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Pilsudski Square
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This enormous square is home to several noteworthy monuments related to Polish history and celebrating military heroics.

Piłsudski Square is an expansive square in central Warsaw, best known as the home of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was known as Adolf Hitler Platz under Nazi occupation and later as Victory Square under the Communist rule. Today, the square is named for Jozef Piłsudski, who helped lead Poland to independence in 1918. Check out the statue dedicated to the square’s namesake and pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

As you wander through the sprawling square, consider the many significant events in Polish history that have taken place here over the years. In the 19th century, the space was occupied by a huge Russian Orthodox cathedral which was destroyed after Poland regained independence from Russia. Military parades have taken place here for centuries to welcome state visitors.

Look at the statue of Jozef Piłsudski, which stands guard over the square. Serving as head of the Polish state, Marshal of Poland and Polish Prime Minister at various points in his career, Piłsudski is known as one of the country’s greatest patriots and statesmen. Designed by Tadeusz Łodziany, the statue was unveiled in 1995. Notice how Piłsudski is depicted with his face bowed and both hands clasped over his sword.

Across the square is the three-arched colonnade of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb was once part of Saski Palace, but the rest of the building was destroyed during World War II. Miraculously, this ceremonial tomb alone survived the destruction and today contains ashes from every 20th-century battlefield where Polish soldiers lost their lives. Watch the changing of the guard, which takes place here every hour, or the more elaborate ceremony at noon every Sunday.

Head behind the tomb to the pretty Saxon Gardens, the oldest public park in the city. Admire the lovely 19th-century fountain directly behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Don’t miss the park’s beautiful lake, which is overlooked by a water tower reminiscent of a Greek temple.

Find Piłsudski Square within walking distance of the Royal Way. Be sure to stop here in the evening when the square shines with beautiful illumination.

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Residence St. Andrew's Palace
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
4 out of 5
ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $84 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Technology, Palace of Culture and Science, and University ...
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"Beautiful spacious accommodation right in the centre of Warsaw city"

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PURO Warszawa Centrum
PURO Warszawa Centrum
4 out of 5
9 Widok, Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship
The price is CA $102 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vitkac and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Copernicus Science Centre ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (321 reviews)
"This is a very convenient hotel in downtown Warsaw. The hotel is very recent, very well designed (airy and bright) and so are the rooms. Due to Covid, the bar and restaurant were only working as room service, and the food was really good, the service punctual. I would highly recommend the hotel."

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2021

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Radisson Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Radisson Collection Hotel, Warsaw
5 out of 5
Grzybowska 24, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $125 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grzybowski Square and Palace of Culture and Science. Warsaw Uprising Museum and University ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (244 reviews)
"Great location, good breakfast, convenient and pleasant. Would return."

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2020

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Residence St. Andrew's Palace
Residence St. Andrew's Palace
4 out of 5
ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $84 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $102 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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5 out of 5
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The price is CA $125 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw
5 out of 5
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $211 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw
Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw
5 out of 5
Ul. Koscielna 12, Warsaw, Masovia
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Novotel Warszawa Centrum
Novotel Warszawa Centrum
4 out of 5
ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $70 per night from May 9 to May 10
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Warsaw Marriott Hotel
Warsaw Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Aleje Jerozolimskie 65-79, Warsaw, Masovia
The price is CA $118 per night from May 1 to May 2
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Raffles Europejski Warsaw
Raffles Europejski Warsaw
5 out of 5
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Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
5 out of 5
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The price is CA $104 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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