Warsaw has always managed to reinvent itself. Poland’s capital has an energy and zest for life that brings colour to all the things you can do here, whether it’s pausing at a street-side café for a powerful coffee and extravagant cake or lounging with locals in a lush city park. It couldn’t be easier to zip from Warsaw to other Eastern European hotspots like Krakow, Prague and Budapest, but make sure you allow plenty of time to enjoy the city’s vibrant cultural offerings before moving on. Things to do in Warsaw include cutting-edge museums, innovative arts centres and hip boutiques that showcase the recent rise in homegrown design.

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Two of the main attractions in Warsaw are set close together by the Vistula River. The first is the Old Town Market Square, with its cobblestones and colourfully painted buildings — a true pleasure to explore. It was the centre of public life in the city back in the 13th century and entirely rebuilt after World War II but remains incredibly photogenic. Stop in at one of the cafes or restaurants lining the square for a decadent dessert or a cocktail, and marvel at the Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical look of these buildings all less than a century old. Likewise, the Royal Castle, just a couple of minutes’ walk away, is also a lovingly restored replica, but that doesn’t take away from the magnificence of the building, once home to Russian tsars and Polish presidents. Today, it’s also home to a stunning collection of art and antique furnishings.

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