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Old Town Market Square, Warsaw

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Civic Center Historic Site
Established in the late 13th century around the time the city itself was founded, Old Town Market Square served as the commercial and cultural heart of Warsaw for several centuries. The large public space hosted regular fairs and occasional executions. One of the city's great survivors, the square was bombed in 1939 and destroyed in 1944 after the Warsaw Uprising. The houses surrounding the square, painstakingly restored in the years following World War II, blend Renaissance and Baroque architectural styles. The square also features the city's main historical museum and is a natural starting or ending point for your tour of the city. Put Old Town Market Square into our Warsaw holiday planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Heaven..beautiful beyond words.Calm and serene.You fee like you have been transported to a place which definitely is not on earth.Can spend whole day trolling.Enjoy your coffee and can have also.  more »
  • The square is packed with outdoor restaurants and bars, and it was very busy with tourists and school parties. However, it was fascinating to see how much effort had been made to re-build the square t...  more »
  • A must see when in Warsaw, though it was completely demolished during WWII it has been beautifully reconstructed and a must see when in Warsaw. The restaurants in the square though all looked a bit to...  more »

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Many centrally located hotels in Warsaw cater mostly to business travelers, which makes them much too expensive for backpackers and other visitors on a limited budget. Although hostels may seem like the only affordable option at the height of the season, you can find less expensive lodgings in mid-range hotels on the outskirts of town. Alternatively, time your visit for the weekend, when many hotels near the city center slash their prices and offer special deals for early booking.
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