurant Adler.

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For a delicious meal--and the chance to rub shoulders with royalty---make reservations at U Fukiera.

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For an elegant stay in a futuristic location, book a room at the InterContinental.

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If you need budget accommodations, the city's best-loved hostel is Nathan's Villa Hostel.

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Spend some quite time in Lazienki Park.

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It's quite moving, so don't miss viewing the Monument to Those Fallen and Murdered in the East, a railway car filled with a pile of crosses represented Poles who died in Soviet prison camps.

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If you have an interest in architecture, be sure to visit St. Anna's Church.

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One of the most beautiful sights in the city, especially in spring, is the Wilanow Palace Museum garden. Guided tours are available or you can stroll the grounds on your own.

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For great accommodations in a convenient location, try Hotel Bristol, located on the Royal Route.

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The best time to visit Warsaw is arguably the fall, known as "golden autumn." The city has abundant parks and trees, and in the fall, Warsaw comes alive in every shade of red, orange, and yellow.

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If you need an escape from the city, head to the city's northwestern border to Kampinoski National Park, which offers numerous wildlife as well as hiking trails. Admission is free.

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If you're taking in the city's Jewish history, be sure to visit Nozyk Synagogue, the only Jewish place of worship in Warsaw to have survived the war.

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Next door to the Parish Church of the Holy Cross is the the Chopin family's former home. The drawing room is open to the public, and the composer's heart is interred next door at the church.

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You can get a lot of Warsaw's history, and see some great sights as well, simply by walking (or driving) the Royal Route, which runs north-south from the New and Old Towns to the Wilanow Palace in the center of the city.

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If you're traveling with children, be sure to visit the Copernicus Science Centre, a great interactive center where you can easily kill several hours with restless children.

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For a glimpse of Cold War history, check out the Gestapo Headquarters Museum.

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If you need a bit of peace and quiet, head to Park Lazienki, one of the most beautiful outdoor spots in Warsaw. It's also home to the Chopin monument.

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A grim testimony to Warsaw's experiences during World War II is the Pawiak Prison Museum, where approximately 100,000 people died during the war.

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Anyone with an interest in World War II or the Holocaust should take a Warsaw Ghetto Tour, either by foot or by car. Among other stops on the tour are the remains of the ghetto walls and the Jewish cemetery.

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The heart of Warsaw is the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Colorful and charming, it's home to a number of beautiful churches and monuments.

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