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.
If you’re visiting Warsaw during milder weather, consider exploring it under your own steam. Cycling around the Old Town is a great way to get some air and sun while experiencing all its charming sights, and you'll find good cycle paths around most of the city. Hiring bikes is easy, thanks to the city’s Veturilo system, which lets you pay for a bike instantly using a mobile app. There are also lots of companies offering bicycle tours of the city, which can be tailored to specific interests, from foodie tours to Soviet history tours.
If you like to explore on foot, there are plenty of organised walking tours around Warsaw, or you could simply decide your own route for the day.
Warsaw has also become a brilliant city for runners – the best routes are along the Vistula river or through Lazienki Park. For a longer, more scenic run, head to the Kabacki Forest – a stunning nature reserve south of the city and reachable via Kabaty underground station.
This pretty village an hour out of Warsaw is famously known as the birthplace of Chopin, and his former home now houses a great little museum. You can see the composer’s legendary piano, and the museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens that often host classical music concerts. You can either drive there yourself or catch the direct bus that leaves from the Palace of Culture and Science Tuesdays to Sundays.
A great place to visit in the warmer months is picturesque Zegrze Lake, around a 50-minute drive north of Warsaw centre. It’s a manmade lake fringed with golden sand and a lovely place to escape the busy city for a day for a swim or messing about in a boat.
This 14th-century medieval structure is around a 25-mile (40km) drive from the city and was once the home of Mazovian princes. It’s mostly in ruins now but still impressive, with beautiful countryside views. The castle often also hosts activities, including archery lessons and mock sword fights with participants dressed as regal knights.