Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland

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A gorgeous city and an amazing testament to rebuilding

History abounds in Warsaw, the capital and largest city in Poland. A bustling metropolis of over 1.7 million people, it's one of the 10 most populous cities in Europe. It played an important role in WWII, and many of the city's historic buildings were sadly destroyed in the process. You'd never know it by looking at it today, though, because they've been meticulously rebuilt at every turn. A Warsaw vacation rental will still make you feel is if you've stepped back into centuries past, with plenty of museums, monuments, and churches to explore.

Strap on your walking shoes for some top-notch sightseeing

The best way to explore Warsaw is on foot. Opt for a guided walking tour to really get to know the place. For some fresh air, head to the stunning Lazienki Park or stroll through the city's fascinating cemeteries—some even include sculptures by famous Polish artists. A Warsaw vacation rental will also put you near Bielany Forest, a remaining portion of the Masovian Primeval Forest, which offers plenty of walking and biking trails. There are several international music festivals and competitions each year, and sports fans will want to catch a soccer match at the National Stadium.

You can't escape the history of war in Warsaw

If you see one thing, it should be the symbol of Warsaw—the Warsaw Mermaid statue in the center of the city's Old Town Square. You'll also find Castle Square nearby, home to the Royal Castle and Sigismund's Column. Museum buffs will find plenty to do, between the Warsaw Rising Museum, the Museum of Posters, the Museum of Hunting and Riding, and the Railway Museum. It's impossible to miss the towering Palace of Culture and Science, an ornate Stalinist skyscraper erected in 1955. If you still have time, stroll through the historic Jewish ghetto or visit the Warsaw Zoo.

From warm to wintery, Warsaw is a city for all seasons

You have your pick of seasons when you're heading to a Warsaw vacation rental. The warmest temperatures come between June and August, when highs sit pleasantly in the 70s and low 80s (though you might want a sweater at night). Expect to see plenty of the fluffy white stuff in winter. Lows in the coldest months of November to March can easily be below the freezing mark—in fact, temps might not even rise above it on some days. The good news is that the town looks really pretty under a blanket of white.

Even over in Poland, a river runs through it

The city of Warsaw straddles the Vistula River, with most of the historic sights clustered on the west bank. Nearly a quarter of the urban area is covered in green space, so you'll have no shortage of fresh air at your Warsaw vacation rental. There are multiple forests within the city limits, including the fascinating primeval Bielany Forest, home to tons of plants and animals. To see your nature in more modern settings, you should visit 1 of the 2 botanic gardens or the Warsaw Zoo.