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Explore Warsaw's beautiful bombed out buildings

The destruction of Warsaw's famous landmarks is a sad consequence of WWI but the likes of the restored Royal Castle (tel: +48 223 555 170; www.zamek-krolewski.pl) give an insight into the city's former splendour. Inside, the Great Assembly Hall is wholly impressive as are the National Hall's original artworks.

Get sand between your toes on an inland hike

Easily accessible from Warsaw, Kampinos National Park boasts the largest inland sand dunes in Europe. You may have sand between your toes but hiking boots are recommended when walking the park’s abundant trails through pine forests alive with beavers, lynx and elk.

Hit the slopes in the middle of summer

For skiing and snowboarding addicts, CSN Szczesliwice's (tel: +48 733 755 571; http://gorka-szczesliwicka.com/) 225m-long (738ft) all-season slope means you can do your thing even in July. Non-skiers should ride the Alpine Coaster; the exciting gravity-powered roller coaster boasts excellent views - if you can keep your eyes open.

Join the resistance and learn of life in occupied Poland

One of the most popular and important attractions in Poland, Warsaw Uprising Museum (tel: +48 22 539 7905; www.1944.pl) is unflinching in its retelling of the desperation under Nazi occupation. Learn of the resistance fighters' 1944 uprising and witness Warsaw's landmarks being obliterated in response, a sobering and essential visit.

Splash and skate at Warsaw's water park

In summer, cool off at Park Wodny Moczydło (tel: +48 22 598 9400; http://aktywnawarszawa.waw.pl), an enormous water park in the western district of Wola with indoors and outdoors pools and waterslides. In winter, the pools are turned into giant ice-skating rinks with skates are available for rent.

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Maria Hotel

Away from the city centre, but handy to the city's Jewish sights and just a few tram stops from the Old Town, Maria Hotel is a small, family-run and family-friendly hotel with modern amenities and a decent restaurant on the premises. Rooms are generally big, bright, and airy, and all are en suite. It’s in a rambling old house with rooms set over three floors (no lift) with atmosphere in spades and a friendly, welcoming staff.

H15 Boutique

 Don't be fooled by the H15 Boutique’s 19th century plane exterior the interior is the complete opposite, high quality modern furnishings and colourful yet cosy rooms. The hotel also offers conference rooms, a restaurant and beauty salon.

Mercure Warsaw Grand

 The Mercure Warsaw Grand is conveniently located in the city centre, only 5 minutes from the nearest metro and 15 from the nearest train station. The hotels facilities include a gym, bar/lounge area and a restaurant. Mercure Warsaw Grand also offer transportation to and from Warsaw airport.

Radissson Blu Centrum Hotel Warsaw

The rooms at this top-class hotel offer a choice of three styles of décor ranging from 'Maritime’ and 'Scandinavian’ to 'Italian’. Each style differs through its colour scheme, furniture and layout. The Italian style is most whimsical. Staff are accommodating, and there's a first-rate fitness centre in the basement, featuring a pool, fitness machines plus massage and beauty services.

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Warsaw is a cut above the competition. Located just north of the Old Town in a quiet neighbourhood, it’s housed in a gorgeous 18th-century palace and filled with period furniture. But the hotel is modern where it counts, with sparkling new bathrooms and Wi-Fi connection throughout. Rooms are bright, breezy and decorated in eye-catching chocolate and beige.

Hotel Bristol

Looming over the river, this stately property preserves the feel of a classic 19th-century hotel. First built in 1619, it opened for guests in the late 1800s, and was the first hotel to have electricity in the city – earning it the name 'Electric Hotel'. It has hosted everyone from monarchs to Sigmund Freud. Today, expect a blend of traditional atmosphere with contemporary service.