Warsaw (with my budget tips)

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It wasn’t my first time in the polish capital, I have met friendly people and they showed me the city.  Below you will find my suggestions to visit Warsaw on budget.

blablaMoving in Poland is convenient. There are 3 possible ways, and all of them are affordable for budget travellers.

Hitchhiking is very common in the country, polish, among europeans, are one of the best hitchhikes. More info can be found on this page.

I choose to use blablacar. It saved me some time, as the journey to my next destination was quiet long. From Krakow to Warsaw I paid 35 zloty, less than 10 Euro.

vodkaNightlife in Warsaw is intense and lively. In my personal experience I enjoyed more than in Krakow. Maybe because in Warsaw I have someone who showed me good places where to hang out.

Clubs, pubs and bars  are plentiful in Warsaw and are a very popular way to spend nearly every night out.  In the very centre there are good bars, walk through the gateway at Nowy Świat 22. You’ll find a few small buildings with bars and a local crowd, ready to hit the night. A beer is around 10zloty, good vodka has a similar price.

tatanka Sleeping at Tatamka hostel is a good and cheap option. The hostel offer an incredible free of charge laundry service, with a washing machine (and drier machine) available to all guests.

This hostel has a ‘hotel’ policy, you have to leave your keys at the reception when you go out, however it has a 24hrs service.

For an extra 5zloty – a bit more than 1 Euro, you can have a rich breakfast in the morning.

Location is very good, at walking distance from both old town and the core of nightlife, Nowy Świat street. Rooms and bathroom are kept clean. A nice backyard garden is available for guests.

warsawWarsaw city centre is the heart of the city.

It has a dramatic history, as it was completely destroyed by the Nazis during World War II, the city managed to lift itself from the ashes. Today, almost every building in Warsaw dates to the postwar era. Warsawians managed to rebuild the old centre so fast that has been included in the Unesco heritages list.

The best way to discover this beautiful part of the city is to walk. There are nice view points, to the Vistula river. The Old town offers events, street artist performances, bars and caffee.

For a cheap lunch I can suggest to try, at least once a milk bars (Polish: bar mlecznybary mleczne). They were originally created in the sixties to serve cheap meals based on milk products. After the fall of communism, most of them closed down but some survived and still bear the climate from the old days. Almost everything inside looks, feels and smells like in the 1980s. Menu is only in local languagge, so if you don’t want to risk anything, order pierogi (anyway young local will be always happy to help out).



Muoversi in Polonia e’ economico. Si puo’ facilmente fare autostop, visto che e’ molto diffuso in tutto il paese ed i polacchi lo usano per viaggiare anche fuori dalla Polonia. Per maggiori informazioni consulta questa pagina. Io ho usato, comunque, il sito blablacar. Da Krakow a Warsaw ho pagato 35 zloty, meno di 10 Euro.

-La Nightlife e’ intensa a Varsavia, forse perche’ ho conosciuto gente, a mio avviso e’ migliore di Cracovia. Il centro e’ pieno di bar e locali dove bere e ascoltare musica. Quelli che preferisco sono dopo l’ingresso che da su  Nowy Świat 22. Proseguendo pochi metri si scopriranno diversi bar pieni di gente del posto. Prezzi contenuti, una birra media costa circa 10zloty, prova la vodka (sempre a temperatura ambiente!).

Dormi al Tatamka hostel ha prezzi contenuti ed una buona posizione, poco distante dal centro storico e dalla vita notturna. L’ostello offre un servizio di lavanderia gratuito.  Per extra 5zloty -qualcosa piu’ di 1 Euro, si puo’ avere una ricca colazione.

– Il centro storico di Varsavia e’ stato completamente distrutto dai nazisti alla fine della seconda guerra mondiale e poi ricostruito in tempi da record dalla popolazione, permettendogli di essere incluso nella lista del patrimonio unesco. Si percorre facilmente a piedi. Eventi varii e performance di artisti di strada, allietano la visita.

Mangia in un milk bar (in polacco bar mlecznybary mleczne). Si spende pochissimo e si assaggia una parte della tradizione recente, risalente agli anni del comunismo. E’ un self service, senza menu in altre lingue che il polacco. Se non vuoi sbagliare ordina i pierogi, una specie di ravioli giganti. Comunque se si hanno problemi, basta chiedere a qualche giovane, sara’ sicuramente felice di aiutare.

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