Warsaw is a surprising, dynamic metropolis located in the heart of Europe.
- Warsaw – surprising city
A city with a rich, turbulent history, almost completely destroyed during the war, after the reconstruction and transformations of the last decades, goes forward, reaching for the most modern architectural solutions. Thanks to numerous investments, the city centre surprises visitors with a combination of its historic Old Town, post-war architecture and ultra-modern skyscrapers.
- City of science and business
The capital of Poland is the most frequently chosen place for business, scientific and cultural events. This is supported by excellent transportation network with the rest of the country, long list of national and international institutions, numerous hotels and conference facilities. Warsaw also remains the largest academic centre in Poland.
- City of culture
In recent years, the city has been appreciated by numerous Polish and foreign tourists. Warsaw has become more attractive by opening of modern museums and galleries, a rich offer of cultural events: performances, concerts and tourism development of such districts as Praga. An additional advantage is a wide gastronomic and club offer. An ideal city for an incentive trip: modern hotels, a variety of attractions and a great conference facilities.
- City at the Top
Warsaw’s facilities and potential can be seen in many areas. In recent years, city has been appreciated in many international rankings. The city ranks high, sixth in the fDi Major European Cities of the Future 2020/21 ranking. Warsaw was also ranked 30th in the “Deutsche Bank Research Mapping the World’s Prices 2030” ranking, which shows that – compared to other most important metropolises in the world – the capital of Poland is a safe city, characterized by relatively low living costs and reasonable real estate prices and it is not crowded. Moreover, Warsaw ranks higher in this ranking than New York, Paris, London or Rome. Warsaw also performs very well in the “Tholons Services Globalization Index 2017” ranking, taking 22nd place in it.
The hotel list of Warsaw includes many 4* and 5* hotels, amongst them most of the large international hotel chains, including Accor, Best Western, Radisson, Hilton, InterContinental, Louvre, Marriott and Starwood (within the Marriott chain), as well as many others, including Polish hotel groups. Most hotels are modern ones that have been built in the last two decades. Located in or near the city center, quite a few international chains have found their location close to the airport. Below is a list of selected hotels, most of them have conference facilities.
- Nobu Warsaw – a modern, lifestyle, design hotel belonging to a world-famous brand, one of the owners of which is Robert de Niro.
- Bellotto – boutique hotel located in the Old Town, situated in a historic palace.
- Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel – neo-Renaissance facade, beautiful interior with Art Deco elements from the beginning of the 20th century, prestigious location near the Presidential Palace.
- Radisson Collection
- Raffles Europejski
- Renaissance Warsaw Airport
- The Westin
- H15 Boutique Hotel & Residence
- DoubleTree by Hilton & Conference Center
- Airport Okecie
- Lord Hotel
- Arche Krakowska
- Courtyard by Marriott Warsaw Airport
- Golden Tulip Warsaw Center
Selected hotels near Warsaw
- Palace Alexandrinum
- MCC Mazurkas Conferece Centre & Hotel
- Holiday Inn Jozefow
- Rancho Pod Bocianem Business & Events
- Boss Training and Conference Center – located about 20 km from Warsaw, near the Mazowiecki Landscape Park
Business & Conference Venues
Warsaw is the most frequently chosen city for conferences. There is a wide selection of conference venues that will satisfy the most demanding organizers. Additional advantage is a full spectrum of all kinds of attractions: cultural, sports, gastronomic and even natural.
Below find a list of the most interesting conference venues.
PGE National Stadium – a sports stadium and the largest, multifunctional conference and congress center in Warsaw.
- Legia Warsaw Stadium – a sports stadium that can host over 31,000 people.
- Torwar – Sports and Events Hall.
- The Sluzewiec.
- Global EXPO Warsaw.
- Ptak Warsaw Expo located in Nadarzyn near Warsaw
- Palace of Culture and Science
Cultural institutions, Museums
Large cultural venues invite to organize a conference. They are: the Grand Theater – the National Opera (hall for over 1.7 thousand people) and the National Philharmonic (over 1000 people), Ujazdowski Castle – Center of Contemporary Art, Relax Cinema/Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Copernicus Science Center to name a few.
Lubomirski Palace – a prestigious location next to Bankowy Square, a building with a historical reputation, built in 1712, since 1991 the seat of the Business Center Club.
Business Style Venues
- Workin Senatorska – a co-working and training center – located in the very center of the city, at Castle Square, in the prestigious “Castle Square – Business with Heritage” office building, awarded in the international competition International Property Awards, in the category of the best office building 2019/2020 in Poland.
- WEST GATE Conference Center
- MsMermaid – Conference Center at The Tides – a modern conference venue located right on the Vistula River near the Poniatowski Bridge, with a beautiful view of the National Stadium.
- Szawa Conference – a modern venue in the Oxygen Park building.
- Golden Floor conference rooms
- Green Business Center
- Polish Vodka Museum – located in the historic building of the Rectification Department on the premises of the Koneser Praga Center. Interesting interior, possibility of organizing workshops, corporate events.
- City Hall – an extremely interesting industrial space, located in Warsaw’s Praga.
- Concept 13 – a modern place in a perfect location in the center of Warsaw. The top floor of the Vitkac Shopping Center is an additional advantage, a view of the center of Warsaw.
- ADN Conference Center – located in Browary Warszawskie.
Substantive support gives Warsaw Convention Bureau.
Local cuisine and restaurants
- Warsaw – food lovers’ destination
Over the past few years, Warsaw has undergone a real gastronomic revolution and has become a frequent destination for culinary journeys. On the map of the capital, you will find two elegant restaurants with a Michelin star and a dozen recommended by the guide. There are plenty of places with original cuisine run by well-known, renowned chefs, stylish for an elegant dinner, cozy for a meeting with family or friends, popular bistros and milk bars. On Warsaw tables, flavors from all over Poland and all over the world meet.
- Traditional tastes of Warsaw
Traditional Warsaw cuisine is based on local ingredients, such as various types of meat and fish, mushrooms, sauerkraut, beets or gherkins, and its unique flavor comes from properly selected spices, such as marjoram, fennel or caraway. Its taste was influenced by recipes of Jewish, Russian and German cuisine and today it is also served in a light and modern version. In addition to restaurants with Polish dishes, amateurs of world cuisine, tourists from abroad will find a long list of great restaurants and bars, ranging from pizza through sushi to sophisticated French cuisine.
- Local products
Recently, the former market halls, which after thorough revitalization, are waiting for everyone who likes culinary and regional delicacies, are particularly popular. Local fresh produce is appreciated.
- Vegan Friendly Warsaw
The latest trends reached Warsaw very quickly and the city has become the undisputed Mecca of vegan and vegetarian cuisine lovers in recent years. An influencing HappyCow Vegan Guide blog placed the capital of Poland in the top of the most vegan-friendly cities.
On every corner you can find cafes ranging from traditional pre-war style ones to ultra-modern ones. There are also patisseries, traditional bakeries or food trucks.
- “Culinary Warsaw”
In 2018, the Warsaw Tourist Organization, in close cooperation with the City Marketing Office, prepared an exclusive publication called “Culinary Warsaw”, which for the first time showed the Warsaw gastronomic scene at length – from milk bars, iconic market halls and simple bistros to elegant stared restaurants. The list of recommended places can be found on the organization’s website.
- The Old Town with the Royal Castle
Warsaw’s flagship attraction is the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after numerous destructions during the Second World War. Reconstructed according to the old plans, raised up from the debris left over from the war. The most recognizable place is the Castle Square with the Sigismund’s Column and the Royal Castle. The Old Town of Warsaw has been entered on the UNESCO list.
- Palace of Culture and Science
The architectural symbol of Warsaw. One of the tallest buildings in the country. The building houses the Polish Academy of Sciences, several theaters, the Congress Hall, the Museum of Technology, numerous exhibitions. Numerous concerts and other cultural events takes place there. Another attraction is the 30th floor of the building where you can admire a breathtaking panorama of the city.
- Lazienki Park
The most famous park in the capital, the name of which comes from a bathhouse built in the 17th century, rebuilt into a palace a hundred years later.
In the heart of this green oasis there is a summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. Currently, the interior houses a museum where you can admire exhibitions of paintings from the royal collections.
In summer, open-air Chopin concerts are organized in the park. Just sit on the green grass and enjoy beauty of classical piano music.
- Wilanow Palace
A palace and a garden designed and created in line with Parisian Versailles, built as a private royal summer residence. Inside, there is an amazing collection of European, Oriental, Egyptian and Greek art.
- Copernicus Science Center
A science and experience center where workshops are organized and many experiments can be conducted. A place willingly visited by children and adults. In the center you can rent rooms and organize an interesting event or workshops for participants of incentive trips.
- Polin – Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
A modern museum that using interactive exhibitions presents an extraordinary journey through the centuries, presenting over a thousand years of history of two nations living next to each other – Polish and Jewish. The museum building impresses with its original design and is one of the most interesting buildings of contemporary Warsaw.
- Museum of the Warsaw Uprising
The memory of World War II is still alive in the capital, especially the Warsaw Uprising, after which the city was bombed and almost razed to the ground. These tragic fates are presented by one of the most interesting museums in Warsaw, devoted to the history of Poles fighting in the Warsaw Uprising that was presented with the latest technology.
- Warsaw’s Praga district
Praga has been culturally, ethnically and religiously diverse over the centuries. The district survived the war, thanks to that many unique buildings have been preserved. For many years it was considered a typical working-class part of Warsaw, now it is experiencing its renaissance. Interesting museums such as the Polish Vodka Museum, numerous cafes, clubs, and original shops are created in pre-war buildings. Praga has acquired an artistic character with its colorful murals. The right-bank tenement houses are decorated with works by world street-art artists.
- The Fryderyk Chopin Museum
Fryderyk Chopin was one of the most famous citizens of Warsaw – his museum could not be missed in the Polish capital. It is located in the historic Ostrogski Palace and is one of the most modern biographical museums in Europe.
- Caricature Museum
Established on the initiative of cartoonist Eryk Lipinski, where collections of graphics, paintings and satirical photographs are presented. In 2015, the British newspaper “The Guardian” placed one on the list of the ten most unique museums in Europe.
Incentive Travel Ideas in Warsaw
Warsaw is a perfect city for an incentive trip. In addition to the conference venues presented above, the city offers a variety of attractions that will satisfy the most demanding guests.
- Historical trail
Visiting Warsaw but not necessarily traditionally. An urban game based on an interesting scenario or multimedia programs with theme routes referring to history, a visit to one of the most interesting, modern museums in Warsaw are just some of the ideas from the rich offer of incentive agencies specializing in bringing the city closer to visitors.
- Back to PRL (Polish People’s Republic)
Ride in time to the Polish People’s Republic era, learn about the absurdities and atmosphere of those times. The program includes: the Museum of the People’s Republic of Poland, a visit to an apartment stylized for the times of the era, a ride in the cult Fiat 126 P or Nysa; vodka tasting, evening dancing.
Warsaw is a perfect place for culinary incentive trips. The guests can enjoy: a rich, diverse restaurant offer, numerous studios and restaurants offering workshops and cooking classes, market halls with fresh products, cafes, chocolate bars, wine bars, places offering a selection of craft beers.
- On the Vistula River
It is difficult to imagine a panorama of Warsaw without the Vistula River – the river had a huge impact on the city’s development. The Vistula area is a long list of opportunities to spend time. Sports: bicycles, kayaks, motorboats; lazily at the beach organized in summer or admiring the multimedia spectacle of fountains. For those looking for entertainment, the attractions will be trendy clubs and cafes operating seasonally.
- Fryderyk Chopin Trail
Visit to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw, trip to Zelazowa Wola (Chopin’s place of birth), an open air concert in Lazienki at the composer’s monument in summer.