Warsaw, Poland

The big year in Warsaw is going to be 2010, the 200th anniversary of composer Chopin's birth. But if you go before the hoopla starts, you can visit scores of Chopin sites and take advantage of cheaper hotel rates, which are generally lower than those in Western European capitals. For instance, in early April, doubles at the stylish Warsaw InterContinental will start at around $140 a night, and there are plenty of nice guesthouses for half that amount. The city is nuts about Chopin, who died in Paris in 1849 but left instructions for his heart to be returned to Warsaw for interment.<br>
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-- Susan Spano<br>
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Pictured: Old Town Warsaw.

( Andrzej Rybczynski / EPA / July 23, 2009 )

The big year in Warsaw is going to be 2010, the 200th anniversary of composer Chopin's birth. But if you go before the hoopla starts, you can visit scores of Chopin sites and take advantage of cheaper hotel rates, which are generally lower than those in Western European capitals. For instance, in early April, doubles at the stylish Warsaw InterContinental will start at around $140 a night, and there are plenty of nice guesthouses for half that amount. The city is nuts about Chopin, who died in Paris in 1849 but left instructions for his heart to be returned to Warsaw for interment.

-- Susan Spano

Pictured: Old Town Warsaw.

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