Warsaw Centralna station:  See city map showing stations...

Warsaw's Centralna Station was a typical grey concrete Communist-era structure completed in 1975, with a vast main hall (Sala Glowna) above ground obviously designed to impress us decadent westerners, whilst actual passengers scurried through dark underground passageways lined with small retail kiosks.  I'm glad to say it had a complete & welcome refurbishment in 2010-2011, the main hall is now light and airy with the main ticket office, toilets, escalators down to the platforms and a mezzanine level with a McDonalds and a useful Biedronka supermarket.  You can find out more about the history of Warsaw Centralna at wikipedia.org.

  Finding your train

  Buying tickets

  Station facilities:  WiFi, left luggage, supermarket, places to eat

  Hotels near the station

  Visiting the Palace of Culture skyscraper

  Visiting Warsaw's old town

Warsaw Centralna station

Warsaw Centralna station, the above-ground part housing the main hall.  Courtesy of DiscoverByRail.com...

Inside Warsaw Centralna station   Inside Warsaw Centralna station main hall

The great hall at Warsaw Centralna, showing main and mezzanine (upper) levels, and stairs down to the lower level and platforms.  In the photo above left you can see the Biedronka supermarket on the upper level immediately above the two blue departure boards, this is the best place to buy food & drink for your journey.  In the photo above right you are looking towards the McDonald's on the upper level.  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan...

Warsaw Centralna station seen from the Palace of Culture

Warsaw Centralna seen from the observation level of the Palace of Culture skyscraper.

Tickets...

Warsaw Centralna station domestic ticket office

The domestic ticket office on the ground level in the main hall, open 01:00-24:00.  There's a single-queuing system in operation.  Courtesy of Ivor Morgan...

Finding your train... 

Warsaw Centralna platforms

The platforms at Warsaw Centralna are underground, this is Peron 1, Tor 7.  There are four island platforms numbered Peron 1 to Peron 4, serving 8 tracks.  The platform number shown on departure indicators & printed departure posters is the PeronCourtesy of DiscoverByRail.com.

Station facilities...

Hotels near the station:  Polonia Palace Hotel

If you're staying in Warsaw and need a hotel, try the excellent and historic Polonia Palace Hotel.  It's just across the road from both the Palace of Culture skyscraper and Warsaw Centralna station, 25 minutes walk from Warsaw's old town.  Opened in 1913, it was one of the few hotels to emerge unscathed from WW2, and has been used by many famous people including General (later President) Eisenhower and General de Gaulle.  It provides very high quality rooms, but at a budget price by western European standards.  Check prices & book

Warsaw's most prestigious and historic luxury hotel is the Hotel Bristol, opened in 1901 right next to the old town.  It also survived the bombing of the old town in WW2, being used as the German HQ.  Check prices & book.

Room at the Polonia Palace   Polonia Palace Hotel

A double room at the Polonia Palace...

 

The Polonia Palace from the viewing terrace of the Palace of Culture.

Visiting the Palace of Culture skyscraper...

The Palace of Culture skyscraper is just across the road from Warsaw Centralna station and so easy to visit even with just an hour or two between trains.  It's a major landmark you'll probably see from the train as you leave or arrive in the city.  It's a distinctive wedding cake Soviet skyscraper, given to Poland as a gift from the Soviet Union and oOriginally disliked by Poles for that reason.  However, they're now softening to it a little.  There's a viewing terrace on the 30th floor, you'll need to leave any bags in the free cloakroom on the ground floor.  See the official website, www.pkin.pl.

Palace of Culture skyscraper   Palace of Culture entrance   Palace of Culture 3rd floor terrace

Palace of Culture...

 

Entrance...

 

3rd floor viewing terrace...

Visiting the city centre...

Warsaw's historic old town is the knife that's had its blade and handle both replaced, as it was almost totally destroyed in WW2 and has been 85% rebuilt from scratch.  However, it's UNESCO-listed because of the effort and care that went into the restoration.  It's well worth a visit and only a 20 minute walk from Warsaw Centralna.  The Warsaw tourist information website is www.um.warszawa.pl/en.

For a great meal in the old town square, look no further than the U Fukiera restaurant on the inner square, www.ufukiera.pl.

Warsaw old town

Warsaw old town, main square.

U Fukiera restaurant interior   U Fukiera restaurant exterior

The U Fukiera restaurant on Warsaw old town's main square, www.ufukiera.pl...


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