Between its diverse architecture, cultural institutions, and green spaces, Poland’s ever-resilient capital packs a sightseeing punch. Stare Miasto (Old Town) was all but destroyed at the end of World War II, but thanks to restoration efforts in the 1970s, visitors can experience the fabled churches, squares, and monuments in all their glory. There are also dozens of noteworthy museums, from Warsaw Rising Museum to Copernicus Science Center. Lazienki Park has a manicured gardens and verdant patches to relax—plus, you can catch free Chopin concerts on Sunday afternoons in the summer. Beyond that, Warsaw boasts the most exciting culinary and nightlife scenes in Poland. And it’s surprisingly affordable. On a budget? Don’t miss these 10 cheap destinations that still feel like VIP getaways.
Prague, Czech Republic
With its hilltop castles, bridges, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque buildings, and Vltava river, the historical capital of Bohemia looks like a fairytale land preserved in time. Prague’s storybook charm is on full display in Old Town—a maze of tree-lined cobbled lanes, public squares, church spires, and the medieval Astronomical Clock. After a day of sightseeing, refuel with hearty dumplings before heading downstairs to one of the cozy cellar pubs. Prague also made our list of romantic European locales for a fabulous fall honeymoon.