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Singaporeans can now wing it direct to Warsaw
When you think of a trip to Europe the cities of Paris, London, Rome or Prague may spring to mind...but Warsaw? Why would you go there?
In fact, there are plenty of reasons to visit the Polish capital; great architecture, historic attractions and great value for money.
And from May this year you can fly direct! LOT Polish Airlines starts flying three times a week from Changi Airport, increasing to four from July 2018.
From the travel team at Budget Direct Insurance, here’s a quick guide to what’s up in Warsaw!
With a population of around 1.7million people Warsaw is the biggest city in Poland. It was more or less destroyed in World War Two and then fell under Soviet rule until the Berlin wall came down in 1989.
But the good news is that Warsaw is now back to its former glory with historic buildings and monuments painstakingly restored. It’s a great city to see on foot with all the main atractions near by.
Start at Warsaw's old town or Stare Miasto, a UNESCO world heritage site for its Baroque churches, city walls and palaces.
Dating back to the 13th century the town was virtually destroyed during the last world war. Now restored it is virtually impossible to tell the reconstructed parts from the original. In the heart of this area is the market square surrounded by beautiful Baroque townhouses. There’s a market most days.
Getting around the sights
Get a Warsaw pass! This is excellent value and your ticket to nearly all the major attractions.
It is valid for 24h, 48h or 72 hours and activated from the first time you use it.
For a couple of Euros extra get the Warsaw pass with the free transport option and hop and off for free on buses, trams and metro. There’s also a free tourist sightseeing bus or piano concert thrown in and discounts on popular tours.
The pass gets you free entry into top attractions, many have free tours included and you get to skip the line in all of them! Check out some of the many places included in the pass – Royal Łazienki Museum, 30th floor viewing terrace, Copernicus Science Centre, The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium, Wilanow Palace, The National Museum in Warsaw, Zacheta- National Gallery of Art, Chopin Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw Archdiocese Museum, Legia Warsaw Stadium, The Praga Museum of Warsaw, Museum of Warsaw.
24 hours; 29.90€ or 31.90€ with public transport. 48 hours; 39.90€ or 44.90€ with public transport. 72 hours; 47.90€ or 54.90€ with public transport. Buy online or at tourist information points.
The best time to go is May to September, although July and August can get busy.
The official Polish currency is the zloty, PLN or marked with short zł. 1 zł is 100 Groszy (the equivalent to cents). Many places accept Euros, so bring these too. If you get left with them you can spend them elsewhere in Europe. S$1 = 2.6 PLN
Accommodation; loads to chose from for all budgets. The vast majority are within walking distance of the old town but the only hotel actually in the old town is the Castle Inn (around S$120 for a double per night).
Duval Serviced Apartments has a certificate of excellence and is also in the old town, around S$100 per night for a double.
If you like meeting other than a dorm bed in The Orange Hostel, which has good reviews, comes in at S$15 per night for one person!
Food; around 30 zł = 7/8€ for a regular meal at a restaurant
Flight time to Warsaw is expected to be around 12 hours. LOT Polish Airlines’ new route also opens up access on to other Polish cities and Eastern Europe from Warsaw Chopin Airport.
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