Poland's capital is often described as one of Central and Eastern Europe's top destinations...
... but that doesn't it justice. Whether you're visiting for work or a weekend away, Warsaw is one of the continent's most exciting cities. From its blend of architecture that spans centuries to its quietly excellent restaurant scene, Warsaw is one of Europe's most underrated city break destinations and a pleasingly fun and soulful place to do business.
Festivals and events
From film festivals and opera showcases to religious holidays, Warsaw has it fair share of annual events that explore its historical, cultural and artistic sides. There are so many to choose from, with more added every year, but here are a few must-sees:
Chopin Summer Concerts
Frédéric Chopin is undoubtedly Warsaw's most famous musical figure, so, naturally, the city holds an annual event dedicated to him. Taking place in beautiful Lazienki Park every Sunday from mid-May to late September are regular classical concerts featuring performances of the Chopin's best pieces by both local and international musicians.
International Street Arts Festival
Another summery event is the Street Arts Festival that’s taken place in the city at the end of June every year since 1993. Despite its name, it’s a wide-ranging performance art festival with hundreds of free plays, monologues and theatre productions taking place publicly on many of Warsaw’s streets.
Warsaw Christmas Fair
Think Christmas markets and you probably think Germany, but Warsaw’s are among the best in Europe and perfect for getting into the festive spirit. A few markets pop up in the city each winter, including at the atmospheric Old Town Marketplace and in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, where you can shop for authentic gifts, enjoy seasonal foods and warm up with some mulled wine or the city’s specialty hot beer.