Poland - Warsaw

Visited by Nikki

Warsaw’s thriving capital was virtually destroyed during WWII mainly in 1944, with more than 85% being left totally dilapidated but over a twenty year period was completely rebuilt - an amazing feat in such a short time. The best face of Warsaw however is the Old Town and the Market Square where historical buildings and palaces were detailed reconstructed and where now cafes, bars, restaurants and shops bustle with activity. Along with its parks and gardens, the rich cultural life and most of all the friendliness of its people, all make Warsaw a cosmopolitan city.

We travelled with LOT Polish Airlines and I was really impressed, LOT operates a 3-cabin concept:  LOT Business Class, LOT Premium Economy Class and LOT Economy Class is available on all international flights .LOT’s short haul fleet consists of modern Boeing 737 New Generation and Embraer 190 aircraft whilst our long haul fleet is exclusively operated by Dreamliner 787, 800 & 900’s with fully lie-flat seating in Business Class. There are no hidden costs checked baggage and seat selection is included in standard and flexible fares.

On arrival we enjoyed  lunch at The Alchemist Gastro Pub before heading to our hotel for the weekend Radisson Collection Warsaw. Dinner on the first night was at Stixx Bar and Grill the quality of the food was matched by the buzzing atmosphere and after we visited a secret, hidden bar known to Mazurkas DMC. Could I find it now NEVER.

Listed below are the many beautiful and amazing venues we visited:

After lunch at Warszawa Wschodnia Restaurant we enjoyed some fun option for groups including Vodka tasting at the Polish Vodka Museum, and chocolate decorating at E.Wedel’s Chocolate Emporium as well as a unique trip by vintage Nysa vans or 1970’s “Cucumber” Buses.

The Palace on the Isle  - the summer residence of last king of Poland Stanislaw August Poniatowski full of antique décor with a total capacity for up to 130 for banquets or 200 for cocktails. Individually the Ballroom holds 90 and 120 respectively.

A speciality in the historic surroundings of the Lazienki Royal Park Palaces is to host a feast in genuine royal chambers with music, poetry, ballet and service in costumed outfits from the King Stanislaw era, of old Polish recipes from the King’s.

The Belvedere is a multi-faceted restaurant situated in Lazienki Royal Park. The Restaurant Belvedere offers banquets for up to 50 persons in the main restaurant, 80 persons in the Orangery and cocktails.

Our final evening was at the traditional, fine dining restaurant Dom Polski this restaurant captures the essence of Poland in its menu and its décor. After dinner we headed to The View nightclub. As the name suggests, this venue boasts incredible, 360 degree views of the city.

Poland is a surprising country. Viewed, generally by those who have not visited the country, as a dull, grey former Eastern European satellite, Poland has over a 1000 years of history, impressive historical buildings, beautiful scenery, an age old tradition of hosting international events and excellent accommodation.

This of course does not totally guarantee a successful event – the missing factor is your partner in Poland – the DMC. Mazurkas Travel Poland  have proved their understanding of overseas markets and run very much as a hands-on operation it has successfully developed conference and incentives into Poland.

From an incentive and conference point of view it is has the necessary infrastructure and knowledge to successfully handle this type of business, my recent visit to this destination certainly opened my eyes to the potential Warsaw has for conference and incentive groups.

This visit was brought to you by our DMC, Mazurkas DMC Poland