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40+ Incredibly Cool Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland

I admit it, I didn’t know what to expect from Warsaw. On the one hand, I remembered it as grey and boring from one day on a bad high school trip years ago; on the other hand, I read about so many amazing places and cool things to do in Warsaw while I was planning my trip.

I’m happy to say that Warsaw is worth visiting , and I think it is a remarkable destination for a city break (you can enjoy it in 2-3 days, but I recommend spending 4 days here), though you can also add it to a longer Central Europe itinerary .

Surprisingly, it’s also an amazing winter break in Europe and a girls’ trip destination ! From museums and historical monuments to bustling modern streets and trendy cafes , this historic city has it all.

It also made me want to visit other cities in Poland like Wroclaw, Gdansk, and Poznan (a total visit-worthy hidden gem ). To help you make the most of your time in this lovely place, here is my epic Warsaw bucket list.

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Wondering what to do in Warsaw Poland? Here are the best things to do in Warsaw including must see places, what to eat and other travel tips.

My favorite carb in Warsaw: Pierogi and potato pancakes at Zapiecek (on Nowy Świat 64, although it has several locations).

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Top experiences in Warsaw: 1. Polish dumpling cooking class (with vegetarian and vegan options) 2. Chopin concert in the Royal Castle with a glass of wine 3. Polish food tour

Top day tours from Warsaw: 1. Auschwitz-Birkenau tour with lunch 2. Treblinka day tour 3. Wolf’s Lair day tour

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Cool Things to Do in Warsaw for History and Culture Lovers

Take some unique free tours.

There’s no shortage of fascinating free walking tours to take in Warsaw, including:

  • Free tour of the old town , a UNESCO site
  • Jewish history of Warsaw free tour (one of my favorites!)
  • Free tour of the intriguing Praga district (another experience I loved)
  • Communist Warsaw free tour
  • WWII free tour

Visit the Wilanow Palace and Gardens

Being one of the few famous landmarks in Warsaw that have survived WWII, you can understand the importance of the Wilanow Palace.

This royal palace was built in the 17th century for King John Sobieski the 3rd, and with every new owner, it was enlarged and redecorated.

Apart from its beautiful yellow front facade and art-packed interiors, the palace also has impressive wide gardens and a lake. I recommend getting there right when it opens so that you can take some pictures before the crowded hours.

If you’re visiting Poland in winter or fall, you can also enjoy the Royal Garden of Light , an event in which the complex is magically decorated with thousands of twinkling lights forming unique displays.

Opening hours and prices: Consult them here . Notice that on Thursdays there’s free admission for a limited number of entries.

If you want to explore the palace with a guide, book a private guided tour here .

Getting there: Buses 116, 180, and 519 go from the city center to the palace.

best places in Warsaw - Wilanow Palace

See Sigismund’s Column and Castle Square

Sigismund’s Column is one of the most important monuments in Warsaw as King Sigismund Vasa the 3rd was the one to move Poland’s capital from Krakow to Warsaw.

The memorial stands in the historic Castle Square, which is one of the most famous squares in the city.

The square has gone through some difficult times throughout Polish history, and during WWII, it was destroyed. Nowadays, it is reconstructed and surrounded by beautiful townhouses.

Must see places in Warsaw - Castle Square

Tour the Royal Castle

If there’s one thing you cannot miss when you’re in Castle Square, it’s the Royal Castle, which used to be the official residence of the Polich monarchs.

After a long and challenging history including reconstruction after WWII, it is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (as a part of the historic center), making it a Warsaw must-see.

Apart from its gorgeous facades, you can visit the museum inside it, which includes its luxurious rooms and art galleries. Consult prices and opening hours here (note that on Wednesdays, you can enter the castle for free).

You can also book a guided tour of the Royal Castle. Extra tip: The castle also hosts Chopin concerts , which you can book here.

Royal Castle Warsaw

Enjoy the Views From St. Anne’s Church’s Bell Tower

Located near the Royal Castle, head to St. Anne’s Church for some scenic views of Castle Square. If you’re up for the challenge, climb over 145 stairs to get to the bell tower’s balcony and admire the colorful scenery.

The church itself dates back to the 15th century and is one of the few buildings that weren’t completely destroyed during WWII.

Wander Through the Old Town

Fun fact about Poland : It’s home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the Historic Centre of Warsaw is one of them. The Polish capital’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) was reconstructed after WWII while trying to resemble its previous architectural look.

Where to visit in Warsaw - streets in Old Town

The main thing to see in the Old Town is the Old Town Market Place, one of the most beautiful squares I’ve ever seen.

Each building in the square has a different color and unique embellishments, and with the medieval architecture, the entire area boasts an irresistible charm.

Also, in the square and the colorful streets surrounding it, you’ll find many restaurants, cafes, and shops. Although the area is not that big, take your time and explore this magical piece of history.

To learn more about Warsaw’s Old Town, take a FREE walking tour or book this highly-rated segway tour !

Warsaw Old Town Square

Feel the Powers of the Wishing Bell

Dating back to the 17th century, this bronze bell statue is located in Canon Square in the Old Town. If you want to feel its magical powers and make a wish, I’ve read a few versions of what you need to do.

The basic one says to think about your wish and circle the bell. The second version says that you also need to touch it as you go around it.

My favorite, of course, is the one that states that you need to touch it and jump around it on one leg. If you are looking for unusual things to do in this city, there you have it.

Admire the Warsaw Barbican

Dating back to the 16th century and restored after WWII, the Warsaw Barbican is one of the few remains of the city’s system of fortifications.

Today it’s more of a tourist attraction in Warsaw, but since it looks like it belongs in a fairytale, I’m okay with that.

Warsaw Barbican

Visit the Chopin Museum

By Rai from A Rai of Light

The Chopin Museum is an opportunity to get a taste of the life of Poland’s most famous composer, Frédéric Chopin.

This multimedia museum (located within the Ostrogski Palace) houses the collection of Chopin’s work, some of his belongings, his piano, and even a handful of old photographs and letters.

Although lacking organization and information is often presented without context, the museum has a range of interactive activities to better understand his life, work, and travels.

What I particularly enjoyed was the listening room where you can sit and listen to Chopin’s masterpieces.

Consult prices and opening hours here (note that it offers free admission on Wednesdays.

To learn even more about the famous composer, take a guided Chopin tour (that also includes a visit to the museum).

Admire the Krasinski Palace

Also known as the Palace of the Commonwealth, this 17th-century Baroque palace is a non-touristy place in the heart of Warsaw.

The Krasinski Palace’s front facade, along with the surrounding gardens and park, make it a wonderful photo spot in the city.

Tour the Palace on the Isle (Lazienki Palace)

Another landmark from the 17th century that survived WWII is the Palace on the Isle in the famous Lazienki Park. The uses this building has had over the years are a bathing pavilion, a royal summer residence, and barracks.

Nowadays, it is one of the top things to see in Warsaw, and you can either visit the museum inside it or just admire its exterior. Consult prices and opening hours here .

Palace on the Isle

Walk the Royal Route

The Royal Route is a famous route in Warsaw that connects three former royal residences: Royal Castle, Palace on the Isle, and Wilanow Palace.

It includes some of the places I’ve mentioned, but the full route covers 11 km and passes alongside a variety of streets, museums, palaces, and churches. For more info about the full route, read here.

See the Miniature Park at śWiętokrzyski Park

If you like miniatures and architecture, this is the place for you. The goal of this museum is to showcase some of Warsaw’s important buildings that were not restored after the war.

I expected the museum to be a bit bigger, but I still think that the concept is cool and essential to the city’s historic preservation.

Miniature Museum

Visit the National Museum in Warsaw

Boasting a collection of about 830,000 works of Polish and foreign art, the National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest and oldest art museums in Poland.

From paintings to sculptures to photographs, there’s so much to see in this impressive museum. Consult opening hours and prices here.

Take a Free Tour of the Praga District

You might not expect this from Warsaw, but it’s home to some spectacular street and urban art. Most of it can be found in the Praga district which is on the other side of the city’s river.

I took this free walking tour to learn about the local street art scene and Praga, and it was extremely interesting because this district was curious and unusual.

I love seeing the alternative side of a city, and Praga ticked that box for me.

best things in Warsaw - street art in Praga

Explore More of Praga

As I’ve mentioned, Praga is one of the most intriguing places to see in Warsaw. But did you know that during WWII, 80% of Warsaw was destroyed, but only 20% of Praga was destroyed?

One of the most interesting things about the tour I talked about was seeing the contrast between modern pastel residential buildings and authentic pre-war architecture that has survived.

Old buildings with bullet holes in them alongside new colorful townhouses are not a usual thing to see, so I recommend exploring more of this fascinating area.

Cool places in Warsaw - Praga district

Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum

By Kami from My Wanderlust

Warsaw Uprising Museum is one of the most interesting  museums in Warsaw and a must-visit. It’s dedicated to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, a tragic 63-day event during WWII.

It was one of the most important events in the history of Warsaw when the local people tried to fight the Nazi occupant. The fall of the Uprising led to the total destruction of the city.

You can learn all about the Warsaw Uprising, the events leading to it, and the exact course at the museum.

It’s a very interactive and interesting place, and even if you are not an expert in Polish history, you will surely enjoy your visit. You should also go to the lookout towers that offer nice views of the neighborhood.

Address : Grzybowska 79. Consult prices and opening hours here (free to visit on Mondays).

Visit the Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of the top sights in Warsaw and a prominent Polish landmark that you can see from many spots in the city.

It is the tallest building in Warsaw and is home to museums, libraries, theatres, and the main tourist information office (and many other cultural facilities).

Besides its impressive exterior, you can buy a ticket to take the lift and see the views of the city from above (or take a guided tour that includes access to the terrace ).

Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw Poland

Take a Free Jewish History Walking Tour

I have visited many cities that had a connection to my Jewish heritage (mostly in Spain but also in other countries).

However, a lot of Warsaw’s Jewish history is obviously much more famous and closer to our present time. That’s why taking a walking tour seemed like a must-try free activity in Warsaw .

I took a free walking tour that included several points of interest in Warsaw like the Nozyk Synagogue, the area where the bridge between the Small Ghetto and the Large Ghetto had stood, and the Ghetto Heroes Monument.

The tour talked about centuries of Polish Jewish history (not only the Holocaust), so it was even more informative and intriguing than I had expected.

Get all the details of this free Jewish history walking tour and reserve your spot . You can also book a private Warsaw Ghetto walking tour.

synagogue in Warsaw Poland

Head to Mila 18

Mila 18 was the address of the main bunker of the Jewish resistance force in the Warsaw Ghetto. During WWII, a few weeks after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising had started, the bunker was found by the Germans.

Instead of surrendering, the 300 people who were in the bunker decided to end their lives so they could die as heroes and not as victims.

Today, there is a small monument and a commemorative stone in Mila 18, and personally, I think everyone should visit it.

A big part of traveling is getting to know local history and other cultures, and it’s not always happy or easy to deal with. But we need to learn about these things anyway, so we can honor others and step outside of our own bubbles.

Mila 18 memorial plaque in Warsaw Poland

Visit the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The POLIN Museum is located where the Warsaw Ghetto used to be, and it showcases the whole history of Jews in Poland.

It is one of the largest museums of Jewish history in Europe, containing eight galleries, each dedicated to a different historical era. It is the last stop of the free walking tour I mentioned, so you can visit it right after.

Skip the lines, and get your ticket to the POLIN Museum in advance , or visit for free on Thursdays.

Take a Free Warsaw in Wwii Tour

80% of Warsaw was completely destroyed during WWII, and much like many other cities in Europe, it is inconceivable what happened here in these six years.

So if you want to dive into that time in history and learn more about Warsaw during WWII, take this free tour .

Cool things to do in Warsaw

Wander the Open-Air Tibetan Gallery

Situated in the Wola district, this unique urban art gallery, Galeria Tybetańska, started taking shape after the Dalai Lama visited Warsaw.

It is filled with paintings showcasing the Tibetan struggle to get autonomy from China and is an unusual colorful corner in the city.

Photograph Some Cathedrals

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw some of Warsaw’s religious buildings like St. Florian’s Cathedral, Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary Magdalene, and St. John’s Cathedral. If you love architecture, I’m sure you’ll appreciate them as well.

St Florian Cathedral Warsaw

Take a Free Communism Walking Tour

With how modern Warsaw seems today, it’s easy to forget that up until 30 years ago, there was still a communist regime in Poland.

If you want to know what it was like to live under communist rule, hear some intriguing urban legends , and see a few landmarks connected to that time, this tour is for you.

Visit the Neon Museum

Another thing to do in Praga is to visit the Neon Museum. It is dedicated to the preservation of the neon signs of the communist era in Poland.

Here you can see different neon signs from that time that were saved from destruction and learn about their history. Consult prices and opening hours here.

To be honest, it sounds good on paper and looks super cool in the photos, but I thought it would be bigger and a bit more impressive.

Neon Museum, Warsaw Poland

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Best Things to Do in Warsaw for Foodies

Eat pierogi.

When visiting Poland, eating pierogi is a must! These dumplings from Central and Eastern Europe are filled with all kinds of savory or sweet fillings and served with some toppings like onions.

The famous Polish restaurant Zapiecek (which has several locations in Warsaw) offers a large variety of pierogi, and I highly recommend eating there.

In some cases, the famous establishments are overrated, but I loved the food at Zapiecek so much! With perfect flavors, many vegetarian options, and even sweet pierogi for dessert, I would gladly go back there for one more bite.

Eat at a Milk Bar

Milk bars are traditional Polish diners serving hearty Polish food at ridiculously low prices.

They were first founded in the late 19th century and served only dishes made from dairy, but today, they serve all types of local traditional food.

I tried Rusalka (Florianska 14) in Praga, and it was the perfect comfort food lunch.

a meal at a milk bar

Eat Potato Pancakes

Also served as both savory and sweet, potato pancakes are another great Eastern European delight you need to try.

At Zapiecek, I ate them with cream and mushroom sauce, but you can find them in cafes or even some ice cream shops served with berries and whipped cream.

Eat Some Paczki (Polish Donuts)

I didn’t expect to see so many bakeries and patisseries in Warsaw, and one thing that stood out was Polish donuts. They are impossible to miss and are served in almost every bakery and cafe.

Indulge in Hot Chocolate at E. Wedel

I am a total sucker for hot chocolate, and E. Wedel (Szpitalna 8) could not have been a more perfect place to savor a cup.

E. Wedel is actually a well-known company that produces high-quality chocolates and sweet snacks, but they also have chocolate lounges in cities like Warsaw and Krakow.

Apart from the neverending menu (which is impossible to choose from), the cafe itself looks like a palace and is absolutely beautiful!

I would happily go back for another cup of their perfect thick hot chocolate and enticing elegant atmosphere.

Hot chocolate at E Wedel

Explore Warsaw’s Indoor Food Markets

Warsaw is home to a few indoor markets, including Hala Mirowska (a more traditional market), Hala Gwardii, and Hala Koszyki (which are both quite trendy).

Their buildings are worth visiting just for the architecture, but while you’re there, have a little stroll and grab a bite.

Other Fun Places to Visit in Warsaw

Lazienki park.

After mentioning its most famous monument, it’s impossible not to write about Lazienki Park itself. It is the largest park in Warsaw and is just a beautiful place where you can easily spend a few hours.

The park houses many other monuments like the Chopin statue (on Sundays during the spring and summer, you can enjoy a free Chopin concert near it), but the main ones that also require a ticket are the Palace on the Isle, the Old Orangery, and the Royal Theatre.

Consult their prices and opening hours here .

University of Warsaw Botanic Gardens

Located in the northern part of Lazienki Park, the botanical gardens are a feast for the eyes.

At first sight, it seems like another pretty garden, but after only a few minutes it becomes so much more. With so many different species, some parts look like a colorful house garden, and some look like a giant forest.

It is quite a big place, so don’t rush it and take your time while exploring this stunning site. See prices and opening hours here .

Warsaw botanical gardens

Copernicus Science Center

By Karolina from Lazy Travel Blog

The largest science center in Poland, the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw is a place that you should not miss.

Whether you are a full-on geek, a kid-at-heart, or someone who’s never been interested in science, the museum’s stunning exhibits will give you a good show with their concerts and laser shows.

A perfect place to go if you are on a family or a  romantic trip to Warsaw , Copernicus Science Centre is a space where curiosity and love of learning are cultivated with its exhibits and experiments.

Consult prices and opening hours here .

Pinball Museum

If you’re looking for quirky attractions in Warsaw, head to the Interactive Pinball Museum, where you can be a kid again and enjoy more than 80 pinball and arcade machines.

For a fixed one-day entrance fee, you can play as many times as you want without having to use any coins/chips to turn on the machines. Browse the latest opening hours and prices.

University Library Gardens

These gardens on the University of Warsaw Library roof are one of the most beautiful places in Warsaw. The gardens include two sections – the lower part and the upper part where each has different characteristics.

In the gardens, you’ll see ponds, granite sculptures, and many varieties of vegetation, all combined in a mesmerizing decor.

Although the upper part is only open from April to October, the lower part is open all year round. Plus, the entrance is free !

Address:  Dobra 56/66.

best places to see in Warsaw - University Library Gardens

Saxon Garden

One of the most famous parks in Warsaw, the Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski) is an unmissable place in the Polish capital.

Dating back to the 17th century (when the royal Saxon Palace was standing next to it), it’s the oldest public park in Warsaw and one of the first in the world.

While some parts of it are prettier than others, it is a nice place for a stroll, and it’s also home to the famous Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to unidentified fallen soldiers.

The Presidential Palace

Originally built in the 17th century, the Presidential Palace is, as the name suggests, the official residence of Poland’s president.

Though it’s not open to the public, you can admire it on the outside while you stroll along Krakowskie Przedmieście street.

Nowy Swiat Street

Nowy Swiat is one of the main streets in Warsaw. After being almost completely destroyed in WWII, it is now fully reconstructed.

It’s a great area to stroll around since it’s packed with restaurants, cafes, shops, beautiful buildings, and an inviting atmosphere.

Enjoy a Night Out at Pawilony

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Warsaw at night, this is a great one. Pawilony or The Nowy Swiat Pavilions are a group of 25 small bars and pubs located right next to each other.

This unique area offers all kinds of bars (cocktail, shot bars, craft beer pubs, etc.) and a good atmosphere, making it popular all week long.

Website:   pawilonynowyswiat.pl/en/ .

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Hey, I'm Or! I'm a passionate traveler with a severe coffee, chocolate, and pastry addiction (or any other carb for that matter). I'm always planning my next trip to Spain, Italy, or any other country in Europe, and my goal is to help you make the most of each destination.

17 thoughts on “40+ Incredibly Cool Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland”

It is best about Warsaw I have ever read I am Warsaw citizen for over thirty years and I still don’t know some of these places I am very experienced travelled so I can compare Warsaw to many capitals in the world And I know I live in great very quick changing city Thank you very much for great advertisement of Warsaw I am impressed

Thank you, Robert! That means a lot. I’m curious to know what places you didn’t about!

Great article! I loved Warsaw so very much. Old Town, Wilanow Palace, The Warsaw Zoo, and a street art tour of the Praga district were some of the highlights from my trip. Not to mention the food. I loved the milk bars and delicious pierogi!

Thank you! It really is a great destination!

Thanks for the great guide. I recently spent a week in Warsaw and fell in love with the city. From Wilanow Palace to E. Wedel, the city is one of my favorites in Europe.

I’m glad this was helpful! It’s a wonderful city to explore.

Warsaw is now on my bucket travel list for when we can get back on traveling, thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

You’re welcome, Valentina! I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

Such a helpful guide to Warsaw! I’ve only been to Krakow but would love to visit Poland again, the food was so good. I never visited a Milk bar but I need to try it.

Thank you! Poland is worth exploring and you’re right about the food 🙂

Amazing post! I only had about 2 days in Warsaw and didn’t get to see near enough of it. But loved the Old Town area and ate some amazing pierogies!

Thanks so much! Pierogis are paradise 🙂 2 days are definitely not enough – I was surprised too by all the things you can do in Warsaw 🙂

wow, very informative. Thank you so much. Your article has helped me a lot for my plan to Warsaw this july.

I’m happy you find it helpful! Enjoy your trip to Warsaw and let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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70 Fun & Unusual Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland

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The bustling, built-up, beautiful capital of Poland, Warsaw is truly a city of contrasts. It has modern business districts, yet remains deeply traditional with its historical architecture and monuments. It’s cosmopolitan, but also home to many charming cobbled streets that are perfect for exploring and people-watching. It’s refreshing and green, but also full of energy with amazing — scratch that, wild — nightlife.

This is the kind of place where you can spend one day immersed in centuries-old architecture, and the next diving into art and science at some amazing museums.

Or absorb some history as you retrace the steps of some of the city’s most famous residents, from Chopin and Copernicus to Marie Curie.

And if you venture a little bit outside of town, you will find everything from somber historical sites and palatial residences to waterparks and outdoor adventures.

As you’ll quickly discover, whether you’re an art aficionado or a beer-drinker, a museum-goer (add Wilanów Palace to the list), or an adventure enthusiast (check out Rope Park), the collection of exciting things to do in Warsaw never ends!

1 – Kickstart your trip with a tour through Old Town

Old Town, Warsaw

A quintessential destination for any visitor to the city , old or young, the famous Warsaw neighborhood of Old Town was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980 and has been welcoming travelers ever since (and long before, in fact).

Depending on your preference, you can walk, bike , scooter , or segway your way through the narrow cobbled streets and marvel at architecture dating back to the 13th Century.

Camera at the ready, because highlights include the baroque style Cathedral of John the Baptist and the famous Sigmund’s Column located in Castle Square, the former home of the Polish monarchy.

After checking off all the historic sites, the area boasts no shortage of good restaurants and cocktail bars ideal for people-watching!

  • Old Town tours

2 –  Gaze at the monuments of Łazienki Park

Lazienki Park, Warsaw

Łazienki Królewskie (otherwise known as Royal Baths Park to travelers) is the beloved site of a bathhouse used by 17th-century Polish nobleman Stanisław Lubomirski — and many famous and non-famous folk since.

These days, you can now roam the grounds and take in the breathtaking art and architecture like Lubomirski’s magnificent Palace of the Isle (Pałac Łazienkowski) or the impressive bronze monument of Frédéric Chopin.

Before you leave, be sure to also check out the Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art (the Zamek Ujazdowski building itself is actually a castle) and the Royal Łazienki Museum.

3 –  Climb to the observation deck of St. Anna’s Taras Widokowy

St. Anna’s Taras Widokowy, Warsaw

A short walk up to the historic bell tower of the Church of St. Anna brings you to its famous “ Taras Widokowy ”, or observation deck. Here, you can take in breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its ever-lively crisscrossing streets below.

Depending on the time and day, the crowds may lengthen your wait time, but visitors agree it’s well worth the 150-step stair climb to get a bird’s eye view of Old Town!

4 – Celebrate the cause at the Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw Uprising Museum, Poland

In August of 1944, Poles launched an insurrection attempt to seize back control of Warsaw from the Nazi army. The Uprising Museum was opened sixty years later to commemorate the events.

During visits to this moving, powerful museum, guests are guided through the stages of the Uprising with over 800 exhibit items, approximately 1,500 photographs, and films and sound recordings spanning over 32,000 square feet.

  • Warsaw Uprising Museum tickets

5 – Visit the Museum at Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace, Warsaw

A unique insight into local culture and history, Polish patriotism and tradition are celebrated at Wilanów Palace , a former residence of the revered Polish monarch King Jan III.

Opened originally way back in 1805, it’s one of the oldest museums in the nation, displaying a riveting collection of Royal valuables and collected artworks dating back centuries.

Hot tip: The museum is free of charge on Thursdays, but securing a ticket ahead of time is still recommended.

6 – Defend the city at Warsaw Barbican

Warsaw Barbican, Poland

A postcard-worthy attraction in every sense of the term, The Warsaw Barbican is one of few remaining relics of the complex network of historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw.

Designed and built by an Italian Renaissance architect in the year 1540, the 4-tower barbican fortress was instrumental in a major redesign of the city’s 14th century barricade walls.

Today, on self-guided or locally-led tours, visitors can get a real sense of what the palatial city perimeter once looked like.

Directions on Google Maps

7 – Explore the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw

One of the essential things to do in Warsaw, this museum celebrates 1,000 years of the history of Polish Jews, whose contributions to Polish life and culture are seemingly endless.

Curious guests can immerse themselves in this important story through a dazzling arrangement of eight galleries packed with artifacts, paintings and interactive installations — all combined, it’s guaranteed to quench your thirst for local historic knowledge.

  • POLIN Museum tickets

8 – Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour!

hop-on hop-off bus tours in Warsaw

Whether you’re feeling lazy or just efficient, why walk when you can hop on or off a double-decker bus that brings you to every major tourist hot spot in the city?

With tour bus passes that last 24, 48, or 72 hours, you can spend as much time as you want at any of the near-dozen major sights including Warsaw City Hall, the Church of Artists, the Chopin Museum, and Bank Square.

  • bus tours in Warsaw

9 – Behold the mighty Modlin Fortress

Modlin Fortress, Warsaw

If you’re looking for truly impressive things to do in Warsaw, take in the monumental structure that is Modlin Fortress.

Just over 30 miles north of Warsaw proper, this towering fortification was built by the French between 1806 and 1812 on the orders of none other than the one and only Napoleon Bonaparte.

Once you find your way there by hiking through a forest (note: wear comfy shoes), you can imagine yourself as royalty within your very own grand fortress and admire spectacular views of the Narew river and its enchanting surrounding woodlands.

10 – Take in a concert at Multimedia Fountain Park

Multimedia Fountain Park, Warsaw

Touted as one of “the most important tourist attractions in Warsaw,” Multimedia Fountain Park features two spectacular water fountains from which up to 30,000 liters of water per minute are poured out through 367 nozzles; a sight made even more dazzling at night when lit with 295 LED floodlights — as you can tell, there’s a lot of moving parts here, combining for one seriously impressive choreographed display.

Moreover, the park serves as a venue for concerts, live shows, and exhibits from May through September every year!

11 – Support a local small business at Rynek Starego Miasta

Rynek Starego Miasta, Warsaw

At the center of one the oldest part of Old Town, you’ll find the charming Old Town Marketplace.

With every step, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time — as the area is not only packed with local street vendors, cafes, shops, art galleries, and restaurants but is also surrounded by gorgeous seventeenth and eighteenth-century late-Renaissance and Baroque-style merchant homes.

For the ultimate in-depth experience, walking tours are also available.

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12 – Check out the impressive Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

With a towering height of 778 feet, this grand art deco building holds the claim to fame of being the second tallest in Poland and one of the tallest buildings in all of Europe.

The colossal structure houses offices, movie theatres, restaurants, conference and concert halls, and even a swimming pool; meanwhile, beautiful marble and mosaics decorate the interior.

Hot tip: Climb to the 30th-floor terrace to behold some truly spectacular panoramic views of the entire city.

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13 – Test your wits and logic in an escape room

escape rooms in Warsaw

Consider yourself somewhat of a next-generation Sherlock Holmes? Then prove it.

Fun for a romantic couple or even a family with kids, Quest Hunt Escape Games is one of Warsaw’s fine escape room venues, where groups of two to five people work together to decipher clues and solve puzzles in one of several themed challenges.

So, will you be smart enough to solve the mysteries that await you before the clock runs out?

14 – Pay your respects at the Auschwitz & Treblinka Concentration Camps

Auschwitz & Treblinka Concentration Camps tours from Warsaw

Not for the faint of heart, the Auschwitz and Treblinka Concentration Camps — each very different yet each incredibly sobering — serve as a memorial to more than 800,000 Polish Jews lost at these sites, and a reminder to never let history repeat itself in what was the most significant horror or the modern era.

Sure to evoke emotions no matter how thick your skin, you can take a private tour of these important landmarks, learn World War II history, and hear the powerful stories of survivors.

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15 – Celebrate science at the Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw

One of the largest science centers in all of Europe, Copernicus Science Center is, of course, named after the famous Polish polymath and astronomer.

With over 450 interactive exhibits, visitors can roll up their sleeves and perform real-time scientific experiments, discovering the fascinating laws of science for themselves.

Don’t forget to stop into the venue’s planetarium and immerse yourself in the world of astronomy!

16 – Challenge your agility at Rope Park Warsaw

Rope Park Warsaw

A much more lighthearted activity, and one that the whole family is sure to love, a ropes course is a fun and exhilarating way to strengthen your personal development and team-building skills.

So strap on a helmet and harness and swing, climb, and zip your way through challenging rope-based obstacle courses.

Conveniently located just a 15-minute walk from Old Town, at the Rope Park , adults and children even as young as four years old are welcome to work through courses of varying skill levels.

17 – Chow down all over town with some Food Tours

food tours in Warsaw

If you want to get a real taste (literally) for the city during your visit, then check out some food tours!

Make the rounds of different markets and restaurants, sampling local delicacies like pierogies, meats, and soups.

Along the way, you’ll be able to see some of the city’s iconic attractions, and learn all about the dynamic culture from your local guides.

The only problem with these tours? You’ll never want to stop eating!

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18 – Float over Warsaw in a hot air balloon!

hot air balloon rides in Warsaw

One for the thrillseekers, outdoor lovers, and romantics, take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view of the capital city with a hot air balloon adventure!

A short ride outside the city brings you to your launch site, and from there, your pilot will be your guide on a one-hour journey through the clouds over central Poland.

Depending on your adventure, you might touch down at one of two attractions: The lush Narew National Park or the quaint town of Tykocin, known for its baroque-style synagogues.

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19 – Stroll through the Krakowskie Przedmieście

Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw

Make no mistake, fans of beautiful architecture could spend a whole day in Krakowskie Przedmieście (or Kraków suburb) and still want to come back for more.

Admire cathedrals like the Neoclassical St. Anne’s Church and Carmelite Church, or the Baroque style Holy Cross Church. And, once you’re done, there’s also the ornamental Rococo of Czapski Palace and the residence of Poland’s head of state, the opulent Presidential Palace .

20 – Walk the ‘Royal Route’

Royal Route, Warsaw

The Royal Route was once a communication route between the Royal Castle and the personal residence of King Jan III — these days, walking tours of the route are the most efficient way for time-saving tourists to visit the aforementioned Krakowskie Przedmieście, making your way through it on your way to Wilanów, the King’s residence.

Along the way, expect to check out numerous cathedrals, palaces, and historic monuments, with a notable stop is Lazienki Park, where you might hear a Chopin concert if you’re visiting in summer!

21 – Step inside the Holy Cross Church

Holy Cross Church, Warsaw

One of the most notable Baroque-style churches in Warsaw and a landmark doused in history and stories, construction of the iconic Holy Cross church began way back in the 17th century on a site where Roman Catholic worship had already been taking place for hundreds of years.

Like much of the city, the structure incurred major damage during World War II — with that in mind, its current reconstructed façade stands as a testament to Poland’s resilience.

22 – Float along the Vistula River on a Boat Tour

boat tours in Warsaw

A wonderful way to soak in the sites and skyline from a different perspective, set sail down Warsaw’s beautiful Vistula River on a daytime or evening river cruise.

Relax and feel the breeze as you drift past major landmarks like Lazienki Palace or the Copernicus Science Center, and, depending on your boat, perhaps explore the canals of Łazienki Park too.

While several boat types and packages are available, if you’re more of a socialite, it’s hard to go past the evening tours that include drinks and music.

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23 – Get wild at Warsaw Zoo

Warsaw Zoo, Poland

Straddling the banks of the river, Warsaw Zoo is one of those essential things to do in the capital city if traveling with youngsters. Since opening its gates nearly a century ago, the zoo has now become one of the busiest in Europe, serving to help protect nature and all of Mother Earth’s beautiful creatures in collaboration with other wildlife parks around the world.

Boasting more than 500 species from alpacas to zebras and everything in between, no animal lover could resist a trip to this house of natural wonder.

24 – Take a day trip to Krakow

Krakow day trip from Warsaw

A terrific change of pace, why not leave Warsaw for the day to experience Krakow, the second-oldest city in Poland?

Full of color and charm, its Old Town boasts the honor of being the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the world. Throughout the day (or a couple of days, if you prefer), you’ll wander past beautiful architectural structures that date back centuries, learn the history of the region, which can be traced back to the Stone Age, dig into some handmade ice cream, and probably catch a few street performers in the Rynek Główny (town square).

Feeling fancy? Tours are available for up to six people to travel in style in a luxurious Mercedes with a private driver to boot.

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25 – Pay tribute to brave soldiers at Pilsudski Square

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Pilsudski Square in Warsaw

A locale overflowing with tales of conflict, victory, and so much more, this spot simply can’t be missed by true history buffs.

This revered city square is named for Marshal Józef Piłsudski, who played an instrumental role in the restoration of Polish statehood after World War I. Then, after World War II, the square served as a tribute to the Allied Victory.

To top it off, it houses Poland’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and, as a fun fact, none other than Pope John Paul II popped by in 1979.

26 – Salute national heroes at the Polish Army Museum

Polish Army Museum, Warsaw

Count this as another one of those unmissable things to do in Warsaw for history buffs.

As one of the largest museums across the country, the Army Museum is dedicated to collecting, researching, and showcasing artifacts deemed to be of significant historic value — spanning 1000 years worthy of Polish military history, from the 10th century up to the Second World War.

With real suits of armor, plus crossbows, muskets, giant tanks, and so much more, it’s sure to pique some interest for an hour or two.

27 – Make a splash at Moczydło Water Park

Moczydło Water Park, Warsaw

An ideal spot for those sizzling summer days, this water-themed fun park is sure to be a hit with kids as it offers swimming pools, water curtains, drenching overflow buckets, a paddling pool, a turtle-shaped slide, (should we keep going?) water volcano, and a safe mini playground.

The most popular attraction at Moczydło Water Park , however, is arguably the artificial wave pool — a surefire hit for adults and kids alike.

Hot tip: Before drenching yourself, consider a stroll through the nearby Park Edwarda Szymańskiego — a wonderful slice of greenery and fresh air.

28 – Go rack in time with a ‘Retro Tour’

Retro Tours in Warsaw

For an opportunity to ​​explore the UNESCO World Heritage site that is Old Town in a way most travelers totally overlook, hop into a vintage Fiat 125p or a Communist-era Zuk van and tour the city, old-school-style!

Go cruisin’ down the Royal Route, see the illustrious Castle Square and other architectural beauties, visit the historic Praga district where you can sample authentic Polish delicacies, pastries, vodka, or beer, and so much more.

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29 – Visit the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw

The word “zachęta” means encouragement, and, fittingly, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art is dedicated to encouraging the appreciation and support of Polish contemporary art and artists.

Founded, remarkable, all the way back in 1860, the works displayed are those of outstanding Polish and foreign artists — all up, the fascinating collection comprises some 3600 objects including paintings and videos, and around 100 sculptures and quirky installations.

30 – Take a walk through the Saxon Garden

Saxon Garden, Warsaw

Nature lovers, rejoice!

At the Saxon Garden, a peaceful oasis with tree-lined pathways, Baroque sculptures, and a 19th-century fountain, there’s no shortage of colors to appreciate or spots to throw down a picnic blanket.

As one of the oldest parks in the world (and officially the oldest in the city), it’s an excellent public park for some outdoor exercise or some sunny relaxation — be sure to check out the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the 19th-century sundial while you stroll around!

31 – Wander around Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine, Warsaw

Looking for a unique attraction that promises jealousy-evoking social media snaps? Then look no further than the UNESCO-listed Wieliczka Salt Mine!

The natural wonder draws visitors from all over the world and for a good reason: 700 years of history are packed away in this underground mine.

Due to its immense size, only 2% of the mine is actually available to view. Still, there’s plenty of room to admire the beauty of the salt maze, crystal grottos, chapels, and sculptures that make this place truly out of this world. All up, it consists of 9 levels, the deepest point being a whopping 327 meters deep.

Located close to Krakow, about 3 and a half hours drive from Warsaw, it makes for a great day or two-day trip.

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32 – Smash some pinatas at Fun Park Digiloo!

Fun Park Digiloo, Warsaw

If you’re on the hunt for a fun way to wear out the kiddos, let them loose at Fun Park Digiloo !

There is undoubtedly something for everyone here, with laser paintball, smashable pinatas, climbing walls, and a playroom with slides, balls and blocks. There’s also a toddler’s corner for the youngest of the bunch.

With so much to do, they’re sure to sleep the whole way home!

33 – Soak in the history at the Frédéric Chopin Museum

Frédéric Chopin Museum, Warsaw

Any music lovers or pianists in your travel group? If so, the Frédéric Chopin Museum is one of the unmissable things to do in Warsaw. With over 7,500 objects linked to the composer’s life, including personal items and a collection of his works, the exhibits truly honor the legacy and impact he imparted.

Inside of this beautiful building, you’ll find musical manuscripts that to this day are incredibly valuable due to the documentation of his creative process.

34 – Learn about Jewish Heritage and the former Ghetto

Jewish Ghetto and Heritage tours, Warsaw

Prior to WWII, Warsaw was a center for Jewish culture. During the German occupation, however, a ghetto was created to hold all Jewish persons and separate them from the rest of the city by an ominous 10-foot wall.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history, a historian-led tour of the former Ghetto, which tells the story of the Ghetto Uprising, and includes stops at the Jewish Ghetto Memorial, Mila 18 (the former headquarters of the ŻOB, a Jewish resistance group), and plenty more.

Be sure to visit the Jewish Cemetery as well — the resting place of over 200,000 people, many of whom were the nameless victims of the tragic ghetto.

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35 – Admire The National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum, Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the oldest art museums in the country, with beginnings that date all the way back to 1862.

Surviving many phases, along with political unrest and war, this institute has strived to maintain a place to hold Polish legacy and history.

Boasting a massive encyclopedia collection and over 830,000 exhibits from all over the world, this is the perfect place for art and history buffs alike.

36 – Watch a game at the PGE National Stadium

PGE National Stadium, Warsaw

This modern, multi-functional facility has truly seen it all: from football championships and indoor windsurfing to the COP-19 Climate Summit, there is always something going on, no matter the season.

So, why not take an impressive tour to learn about all the ins and outs that make this one of the most modern and visited arenas in Europe – or even watch a game at the PGE National Stadium !

37 – Step into the Future at Melt Museum

Melt Museum, Warsaw

Dive into Poland’s first immersive multisensory space at Melt Museum . This unique venue spans 600 square meters with 11 rooms that blend interactive multimedia and reality for a transformative experience.

Created by the innovative duo behind MELT IMMERSIVE, the museum offers a 45 to 90-minute journey that challenges your perceptions of reality.

Open from 12:00 to 20:30 on weekdays and 10:00 to 21:00 on weekends, with tickets starting at just 39 zł, this multisensory adventure promises an unforgettable dive into the future of art and interaction.

38 – Admire the Royal Castle

Royal Castle, Warsaw

Live like royalty for the day and wander the castle that Polish monarchs roamed for centuries!

The Royal Castle stood firm against many armies but after the invasion in 1939 and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, it was almost completely destroyed after being burned and looted.

Luckily for modern tourists, it was rebuilt in the 70s and 80s and is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, highlighted by its Rembrandt exhibit and peaceful gardens

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39 – Go canoeing in the Masurian Lake District

canoeing in Warsaw

For a bit of tranquility in the midst of your trip, head out to the Masurian Lake District for some canoeing!

Located just a few hours from the city, this beautiful area is home to a variety of plants and animals, and features some truly gorgeous bodies of water.

Grab your paddle and explore this lush region, following peaceful river routes past small villages, lush forests, and beautiful flocks of birds.

It’s a perfect way to enjoy the unique wilderness!

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40 – Ride carousels at Pepeland

Carousel Park Rozrywki Pepeland

One of the most enjoyable things to do in Warsaw for families, Pepeland is the ideal spot for a picnic, a few rides, and a great day out.

This fantastic amusement park will keep both the young and old busy, with a mini petting zoo, horseback riding, dinosaur exhibits, playgrounds, and sports fields to boot.

Play around the Monkey Grove with swings and slides, or jump on the professional trampoline for a flipping good time!

41 – Experience the rare Warsaw Fotoplastikon

Warsaw Fotoplastikon, Warsaw

The oldest of its kind in Europe, surviving multiple wars and entertaining visitors of all ages since the early 1900s, the Warsaw Fotoplastikon is a stereoscopic theater — a medium that’s largely died out in modern times.

Note: Unfortunately, as of late 2021, the Warsaw Fotoplastikon is temporarily closed. Keep an eye out to see when it reopens, because its historical value and unique entertainment experience is an otherwise must-see, considering the rarity of the technology these days.

42 – Admire the Miniature Park Region Mazowiecki

Miniature Park Region Mazowiecki, Warsaw

Architecture buffs, take note: this one is just for you.

Built by a group of history and architecture enthusiasts, this park seeks to restore the memory of Warsaw prior to the effect of WWII. Inside exists a truly unique exhibit of detailed miniature buildings that have proved critical throughout Warsaw’s history.

Both sobering and awe-inspiring, Miniature Park Region Mazowiecki demonstrates not only the destruction of history but the beauty of what was and still exists.

43 – Learn a thing or two at the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum

Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum, Warsaw

Science lovers, we’re looking at you for this one!

For students and scholars alike, this museum acts as an interactive biography of Maria Skłodowska-Curie ; as one of the most influential female scientists, she discovered polonium and radium, changing the direction of chemistry and physics.

An easy way to kill a couple of hours, this museum offers both educational and cultural exhibits, as well as films explaining her work.

44 – Wander around the Praga District

Praga District, Warsaw

A rare part of Warsaw that wasn’t destroyed during World War II, the Praga District is one of the city’s charming regions that remain authentic, diverse, and full of historic landmarks.

On guided tours through the area, led by friendly and knowledgable locals, expect to stroll past temples of the variety of religions that have found a home here, before visiting the Praga Museum to learn more about the history.

Finally, take a walk along the quaint streets and finish the stroll at the Neon Museum to see a handful of unique, Cold War-era neon signs.

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45 – Step inside St. Florian’s Cathedral

St. Florian’s Cathedral, Warsaw

With two mighty towers standing at 75 meters tall, the stunning St. Florian’s Cathedral  located in the Praga district is a sight to see and a living history museum.

Built back in the 19th century as a form of protest and to maintain Catholic tradition in the area, it was deliberately made to stand out. However, after WWII, it was left in ruins because it had been a hiding place for Jewish persons in the community.

Eventually, it was rebuilt and opened to the public in 1972, drawing visitors from all over.

46 – Take the kids to AIRO Park

AIRO Park in Warsaw

If you’re looking for some family fun, look no further than AIRO Park !

This park boasts many different activities so you can jump around to your heart’s desire: race with other kids on the mini karts, play with an interactive sandbox in the game’s room, defy gravity with a wall run, try your hand (read: feet) at slacklining, or grab a partner and battle on the beams to see who can keep their balance the longest!

47 – Squeeze inside the Keret House

Keret House, Warsaw

An artistic concept turned into reality, the slender Keret House is the narrowest house in the world – the widest point stretch a mere 122 centimeters.

That may sound a little claustrophobic, but the semi-transparent walls allow ample natural light in, making this small space not feel so cramped. As it exists between two buildings, this fully functional space was built with the idea of combining the present and future with a complicated past.

48 – Eat way too much at Specjaly Regionalne

Specjaly Regionalne

With hundreds of excellent reviews, the Specjaly Regionalne is the perfect spot to experience authentic Polish cuisine. Combining healthy, locally sourced ingredients with authentic tastes, you can find all kinds of delightful dishes.

Can’t decide what to order? The beloved eaterie is well-known for its roasted duck and pierogies, so pick either of those and you’ll be sure to leave with a full belly.

49 – Hit some targets on a shooting range

shooting ranges in Warsaw

For anyone looking to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby, or relieve some stress, a shooting range might be the thrill you need.

Unlike a lot of other countries and cities over in Western Europe, in Warsaw, you can try your hand at shooting a variety of firearms, with some ranges even offering automatic weapons.

Thankfully, besides the target shooting, you’ll also learn everything about safety and handling with individual or group instructors.

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50 – Admire nature’s wonders at the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

Need a break from the busy city? Then grab a book and head on over to the botanic garden for the afternoon.

With shade-covered benches and thousands of different species of plants, not to mention a small chapel built in the 1700s, there’s plenty of beauty to marvel at in this small but diverse garden.

51 – Level up at the Interactive Pinball Museum!

Interactive Pinball Museum, Warsaw

One for the gamers and retro-lovers, why not spend an evening at the Pinball Museum to enjoy a game night with family and friends?

With more than 60 pinball and arcade games, this museum draws game lovers from all over the city with its vintage selection.

The best part? Once you pay the entry fee, you can re-enter throughout the day with the bracelet and don’t need coins to play the games, unlike most other arcades.

52 – Get cultured at the Modern Art Museum

Modern Art Museum, Warsaw

The ideal spot for a rainy day — or any day if you’re a fan of Warhol and that ilk — the Modern Art Museum is an excellent place for art lovers with a more experimental and contemporary taste.

This museum focuses on film as a medium for art and holds collections from the late 1990s to the present, tallying up over 700 films from local artists — plus plenty of more traditional styles too, of course.

53 – Take a cooking class!

cooking classes in Warsaw

Whether you want to be able to impress your friends back home with your new cooking skills or simply enjoy a lip-smacking meal, a cooking class is one of the more fun and immersive things to do in Warsaw.

Taught by local chefs, you’ll get stuck into making authentic Polish pierogies and learn about Polish liquor tastings and traditions. For the extra thirsty, there are even a few liquor-making classes that include a few take-home bottles!

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54 – Explore the Warsaw University Library Garden

Warsaw University Library Garden, Warsaw

Not to be confused with the nearby Botanical Gardens, Warsaw University Library Garden is small but perfectly formed garden, a hidden gem for those wanting to get off the beaten track and discover more of Warsaw’s natural side.

Built across two levels on the roof of a new Library building, away from the streetside tourists, this oasis of calm is truly one to behold, with its greenery, bridges, streams, and offers a nice breath of fresh air.

55 – Try traditional Polish dishes at the Stary Dom restaurant

Stary Dom restaurant, Warsaw

Who’s hungry?

This top-class restaurant is a true landmark of Warsaw, with its high ceilings, sophisticated decor, and expansive wine list, conjuring up a wonderful, historic, and friendly atmosphere.

While not centrally located by any means, the beloved eaterie is easily accessible by public transport and, thanks to its huge portions, is well worth the trip to Stary Dom .

56 – Run around the city with a scavenger game!

scavenger games in Warsaw

Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt, so why not try one in Warsaw, operated conveniently from your very own phone?

With all sorts of themes and variations on the traditional game, you’re sure to find something for your group: from historical hunts around Old Town to tours of original graffiti spots or even pub crawls with puzzles thrown in along the way — there are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained.

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57 – Take a hike at Kampinos National Park

Kampinos National Park, Warsaw

For those who want to enjoy the great outdoors without necessarily roughing it, Kampinos, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve, is one of Poland’s best national parks for organized or solo trips.

With its low-level walking trails that are easy on inexperienced legs and a range of activities including kayaking, cycling, horseback riding, and skiing trails, you can discover the beauty of this park on your own terms.

Despite being a national park, it’s only 35 minutes away from the city center by car.

58 – See a show at Teatr Dramatyczny

Teatr Dramatyczny show in Warsaw

Created in 2013 with a combined influence of two performing arts institutions, this stunning building acts as a cultural hub for Warsaw, showcasing influential performances as well as historical plays and concerts.

No matter what you see, you’re guaranteed to get lost in the story with top-notch acting — just check the website to see what’s on during your visit to Teatr Dramatyczny .

59 – Say “​​Na Zdrowie” on a Polish vodka tour

Polish vodka tours in Warsaw

An experience that promises to be both a cultural insight and a jolly good time, a dedicated vodka tour is a wonderful way to break the ice and get to know a few fellow travelers.

We all know that Poland is known for its vodka, but to find the best in the land, you need to know where to look — and that’s where a guided tour comes into play!

But if nightlife isn’t your scene, you can always take a tour of the Polish Vodka Museum to learn the ins and outs of distilling (plus enjoy a tasting session).

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60 – Walk around Skaryszew Park

Skaryszew Park, Warsaw

One of Warsaw’s largest parks, found on the eastern side of the Vistula in the Praga-Południe district, the picturesque Skaryszew is a great spot for picnics and peaceful strolls.

Covering over 58 hectares, the park also contains lakes ideal for kayaking, a handful of walking trails, and no shortage of friendly wildlife (ducks, squirrels, and birds, to name but a few).

61 – Sit front row for a Chopin concert

Chopin concerts in Warsaw

For those wanting to experience the magic of music in historic surroundings, Warsaw is home to a number of unique concert halls.

The best-known and most popular (not only among tourists) is the Fryderyk Concert Hall in Old Town; but if you want something even more intimate, a range of restaurants and theaters put on more low-key, VIP performances.

Combine a listening session with a Chopin-themed walking tour, museum visit, hearty dinner, or, go full romantic and book a private Chopin serenade for you and your special someone.

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62 – Get lost in Mokotów Field (Pole Mokotowskie)

Mokotów Field (Pole Mokotowskie), Warsaw

This beautiful green space is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

The park, which covers an area of over 180 acres (nearly one quarter the size of New York’s Central Park), features ponds, wild fields, lakeside pathways accessible by foot or bike, vast grassy expanses perfect for picnics, and a children’s play area.

The park is also home to the famous Polish National Library, a handful of bars, and a two-kilometer educational trail.

63 – Dine at the best restaurants

best restaurants in Warsaw

If you’re looking for a more straightforward dining experience, there are tons of world-class eateries to choose from!

Alewino blends excellent drinks and savory food into one unforgettable meal, while Concept 13 offers creative takes on Polish and international cuisine.

Mokotowska 69 is perfect for some upscale meals like fried foie gras and Wagyu beef, while Rozbrat 20 offers unique dishes made with local ingredients and innovative pairings.

These delicious spots will have you begging for seconds!

64 – Cheers with locals on a beer tasting tour

beer tasting in Warsaw

If you’re a beer lover, then a tour of Warsaw with one of the handful of organized, locally-led beer adventures is an absolute must.

Centered around the city’s fantastic microbreweries and brewpubs, as well as commonly-known beers like Zywiec Biale and Okocim, these two-to-three-hour fun-filled guided tours run year-round (though at different times depending on season or preference).

The informative Eastern European food & drink tours are run by beer aficionados who love to share their passion for great IPAs, ales and lagers, and are all about pairing delicious dishes with equally tasty tipples.

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65 – Grab a bite and a beer at the Night Market

Night Market, Warsaw

To experience some of Warsaw’s finest street food, visit the popular night market (Nocny Market).

Though it’s not exactly hidden away, the stalls are set up on the platform of a de-commission train station (Warszawa Główna), largely out of sight from major roads and therefore with a wonderful, calm, yet still vibrant atmosphere.

Open for several hours every Thursday through Sunday, there’s plenty of beer, burgers, and sweet treats to get stuck into.

66 – Relax for the day at Wodny Park

Wodny Park in Warsaw

If, after a couple of days of hectic sightseeing and lots of walking, you simply need a moment to relax, then take that moment at the unique Wodny Park complex in the city’s south.

Housing an Olympic swimming pool, recreational swimming pool, slides, fitness classes, squash courts, and a children’s area (not to mention a solarium if you want to work on the tan) there’s some kind of activity for every energy level.

After playing around and getting a good workout, check out one of the many saunas or get a relaxing massage!

67 – Enjoy cocktails and amazing views

cocktails in Warsaw

Known as Warsaw’s highest bar, the Panorama Sky Bar is a must-do for any type of traveler: the drinker wanting signature cocktails, the tourist wanting spectacular views, or the luxury-seeker wanting high-class service.

Located on top of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, the esteemed bar boasts panoramic views over the city and beyond from its 40th-floor location — perfect for drinks before dinner!

True to its name, The Roof SkyBar offers plenty of great scenery, and some excellent beverages to match. Try the fun and colorful cocktails and listen to some lovely live music, while the lights up around you.

Or stop by Loreta Bar , with its classy drinks and relaxed vibe. Perched atop the Puro hotel, this charming spot is known for its weekly musical events, including vinyl record nights and DJ sets.

68 – See a show at the Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki)

Grand Theatre (Teatr Wielki) shows in Warsaw

A staple of any theater or opera-lover’s itinerary, the coveted Grand Theatre is a must for all Warsaw visitors.

Built in 1833 by famed neoclassical Italian architect Antonio Corazzi, it boasts an eye-catching façade and a magical main auditorium.

Located in the historic Theatre Square opera complex, this stunning venue is one of Europe’s most famous opera houses and an essential stop for culture vultures, especially considering the fact that the Polish National Ballet performs here too.

69 – Make some new friends on a pub crawl

pub crawls in Warsaw

One of the most popular ways to get a taste of Warsaw’s nightlife is by going on one of their famous pub crawls!

These booze-filled tours take you around the city’s best bars and clubs — exploring areas like Saska Kępa, up-and-coming Praga, or Pawilony (where bars are stacked side by side in a Nowy Świat street courtyard), giving visitors an opportunity to meet other tourists, hear live music, while getting plenty tipsy along the way!

While each adventure is different, all the crawls usually include food and drink, transport between bars (if needed), and entry fees.

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70 – Dance the night away in a rooftop bar

rooftop bars in Warsaw

Sitting atop Warsaw’s iconic Spectrum Tower, this 32d-floor rooftop club and lounge near Grzybowski Square is dubbed one of, if not the best nightclubs in the city.

With a DJ spinning tunes from 10 pm till 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays, The View Warsaw Rooftop Bar it’s an ideal spot for drinks, dancing, and getting a little rowdy.

If you want to keep the party going, head over to Level 27 !

This boisterous club is known for its spectacular lineup of live events, as well as a dance floor and some truly awesome aesthetics.

Surrounded by industrial chic and mossy decor, with the sounds of the hottest DJs pulsing around you, you’ll soon see why this spot has been ranked amongst the best clubs on the planet!

How to get to Warsaw?

With its centralized location, Warsaw is reachable by train from much of Europe.

But many visitors find it easier to take a plane, arriving and departing from Chopin Airport.

If you’re flying, arrange an airport transfer for convenient access to the city, with options for every budget, you can avoid the hassle and get started on your vacation!

Where to stay in Warsaw?

InterContinental Warszawa will make you feel like a high-roller, with its spacious wellness center and glamorous pool that offers panoramic views while you swim.

Novotel Warszawa Centrum is right in the midst of things, surrounded by the Central Railway Station and the Palace of Culture and Science; but it offers plenty of comforts inside as well, including a sauna and an excellent bar.

NYX Hotel Warsaw by Leonardo Hotels provides easy access to the shops and entertainment in town – and even a car rental if you want to venture further!

Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre boasts modern designs, a delicious buffet breakfast, and convenient proximity to all of the action – not to mention some transit hubs!

And at Hotel Gromada Warszawa Centrum , you can pop out for souvenirs at Złote Tarasy Shopping Center or stroll down Nowy Świat Street and people-watch, before coming back to work out or relax in the lounge.

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Visiting Warsaw on a budget?

From decadent pre-war buildings and Communist structures to historic Jewish neighborhoods and LGBTQ-friendly communities, Warsaw’s free walking tours provide great context for the city’s past – as well as its fascinating present.

Along with getting unique vantage points from passionate local guides, you’ll be able to save tons of money; but be sure to bring cash for tips!

Where to go next?

Krakow offers another perspective on Polish life and history, with its towering castles, powerful World War II monuments, and lovely natural scenery.

Don’t overlook Wroclaw , the “Venice of Poland” with its charming bridges and islands. Explore its vibrant market square, Gothic landmarks, and whimsical dwarf statues.

Or pop over to Germany for a taste of Berlin , the hip and happening city with a flair for the unique.

Head North East and discover the medieval Old Town of Vilnius , Lithuania’s capital .

Looking for a seaside destination? Discover the stunning city of Gdanks and enjoy the Baltic coast.

In the Czech Republic, Prague beckons, with its remarkable architecture, wonderful dining scene, and rich culture that ranges from upscale museums to vibrant clubs.

Meanwhile, Hungary offers up Budapest , where the picture-perfect scenery is only matched by its unique cultural excursions, intriguing museums, and soothing natural spas.

And don’t miss out on Bratislava , the capital of Slovakia, which is packed with quirky shops, striking scenery, and delicious craft beers ripe for tasting.

There are also tons of great multi-day trips from Warsaw itself, where you can encounter striking landscapes, charming cities, and even wild bison!

Still feeling adventurous? Check out some of the other best places to visit in Europe !

Final thoughts

While it doesn’t always get the same attention as its neighbors, the number of incredible things to do in Warsaw make it a must-see!

Whether you want an action-packed trip, a history-filled ramble, or a nice round of people-watching, it’s the kind of city that welcomes and challenges in turn.

Take in the serious, the silly, and the scrumptious – it’s all part of the fun in this town!

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25 Best Things to Do in Warsaw (Poland)

It is not hyperbole to say that Warsaw is a city that has risen from the rubble. In 1945 85% of the city was irretrievably destroyed. But you could now walk the streets of the Old Town without comprehending the carnage that took place during the German invasion of 1939, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and the general Warsaw Uprising a year later.

The human impact is harder to mend, and Warsaw has museums and monuments that give unflinching accounts of one of the darkest periods in European History. But there are also memories of the splendour of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the Early Modern Age, when Warsaw was the capital of Europe’s largest empire. To see it, take the Royal Route, which threads through royal properties like Łazienki Park, a little world of palaces and pavilions in the middle of the city.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Warsaw :

1. Old Town

Old Town, Warsaw

When you tour a historic city centre you’re normally out for genuine, untouched architecture and monuments.

But after Warsaw’s experiences in the 20th century, the magic of this quarter is in the detailed and faithful reconstruction carried out up to 1962. After almost nine tenths of the city was wiped out, the Old Town’s rebirth was an incredible feat that has earned it Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Status.

As you pick your way along alleys and passageways, past guildhalls, churches and burgher houses you’d never imagine that this was all just a pile of debris 70 years ago.

A couple of sights that we haven’t included on the list below are Canon Square, a triangular plaza enclosed by tenements that once houses canons of the Warsaw Chapter, and St John’s Archcathedral, holding the tomb of Stanisław II Augustus, the last King of Poland.

Available tour : Warsaw Old Town 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

2. Royal Route

Adam Mickiewicz Monument Along The Royal Route, Warsaw

It happens that nearly all of Warsaw’s historic landmarks are on a single axis beginning at the Castle Square and continuing south for 15 kilometres or so before arriving at Wilanów Palace.

On this line are churches, parks, palaces, academic institutions and plush townhouses.

The three residences that give the route its “royal” title are the Royal Castle at the top, Łazienki Palace in its stunning eponymous park, and Wilanów Palace at the southern terminus.

All three are absolutely essential, resonating with the wealth and might of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

3. Łazienki Park

Łazienki Park, Warsaw

Warsaw’s largest park is an anchor on the Royal Route and is an excursion of choice for families and couples on the weekend.

The park started out as the royal baths (Łazienki translates to “baths”) and was enriched in the 18th century by a grand plan during the reign of King Stanisław II Augustus.

In these 76 leafy hectares are palaces, pavilions, two orangeries, an amphitheatre, a planetarium, follies, promenades, water features and monuments of national standing.

Hopping from one villa to the next, marvelling at the sumptuous Łazienki Palace, pottering around four museums or just relaxing in the greenery; a whole day could float by here in no time.

Maybe the most prestigious of the monuments is for the composer Frédéric Chopin, designed in 1907 in the Art Nouveau style, but delayed by the First World War and erected in 1926.

4. Old Town Market Place

Old Town Market Place, Warsaw

Up to the creation of Stanisław II Augustus’ New Town at the end of the 18th century, this square was the epicentre of commercial life in Warsaw.

It is the most historic part of the Old Town and is enveloped by tall Renaissance and Baroque merchants’ houses in a spectrum of colours.

All of these buildings are post-war replicas of what came before, as the square was first bombed by the Luftwaffe and then blown up by the Germans at the end of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Immediately after the war the square was rebuilt as it had been, including the bizarre but charming vertical extensions that cap some of the houses.

The mermaid figure on the fountain in the centre holds special meaning for Warsaw, while in summer you can park up at a restaurant table and watch the city going about its day.

5. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Seven years in the making, this museum fully opened in 2014 and documents the millennium-long history of the Jews in Poland.

POLIN is at the northern part of the former Warsaw ghetto in Muranów, and was designed by Finnish architect Rainer Mahlamäki.

In eight galleries, the core exhibition uses a mixture of genuine artefacts, reconstructions and interactive displays to explain how Poland became home for Europe’s largest Jewish community.

You can see a prayer book from 1272 with an early sentence written in Yiddish and find out about the golden age of religious tolerance in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Later comes the Holocaust, and in the gloom are stories about the heroic efforts of the Oyneg Shabbos group to archive the truth about the Warsaw ghetto.

Suggested tour : Warsaw Polin Museum Guided Tour

6. Royal Castle

Warsaw Royal Castle

At the southern entrance to the Old Town you’ll be met by the 90-metre facade of the Mannerist and Baroque castle, the seat of the Polish monarchs for hundreds of years.

The castle has come through an eventful 700 years involving two demolitions, one by the Swedes in the mid-17th century and another by the Germans in the Second World War.

Since the last reconstruction in the 1980s the castle has been a museum, where you can view the apartments of the 16th-century King Sigismund II Augustus, and visit the House of Parliament, the fountain-head of Polish democracy and where amendments made to the Polish-Lithuanian constitution ushered in unprecedented religious tolerance.

There’s also a collection of paintings from the 16th to the 18th century by masters like Rembrandt, van Dyck, Joos van Cleve and Gainsborough.

Book online : Tour of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

7. Castle Square

Castle Square, Warsaw

When Poland’s capital moved from Kraków to Warsaw in 1596 the square beside the castle became the cornerstone of the largest Empire in Renaissance Europe.

The man who brought about this switch was Sigismund III Vasa, who is commemorated by a bronze statue atop an 8.5-metre column.

This was first raised in 1644, but was toppled by the Germans in 1944 and its original red marble was replaced with granite.

There are still fragments of the marble column by the castle walls.

Some events that shook Poland have taken place here, like a bloody riot during the period of Martial Law in 1982, a massacre by the Russians during an uprising in 1861 and a speech by Bill Clinton welcoming Poland into NATO in 1997. Whether it’s a rally or concert there’s often something going on at Castle Square in summer.

8. Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw Uprising Museum

This museum of the Warsaw Uprising of August to October 1944 is in the converted former tramway power station in the Wola district.

On entering you can use pre-War telephone receivers to listen to the memories of participants in the uprising.

Among the many clever installations is the Kino palladium, a cinema showing the footage collected by the insurgents and screened at the Warsaw Palladium during the uprising.

There are also replicas of the sewers that the fighters used to get around, while ‘before and after’ photographs of the city bring home the ruthlessness of the German backlash.

9. Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw

Poland’s top science museum opened in 2010 and has more than 400 interactive exhibits across six zones, each tackling a different field, from the Roots of Civilisation to the Lightzone, investigating the nature of light.

The World in Motion for instance has an earthquake simulator to try out as well as a moving model that showing a human skeleton on a bicycle.

At the Humans and the Environment zone you can find out about urban ecosystems, contruction technology.

There are also webcams beaming footage directly from a falcon’s nest at the Palace of Culture and Science, and the gorilla enclosure at the Warsaw Zoo.

The centre also has a state-of-the-art planetarium with a 3D sound system, screening shows about the cosmos, but also nature and human cultures.

10. Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

Whatever your opinion on this enormous building, it is practically ever-present in Warsaw.

At 237 metres the Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland, and on its 42 floors are four theatres, a multi-screen cinema, two museums, the 3,000-seater Congress Hall, government offices, academic institutions and private companies.

Taking cues from Art Deco skyscrapers and Polish Historicism, this immense Stalinist complex was a ‘gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland’ in 1955, and that’s just one of the reasons it evokes mixed feelings.

If an international event is taking place in Warsaw there’s a good chance it will go down at the Congress Hall, while there’s an observation terrace on the 30th floor open 10:00-20:00 for the ultimate panorama of the city.

11. Łazienki Palace

Łazienki Palace

On the artificial island in the lake at Łazienki Park is the sublime Classical palace conceived in the 18th century for King Stanisław II Augustus.

The property is a conversion of a Baroque bathing pavilion for Count Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski from the century before, and has kept some of the architecture from that first building.

The north facade has a portico at the shore of the lake, while the main entrance is in a recess with powerful Corinthian columns, while the roof is hemmed by a balustrade carrying statues of mythological figures.

The ground floor has lavishly decorated salons (The Solomon Room is a stand-out), and the Lower Gallery, has paintings by Jacob Jordaens, Rembrandt and Rubens.

Upstairs is the Upper Gallery, as well as the King’s splendid cabinet and bedchambers.

Included in this tour : Warsaw Half–Day Highlights Tour

12. Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace, Warsaw

The palace at the southern end of the Royal Route came through the Second World War without a scratch.

So Wilanów Palace is a rare glimpse of the majesty of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth before Poland was annexed by Prussia and Russia in the late-18th century.

This palace was intended as a summer escape for King Jan III Sobieski towards the end of the 17th century, and has all the hallmarks of Baroque palace architecture, including a parterre with two terraces boasting topiaries, broderie and statues symbolising love.

The exterior is laden with medallions, busts, statues and other Baroque ornamentation, while interior decor abounds with stuccowork, striking trompe-l’œil frescoes and chinoiserie.

High points are the sumptuous White Hall, traced by mirrors, the King’s Library, the King’s Bedroom and the North Gallery, flanked by statues and with magnificent ceiling frescoes.

13. Krakowskie Przedmieście

Krakowskie Przedmieście

The most prestigious street in Warsaw makes its way southwards at the beginning of the Royal Route from near the Castle Square.

You’ll see palaces, dignified monuments and eminent Polish institutions like the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw University and the Presidential Palace.

Across from the entrance to Bednarska Street is Warsaw’s second oldest standing monument, the Madonna of Passau.

This dates from 1683 and is a votive offering in thanks for King Jan III Sobieski’s role in the defeat of the Turks at the Battle of Vienna, in which he led the largest cavalry charge in the history of warfare.

14. National Museum

Warsaw National Museum

Warsaw’s biggest museum is also one of the largest in Poland and has a huge assortment of historical artefacts from many places and eras.

The collection of antiquities is noteworthy, made up of some 11,000 Egyptian, Greek and Roman pieces.

Also set aside an hour or two to see everything in the Faras Gallery.

This is furnished with Nubian early Christian frescoes, friezes and architectural elements brought here from the Egyptian-Sudanese border before the construction of the Aswan High Dam flooded the valley.

In the collection of Polish Medieval art from the 14th and 15th centuries are works produced for churches and cathedrals, including devotional paintings, altarpieces and sculptures.

And there’s also lots of art from the Early Modern Age and 19th century, by well-known names like Lucas Cranach the Elder, Brueghel the Elder, Rembrandt, Courbet and Renoir.

15. St Anne’s Church

St Anne's Church, Warsaw

One of the oldest landmarks in the city, St Anne’s Church on Krakowskie Przedmieście was founded in 1454. In the 17th century the church had to be rebuilt no fewer than four times, until receiving its final Neoclassical facade in 1788. In the niches between the columns and pilasters are statues of the Four Evangelists below a massive pediment.

The interior has kept hold of its theatrical Baroque design from a little earlier, and has spectacular frescoes on its barrel vault and has a nave edged by Corinthian pilasters with gilded capitals.

There are also regular organ recitals at St Anne’s, well worth catching.

16. Taras Widokowy na Stare Miasto (Viewing Platform in the Old Town)

View from Bell Tower, Warsaw

St Anne’s Church has a stand alone bell tower, which will provide you with another vantage point over the city.

In fact, this tower may even be better than the Palace of Culture and Science, as it’s planted on the edge of the Old Town and has regal Baroque architecture.

If you can brave the 147 steps you’ll be rewarded by a bird’s eye view of the Castle, Castle Square, the Old Town to the north and Krakowskie Przedmieście to the south.

17. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw

In Piłsudski Square, the largest in Warsaw, is a monument for unidentified soldiers who have died fighting for Poland.

The tomb dates to 1925, and contains the body of a soldier who fell in the Battle of Lemberg of 1918-1919 between Poland and the West Ukrainian People’s Republic.

The monument housing the tomb is a fragment (three arches) from the arcade that once belonged to the Saxon Palace, demolished after the Warsaw Uprising.

Under the central arch is the tomb and eternal flame, watched by the Representative Honour Guard Battalion of the Polish Armed Forces.

At the stroke of every hour 365 days a year the guard is changed.

The monument and square are the focus of ceremonies for the Polish Armed Forces Day every 15 August.

18. Jewish Ghetto Memorial

Jewish Ghetto Memorial, Warsaw

By the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews is a monument to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. On the square below the wall is a circular plaque inscribed with the message: ” Those who fell in the unprecedented heroic struggle for the Dignity and Freedom of the Jewish people, for Free Poland, for the liberation of man – Polish Jews”, in Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew.

This was unveiled in 1946 and is encased in red sandstone to symbolise the bloodshed.

The wall behind came later, in 1948, designed by Natan Rapaport and intended to resemble Jerusalem’s Western Wall and the wall of the Warsaw Ghetto.

On the eastern side of the monument a bronze bas-relief depicts Jewish children, women and elderly being driven by German soldiers.

On the west side the monument shows the uprising of April 1943 with a relief titled “Fight”.

Recommended tour : 3-Hour Tour of Jewish Warsaw

19. Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

At 33 hectares this Jewish burial ground, dating back to 1806, is one of the largest in the world.

There are over 250,000 marked graves at Okopawa Street Cemetery, as well as several mass graves for those who were killed during the Warsaw Ghetto.

Nature has taken over large swathes of the site, which, along with the Art Nouveau and Historicist monuments, makes the cemetery equal parts beautiful and poignant.

Something interesting about this place is that it was drawn up for Jewish people of all affiliations, so there are allocated areas known as “Quarters” for military burials, Orthodox burials (for men, women and holy scriptures), reform Judaism and children.

After the Second World War a small corner of the cemetery was reopened for Warsaw’s returning Jewish population.

20. Zachęta

Zachęta, Warsaw

At Plac Małachowskiego is a solemn gallery built in 1900 and dedicated to modern and contemporary Polish art.

Since its foundation in 1860 the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts has had the job of promoting fine art in Poland.

In its early years some of the nation’s most celebrated painters like Jan Matejko and Wojciech Gerson staged exhibitions Zachęta.

And in the same vein, it remains a shortcut to Poland’s art scene via temporary exhibitions for up-and-coming talent and established names like Katarzyna Kozyra and Krzysztof Wodiczko.

In the permanent collection are pieces by leading post-war artists like the painter and set-designer Tadeusz Kantor and the Surrealist Jewish sculptor Alina Szapocznikow.

21. Nowy Świat Street

Nowy Świat Street

Also on the Royal Route, this one-kilometre artery leads southwards from Krakowskie Przedmieście down to Three Crosses Square.

Nowy Świat Street’s origins lie in the 16th century when it was first used by the upper class to reach their properties in the countryside south of the old town.

As Warsaw grew, the city’s wealthier and aristocratic residents built homes along the street.

And by Napoleonic times these were remodelled from half-timbered buildings into fine Neoclassical mansions and villas.

The thoroughfare has cafes, upmarket shops and international retailers like Sephora by day, and lots of nightspots with international clientele when the sun goes down.

22. Copernicus Monument

Copernicus Monument, Warsaw

The monument for the trailblazing Renaissance astronomer and mathematician stands proud in front of the Polish Academy of Sciences at Stazsic Palace.

The work shows Copernicus with a compass and armillary sphere and was fashioned by Bertel Thorvaldsen, maybe the leading sculptor in Europe of the day.

It was presented to the public in 1830 and had an uneventful first century until the Second World War.

Not long after entering the city in 1939 the German authorities replaced the Latin and Polish inscriptions with a one in the German language, leading to a tit-for-tat campaign between the Polish resistance and the occupiers.

After the uprising in 1944 it was removed to the city of Nysa to be melted down, but by then the German army was in retreat and the statue could be rescued and returned to its rightful place.

23. Holy Cross Church

Holy Cross Church, Warsaw

Another of the head-turning sights on Krakowskie Przedmieście, the Holy Cross Church is a Baroque monument built in the first half of the 18th century to a design by the royal court architect Józef Szymon Bellotti.

The church was badly damaged in the Warsaw Uprising and was later blown up by the German army in 1945. And when it was rebuilt right after the war the design was simplified and didn’t include the frescoes and polychrome statues that came before.

But there’s still a very good reason to pay a visit: In accordance with his will, Frédéric Chopin’s heart was brought to this church by his sister in an urn, and embedded in a pillar in one of the chapels.

24. Warsaw University Library Garden

Warsaw University Library Garden

A few steps back from the Vistula River, Warsaw University’s library is strange to behold from ground level: There’s a long and austere stone facade and a blue scaffold-like porch that could be from the Pompidou Centre.

But up the exterior stairway is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe.

Open from March to November, this one-hectare space is a little dreamland of fountains, streams, pergolas, arbours and lawns, while the library’s windows and skylights add a touch of the surreal.

This is all the work of landscape architect Irena Bajersaka and opened in 2002. The city views are also fantastic, encompassing the Vistula, the recent PGE National Stadium and the Copernicus Centre.

25. Saxon Garden

Saxon Garden, Warsaw

When Saxon Garden off Piłsudski Square opened its gates to the public in 1727 it became one of the first public parks in the World.

It had been landscaped in the 17th century for the Saxon Palace, which was lost in the Second World War, along with the Rococo Brühl Palace that also backed onto the park.

In its first century Saxon Garden was a Baroque parterre in the style of Versailles, but has been an English landscape park since the 19th century.

Seek out the park’s sandstone allegorical sculptures, fashioned in the mid-18th century.

Twenty remain from an initial 70, and you can try to work out what each one symbolises (Intellect, Justice, Astronomy, Painting and Poetry are all pretty easy to decipher).

25 Best Things to Do in Warsaw (Poland):

  • Royal Route
  • Łazienki Park
  • Old Town Market Place
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Royal Castle
  • Castle Square
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum
  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Palace of Culture and Science
  • Łazienki Palace
  • Wilanów Palace
  • Krakowskie Przedmieście
  • National Museum
  • St Anne's Church
  • Taras Widokowy na Stare Miasto (Viewing Platform in the Old Town)
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • Jewish Ghetto Memorial
  • Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery
  • Nowy Świat Street
  • Copernicus Monument
  • Holy Cross Church
  • Warsaw University Library Garden
  • Saxon Garden

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35 Unusual Things To Do In Warsaw(The Capital City’s Quirky Side)

Best things to do in Warsaw

If you are wondering about the unusual things to do in Warsaw, you have come to the right place. I planned to give Warsaw a day but ended up staying for almost 4 days. Yes, I loved Warsaw, the quirky capital of Poland. It is unlike the chic Wroclaw or has the charm of Krakow , but it will for sure captivate you with unique things you can only expect to happen in the city. I find going off the beat places more interesting. If you feel the same, you’ll love these. So I won’t keep you waiting now, go right ahead and check out all the top unusual things to do in Warsaw.

Unusual Things to do in Warsaw

1. check out the narrowest house in the world.

It is located centrally near the old town, it’s easily missed, due to the obvious reason – It’s size! I am talking about the Keret House, which is the narrowest house in the world. You can spot it through Google Maps or just by asking around.

Keret house

Named after the first tenant who lived there, the Keret house is one of Warsaw sights that is quirky. The tax was determined by the size of the house, and to avoid that the owner built it so tiny – Whether this is true or not, the house surely cannot be missed.

It’s a thriving place for artists but not open to the public every day. You can check their website to plan accordingly if you intend to go inside this cute house.

2. Relax at Park Skaryszewski

The capital city has some of the most beautiful parks. No matter the time of the year, visiting them is one of the unusual things to do in Warsaw. Among the best parks in Warsaw not to be missed, Skaryszewski is one.

There is a lake, abundant greenery with lots of vivid coloured flora, making it a great place to unwind amidst nature. It’s also a great place to escape the city for a while. If you visit in summer, you can also Kayak in the lake or rent boats.

3. Check out the Elegant Presidential Palace

Home to the Polish presidents and a central seat of power since the 17th century, the Presidential Palace is a good addition to your Warsaw sightseeing.

It is an important place for Polish politics, and you can check this out while you explore Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

4. Marvel the architecture of Metro Plac Wilsona

What’s in a metro station, you say? That it makes for one of the unusual things to do in Warsaw. Plus, if you are a fan of modern/contemporary architecture, you would love the Metro station Plac Wilsona, named after the American president Woodrow Wilson.

The unique architecture is one of the coolest things to see in the city. The ceiling is also lit in the evening, so lookout.

5. Walk along the medieval Saxon Garden

I already mentioned about Warsaw being blessed with parks, and this one is special. Constructed in the 18th century, Saxon Garden was the first park in the world open to Public. It houses the tomb of the unknown soldier, along with many sculptures, ponds set amidst greenery.

6. Take a day out to explore Praga district

On the other side of the Vistula river lies Praga, a neighbourhood in Warsaw totally different. The only area that survived the war years, Praga had a notorious reputation for being the abode to city’s gangsters and a dangerous place to be. In recent years, Praga has transitioned to become the space for art and culture, and thus a part of Warsaw tourism. And that’s what it takes to be among the unusual things to do in Warsaw for travelers.

The streets are dominant with the Soviet-style buildings, something which feels like a lacklustre compared to the bright old town. I guess this is compensated with the street art and many art spaces that you could find done by local artists. There are also many cafes, bars and restaurants run by these artists, which are definitely worth checking out.

You can spend a few hours at SOHO Factory, an artistic space comprising art galleries and cafes. Also, don’t forget to check out Warsaw’s oldest local market Bazar Róźyckiego.

If you are looking for a guided tour, I would highly recommend this  2-Hour Praga Walking Tour.  In this tour, you will stroll through Praga as the guide will take you back in time. You can see the film shooting streets of Oscar-winning movie The Pianist, the vodka factory and other quirky things of Praga. Available in English & German, the local guides offer a glimpse of Praga that is enjoyable. This tour is easy to book as you get instant confirmation, and you can also cancel for free if you can’t make it up to 24 hours.

7. All those lights at Neon Museum

Today, Neon lighting reminds us of all the flashy advertisements, but in Poland earlier, the Neon signs were symbols of art, political expressions and a way of cultural life. Most of these were designed in the communist era.  They are original exhibits at the Neon Museum, located in Praga, which has a great collection of them in all designs and beautiful different patterns.

Neon Museum timings: 12 PM to 5 PM every day Neon Museum entry fees: 10 PLN

8. Visit Nozyk Synagogue, the only surviving Synagogue in Warsaw

Warsaw has been through a lot in the past, and one of them was systematic destruction of places of worship of the Jews. So one of the unusual things to do in Warsaw would be to visit that survived.

Nozyk Synagogue is one of the few Jewish synagogues that remain in the country and is well worth checking out if you intend to do some offbeat Warsaw sights.

If you are interested in knowing about the Jews in Warsaw, check this  4-Hour Jewish Heritage Tour, which provides skip the line tickets to uprising Museum as well . You will get an insight into the unique heritage on this tour. This tour is available in Spanish, English, German and Italian.

9. Explore Okopowa Jewish Cemetery

Cemeteries are not your regular tourist attractions, but Okopowa Jewish Cemetery carries the history of the dark past of the Jews, with over 2 million graves.

It looks abandoned for the lack of maintenance. This graveyard in ruins is worth visiting to know what happened once in Warsaw.

Okopowa Jewish Cemetery timings: 10 AM to 6 PM

Okopowa Jewish Cemetery entry fees: 8 PLN

If you want a local to tell you in detail about the history of this unusual attraction, I would recommend this tour, which gives skip the line tickets as well . The ticket is valid for 1 day, so you can easily plan accordingly.

10. Visit Powazkowski Cemetery

One of the unusual places to visit in Warsaw worth considering is Powazkowski Cemetery, where some of the renowned Polish people rest. It’s too grand and large and hence don’t expect a regular cemetery. This cemetery constructed during the 18th century has many medieval sculptures as well.

Powazkowski Cemetery timings: 7 AM to 6 PM. Free entry.

Editor’s note: Looking for day trips from Warsaw? Here are the 25 best ones for you!

11. Koneser Vodka Distillery

You know that Vodka is the drink of Poland, but how about visiting one of the places where it’s made? If it doesn’t still interest you, think of a Gothic style industry consisting of wooden barrels, medieval-style indoors and more.

Yes, that’s how Koneser Vodka Distillery looks like. One of the few buildings that remain undamaged through the test of times, this neighbourhood is also home to some other buildings, making this distillery worth exploring.

If you enjoy a guided tour, how does a tour on a retro bus sound ? Yup, on the historical bus Jelcz, you will get to some interesting stories of the Vodka distillery, and also, you will stroll through picturesque streets of Praga like Zabkowska, Brzeska and Stalowa on this tour. Available in English, the tour lasts for 2.5 hours. It is certainly one of the unusual things to do in Warsaw.

12. Take a Boat Trip down the Vistula River

Vistula river

If going for a walk on the sidewalk is a great way to experience the Vistula, come summer and you can do more. You can rent a boat or just a boat trip or even opt for a sunset ride in the Vistula. The views on either side are memorable.

13. Check out the local food of Warsaw

I can’t emphasize enough about the delicious Polish food. When the food is cheap as well as irresistible, it’s always a jackpot. If you agree (or even don’t), you should try some local food in Warsaw. Being a big city as well as the capital, there is no dearth of fancy restaurants that are not very good, so you might want to research first.

Milk bars in Warsaw

The safest and the cheapest alternative is a milk bar, highly popular with the locals. If you already don’t know, milk bars are small eateries first started during WW I, which gained immense popularity during the Soviet regime. More locals and the general public go these milk bars now. Many of them have renovated to adapt with times, and they look nothing less than fancy cafes/restaurants.

The food in the milk bars is above average, to say the least. IMO, I felt like I tasted the best Polish cuisines in milk bars in Poland. Some of them that you can check out are Bar Mleczny Bambino, Prasowy, Bar Mleczny Sady, Bar Mleczny Rusałka and Bar Mleczny Wilanowski.

If you want to learn to make Polish dumplings, this tour is perfect . In 3 to 4 hours, you will master the way to make delectable Pierogis from the local instructor!

If you want a guided food tour, sign up for this fun  Polish Food Tour, where you will get to know where do locals eat the best Polish food. In this 3.5-hour tour, you will get skip the line tickets, and visit many local eateries where you will try out amazing cuisines with your guide. If you are still unsure, check out the reviews for what people say about this tour(Hint: Amazing!)

14. Dare yourself for a Horror House

Want to do something adventurous in Warsaw? How about going to the Horror house? It’s different from the typical scary houses in the sense that it’s more dark, creepy and for sure, more fun!

15. Get the view of Warsaw skyline from Gdanski Bridge

One of the overlooked things sometimes can also turn out to be among the best. This is true for Warsaw’s lovely double-decker Gdanski bridge. If you are looking for things to do in Warsaw at night, hop on to the tram to Wybrzeże Helskie, and you’ll be delighted by what you see.

Warsaw skyline

The Warsaw old town, the modern Warsaw dotted with skyscrapers and the Vistula make it an awesome place for photography. After a busy day in Warsaw, this is also a great way to just stop by and watch the city at night.

16. Chill & get more views of Warsaw from the Library Garden

A short walk away from the old town, the rooftop Library garden is a huge one, among the top hangout places for the students in Warsaw. There are two levels in the garden, each more beautiful than the other. There is a pond and a stream at the lower level, which is open throughout the year for the public, while the upper garden is where you should be during the night.

warsaw views

This green space is ideal to relax at night, get fantastic views of Warsaw along the Vistula river. The upper garden is a favourite among the locals, that picnic here during the summer.

17. Admire Polish Modern Architecture at Politechnika

One more example of modern architecture in Warsaw is Politechnika or the Technical University building. Just like the metro station of Placa, this varied architecture is worth checking out, after its restoration post the war years.

18. Head to Zachęta – The National Gallery of Art

If you like galleries, you would love Zacheta, an exhibition dedicated to nourishing Polish artists and other art enthusiasts from the world. There are many exhibitions held at different times of the year, exhibiting contemporary art from around the world.

19. Travel through photographs Warsaw Fotoplastikon

A stereoscopic theatre built a few decades ago, Warsaw Fotoplastikon brings the city and the world into life through its amazing collection of over thousands of original photographs, showcased through rotating 3-dimensional platform. One of the Warsaw activities to add to your list for a unique experience.

More Unusual things to do in Warsaw

20. walk along the streets of the old town.

Stare Miasto or Warsaw Old Town was the place for first settlements in the city during the 12th century. Barbican, the fortification built at this time, whose ruins remain is now the bridge between the old and the new Warsaw. What you see today is a totally rebuilt version of the old town. The old town completely got devastated during WW II and was replicated based on the paintings obtained.

Unusual things to do in Warsaw

As you can see, this UNESCO world heritage site listed old town is colourful with unique coloured perfect-looking buildings. Starting from the Royal Castle, you can walk through the narrow cobbled streets that take you through the medieval times.

Warsaw old town

As you stroll through the labyrinthine of streets, you’ll pass through the St. John’s Arch cathedral, that our free walking tour guide rated as one of the worse churches she has ever been too! It looks really simple compared to a plethora of churches, and I can agree with her on this.

Unusual things to do in Warsaw

The best part of the old town is the unmissable market square, with the iconic mermaid statue at the centre. The old town market square or Rynek Starego Miasta adorned with vibrant medieval buildings should definitely qualify at the top among the most instagrammable places in Warsaw. Plus, this has to be the best among the free things to do in Warsaw!

If you prefer a guided tour, there are plenty. I would recommend this 2-Hour Guided Old Town Walking Tour , where local guides will walk you through the historic streets narrating interesting stories.

21. Feel the Royalty on the Royal Route

Trakt Królewski or ‘The Royal Route’ is the most beautiful part of the city, according to me with its grandiose. Encompassing five connecting cobbled stone streets, including the highly popular Nowy Swiat & Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the royal route is home to many significant monuments. You can start from the old town, near the Royal Castle and walk all the way up to the Wilanow Palace or even Warsaw’s most famous Łazienki Park.

Warsaw activities

But I’d suggest you start from the beginning of extravagant Nowy Swiat near the controversial palm tree status and make your way to the Royal Castle. Nowy Swiat is a cool street with some chic cafes and bars as well. You can do in this order ideally, combining with Royal Castle and the old town.

Unusual things to do in Warsaw

Notable monuments and historical buildings that you shouldn’t miss out are the Presidential Palace, the Kazimierz Palace, the Warsaw University, the National Library, the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers, Nicolaus Copernicus’ monument, elegant Hotel Bristol and many gorgeous churches including St. Anne’s Church.

If you are spending more time in Poland, don’t miss visiting Gdansk . Click on the link to know why!

22. Check out the Royal Palace

The Royal Palace is the crown of the old town which is for sure one of the best things to do in Warsaw. This simple yet elegant castle has a long and interesting history, where the various monarchs exerted their influence upon the people in all ways. The Polish king Zygmunt III Waza built the Royal Castle after moving the capital from Krakow to Warsaw. This original castle has been restored many times over the course of history, which makes it worth a visit.

Royal Palace

Now known as the Royal Castle Museum open for the public, you can check out the main attractions like the majestic Ballroom, Throne room and the Senate chamber.

Royal Palace Museum timings : Closed on Mondays. 10 AM to 6 PM Royal Palace Museum entry fees: Free entry on Sundays. 30 PLN

If you are looking for a guided tour, I would suggest this  Skip The Line Royal Castle Guided Tour, which is valid for one day. It is available in multiple languages, and free to cancel up to 24 hours.

23. Visit the Museum of Warsaw

One of the top Warsaw attractions, especially within the Warsaw old town is the Warsaw City Museum. If not for the huge banner outside, it’s easy to pass through the Museum without noticing what it is! But you probably can’t miss the sight of 11 vibrant buildings though. Yes, that’s the city museum.

Museum of Warsaw

No doubt, it is one of the top Warsaw tourist attractions, and also the most photographed museum probably! This is the place to know all about Warsaw’s history spanning over 1400 years. The buildings in total consist of more than 7000 exhibits, beginning from its medieval origin to modern times. Many of them are surprisingly original – considering how the city went through near destruction many times.

You can also get a splendid view of Warsaw old town from the 6th floor of one of the buildings. The Warsaw Museum website has a map, and details of how to navigate within the museum. Check the site once before you visit to know of any events or timings.

Museum of Warsaw timings:   Closed on Mondays. 10 AM to 7 PM Museum of Warsaw City entry fees: Free entry on Thursdays. 20 PLN regular ticket with audio guide

24. Get Warsaw’s bird view from the top of St. Anne’s Church Tower

One of the main Warsaw attractions is to watch the city from above. If Warsaw Museum is one of the places to do so, there is another at St. Anne’s Church. Just brace yourself to climb some 125+ steps to go to the observation tower beside the church, where you can get some stunning views of beautiful Warsaw. To get to the observation terrace, you will need to climb 150 stairs. But the view from the top truly is worth all the pain.

25. Marie Curie Museum

Marie Curie

I already told you that Marie Curie was born in Warsaw. Today, her house, right next to the old town is a Museum, a perfect tribute to the woman with many firsts. This is the place to be to know more about this commendable woman, through her letters, photographs and items. You can explore this right after the things to do in old town Warsaw

Marie Curie Museum timings: Closed on Mondays. 9 AM to 4:30 PM Marie Curie Museum entry fees: 11 PLN

26. Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Once the Warsaw Ghetto, the infamous neighbourhood built to segregate and eventually eliminate the Jewish population of Warsaw during World War II, is now home to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews(POLIN).

POLIN

The POLIN Museum is one of the most enriching museums that I have ever visited. This huge museum documents the history of Polish Jews in chronological order, right from their first arrival in Poland. From being one of the richest sects of people spread across Europe to end up becoming the target of History’s most atrocious crime, the Holocaust, this is a moving museum.

This museum is an excellent tribute to the Polish Jews, and although not something pleasing, it is one of the must things to see in Warsaw.

Museum of the History of Polish Jews timings: Closed on Tuesdays. 10 AM to 6 PM Museum of the History of Polish Jews entry fees : Free entry on Thursdays. 25 PLN

If you want to get skip the line tickets and a guided tour, You can get it here .

27. Stop by at Murano – Jewish Ghetto Memorial

Next to the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews is Murano, a set of monuments dedicated to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. Some Jews tried to revolt against the subjugation by the Nazis upon the construction of the Ghetto.

Jewish war memorial

The heroic struggle symbolising the undying spirit of Polish Jews is depicted through the touching memorial, with statues, inscriptions and the Wall. Don’t forget to check this out while visiting the Polish Museum. It is one of the worth unusual things to do in Warsaw.

If you love guided tours, I’d highly recommend this private Ghetto walking tour which also covers your pick up from the hotel .

28. Tour Warsaw New Town

Palace of culture

Nowe Miasto or Warsaw New Town represents the character of contemporary Warsaw, high in spirits like its people. The St Kazimierz Church with its towering turquoise dome is the central attraction, around which are sprinkled swanky bars, cafes and restaurants. Just take the tram and stroll through the streets of new Warsaw.

29. Discover Srodmiescie, the heart of modern Warsaw

Another neighbourhood of hipster Warsaw is Srodmiescie , which I recommend to be on your unusual things to do in Warsaw. The intriguingly towering Palace of Culture and Science is the show stealer of this area, which spreads around Warsaw Centrum Metro Station.

Check out the streets of Marszalkowska, Widok and Nowy Swiat around the Palace of Culture and Science for shopping malls, bars, pubs and whatnot. If you want to enjoy at hipster Warsaw district area, head to Zbawiciela Square. Indie bars, gay-friendly pubs, hip restaurants and shops adorned with the art will keep you occupied for hours.

30. Palace of Culture and Science

One of the majestic monuments in Warsaw invoking mixed feelings among the Varsovians is the Palace of Culture and science. The eighth tallest building in Europe, it is also called as the Warsaw Empire State Building. The reason why Varsovians have mixed emotions is that this monument was built by Stalin as a gift to the city when the country came under his communist regime.

The Polish felt that it symbolises a kind of territory marking by him, and don’t talk about much or recommend to check out.

From the architectural point of view though, it is surely worth checking out, and that’s why it is one of the unusual things to do in Warsaw. Plus, the 33rd floor is open to the public with its viewing points, which is actually why you should head here. The view of Warsaw from here is something you would absolutely enjoy.

If you want to sign up for a guided tour, check out this private Palace of Culture tour with skip the line tickets . The tour is available in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, and Russian. Easy to book and free to cancel up to 24 hours.

31. Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw uprising remains one of the most pivotal rebellions during WW II. Not only did it inspire to lead similar ones at the time, but Polish people itself also looked back upon it to stir a revolt against communism during the later times. It is not a pleasant one, but it is one of the recommended unusual things to do in Warsaw.

You can know all about this brave act at the Uprising Museum , which has chronicled history’s important events around this.

Warsaw Uprising Museum timings: Warsaw Uprising Museum entry fees :

32. Music Lovers, Head to Chopin Museum

All you music lovers got one more to add to your list of unusual things to do in Warsaw. Poland is a great country for the music lovers, thanks to the inclination to the music of all forms. But I guess the love for music goes all the way as Poland is home to some musical legends. One of them is the renowned pianist and composer Chopin , known for his soul-stirring music.

He was born near Warsaw, and the city has paid a revering tribute through Chopin Museum. The museum beautifully depicts his journey through his scripts, recordings and more.

Did you know? There are about 15+ benches all over the town, where you can sit and listen to Chopin’s music by clicking on a button. Yes, amazing music through stone benches, which you can enjoy for free. So cool, right?

If you want to enjoy one of his compositions, check this tour, where you will get to witness a concert in a historical location . You can also go to this concert, which is held in the old town, in the left-wing of the Royal Castle .

33. Stroll along the Vistula River

What the Danube is to Budapest is the Vistula is to Warsaw. Geographically, it divides Warsaw into two halves, and culturally it is the breeding stage for art, music and social life.

If you are up for a musical night, you can plan on attending free concerts held at Plażowa, which also has a theatre, pool, bars and restaurants. Walking along the Vistula is certainly an enjoyable and one of the best unusual things to do in Warsaw.

34. Learn some science at Copernicus Science Centre

One of the fun and unusual things to do in Warsaw, especially if you are traveling with kids, is to visit Copernicus Science Centre. Dedicated to Nicholas Copernicus , the legendary scientist who is Polish, this is the place to learn a thing about science. It’s also right across the Vistula river so you can combine this with an evening around it.

Copernicus Science Museum

Copernicus Science Centre timings: Closed on Mondays. 9 AM to 6 PM. Check the website for variations. Copernicus Science Centre entry fees : 31 PLN on weekdays. 33 PLN on weekends

35. Visit Warsaw’s largest Lazienki Park

Okay, this is the last park, I promise. But you will agree that it certainly should be among the unusual things to do in Warsaw. Lazienki is not only the largest park in Warsaw but also probably the loveliest among its 70+ parks. Earlier, this park served as a huge bathing area, and later on, was the summer residence of the last king of Poland, popularly known as the Palace on water.

This mammoth park, a part of the famous Warsaw Royal Route also has many amphitheatres including the theatre on the aisle, orangeries, historic monuments, a quiet lake, botanical gardens and many lanes flanked by greenery, making the Lazienki Park a perfect place to unwind or even have a picnic in summers.

There are two interesting tours that I would like you to sign up if you want to enjoy the park with a guide. You can sign up for a private Gondola cruise tour around Lazienki , which also gives you skip the line tickets. Or you can take up this combo tour of Wilanow Palace and Lazienki , which is recommended if you are pressed on time.

How to Get to Warsaw?

Flights: You can pretty much reach to Warsaw from anywhere in Europe, thanks to the LOT Polish Airlines based here. Even the cheaper Ryan Air also connects Warsaw with the other European cities. Warsaw has two airports, the Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport, with flights running to both of them. Flights from cities like Berlin to Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and other cities can be surprisingly cheaper, sometimes even better than buses or trains if you plan ahead.

Once you get out of the airport, there are local buses and trains to the city centre.

Trains: Trains are the best way to travel within Poland, thanks to the various categories which are all way cheaper as well as quite comfortable. There are trains from major surrounding cities including Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and others. You can check intercity trains if arriving from another city in Poland, here.

Buses: Flixbus is one of the major operators connecting Poland with other European cities. European cities, which offer the cheapest bus fares.

Getting around Warsaw

Warsaw has a pretty great connection and getting around and across the city is not a hassle. Trams and buses run through major areas covering almost all of the attractions. There is metro as well.

Standard fare is 4.40 PLN for adults. There is also a 20-minute ticket priced at 3.40 that allows you to change buses and go into trams and metro within a limited time frame. Tickets can be bought from some street kiosks, ticket machines (with English instructions) near stops or at metro stations, or anywhere with a sign saying Bilety.

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31 Best Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland | 2024 (with Photos)

James A. Smith

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Last Updated: January 4, 2024

Hey! How’s it going? I’m James, an avid traveler and enthusiast of exploring different cultures. In this article, I'll guide you through an incredible journey in Warsaw, Poland, sharing my personal recommendations to make your trip unforgettable.

Best Things to Do in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, is a vibrant metropolis that offers visitors a fascinating blend of old and new.

While the city is best known for its rich culture and history, Jewish heritage, and reconstructed Old Town, there are also many unique and fun things to do in Warsaw.

Whether you're interested in exploring the local food scene, discovering the city's street art, or experiencing the nightlife, Warsaw has something for everyone.

In this article, we'll take a closer look at the best things to do in Warsaw , so you can make the most of your visit to this exciting city.

Most Recommended Thing to Do

Warsaw Uprising Museum

Top Choice Hotel

InterContinental Warsaw.

Our Top Choice Restaurant

San Restaurant

Our Top Choice Bar for Nightlife

Level 27 Sky Bar

Best Time to Visit

Summer for festivals, winter for magical Christmas markets.

Average Temperature

The average temperature in Warsaw, Poland is moderate.

Transportation Options

Metro, trams, buses, taxis, bicycles, scooters, rideshares, walking.

Average Cost ($, $$, $$$)

My Top Recommendation

When visiting Warsaw, Poland, I highly recommend taking a leisurely stroll through the picturesque Old Town. The charming cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, and historic landmarks make for a truly enchanting experience.

For a more immersive cultural experience, be sure to visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This captivating museum tells the story of the vibrant Jewish community that once flourished in Warsaw, providing a deeper understanding of the city's rich history and heritage.

What You'll Need to Bring

  • Money/Credit cards
  • Suitable clothing for the weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Travel adapter
  • Travel guidebook
  • Maps or navigation app
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  • Travel insurance

What Not to Miss

  • The historic Old Town: Stroll through the charming cobblestone streets, admire the colorful buildings, and visit the iconic Royal Castle.
  • Wilanów Palace: Explore this magnificent Baroque palace and its stunning gardens which showcase the rich history and grandeur of Warsaw.
  • Warsaw Uprising Museum: Learn about the heroic Warsaw Uprising during World War II through fascinating exhibits and immersive displays.
  • Lazienki Park: Take a leisurely walk in this picturesque park, home to a stunning palace on the water, beautifully manicured gardens, and even a resident peacock.
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews: Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Polish Jews at this award-winning museum.

What to Avoid

  • Crowded tourist areas
  • Scams and pickpocketing
  • Demonstrations or political protests
  • Unlicensed taxis or overly expensive taxi fares
  • Street vendors selling counterfeit goods

Table of Contents

Old Town

1. Explore the Old Town

Old Town

The Old Town in Warsaw is a picturesque area that is steeped in history and culture. 

It was almost completely destroyed during the Second World War but has since been restored to its former glory, earning it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List .

Visitors can explore the cobblestone streets, stunning architecture, and historic landmarks, such as the Royal Castle and the Old Town Market Square.

The vibrant atmosphere of the Old Town, combined with its rich history and stunning architecture, make it a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the unique charm and character of Warsaw.

2. Visit the Royal Castle and Castle Walls

Royal Castle

The Royal Castle served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs and a center of political life for centuries.

The castle was almost completely destroyed during World War II but was reconstructed in the 1970s and is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Nearby, visitors can explore the Castle Walls , which were built in the 14th century and served as a defensive fortification for the city.

Today, the walls offer panoramic views of Warsaw's historic Old Town and the Vistula River.

3. Walk the Royal Route

Royal Route

Once the ceremonial path of the Polish monarchs, the Royal Route is lined with some of Warsaw's most beautiful and significant landmarks.

This 11-kilometer-long street was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but it has since been rebuilt and restored to its former glory.

Walking the Royal Route to the Presidential Palace offers visitors a glimpse into the city's rich royal heritage.

Along the way, visitors can also stop at charming cafes, boutique shops, and historic landmarks, such as the Warsaw Barbican and the Church of the Holy Cross.

4. Spend some time at Castle Square

Castle Square

Castle Square is one of the most picturesque and historic places in Warsaw. 

It is home to the iconic Royal Castle and is surrounded by colorful buildings and charming cafes. Visitors can explore the castle and its surrounding grounds and learn about the fascinating history of the Polish monarchy.

The square is also a hub of activity, with numerous events and festivals held throughout the year, including outdoor concerts, art shows, and street performances.

Visitors can also relax and people-watch at one of the many cafes or restaurants lining the square. A visit to Castle Square is a must for anyone interested in Polish history, culture, and architecture, and offers a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant and dynamic energy of Warsaw.

5. Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews , located in the heart of the former Warsaw Ghetto, houses eight galleries that tell the story of the Jewish community in Poland from its beginnings to the present day. This is arguably one of the most important things to do in Warsaw.

It explores the rich and complex history of Polish Jews, including the tragic events of the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

The museum features interactive exhibits and multimedia installations, making it an immersive and engaging experience. For anyone interested in Jewish culture or social justice, a visit to the POLIN Museum is a must.

6. Enjoy some experiments at the Copernicus Science Center

Copernicus Science Center

One of the best things to do in Warsaw for science lovers, the Copernicus Science Centre is a state-of-the-art science museum in Warsaw that offers a unique and interactive experience on a wide range of scientific topics, including biology, physics, chemistry, and technology.

Visitors to the Copernicus Science Centre can participate in experiments and activities that showcase the principles of science in a fun and engaging way.

The Copernicus Science Centre features hands-on activities making it a great destination for families and science enthusiasts, and visitors can learn about everything from astronomy to robotics.

7. Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum

Warsaw Uprising Museum

The Warsaw Uprising Museum tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, in which the Polish resistance fought against Nazi occupation forces. 

Warsaw Uprising Museum has an extensive collection of exhibits, including weapons, photographs, and personal accounts of the participants in the uprising.

Visitors can see artifacts and multimedia displays that bring this harrowing period of history to life. 

You can learn about the planning, execution, and aftermath of the uprising, as well as the everyday lives of the people of Warsaw during the war.

The Warsaw Uprising Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, politics, or social justice.

8. Stop by St. Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church is a stunning Baroque church located in the heart of Warsaw's Old Town. Built in the 18th century, St. Anne's Church has survived war and reconstruction to remain one of the most beautiful and significant buildings in the city.

Visitors can attend mass or simply explore the church's interior, which features stunning frescoes, sculptures, and altarpieces. 

A visit to St. Anne's Church offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage of Poland and admire some stunning works of art.

9. Explore Łazienki Park

Łazienki Park

Lazienki Park , also known as the Royal Baths Park, is the largest park in Warsaw and one of the city's most beloved attractions. 

It is home to numerous gardens, fountains, and statues, as well as several historical buildings and monuments.

Visitors can take a stroll through the park's winding paths, admire the peacocks that roam freely, and explore the stunning Palace on the Water, a palace built on an artificial island in the park's lake. 

In the summertime, Lazienki Park also hosts concerts and open-air theater performances.

10. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a solemn and moving memorial to the countless soldiers who lost their lives fighting for Poland's freedom. 

Located in Warsaw's Piłsudski Square, the tomb holds the remains of an unidentified soldier who died in the Polish-Soviet War.

Visitors can witness the changing of the guard ceremony, which takes place every hour.

A visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a humbling and thought-provoking experience, and a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and justice.

11. Explore the Frederic Chopin Museum

Frederic Chopin Museum

The Frederic Chopin Museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of one of Poland's most famous composers. Visitors can explore the various rooms of the museum, each dedicated to a different aspect of Chopin's life and work.

The museum contains a vast collection of Chopin's personal belongings, including original manuscripts of his compositions, letters, photographs, and musical instruments. 

Visiting the Frederic Chopin Museum in Warsaw is a must for anyone interested in classical music, history, or culture.

12. Step inside the Holy Cross Church

Holy Cross Church

The Holy Cross Church , located in the heart of Warsaw's historic district, is a beautiful church that dates back to the 17th century. 

It is perhaps best known as the final resting place of the great composer Frederic Chopin, whose heart is preserved in an urn embedded in one of the church's pillars.

The church's elegant Baroque interior features intricate carvings, stunning frescoes, and beautiful stained glass windows. Visitors can attend mass, explore the church's interior, and pay their respects to one of Poland's most beloved cultural icons.

13. Visit Old Town Market Square

Old Town Market Square

The Old Town Market Square in Warsaw is one of the most charming places in the city. It features colorful and ornate buildings, including the Renaissance-style Old Town Hall and the stunning St. John's Cathedral.

The Old Town market square is a lively spot filled with outdoor cafes, street performers, and market stalls. 

It's an ideal place to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Warsaw and enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal while taking in the picturesque surroundings.

14. Take a walk through the Saxon Garden

Saxon Garden

The Saxon Garden is one of the oldest public parks in the Polish capital. The garden dates back to the 18th century and is located right in the heart of Warsaw's city center.

Visitors can also see the remnants of the Saxon Palace, a grand Baroque building that was once a symbol of Polish royalty.

Despite being destroyed during World War II, the palace's ruins remain a testament to the city's history, and a stroll through the Saxon Garden is an opportunity to take in some of Warsaw's rich cultural heritage.

15. See the iconic Warsaw Mermaid statue

Warsaw Mermaid Statue

The Warsaw Mermaid is a symbol of the city and a beloved icon of Warsaw. The statue depicts a mermaid holding a sword and shield. It has been a symbol of the city since the 14th century.

According to legend, the mermaid was once captured by fishermen who heard her singing but was eventually freed by a young fisherman who fell in love with her.

Today, the Mermaid is a popular tourist attraction, and visitors can find her statue in several locations throughout the city, including in the Old Town and along the Vistula River.

16. Check out the Warsaw Barbican

Warsaw Barbican

The Warsaw Barbican is a historic fortification and a popular tourist spot in the city of Warsaw. 

Built in the 16th century as a part of the city's defensive walls, it is now one of the few remaining examples of such fortifications in Europe.

Visitors can explore the bastion and its ramparts, which offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The place is also a symbol of the city's resistance against foreign invaders, as it was the site of many battles throughout its history.

Its unique architecture and historical significance make it a must-visit attraction for anyone interested in the city's past.

17. Admire the art at the National Museum

National Museum Warsaw, Poland

The National Museum in Warsaw is one of the largest museums in Poland, featuring an extensive collection of Polish art and historical artifacts. 

The museum's collections include over 830,000 objects, ranging from ancient art to contemporary works, and cover a variety of themes such as painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and numismatics.

The museum's permanent galleries showcase some of the most important works of Polish artists such as Jan Matejko, Jozef Brandt, and Jacek Malczewski, as well as international artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, and Rodin.

In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational programs.

18. Visit the Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery is the largest Jewish cemetery in Warsaw and one of the largest in Europe. It was established in 1806 and served as the final resting place for many notable Polish Jews, including rabbis, politicians, and artists.

The cemetery was an important site during the Holocaust, as it was located within the confines of the Warsaw Ghetto. 

Visitors can pay their respects to those buried there and learn about the lives and legacies of those who shaped the Jewish community in Warsaw.

Again, visiting this place is one of the most important things to do in Warsaw.

19. See the Jewish Ghetto Memorial

Jewish Ghetto Memorial

The Jewish Ghetto Memorial in Warsaw serves as a poignant reminder of one of the darkest periods in human history. 

It is located in the former Jewish Ghetto, established by the Nazis during World War II, where thousands of Jewish people were imprisoned.

The memorial honors those who lost their lives in the ghetto. Visiting the Jewish Ghetto Memorial is a humbling experience that allows visitors to pay their respects to those who suffered and lost their lives during this tragic time in history.

20. Visit the Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

The Grand Theatre , or Teatr Wielki in Polish, is one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in Warsaw. This theater in downtown Warsaw is known for its world-class opera, ballet, and theater performances, and has hosted some of the most famous performers in the world.

Built in the 19th century, the Grand Theatre has a rich history and has survived wars and revolutions, making it a symbol of the resilience and strength of Polish culture.

Visitors can attend a performance at the Grand Theatre, take a guided tour of the building, or simply admire its beautiful neoclassical architecture from the outside.

21. Enjoy the Vistula River on a Boat Tour

Vistula River on a Boat Tour

The Vistula River is one of the defining features of Warsaw, and exploring it on a boat tour is an excellent way to experience the city from a different perspective. 

The river winds its way through the heart of the city, offering stunning views of Warsaw's skyline and its many historic landmarks.

As you glide along the river, you can see iconic sights such as the Warsaw Old Town, the National Stadium, the Palace of Culture and Science, and many more. 

Along the way, you'll also learn about the history of the river and its importance to the city's development.

22. Explore the Warsaw University Library Garden

Warsaw University Library Garden

The Warsaw University Library Garden is a peaceful oasis in the bustling city of Warsaw. Located in the heart of the city center, this garden is a popular spot for students, locals, and tourists alike.

The garden is beautifully landscaped and features a variety of plants, as well as several water features and sculptures. Visitors can take a stroll through the garden, find a quiet spot to read a book, or simply enjoy the tranquility of this hidden gem.

The Warsaw University Library Garden is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to escape the noise and chaos of the city and find some peace and quiet.

23. Visit the Museum of King Jan III's Palace

Museum of King Jan III's Palace

The Museum of King Jan III's Palace , also known as Wilanow Palace , is one of the most beautiful and historic palaces in Warsaw.

Built in the 17th century, the palace was originally the summer residence of King Jan III (King John III Sobieski) and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera.

Today, the palace is a museum that showcases the rich history and culture of Poland through its impressive collection of art, furniture, and decorative objects.

Visitors can explore the interiors and its beautiful gardens, and learn about the fascinating lives of the Polish monarchs who once called it home.

24. Spend an afternoon at Warsaw Zoo

Warsaw Zoo

Warsaw Zoo , located in the heart of the city, is home to a wide variety of animals, including elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, and monkeys. In addition to the animals, the zoo offers visitors the opportunity to learn about conservation efforts and participate in educational programs.

Since opening its gates nearly a century ago, the zoo has now become one of the busiest in Europe.

With its beautifully landscaped gardens and modern facilities, it is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. 

The zoo also offers special events and exhibitions throughout the year, making it a must-visit attraction for animal lovers and families visiting Warsaw.

25. Take a hike at Kampinos National Park

Kampinos National Park

Kampinos National Park is a beautiful natural area located just outside of Warsaw. 

The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including wild boar, deer, and over 150 species of birds, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and birdwatchers.

Visitors can explore the many hiking and biking trails, which wind through forests, meadows, and wetlands. 

Additionally, the park is home to several historic landmarks, including an 18th-century palace and a former military training ground from World War I.

26. Enjoy the cafes and bars at Koszykowa Street

Koszykowa Street

Koszykowa Street is one of the most vibrant and eclectic streets in Warsaw, offering visitors a unique glimpse into the city's cultural and social scene. 

The street is lined with a variety of cafes, bars, and fine dining establishments, each with its own distinct character and charm.

Visitors can enjoy everything from traditional Polish cuisine to international fusion dishes, as well as a variety of craft beers and cocktails.

Koszykowa Street is also home to several boutiques and art galleries, making it a great destination for shoppers and art lovers alike. 

With its lively atmosphere and diverse cuisine, Koszykowa Street is a top destination for anyone looking to experience the best of Warsaw's culture.

27. See the Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science is one of Warsaw's most iconic landmarks and a must-visit attraction for anyone traveling to the city. It is the eighth tallest building in the European Union and the tallest in the continent.

Completed in 1955, the palace was a gift from the Soviet Union to Poland and stands as a symbol of Poland's post-World War II reconstruction.

The building houses a variety of cultural and scientific institutions, including theaters, museums, and an observation deck on the 30th floor, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Warsaw's skyline.

28. See a light show at Multimedia Fountain Park

Multimedia Fountain Park

Multimedia Fountain Park is one of the most popular attractions in Warsaw, offering visitors a stunning display of music, water, and light. 

The park features a large fountain system that uses a combination of water jets, lasers, and lights to create a variety of visual effects and synchronized music performances.

The show is constantly changing, with different themes and musical genres showcased throughout the year. 

Visitors can watch the show from the park's amphitheater or from the nearby river, where they can also enjoy a panoramic view of the city skyline.

29. Hop on a Fiat 125p for a ‘Retro Tour’

Muzeum Polskiego Fiata

A retro car tour of Warsaw is a thrilling way to experience the city's rich history and cultural heritage. 

Visitors can hop into a vintage car and take a ride through the city's charming streets and iconic landmarks, such as the Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science, and the Royal Route.

The tour guides, dressed in retro clothing, will share fascinating stories and insights into the city's past, bringing Warsaw's history to life in a fun and engaging way.

The vintage cars, such as the iconic Trabant or Fiat 125p, add to the retro ambiance, providing an authentic and immersive experience of Warsaw's golden age.

30. Visit the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Zachęta , the National Gallery of Art , is a renowned cultural institution in Warsaw. The word "Zachęta" means "encouragement", which reflects the gallery's mission to encourage and promote contemporary art in Poland.

The gallery was established in 1860 and has since become a leading center for art and culture in the country. 

Visitors can explore the vast collection of contemporary and modern art, attend workshops and lectures, and participate in other engaging events and programs.

The gallery's name not only reflects its mission but also its role in shaping the art and culture of Poland.

31. Cool off at Moczydło Water Park

Moczydło Water Park

Moczydło Water Park is a popular destination for anyone looking to beat the summer heat in Warsaw. 

The park features a variety of swimming pools, including a wave pool, a paddling pool for young children, and several other pools of varying depths.

Visitors can also enjoy exciting water attractions such as water curtains, drenching overflow buckets, and a turtle-shaped slide.

The park also has sports facilities and a relaxation area with sun loungers and umbrellas. With its fun and exciting attractions, as well as its relaxing atmosphere, Moczydło Water Park is the perfect destination for visitors of all ages looking to cool off and have some fun in the water.

FAQs: The Best Things to Do in Warsaw

In this section, we provide answers to frequently asked questions relating to things to do in Warsaw.

Is it worth visiting Warsaw?

Yes, Warsaw is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture, and it offers a unique blend of old and new. The city has undergone significant transformation since the Second World War, and visitors can witness its resilience through the reconstructed old town, museums, and monuments.

Warsaw also boasts a lovely Old Town, beautiful parks, lively markets, great cultural events, and a diverse culinary scene, making it a worthwhile destination for tourists.

Is 2 days enough for Warsaw?

While two days may not be enough to fully explore everything Warsaw has to offer, it is still possible to see many of the city's main attractions in that time.

Visitors can spend one day exploring the Old Town, walking down the Royal Route, visiting Castle Square and the Royal Castle, and enjoying Lazienki Park and some museums.

The second day could be spent discovering the city's modern side, including its nightlife, shopping centers, and trendy neighborhoods.

What is a must do in Warsaw?

There are many must-see attractions in Warsaw, including the Old Town, the Royal Castle, the Palace of Culture and Science, the Warsaw Uprising Museum,  the Copernicus Science Centre, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Łazienki Park.

Visitors should also check out the local food scene, which features traditional Polish cuisine, as well as international options. Other recommended activities include visiting the city's many galleries, catching a performance at the National Opera, and exploring the vibrant nightlife.

Is Warsaw or Krakow better to visit?

Both Warsaw and Krakow are excellent destinations, and the choice between them largely depends on personal preference. Warsaw is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a rich history and culture, while Krakow is a smaller, more charming city with a medieval feel.

Warsaw has a more diverse range of attractions, while Krakow has a more concentrated historic center. Both cities offer excellent food, nightlife, and cultural experiences for history buffs, so it is worth considering what kind of experience you are looking for before making a decision.

Summing Up: The Best Things to Do in Warsaw

As you can see, there are plenty of great things to do in Warsaw. This capital city is a cultural hub that offers a wide variety of activities and experiences for all types of travelers.

From exploring historic sites and learning about the city's role as the bridge between Eastern and Western Europe to strolling along the Royal Route or marveling at the city's Golden Age heritage, Warsaw has something for everyone.

Visitors can also immerse themselves in the city's Jewish heritage, relax in the beautiful Łazienki Park, or shop and dine in the charming old town market square.

Whether you are interested in history, culture, nature, or just having fun, if you decide to visit Warsaw, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Explore the Old Town

Explore the Old Town

Visit the Royal Castle and Castle Walls

Visit the Royal Castle and Castle Walls

Walk the Royal Route

Walk the Royal Route

Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Enjoy some experiments at the Copernicus Science Center

Enjoy some experiments at the Copernicus Science Center

Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum

Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum

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9 Best Things To Do in Warsaw

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If you're not a history and culture buff, consider vacationing elsewhere. Poland's capital city is filled with educational attractions, most of which are museums. Some (like the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Warsaw

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Old Town (Stare Miasto) Old Town (Stare Miasto) free

Warsaw's central Old Town neighborhood is one of the city's most popular areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district, which was rebuilt after bombings from World War II destroyed most of it, is filled with restaurants, art galleries, shops and cafes housed in structures designed to replicate the region's former 14th- to 18th-century buildings. Old Town is also where attractions like The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and the King Zygmunt III Waza Column, among other landmarks, reside.

Travelers love Old Town's lively atmosphere and charming buildings, adding that the neighborhood is a prime spot for shopping, people-watching and getting your caffeine fix. However, the area is often packed with tourists, so expect higher prices at the restaurants lining the square. If you don't want to rub elbows with other visitors, consider arriving early (before 10 a.m.).

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Lazienki Królewskie Museum (Muzeum Lazienki Królewskie) Lazienki Królewskie Museum (Muzeum Lazienki Królewskie)

The 188-acre Lazienki Królewskie Museum is one of Warsaw's most scenic locales. Here, you can go for a leisurely stroll through gardens, explore former palaces, admire various works of art or even catch a free piano concert (by the attraction's Frédéric Chopin monument). You'll also find amenities like a restaurant, gift shops and an amphitheater on-site.

Recent travelers raved about the Lazienki Królewskie Museum, citing its "lovely park" and "impressive" palaces – especially the Palace on the Isle – as highlights. However, several cautioned that the property can get crowded on weekends, so claim your spot early if you plan on attending one of the free piano concerts, which take place at noon and 4 p.m. every Sunday from May through September.

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POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydów Polskich) POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (POLIN Muzeum Historii Zydów Polskich)

Though several Warsaw sights (think: the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Warsaw Uprising Monument ) pay homage to Polish Jews who lost their lives during World War II, one of the city's best attractions for learning about the country's Jewish population is the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Inside, travelers will see collections about Poland's earliest Jews, the Holocaust and more. Temporary exhibits that focus on everything from the meaning of blood in Jewish culture to the Jewish community's impact on popular music are occasionally offered as well.

According to previous visitors, no trip to Poland would be complete without checking out the POLIN Museum. Many said that this attraction's main exhibit is "superb" and "in-depth," although some felt overwhelmed at times by the amount of information provided. Others appreciated the property's design and layout but wished it didn't take hours to get through.

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The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum (Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum) The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum (Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum)

One of Old Town 's most recognizable buildings is The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum. This former royal residence and administrative center, which was bombed during World War II and reconstructed in the '70s and '80s, now houses an impressive collection of Oriental rugs, coins and paintings (including two by Rembrandt). Travelers can also tour the former apartments of Polish royals like King Stanislaus Augustus and Prince Joseph Poniatowski.

Past visitors described this castle as "excellent" and "surprisingly awesome," adding that its refurbishment is so well-done that the structure looks original. Additionally, many appreciated the property's less crowded atmosphere and low entry fees, and some suggest paying an extra 5 Polish zloty (or about $1.50) to rent an audio guide.

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Warsaw Uprising Monument (Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego) Warsaw Uprising Monument (Pomnik Powstania Warszawskiego) free

Monuments and memorials can be found throughout Warsaw, but one of the city’s most memorable is the Warsaw Uprising Monument. This 33-foot-tall bronze sculpture was created to commemorate the thousands of Poles who fought against Nazi Germany (which occupied the region during World War II). And the sculpture’s location is just as meaningful as the monument. The site once featured an entrance to a canal that was used by Polish fighters to escape from the Germans. As such, one part of the sculpture depicts fighters crawling out from underneath a bridge, while the other shows them heading into the canal.

Recent visitors enjoyed checking out this attraction, calling it impressive and very moving. However, a few said that the information provided at the monument is not enough to gain a full understanding of what occurred during the Warsaw Uprising, so they suggest visiting the Warsaw Uprising Museum or doing some research before you arrive. Others also recommend saving time to admire the architecture at the adjacent Supreme Court of Poland.

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Krakow Suburb Street (Krakowskie Przedmiescie) Krakow Suburb Street (Krakowskie Przedmiescie) free

One of Warsaw's most popular thoroughfares is Krakowskie Przedmiescie, or Krakow Suburb Street. This street was once the start of a route that connected Warsaw with Kraków  (hence the name). Now, the road connects Zamkowy Place in Old Town to Nowy Swiat’s (New World Street's) shops and restaurants. It is also known for its abundance of sights, including Czapski Palace (where Polish composer Frédéric Chopin once lived), the 17th-century Presidential Palace and monuments for notable Polish figures like Adam Mickiewicz and Nicolaus Copernicus.

Although one visitor described the street's restaurants as "a bit expensive" and "not as good" as other Warsaw eateries, many highly recommended taking a leisurely stroll here. But remember to wear comfortable shoes, since this road is more than a half-mile long.

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Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)

To gain a better understanding of how Poland gained independence, visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum. This attraction, which sits in a former tram power station in the Wola district, is home to nearly 1,000 exhibits that touch on the country's occupation by Nazi Germany and the post-war years. The museum also features Freedom Park, where a memorial with the names of more than 10,000 insurgents who died during the Warsaw Uprising is located.

Past visitors said this museum as a "must-see" for history buffs. Many were impressed with its interactive, kid-friendly exhibits but cautioned that the property can get crowded and hot inside, no matter when you visit. For temporary respite from the attraction's hordes of tourists, consider grabbing a snack at the cafe. Some travelers also suggest renting an audio guide for 10 Polish zloty (about $3) to help you better navigate the museum's confusing layout.

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Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów (Muzeum Palacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie) Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów (Muzeum Palacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie)

Warsaw is home to many historic structures (think: The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and Old Town ), but only a few buildings are exactly as they were before World War II, and this museum is one of them. The former palace of King John Sobieski III, a baroque-style property built in 1677, now welcomes visitors to explore its royal apartments, chapel, library and galleries. And surrounding the museum are manicured gardens filled with rose bushes, lemon trees, tulip bulbs and other colorful plants.

Visitors describe the Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów as a "pretty palace" with "beautiful and great art." Many also rave about the property's gardens, though a few say some of the palace's rooms could do with fewer paintings. Nature enthusiasts should consider visiting in spring when the museum's flowers are in bloom.

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Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik) Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)

Named for Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, the Copernicus Science Centre is where budding scientists can learn more about topics like electricity, light and engineering. In addition to hands-on activities, 20-minute workshops that focus on everything from building a fire without modern equipment to writing hieroglyphs are provided daily. The museum also features a rooftop garden, a theater, a planetarium and a park with additional interactive exhibits.

Families will enjoy visiting this science museum. Various gadgets and experiments throughout the center entertain and educate children of all ages, but the property fills up fast (and occasionally sells out of tickets before closing for the day), so visitors recommend arriving early or buying passes in advance on the museum's ticket page (which is in Polish). Also, travelers who want to visit the Buzzz! gallery will need to pick up a timed ticket when purchasing museum passes. If you're not traveling with kids, many reviewers suggest you skip this attraction.

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30 Unique & cool things to see in Warsaw

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Much like a Phoenix bird, Warsaw managed to rise from its ashes to its former glory. Poland’s capital was once one of the most beautiful cities in Easter-Europe, with a Royal Castle and Way, beautiful architecture, churches, and a city full of life and rich cultural experiences. 

The Second World War almost but destroyed Warsaw entirely and the communist Age that came next just brought upon the Grey Era of the Soviets. The falling of the Iron Curtain seems to have drawn Warsaw into its Golden Age of rebirth. All of a sudden hope seems to be at home here. 

Though Warsaw is not the most visited or popular tourist destination in Poland, it seems to have found its path. And by the way, if you are curious about what is the most popular destination in Poland, check Framey’s blog ! The answer is there along with other great ideas on where to head next.

But returning to our surprising capital of Poland, let’s start discovering the top 30 Unique and Cool things to see in Warsaw!

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1. Łazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

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A journey into a different era awaits when you visit this wonderful place. 

The Łazienki Park or Royal Bath sits on a huge site of 76 hectares. The Park and Castle complex is wonderful in architecture and a harmonious setting with rich and fabulous gardens and lakes. 

It is not just the biggest park in Warsaw but probably everyone’s favorite as well. And could it not be with all the natural beauty around the impressive King Stanislaw’s summer residence?  And for those who get here during the summer months, remember that you have a date with Chopin and his harmonious musical notes.

If you are searching for the most iconic places in the city, the best place to start is Framey’s collection: Palaces and beautiful squares in Warsaw.

2. Old Town

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The Old Town with its never-missing Old Town Square is Warsaw’s most colorful and iconic place to hit if you want to discover the spirit of the old city. Built during the 12th to 13th centuries, it is surrounded by fortification walls only a century later. 

Old Town’s little narrow streets will take you on a passage through time. The rest of the decor filled with colorful buildings complete one of the most picturesque views you will experience in Warsaw.  The entire Old Town is a tourist’s heaven. Gift shops, cafes, and iconic architecture and sculptures are everywhere you look.

3. Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów

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The Wilanów Palace is definitely going to be one the best places to see in Warsaw. The Baroque jewel Castle and the beautiful garden transform into a cascade of lights during nighttime. 

But honestly, you can not take enough time to wander through the manicured gardens and admire the lake and fountains, the statues, and the majestic architecture of the buildings on the premises. Once inside the Palace, the rich collections of the museum transport you back to King John III Sobieski and Queen Maria Kazimera’s time. 

4. Palace of Culture and Science

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One of the highest buildings in Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science catches your eye with its iconic look.

And if you like how the Palace looks, you will love the panoramic views you can get from its viewing platform, up on the 30th floor. 

The iconic building started its life as a “gift of the Soviet people for the Poles” and was the main scene for most of the communist exhibition shows, fairs, concerts, and events held during that era. Today The Palace of Culture and Science changed its destination a bit and is home to some of the trendiest pubs in Warsaw, a cinema, and theatres. It is one of the most popular event places for concerts and skating enthusiasts.

5. PGE National Stadium

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Most European countries love football and their home football teams, and Warsaw is not different in this aspect. The PGE National Stadium is the pride of the city, the largest of its kind, and the most modern stadium in Poland. Built for the European Football Championship in 2012, the venue is nowadays THE location for concerts and all types of other events. 

6. Nowy Swiat

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Nowy Swiat or the New World Street is one of the fashionable Posh streets to check in Warsaw. It has always been one of the city’s most important arteries, part of the Royal Route. 

Truth is that there is a sort of a local saying that the Nowy Swiat might be the longest restaurant in Warsaw, an elegant hint to the large number of restaurants that can be found here. 

7. Krakowskie Przedmieście

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Another main street in Warsaw is the Krakowskie Przedmieście, which was part of the Route connecting the capital to Krakow. 

Being such an important part of the social and military life of the city, it’s no wonder that a lot of the significant buildings and monuments accompany the street. The Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus, Frederic’s Chopin House, and the Presidential Palace are just a few of the landmarks you can stop on the way to the Old Town.

8. Warszawskie Zoo

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Along the Vistula River on a 40 hectares lot, lies the Warsaw Zoo. And though one of the most visited Zoos in Europe, something entirely different is what makes the Warsaw Zoo so special. 

It is the story of a couple that saved 300 Jews during the Nazi occupation, by hiding them in the villa or other abandoned animal enclosures on site. The story has been portrayed in the touching movie The Zoo Keeper’s Wife and it is a part of Warsaw’s history.

9. Saxon Gardens

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The oldest park in the city, the Saxon Gardens tells yet another story. This time, it is the story of the Unknown Soldier, a sad reminder of recent troubled times. 

The beautiful fountain, the well-maintained flower beds, and the shadow of the tree lines make this place a great one for a pleasant walk or simply for a moment of contemplation. 

10. Multimedia Fountain

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A festival of lights, music, and water awaits at the Multimedia Fountain.

It is particularly fetching during summertime when the laser lights and columns of water dance to music and tell stories about Warsaw. You can not say that during the rest of the year the Fountain is not beautiful as instead of steams of dancing water you get colors and Holiday music. You can really enjoy it every single season in a different light. 

Since this is just one of the cool experiences you can have here, check Framey’s collection of Outdoors attractions in Warsaw .

11. Chopin Monument

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Where else would a Chopin concert or classical music performance feel more at home than at the foot of Chopin’s Monument in the Aleje Ujazdowskie? I dare say that the red sandstone round pool, surrounded by the peaceful garden is the perfect setting for Poland’s favorite composer monument. 

Just know that this is not the original Chopin monument. The original one, depicting Chopin under the weeping willows, was broken into pieces and melted by the Nazis during the Second World War. Reconstructed back in 1958, the Chopin Monument stands proudly as a homage to the famous composer. 

12. Warsaw Barbican

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One of the few medieval relics that survived the troubled Warsaw history is the Barbican. Surviving is saying a lot! Like most of the Old Town, it also was severely damaged by the bombings of WW II, and the reconstruction was based on 17th-century sketches. 

And though it is a reconstruction, the fortress is now one of Warsaw’s landmarks.

13. Pawiak Prison Museum

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Definitely not your run of a mill Museum! 

But then again how could this place be ordinary? Pawiak Prison is the place where most of the Polish patriots and members of the Resistance were incarcerated. Including women and children…

Entering the surviving blocks of Pawiak Prison Museum takes you into a different world with death rows and quarantine cells, with testaments of how the prison used to operate. The truth is that this museum is a step in a dark part of history. Bombarded in 1944 and almost taken to the ground, with only the Pawiak Tree and a fragment of a gate surviving, the reconstructed prison has the original equipment, messages the prisoners sent, and even poems.

14. Hala Mirowska

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A silent witness to Warsaw history, the old market, Hala Mirowska, is another step in time. 

Built back in 1901, the Hala Mirowska has been through a lot. Imagine that this place was an execution site during the Nazi occupation, communists wanted to tear it down, and in the end they kept the brick halls for a depot. It was only back in ‘50 that it regained its status as a market. 

To this day, Hala Mirowska stands as a piece of the real Warsaw, where you can find almost anything, repair everything and learn all that happens in the world.

15. Holy Cross Church

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The Baroque little Church of the Holy Cross has a few stories of its own to tell.

Like most of Warsaw’s monuments, it was destroyed during the 1944 occupation. But the story of the beautiful church doesn’t stop that year. Like the rest of the landmarks, it was reconstructed in the following years. You can admire its majestic Two Towers and the sculpture of Christ carrying the Cross at the entry. Apart from the story of the Holly Church’s resurrection, there is something else to discover here: an elegant inside, a golden altar, and the heart of Chopin immured here, according to his wish. 

16. Statue of the Little Insurgent

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Such a small significant statue and such a heart-wrenching feeling about it! 

There is nothing worse than realizing how many Polish children fought and died, serving as orderlies, medical assistants, or scouts in the Warsaw Uprising.

The bronze little statue is not dedicated to a particular child, but to all of them! The Little Insurgent is wearing a hat too big for size and a machine gun, too big for his life! Polish scouts raised the money and built this statue to honor all those TOO big sacrifices! 

17. St. Anne’s Church

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If by now you are already used to hearing about monuments destroyed during WWII and then rebuilt, St. Anne Church puts a different spin on the story. 

It survived the war almost intact but only to be nearly demolished by the nearby works conducted by incompetent workers. Only through sheer efforts and weeks of hard work, did the team manage to stabilize the church foundation and save it. 

Story aside, there is a very good reason why you should check St. Anne Church. The 147 steps of the tower give some of the best views in Warsaw. Just climb it!

18. Teatr Wielki

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Teatr Wielki is the name of the National Polish Teatre and Opera. And what an impressive venue it is! 

And though it has been around since the 19th century, its history restarted no more than half a century ago, when it was rebuilt after the war. You might say that this is exactly like the vast majority of landmarks in Warsaw. And you are correct but it is still one of the most beautiful venues and it should be on your list!

19. Fryderyk Chopin Museum

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There is no way to visit Warsaw and not stop by the Museum dedicated to one of its favorite sons, Chopin. 

A vast collection of no less than 7500 items linked to Chopin’s life are housed in the beautiful Baroque Palace, Ostrogski Palace. 

But to be fair, Chopin is not only at the museum, it is everywhere!

20. Warsaw Mermaid

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I know that mermaids are not the first thing you imagine as Warsaw’s Symbol. The city is nowhere close to the sea or the ocean… So, how come the mythological creature is so important and present all around the city, you wonder?

Legend says that the Warsaw Mermaid is the twin sister of the Danish Little Mermaid. She swam up the Vistula river, all the way to Warsaw, which was only a fishermen’s village back then. A greedy merchant captured the mermaid, but the fishermen saved her and set her free. In return, the grateful mermaid promised eternal protection thus, the legend of the Warsaw Mermaid, protector of the city, was born.  

21. Skaryszewski Park

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Skaryszewski Park is a rare combination of wild and urban life, rarely to be found in a capital city. 

The Park is quite large and very pleasant for all outdoorsy people. But it’s also an oasis for those who prefer to just chill and admire the little ponds or the lake, or to spend time watching the squirrels. 

And since it’s not so far from the National Stadium you can hit two birds with one stone, so to speak.

22.Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus

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For sure you know who Copernicus is and how his infamous book, De Revolutionibus (1543), revolutionized astronomy and the way we view the universe. Of course, the book got banned by the Inquisition and the Church, but the truth was out!

The bronze Monument of Nicolaus Copernicus sits rightfully in front of the Polish Academy of Sciences. And it’s not without a legend attached to it. During the German occupation, the Nazis tried to claim Copernicus as their own, by placing a bronze plaque. True that his parents were Germans but Nicolaus was born in Torun Poland.

23. Krasiński Palace

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You can not leave Warsaw without having a look at Krasiński Palace, or the Palace of the Commonwealth. It is the reconstructed Baroque Palace you admire today, as the original was, again, destroyed during the German occupation.

No self-respecting Palace comes without a beautiful park! And Krasiński Palace is no exception. The small park, the pond, and the manicured garden make for one of the local’s favorite places to relax as it is not so crowded.

24. Bazylika Katedralna Św. Michała Archanioła i Św. Floriana Męczennika

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This is definitely one of the hardest church names to pronounce correctly, but also quite possibly the most beautiful basilica in Warsaw. St. Florian’s Cathedral is also known as Praga Cathedral, and for good reason. You can spot the twin spires of the Towers even from the Old Town, as the Cathedral is one of the tallest buildings in the city.

Are you searching for other incredible places of worship? Check Framey’s collection: Warsaw’s best churches and cathedrals .

25. Zacheta Gallery

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The Zacheta National Gallery of Art is, for sure, one of the largest contemporary art collections in Warsaw. 

This is the place to discover and admire post-war Polish art at its best. The venue is home to all art-related events from concerts, and art exhibitions to book readings. 

26. The Wishing Bell

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One of the most interesting landmarks you can see in the Old Town is the Wishing Bell. 

The old love story of the Bell’s origins is quite tragic and certainly does not have a fairy tale ending as the bellmaker dies of poisoning and his beloved retreat to a convict, heartbroken. 

But there is still hope as the legend says that if you touch Bell while going around it, your prayers will go straight to heaven and your wishes will be granted. Let us know if it worked!

27. Monument to Maria Sklodowska-Curie

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We saw that Warsaw knows how to honor its treasures and personalities.

So far, you’ve seen the monuments dedicated to Copernicus and Chopin, but there is one more beloved personality that has roots in Warsaw: Maria Sklodowska Curie. 

The bronze statue of the Nobel Prize winner looks dreamy and peaceful overlooking the Vistula river and you should definitely look her up.

28. Carmelite Church

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The Carmelite Church, located on the Royal Route, is one of the most beautiful neoclassical churches in the city.  To say that its exterior is impressive is an understatement! 

And even if the interior is not as breathtaking, you should know that is the place where Chopin was asked to perform for the first time so it is indeed a Warsaw landmark. 

29. Świętokrzyski Bridge

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If taking photos of great architectural spots is something you enjoy, there is one place you will appreciate, especially at night.

It is the cable-stayed Świętokrzyski Bridge on the Vistula river. The bridge is just stunning. Especially at night, when lights make each cable seem like rays converting from the top. 

30. Old Town Market Square

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Looking around the colorful Old Town Market Square you can see why the charming area was included in Unesco’s World Heritage list. The Warsaw Mermaid Statue, Warsaw’s protector, is sitting at the very heart of the Square. 

As you can expect charming cafes and restaurants fill the Square during summertime, while the winter holiday season transforms the area into a faerie of lights!

There is so much more that one can learn from the Polish strength and how they recreated the beautiful shattered city and turned it back into the royal jewel that it was. I hope you enjoyed my selection of 30 Unique and Cool Things to See in Warsaw!

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10 BEST Places to Visit in Warsaw (2024)

Warsaw was almost destroyed at the end of World War Two, but it has fought back to become a centre for academics, science, and history. Although there are nods to the city’s past all over, it’s a progressive capital firmly anchored in the present with an eye on the future.

This dynamic and resilient city offers everything you could want from a city break. There are in-depth and fascinating museums, a mix of diverse architecture, a vibrant food and drink scene, and plenty of green spaces to relax and disconnect in.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at the best places to visit in Warsaw. Hopefully, our extensive list will help you to plan your trip to the Polish capital and have an incredible trip!

First, though, let’s take a quick look at some of the best places to stay in Warsaw.

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Old Town, Warsaw

Ironically only about 70 years old, Warsaw’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to stay when you’re visiting for the first time.

  • Get a history lesson at the Royal Castle.
  • Try some culture at the Adam Mickiewicz Museum Of Literature.
  • Try some Polish dishes in one of the many street-side stores.

Warsaw has a variety of different neighbourhoods to choose from when it comes to accommodation. Before you scroll any further down this list, check out where to stay in Warsaw, get the full low-down on the best areas in the city and book yourself a great place to relax!

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#1 – Old Town (Stare Miasto) – A beautiful and scenic place to check out in Warsaw

Old Town (Stare Miasto)

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  • A UNESCO World Heritage site in the centre of Warsaw
  • Wander narrow alleyways that open out onto wide squares and churches
  • One of the best places in Warsaw to learn about the city’s past

Why it’s awesome: When walking through the historic centre of Warsaw, you could be forgiven for thinking that these buildings date back to medieval times. However, as the city was razed to the ground during World War II, that’s not quite the case. Almost 90% of Warsaw was destroyed, but it arose like a phoenix from the flames. Nowhere is more emblematic of that than the Old Town. Faithfully and painstakingly reconstructed in 1962, it’s at the top of the list for what to do in Warsaw!

What to do there: Step back in time to get to know the city’s past. Don’t miss St. John’s Arch cathedral, and the triangular Canon square on your jaunt around this cool UNESCO World Heritage site. For a view of the Old Town from above, don’t miss the viewing platform at St Anne’s Church. There are walking tours of the Old Town which will help you learn everything you need to know about it. However, if that sounds like too much hard work, a more fun option is a Segway tour. It’ll be more expensive, but it’ll definitely be a memorable way to explore Warsaw!

#2 – Warsaw Royal Castle – One of the coolest historical sites in Warsaw

Warsaw Royal Castle

  • The residence of Polish royalty between the 16th and 18th centuries
  • One of the most important landmarks in Warsaw
  • The Royal Route begins here

Why it’s awesome: Like the majority of the Old Town, Warsaw’s Royal Castle was destroyed during the Second World War II. Due to the Communist Regime, this wasn’t rebuilt with the rest of the Old Town though – it had to wait until the 1980s. Since then it has been a museum which houses portraits of Polish Royalty. After all, it was their residence for a couple of hundred years! Castle Square is a great place to get some pictures of the castle and take in some sun. It’s also the beginning of the Royal Route!

What to do there: It’s definitely worth spending a couple of hours in the castle, to find out more about this Warsaw must-see. After you’ve finished, it might be an idea to make a start on the Royal Route. This runs 15km from Castle Square to the south, where you’ll find Wilanów Palace. On the way, you’ll be able to stop off at some of the best places to visit in Warsaw, including ?azienki Park and a number of palaces, churches, and academic institutions!

#3 – Warsaw Uprising Museum – Possibly one of the most important places to visit in Warsaw

Warsaw Uprising Museum

  • Use pre-war telephones to listen to memories of those involved in the Uprising
  • Watch footage of the Uprising in the museum’s cinema
  • An extremely important event in the ending of World War II

Why it’s awesome: One of the most important historical points of interest in Warsaw, this fascinating museum documents the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, a key event in the closing stages of World War II. Rather than being just lots of exhibits with texts, there’s a range of multimedia used to make the story of the Uprising come alive. It’s actually modelled on the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

What to do there: If you want to learn more about the Warsaw Uprising, there’s no better place to do it than here. Read newspapers printed at the time of the event or even check out the bunkers where people hid. There are also opportunities to listen to actual messages recorded by insurgents on old telephone receivers or watch footage from the event at the Kino Palladium cinema installation. Just make sure that you don’t plan to travel to Warsaw’s Uprising Museum on a Tuesday. It’s closed!

#4 – Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

  • The tallest building in Poland
  • One of the most recognisable landmarks in Warsaw
  • One of the best places in Warsaw to get panoramic photos

Why it’s awesome: This striking building splits opinion in the way only Marmite can, and you can see it from pretty much anywhere in Warsaw. At 237 metres, it’s the tallest building in Poland and across its 42 floors, you’ll find four theatres, two museums, and a multi-screen cinema. And those are just the parts you can actually go in! There are also government offices and private companies based in the building. There’s enough space, trust us! A lot of Poles dislike this building. Not for how it looks, but because it was a ‘gift’ from the Soviet Union in 1955.

What to do there: Whatever your feeling on Stalinist architecture, you can’t deny that this building is imposing and striking. There are plenty of cultural activities that we’ve mentioned above, and going to the theatre, museum, or cinema is definitely an option while you’re here. However, there’s one Warsaw must do in this enormous building. And that’s heading to the observation deck. You’ll be able to get jaw-dropping views and photos from the 30th floor!

#5 – Lazienki Park – A beautiful outdoor place to visit in Warsaw

Lazienki Park

  • The largest park in Warsaw and a key part of the Royal Route
  • Loved by local families and tourists alike
  • Don’t miss the beautiful palace on an artificial island in the middle of a lake

Why it’s awesome: Ask any Warsaw local where they’d go on a sunny day in the city and the chances are their response will be Lazienki Park. So, you may as well follow their advice! This leafy park is the largest one in the Polish capital and covers over 76 hectares. The paths which criss-cross the park lead to museums, palaces, pavilions, and even a planetarium among many other cool places. This is one of the best places in Warsaw to relax and enjoy an entire day in nature. Without leaving the city!

What to do there: Strolling through this ideal park is what to do in Warsaw whether you’re travelling solo, with friends, or on a romantic break. Check out one of the four museums in the park, or head to the Lazienki Palace. The classical Palace sits on an artificial island in the middle of a lake, but you can enter to see the lavishly decorated rooms and galleries. In summer, there are often concerts in the park. Just look for the Frederic Chopin statue!

#6 – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • A monument to the unidentified soldiers who have passed away in battle
  • Watch the changing of the guard on the hour every hour
  • See the eternal flame – it’s one of the most poignant landmarks in Warsaw

Why it’s awesome: The Saxon Palace was destroyed in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, but part of it still survives here. Yes, that’s where the 3 arches of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are from. This isn’t a monument to just one soldier, but rather all those who have died fighting for Poland. You can find this small and moving monument in Pi?sudski Square. This is a Warsaw must-see if you’re interested in military history , or you want to spend some time in a quiet and peaceful spot.

What to do there: Try and be at the memorial on the hour. It doesn’t matter which hour, as the guard is changed 365 days a year on the hour every hour. No exceptions – not even on Christmas Day! A great time to visit this memorial is on the 15th of August. This square, and the monument, in particular, are the centrepiece of the remembrance ceremonies for Polish Armed Forces Day. The Eternal Flame burning under the arches is a poignant memorial to those who have passed away fighting for their country.

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#7 – Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus Science Centre

  • More than 400 interactive exhibits across 6 zones
  • One of the newest and most modern attractions in Warsaw
  • Experience the tremors of the museum’s earthquake simulator!

Why it’s awesome: Even if you’re not interested in science in the slightest, Copernicus Science Centre should definitely make it onto your Warsaw itinerary. This might just be not only one of the best learning hotspots in Warsaw but the whole of Europe! Opened in 2010, there are more than 400 interactive exhibits at this museum. They’re spread across six zones, so whether you’re interested in animals, humans and the environment, even natural disaster, you’ll surely find something to pique your interest here.

What to do there: For adrenaline seekers, this museum proves you don’t have to go bungee jumping or sky diving. No, here you can enjoy (maybe that’s not the right word) the feeling of being caught up in an earthquake! If biology is more your thing, check out the installation of a human skeleton riding a bicycle. It’s quite cool seeing how all those bones and joints work! And, if something more relaxing is right up your street, settle back into one of the comfy chairs in the planetarium. Not only are there shows about the universe, but humans and nature too, all accompanied by a fantastic surround sound system. This is a must-visit when you explore Warsaw!

#8 – POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews – A fascinating educational place to visit in Warsaw

POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews

  • Learn about the 1,000-year history of Jews in Poland
  • Located in the heart of the former ghetto in Muranów
  • One of the best places in Warsaw to feel moved and educated at the same time

Why it’s awesome: POLIN opened in 2014 after being in the making for seven years, making it even newer than the Copernicus Science Centre. Poland has long been home to Europe’s largest Jewish community, and this museum commemorates the highs and lows of this history across eight galleries. Obviously, it’s unavoidable visiting this museum without taking the Holocaust into account. Although it was undeniably a terrible event, there are stories about heroes and people saved from such a dreadful fate in the Warsaw ghetto.

What to do there: There are plenty of interesting exhibits to view at POLIN. Although we’ve mentioned the sobering and chilling Holocaust display, there are some genuinely uplifting and enjoyable parts to the museum too. There’s a prayer book that dates all the way back to 1272, a fascinating and intriguing artefact. There’s also an entire exhibit dedicated to the 16th and 17th centuries – known as the golden age of religious tolerance! Whatever you take from the POLIN museum, it’s an unmissable point of interest in Warsaw. A guided tour is a great way to see it if you’re unsure where to start

#9 – Chopin Museum

Chopin Museum

  • Learn about one of Warsaw (and Poland’s) most famous historic figures
  • Find curious exhibits dedicated to Chopin all across the city
  • Great Warsaw vacation ideas for music lovers

Why it’s awesome: The museum refers to Chopin as a 19th-century answer to Sir Elton John. While we’re not sure we’d describe him in that way, learning more about one of the city’s most famous historical figures is a Warsaw must do. The museum of Chopin’s life is housed in a 17th-century palace but it’s packed with cool interactive exhibits that will keep even the surliest teenagers intrigued. You’ll learn more about the composer’s life. For example, did you know that he actually came from a farm estate in the east of the city, before going on to becoming respected and revered in Paris?!

What to do there: The museum is a great place to learn about the life of Frederic Chopin. However, it’s not the only place that you’ll feel his presence. While you’re visiting Warsaw, keep an eye out for the Chopin benches too. These special benches are dotted around the city and play the great composer’s music as you sit on them! There’s also a monument to Chopin in ?azienki Park that becomes a concert venue in the summer, while churches often host evening performances of the composer’s music. Warsaw is a great place to be if you love classical music!

#10 – Keret House – An unknown (but awesome) place to see in Warsaw!

Keret House

  • The narrowest house in the world
  • One of the more unusual things to do in Warsaw
  • Open to all who visit Warsaw

Why it’s awesome: There are some pretty cool museums and royal attractions in Warsaw, but sometimes you just want something a bit quirky and unusual. Okay then, let us present to you the Keret House! It may be over 30 foot tall, but at its widest, it’s not more than 4 feet wide. In fact, at its narrowest point, it’s just over 2! The house is too narrow to be classed as a house as it doesn’t mean minimum requirements, so instead, it’s an art exhibition.

What to do there: Although people have lived in this house in the past, it’s not a private residence anymore. Nowadays, it’s open to visitors, although you might bump into each other on the ladders that connect the floors! If you’re a travel writer, you’re able to book a night’s stay in the house. This could be a great opportunity to have an authentic, off the beaten track experience. It’s certainly one of the most unusual things to do in Warsaw!

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What should I not miss in Warsaw?

A visit to the Warsaw Royal Castle is one of the most important and beautiful historical sites in the city and can’t be missed.

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Call by the quirky ‘Keret House’, the worlds narrowest house! Why? Well, why the hell not!?

What are the best free things to do in Warsaw?

Wandering the fairytale streets of the Old Town (Stare Miasto) is a great way to immerse yourself in the city and it’s totally free.

What are the best things to do in Warsaw in winter?

Head indoors and learn about the 1000 year history and stories of the Jewish citizens of the country at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Final Thoughts

So, that’s all from us on our list of the best places to visit in Warsaw. Hopefully, you’ll see from our extensive list that this is a dynamic and diverse city with plenty to do! And, you’ll have an idea of the best places to stay in Warsaw too.

Whatever you want from a city break, you’ll find it when you travel to Warsaw. The museums and galleries are some of the best in Poland, showing the history of this fascinating country. The restaurants offer a mix of international food and local delicacies, and the nightlife scene can compete with any European capital!

Hopefully, our list of the best places to visit in Warsaw will have not only showed you the city’s best attractions but also given you a bit of an idea of how the locals live. With everything in mind from our list, all that’s left is for us to wish you an amazing vacation when you’re visiting Warsaw!

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The Palace on the Isle in the Łazienki Królewskie Park

Despite being Poland ’s capital, Warsaw is surprisingly underrated when it comes to attractive destinations. But whether it’s elegant avenues and grand architecture, or cobbled streets and secluded green spaces that you’re interested in, Warsaw has plenty. We pick the top 10 things to see in this surprising city.

Warsaw is sometimes surprisingly underrated when it comes to attractive cities

1. The Palace on the Isle, Łazienki Królewskie

The palace on the isle, łazienki królewskie.

Łazienki Palace, is undoubtedly one of Warsaw’s most celebrated, classicist buildings, having been the residence of the last king of Poland. Surrounded by the expansive gardens of Łazienki Królewskie , Warsaw’s most famous park, the palace and the area around it is a tranquil place to go for a gentle afternoon walk, just moments from the city center.

ul. Agrykoli 1, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 506 00 28

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Łazienki Palace, is more romantically termed ‘Palace on the Isle’ © Paweł Kabański / Flickr

2. Rynek Starego Miasta (Old Town Market Square)

Market, Historical Landmark

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University Library Rooftop Gardens

The University of Warsaw ’s library and the gardens on its roof are an expert blend between the traditional and the modern. Metal staircases and sleek glass skylights looking down into the library below sit alongside greenery and water features in these largely unknown gardens. The rooftop location gives a feeling of space and openness, and allows for a panoramic view of the city.

ul. Dobra 55/56, Warsaw, Poland, +48 22 552 51 78

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Krakowskie Przedmieście

Krakowskie Przedmieście is arguably Warsaw’s most delightful street to walk along. Linking the historic Castle Square in the Old Town with Warsaw’s modern urban center, Krakowskie Przedmieście has a cosmopolitan, Parisian air, thanks to its wide pavements, manicured flower beds and Renaissance architecture.

Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw, Poland

Krakowskie Przedmieście is arguably Warsaw’s most delightful street to walk along

3. Walkway along the Vistula

Walkway along the vistula.

Stand on the east bank of the Vistula at sunset, and you’ll be able to look across to the bright lights of Warsaw’s city center. Stand on the west bank looking to the east, and you’ll see a wild, untamed beach and thick vegetation. A recently opened walkway along the western side of the river is a lovely place to stroll and a raised platform is the perfect spot for taking panoramic shots of this dynamic capital city.

Poniatowskiego Bridge, Warsaw, Poland

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The perfect spot for taking panoramic shots of this dynamic capital city © Mw238 / Flickr

4. Park Ujazdowski

5. new town market square, new town market square.

Quieter and more understated than the splendid grandeur of its rival in the Old Town, the New Town Market Square is nevertheless a charming space for getting away from it all. The square comes alive in the warmer months, lined with leafy green trees and the al fresco dining spaces of coffee shops; the perfect place to try a Polish cream cake.

Rynek Nowego Miasta, Warsaw, Poland

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The perfect place to try a Polish cream cake © Paul Sableman / Flickr

6. Barbican

6. Barbican

The Barbican was once the defensive wall of Warsaw, encompassing the entire city inside it. Visitors can wander along the walls themselves or along the grassy slope beside it, at the spot where the Old and New Towns meet one another. In the summer, the Barbican archway is a busy thoroughfare, linking some of the prettiest streets in the city together.

Nowomiejska, Warsaw, Poland

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The Barbican was once the defensive wall of Warsaw © Ana Paula Hirama / Flickr

7. Multimedia Fountain Park

Park, Amusement Park

One of Warsaw’s newest attractions is the Multimedia Fountain Park

8. Botanical Gardens

Park, University

8. Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Belonging to the University of Warsaw, the Botanical Gardens are another of Warsaw’s underrated and unknown, but surprisingly pretty, attractions. The park offers an intriguing maze of secluded walkways, quiet corners and unique things to discover around every turn; statues, fountains and all manner of beautiful flowers.

Al. Ujazdowskie 4, Warsaw, Poland

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The 15 Best Things to do in Warsaw, Poland

Best Things to do in Warsaw, Poland

Take a stroll through historic sites in the Old Town or walk beneath the modern skyscrapers and brutalist buildings in central Warsaw. Then try to imagine the Polish capital as a tiny fishing village on the banks of the River Vistula. It’s impossible to see it so today, but until Warsaw’s big break came in 1596, it was little more than an insignificant mark on the map.

Things changed when King Sigismund III, who ruled over much of present-day Poland, Lithuania, Sweden , and Finland , transferred his seat of power from Krakow to Warsaw, transforming a trading outpost into a royal capital in an instant. The king began building the palaces, churches, and fortifications you’ll see today in Warsaw’s restored Old Town, and Warsaw quickly became a center for religion, culture, and the arts in eastern Europe.

Fast forward to 1944, and it’s equally difficult to imagine how Warsaw was almost erased from the map entirely. Prolonged years of German occupation, followed by the Warsaw Uprising toward the end of World War II, led to the systematic destruction of the city. 

You can learn more about this harrowing era at the Warsaw Uprising Museum or POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews. But from the ashes, Warsaw rose again, and the Polish capital was rebuilt through the communist decades that followed.

Today, Warsaw is one of Europe’s largest and most exciting destinations. Discover Polish history, explore the legacy of famous Poles like Copernicus and Chopin, and explore alternative districts like Praga, where beer and vodka flow freely until the early hours of the weekday mornings. 

With so many things to see and do, you might not know where to begin. So we’ve compiled our list of the absolute best things to do in Warsaw for you. Stick to these fun and unique Warsaw bucket list recommendations, and there’s no doubt you’ll have an amazing time exploring the gorgeous Polish capital!

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15 Fun and Unique Things to do in Warsaw

1. start with a walking tour of warsaw’s old town.

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Warsaw’s Old Town is a testament to the city’s past and present. This is the oldest part of Warsaw, and the history has been recognized not only by the vast number of tourists you’ll see here but also by the area’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Many of the oldest parts of the city wall date back to the 13th century when Warsaw was just a little fishing and trading community. The Royal Palace was added later and became the home of King Sigismund III when he made Warsaw his capital in 1596. The best way to explore the cobblestone streets is on a walking tour, and you can meet your guide by Sigismund’s Column right in the middle of Castle Square.

The real heart of the Old Town is Market Place, where you’ll see the 15th-century town hall. It’s here where you’ll learn how Warsaw’s Old Town was completely razed during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Angered by the Polish resistance, the German occupiers set about destroying the cultural legacy of Warsaw, and they started with Market Place. 

Unique Things to do in Warsaw, Poland: Old Town

On your walking tour, though, you’ll also learn how the Old Town was painstakingly rebuilt from the rubble. Original plans were followed as bricks were salvaged from the destruction, and today, the Old Town is as much a signifier of the city’s resolute will to survive as it is a historical attraction. 

There are multiple walking tour companies offering tours of the Old Town, with daily departures all throughout the year. We recommend joining a “Free Walking Tour” if you’re in any doubt since you only pay what you feel the experience was worth at the end of the tour. 

Book an Old Town Walking Tour

2. Reach into Regal History at the Royal Castle 

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A visit to the Royal Castle is one of the best things to do in Warsaw. While you’ll see the castle’s fabulous exterior on your walking tour of the Old Town, come back later to see the inside. 

The Royal Castle is one of Warsaw’s oldest sights, with parts of the towers and walls dating back to the 14th century. Take a tour of the castle or stroll around its ramparts, and you’ll learn that the stately rooms and grand regal chambers were built by none other than Sigismund III from 1596 onwards (who else?). The king needed a new royal castle worthy of his ambitions, and the Royal Castle in Warsaw became the seat of Poland’s monarchy for centuries to come. 

Fun Things to do in Warsaw, Poland: Royal Castle

Successive rulers added their mark, with the distinctive Baroque elements being added in the 1700s. The German army blew the palace up in 1944, and everything was rebuilt brick by brick from the pile of rubble left behind. Today, you can explore the rebuilt royal apartments, stroll through the landscaped royal gardens, and visit the Lanckoroński Collection, a donated art collection that includes a Rembrandt. 

Book a Royal Castle Guided Tour

3. Escape to the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw’s Łazienki Park

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Although the Polish monarchy was abolished in 1795, Warsaw has preserved a surprisingly large number of royal relics. If you’re into your regal history, then make your way to Łazienki Park, where you can escape to the Palace on the Isle.

Łazienki Park is Warsaw’s largest public park, with 76 hectares of greenery, trees, and historic monuments and palaces for you to explore. The park is located right in the center of Warsaw, because, originally, it was set aside as a private park for the Polish monarchy. 

Warsaw, Poland Things to do: Lazienki Park

Also known as Royal Baths Park, Polish kings had elaborate bathhouses and palaces built here for their personal enjoyment. The largest bathhouse was extended into a regal palace, which you can visit today. The original marble bathhouse was constructed in the 17th century, and the baroque palace was built around this a century later. 

Surprisingly, the Palace on the Isle survived World War II intact, although the interiors were looted and burned by the retreating Germans. Take a tour of the palace, enjoy magnificent views from its waterfront location, then visit sights like the Chopin Monument in the surrounding park. 

Lazienki Park & Palace Tour and Cruise

4. Take the Elevator to the 30th Floor of the Palace of Culture and Science

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Visit Warsaw’s modern city center, and you can’t miss the brutalist skyscraper rising high above the city. This distinctive building, with its tall and rectangular shape, is the Palace of Culture and Science , and it was built in 1955 to emulate the style of socialist realism inspired by Stalin.

The Palace of Culture and Science stands 237 meters tall, and it’s currently the second-tallest building in Poland. It’s a stark reminder of the country’s communist era and is often described as an “unwanted gift” from the USSR. Regardless, the tower is here to stay, and visiting the 30th-floor observation deck for sweeping views is one of the best things to do in Warsaw. 

Best Things to do in Warsaw, Poland: Palace of Culture and Science

True to its name, the Palace of Culture and Science continues to be an important cultural attraction. Inside the brutalist skyscraper, you’ll find cinemas, conference halls, and even a swimming pool. 

Book a Palace of Culture and Science Tour

5. Jump in a Retro Van for a Communist Tour of Warsaw 

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Want to learn more about Poland’s communist past? Then jump in a retro van for a communist tour of the city. 

Adventure Warsaw operates unique tours in the back of a communist-era Nysa 522, a classic minivan that once plied the streets of Poland. This is one of the top things to do in Warsaw, and you’ll be whisked around the city’s major communist sights as you learn about the country’s 20th-century history. 

The tour ends at the Museum of Life Under Communism , where you’ll chat with locals who lived under communism. You’ll also get to try some Polish vodka – because this is Poland, of course. 

If you don’t like the idea of a retro van tour, then you can also consider joining communist walking tours. These take you to many of the major sights and provide an insight into what life was like behind the Iron Curtain until the fall of communism in Poland in 1989.

Experience a Private Tour by Communist Van

6. Explore Art and History at the National Museum in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw is home to some of Poland’s greatest historical and cultural treasures, and it’s a must-see attraction when you’re exploring the nation’s capital. This is the largest museum in Warsaw, in fact, and you can easily spend hours delving into the extensive art history collections arrayed across its multiple floors and galleries.

The National Museum in Warsaw was originally founded in 1862 as a fine art museum, but its remit has expanded greatly since then. Today, you can see a famous collection of art created by early Nubian Christians almost 2,000 years ago. Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures are even older, while the medieval and modern galleries are not to be missed.

7. Find Chopin’s Heart in Warsaw 

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Frederic Chopin is one of Poland’s most famous sons. The 19th-century musician was one of the finest composers and pianists of his age, but he was forced to spend much of his life in exile.

Although he was born and raised in Warsaw, Polish nationalist uprisings against the Russian Empire saw Chopin moving to Paris when he was 20. He died young of tuberculosis, although you’ll hear in Warsaw that he died of a broken heart, longing to see his beloved Poland once more. 

Must do things in Warsaw, Poland: Chopin Heart

Rather strangely, Chopin asked that his heart be cut from his dead body, as he feared being buried alive. Eventually, his pickled heart found its way back to Poland, where it now rests in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw. You can go and find it, if you’re feeling macabre. 

Alternatively, you can visit the Museum of Frederic Chopin to learn more about the life of Poland’s famed composer. The museum is located in the house where Chopin was born, and it’s one of the must-do things in Warsaw for music lovers. 

8. Get Interactive at the Copernicus Science Center

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For kids, families, and lovers of science, one of the best places to visit in Warsaw is the Copernicus Science Center .

The center is, of course, named for Nicolaus Copernicus, another of Poland’s most famous sons. Copernicus was a renaissance era astronomer, and he famously developed a theory that the earth revolved around the sun and not the other way around.

What to do in Warsaw, Poland: Copernicus Science Center

Inside the Copernicus Science Center, you’ll find an entire floor dedicated to the stars and astronomy. But the Planetarium is just one of the exhibitions you can get interactive with at this huge science museum. 

The permanent exhibitions include over 400 interactive exhibits, which explore everything from the beginnings of human civilization to science experiments, robotics, and much, much more. 

9. Delve into World War II History at the Warsaw Uprising Museum 

For history lovers, one of the best sights in Warsaw is the Warsaw Uprising Museum . Warsaw spent long years under German occupation during the Second World War, but as the Soviets advanced across eastern Europe in 1944, the time finally came for the city to rebel.

Visit the excellent Warsaw Uprising Museum, and you’ll learn how the city fought back for 63 days. The Warsaw Uprising began on August 1, 1944, and bloody fighting rocked the city until the rebel army surrendered on October 2, 1944, before the Soviets reached them.

After the defeat, Warsaw was systematically destroyed, and little remained once the Germans eventually retreated. The event scarred Warsaw forevermore, and inside the museum, you can delve deeper into the individual human stories of those who fought in the battle and the Allied leaders who strategized and argued as Warsaw burned. 

After your trip to the museum, make sure to visit the moving Warsaw Uprising Monument, which is a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives in the fight. 

10. Uncover the Origins of Vodka at the Polish Vodka Museum 

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If you’re looking to enjoy a few lighthearted hours in the city, then one of the best places to visit in Warsaw is the Polish Vodka Museum .

Vodka is Poland’s national drink, and the humble spirit distilled from grains is said to date back to at least the 14th century. The origins are disputed, with many surrounding nations claiming vodka to be theirs, but you can see the Polish side of the story at the museum.

The Polish Vodka Museum is located in an old red brick factory that used to distill vodka. You’ll learn the centuries-old history of this fiery alcoholic tipple, see the different ways it can be distilled, and explore the different ingredients that can be used to make it.

You can then try your hand at preparing your own vodka recipes before enjoying a tasting session in the bar. There is even an on-site restaurant where you can try local Polish dishes while sampling more vodkas from around the country. 

Book a Polish Vodka Museum Tour

11. Learn about Poland’s Neon Love Affair at the Neon Museum

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Visiting the unusual Neon Museum is one of the coolest things to do in Warsaw. Located in the city’s alternative Praga District, the Neon Museum has been wowing visitors with its garish collection of neon artworks and advertising signs since it first opened in 2012.

Yes, the concept does seem highly irregular, but you’ll be instantly drawn to the fascinating story of Poland’s love affair with neon lighting the moment you walk through the doors.

Neon signs were popular during the communist era, and while they didn’t necessarily advertise products as you’d expect them to in capitalist countries, they were a fixture of streets across Warsaw. Their role was often to inform rather than sell products to potential customers. 

The Neon Museum saved many from being lost when the country transitioned to capitalism, and it now holds 200 nostalgic neon signs on display in an old factory in Praga. It’s a fascinating look at communist history through a unique lens and easily one of the best things to do in Warsaw. 

12. Explore Warsaw’s Alternative Side in Praga 

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Cross over the Vistula River from Warsaw’s Old Town, and you’ll find yourself in Praga. The eastern bank of the river is home to the city’s alternative district, where you can not only find the Neon Museum but the Museum of Praga , Warsaw Zoo , Praga Park, and many more top Warsaw attractions.

Take a walking tour, and you’ll learn how Praga was a separate city from Warsaw for much of its history. Divided by the river, Praga was an independent entity with its own character, government, and institutions. Praga survived World War II almost untouched because of this, and it’s fascinating to compare both sides of modern Warsaw during your stay.

Today, Praga is home to many of Warsaw’s best underground clubs, craft beer bars, and independent cinemas, making it an excellent alternative base in the city (it’s a great place for a night out!).

13. Learn How to Cook Pierogi in Warsaw 

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A cooking class is one of the most fun things to do in Warsaw, and nothing quite beats learning (or trying to learn) how to make pierogi when you’re in the Polish capital. 

Pierogi are dumpling-like parcels of delicious joy, and you’ll find them on menus all over Poland. They’re a national favorite, and they can be filled with sweet and savory delights ranging from sweet cheese to potatoes and sauerkraut.

Must do things in Warsaw, Poland: Cook Pierogi in Warsaw

Join a cooking class, and you’ll learn how to roll out the dough (prepared using flour, water, and possibly egg) before cutting it into dumpling-sized portions. You’ll then wrap up your fillings, crimp the edges, and then boil or pan-fry the pierogi to perfection. Add a dollop of sour cream, and you’ve got yourself a feast to enjoy! 

14. Visit POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews 

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One of the most important Warsaw attractions is POLIN , or the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This excellent and, at times, emotional museum takes a staggeringly deep dive into Jewish history, and it’s a must-visit when you’re in the city.

POLIN is an ambitious project that attempts to tell centuries of history as you walk through its informative yet moving exhibition floors. The museum itself is located on the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto, where the city’s Jewish population was mercilessly quartered during the German occupation in World War II. 

As you arrive at the museum, you’ll see the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial, a lasting tribute to the Jewish fighters and civilians who died in an ill-fated rebellion launched in 1943. But the story begins long before this, as you start by learning the origin stories of Poland’s Jewish population, who are said to have migrated here from the 10th century onwards.

Best Things to do in Warsaw, Poland: POLIN

The museum explores the different eras that followed, showing how the Jewish population was continually persecuted throughout history, even as they rose to contribute greatly to Polish society. It culminates with an exhibition showing how Poland’s Jews were almost entirely wiped out during the Holocaust, and it was only in 2007 that a museum was founded to tell their story. 

If you’re interested in learning more after POLIN, then you may want to consider taking a Jewish Walking Tour of Warsaw or visiting the Jewish Cemetery. 

POLIN Museum Ticket

15. Take a Moving Tour of Treblinka

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After even a few days in Warsaw, you’ll start to realize just how much Poland suffered during World War II. Just a 90-minute drive from the city, you can see where the Nazi’s brutal policies came to a nasty pinnacle with a trip to Treblinka.

Treblinka was a Nazi death camp, and hundreds of thousands of people (the vast majority of them Jewish) lost their lives here between 1942 and 1943. In the short span of time it was open, it’s estimated that as many as 700,000 people were killed here (second only to Auschwitz).

Warsaw, Poland Bucket List: Treblinka

The Nazis tried to cover up their atrocities, and it wasn’t until the 1960s that the first memorial was built here. Join a day tour from Warsaw, and you’ll learn more about the dark history of the camp and see the monuments that mark this dark era in European history.  

Treblinka Concentration Camp Tour

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Looking for hidden gems and travel oddities around Warsaw Poland? On our third visit to Warsaw, we stayed in the city for two months, using it as a base as we worked and enjoyed living like local Varsovians. This time around, we had time to travel deep into the city to discover some great hidden gems and travel oddities. Generally, these are places that you may not necessarily find on a typical tourist map but may be worth exploring if they pique your curiosity.

15 Unique Things to Do in Warsaw

Many travelers through Warsaw may accidentally stumble across one or two of these unique things to do in Warsaw. However, most people have no idea that many of these things exist.

Scroll through these 15 unique things to do in Warsaw to determine how many you’ve seen.

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Below are the recommended places to stay based on budget and location.

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Castle Inn is one of the few hotels that is located in Warsaw Old Town.

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1. Poland’s Only Palm Tree

Clearly artificial, a 15-meter palm tree stands at the intersection of Jerusalem Avenue and Nowy Świat Street. “Greetings from Jerusalem” is a modern art project to brighten up  Warsaw, Poland. Moreover, it was manufactured in California and made of plastic and metal. In fact, there was a rumor that initially there was a plan to have an entire row of palm trees, but the project was rejected. Nevertheless, just this one random palm tree baffled city officials when it was first unveiled.

cool places to visit in warsaw

Today, the tree is a fun travel oddity in Warsaw and claims to be “Poland’s Only Palm Tree.” Interestingly enough, the claim isn’t true because the Palm House in the city of Zielona Góra offers an indoor garden full of palm trees.

Location: Rondo de Gaulle at the intersection of Nowy Śwait and Al. Jerozolimskie, Metro Nowy Śwait-Uniwersytet

2. Temple of Divine Providence

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The Temple of Divine Providence is one of the most important Roman Catholic buildings in Poland. The church’s groundwork began in 1792, but a Russian invasion, two world wars, and communist domination halted its completion for over 200 years until it was finally consecrated in 2016. Some call it one of the ugliest buildings in Warsaw, with an exterior that looks more like a nuclear power plant rather than one of Poland’s most important religious and national symbols.

Location: Warsaw’s Wilanów District, Nowogrodzka 49

3. The Monument of the Pawiak Tree

Next to the surviving fragment of the Pawiak Prison gate stands an eye-catching bronze tree which is a memorial for those who perished and suffered in prison.  It is said that this famous white elm stood as a witness to suffering, heroism, and terrible crime.

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When the Nazis blew up the prison in August 1944, the only thing that remained standing was the strong white elm. In 1945, family members placed plaques on the tree bearing the names of the victims. Sadly, the original tree died in 1984 from Dutch Elm Disease. Modifications and preservation allowed it to stand for another 11 years.

In 2004, conservationist experts declared it unsalvageable and replaced the tree with a bronze copy. The original can be seen inside the Pawiak Prison.

Location: Pawiak Prison, Dzielna 24/26

4. Ghetto Bridge Memorial

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One of the most significant images of occupied Warsaw is the photo of the wooden footbridge constructed over Chłodna Street . The bridge was built to connect the small and large ghettos. Today, there is a memorial at the site where the ghetto bridge once stood in 1942. Consider visiting at night when projected light provides the illusion of a bridge suspended over the road.

Location: The memorial is at the intersection of Chłodna and Żelazna Street in the Wola district. A few steps away, you’ll find the Keret House described below.

5. Winne the Pooh Street

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Did you know that there is a street in Warsaw, Poland named after Winnie the Pooh?  A memorial plaque on the corner shows Piglet and Pooh heading out for an adventure.

Why is there a Winnie the Pooh sign in Warsaw? In Polish, the street is called, “ Kubusia Puchatka ” which translates to “Winnie the Pooh.” An interesting find here in Warsaw.

6. Ronald Reagan Monument

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American travelers may appreciate a stop at the Ronald Reagan monument on Ronald Reagan Street while touring Warsaw. In 2011, a monument was erected to honor the 40th President of the United States for his role in supporting the Polish anti-communist movement in Poland. The monument faces the United States Embassy in Warsaw’s Embassy Row.

Location: Ujazdów Avenue across the street from the Embassy of the United States in the Śrómieście district

7. Chopin’s Heart

Upon his death, Chopin asked for his heart to be removed before burial so that it could be returned to his beloved Warsaw. Due to political conflict, Chopin knew his body would never leave Paris. There’s a rumor that his eldest sister transported his heart back to Warsaw in a jar full of booze.

cool places to visit in warsaw

Chopin was so loved in his native Poland, that his heart became a symbol for proud Polish nationalists. Therefore, during WWII the Nazis stole the heart and outlawed playing his music.  Located in one of the most beautiful historical buildings in the city, Chopin’s heart now lays peacefully in one of the church pillars.

Location: Holy Cross Church , Warsaw, Poland

8. Rainbow Center

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Quite the festive building for the Polish Tax Office. This building called the “Rainbow Center” is an interesting architectural find on a walking tour through Warsaw’s Praga district. The building was a shopping center until it was later converted into a center for taxes.

Location: Ulica  Jagiellońska 15, Praga district

9. Praga Walk of Fame

Did you know that Warsaw, Poland has its very own “Walk of Fame?” Hidden on Stalowa Street, the Prague Hall of Fame was created to honor local stars from Praga Północ who have contributed great things to society through education, literature, architecture, and leadership.

Location: Stalowa Street, Praga district

10. Keret House

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Designed by a Polish architect, the Keret House claims to be the world’s skinniest house. While the interior is over 30 feet tall, it is only 28 inches wide at its narrowest point and four feet wide at its widest. The home has 46 square feet of floor space and holds a record for the world’s most narrow house. Inside is a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and when the staircase is retracted, a very claustrophobic living room.

Location: Zelazna 16 near the Wola district. A few steps away from the Ghetto Bridge Memorial.

11. Warsaw Fotoplastikon

The Warsaw Fotoplastikon is one of the coolest hidden attractions in the city. Built in 1905, this 3-D theater is like an enormous-sized View-Master.  Visitors sit around a cylinder while looking through eyeglasses that display mini-slides of historic scenes of Warsaw. Surprisingly, this amazing piece of cinema survived both the Nazi invasion and the Soviet occupation.

cool places to visit in warsaw

The Warsaw Fotoplastikon is closed on Tuesdays but is open Monday, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs 10 zł per admission. Finally, try to come on a Thursday when admission is free.

Location: 51 Aleje Jerozolimskie, Warsaw

12. Warsaw Gasworks Museum

Two Colosseum-like buildings sit on the edge of Warsaw’s Wola district. Up close, the huge, spherical structures are beautifully decrepit. Broken windows, crumbling brick, and wild vegetation make it a prime example of urban decay.

Many photographers go behind the museum to try to capture the ruins. However, this part of the property is roped off and video cameras are installed to prevent people from exploring the premises. Take note, the two Colosseum structures are not where the museum is housed!

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The original neoclassical buildings were built in 1888 but were destroyed in 1939 during WWII. After the war, they were reconstructed and used until the early 1970s, when natural gas became Warsaw’s main source of fuel.

Location: ul. Marcin Kasprzak 2, Wola district

13. Wilanow Trampoline Park

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Anytime we stumble upon something and exclaim, “Well, I’ve never seen that before, “it’s worth a mention. Also, in Warsaw’s Wilanów district, there’s a free trampoline park where kids and those still young at heart can enjoy a little exercise and outdoor fun.

Location: the park can be found at the Royal Wilanów Mall on   Franciszka Klimczaka 1

14. The Różyckiego Bazaar

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In its day, the Old Bazaar in the Warsaw Praga district was one of the most popular markets in all of the city. Also, weapons that were taken from Nazi troops were once traded in this bazaar.

Today, visitors often overlook the depressing market. Indeed, its charm and atmosphere can only be appreciated with a great imagination for what it once was.

Location: Targowa 54, Praga district

15. Blood-Stained Steps From a Soldier

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Around Warsaw, there are mysterious red-colored stains embedded on floors scattered throughout the city. Moreover, some are in apartment hallways, and others are located on marble steps. Furthermore, many believe these sites are stained with the blood of heroic insurgents of the Warsaw Uprising. Finally, these are local people who fell into battle to help liberate Warsaw from its barbaric German occupants.

Oftentimes, bodies that were killed would lay in the same positions for several months, causing deep red stains in the marble. Also, although there are a few around the city, only one has been officially confirmed through scientific analysis and commemorated with a plaque.

Location: The Earth Museum on ul. Na Skarpie behind the National Museum

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35 Amazing Things to do in Warsaw (Poland) in 2021

Warsaw is the lively capital of Poland and the country's largest city. Situated on the Vistula River and spread over a wide area, Warsaw impresses with its history, nightlife, and high standard of its restaurants. There are so many things to do in Warsaw. In this post, we are going to highlight the best attractions, museums, restaurants, nightlife, shopping hotspots, breathtaking views, and off the beaten path experiences that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Warsaw.

If you come to Warsaw during the weekend, do  not miss our weekend guide with the best events in Warsaw . Make sure you check it out.

Contents show 35 Amazing Things to do in Warsaw (Poland) in 2021 1) Discover Warsaw's alternative side 2) Learn how to make Pierogi (Traditional Polish Dumplings) from scratch! Must-Visit Museums in Warsaw 3) Royal Castle 4) Warsaw Uprising Museum 5) POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews Eat like a local in Warsaw 6) Eat at a Bar Mleczny 7) Eat a Pączek in a Piekarnia 8) Try the most traditional of Polish fast food, Zapiekanka 9) Head to the “Vegan District” 10) Taste the Polish countryside at Hala Mirowska 11) Indulge in international cuisine. Hala Koszyki 12) Treat yourself. Book a Michelin Restaurant Out for a drink in Warsaw 13) 25 spots to say “na zdrowie”, the Pawilony 14) Let your head go for a spin, the Shot Bars 15) Learn how to make Polish liquor 16) Go to Warsaw’s “beer heaven”: the Piw Paw Breathtaking Views in Warsaw 17) Visit The Palace of Culture and Science 18) Have a drink at The Marriott Sky Panorama Bar 19) Enjoy the view from the Tower of St. Anna church 20) A different view from the Szczęśliwicka Hill 21) Warsaw Uprising Mound Shopping in Warsaw 22) Things to do in Warsaw Poland: Shop like a Varsovian Warsaw Off the Beaten Path 23) Explore the Praga District 24) Visit the Neon Museum 25) Take an alternative tour of Warsaw 26) Admire Industrial architecture at the Gas Work Museum 27) Discover the Tibetan Gallery in Wola 28) See the narrowest house in the World: the Keret house 29) Go back in time at the FOTOPLASTIKON Things to do in Warsaw by season 30) Things to do in Warsaw in Winter: the Christmas Light Festival 31) What to do in Warsaw in Spring: Chopin Concert at Łazienki Park 32) What to do in Warsaw in Summer: The Vistula River. "Everybody wants to be a Varsovian in Summer". 33) What to do in Warsaw in Autumn: Warsaw Film Festival and FREE access to Museums Outdoor activities 34) Visit Łazienki - Royal Residence Park and Museum Complex 35) Rent a “Veturilo” Public Bike 36) Go Kayaking on the Vistula river Some history about Warsaw and common themes WWII The Warsaw Old Town Jewish Warsaw Communism In Warsaw Modern Warsaw Best time to visit Warsaw Cheapest time to visit Warsaw Packing tips What to wear in Warsaw in Autumn/Winter What to pack for summer/spring in Warsaw: Check out more city guides by OddUrbanThings: How would you rate this post? Read other reviews:

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1) Discover Warsaw's alternative side

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Warsaw's eastern district, Praga, is one of the most interesting districts in the city. While it is always fun to just get lost and discover true hidden gems, reserving a local tour can be the better choice if you do not have so much time at your disposal.

Jumping aboard these communist vans allows you to cover a lot of ground in little time ( tours are 4 hours) and see some of Warsaw's most interesting spots without much planning on your side.

Bear in mind that these are not hop-on-hop-off buses, but rather personal tours with a max of 8 people on board .

2) Learn how to make Pierogi (Traditional Polish Dumplings) from scratch!

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No trip to Warsaw is complete unless you try the famous Polish dumplings.

Or, even better, learn how to make them yourself (vegan version available as well).

The name of this dish probably derives from the Polish verb "to drink", making pierogi the ultimate choice for party food. The class ends with pierogi lunch or dinner, so we strongly advise you to show up hungry!

Only in December, the Pierogi class is combined with a traditional Polish dinner (3 courses + drinks included).

Must-Visit Museums in Warsaw

In Warsaw, there are more than 70 museums you can choose from. That's a lot of sightseeing! Here we suggest to you what we think is a must-see, whether you into sightseeing or not! Some of these attractions are free all year round, others are free for the whole month of November and most museums are free at least one day per week .

Here is a list of what I think are the best museums in Warsaw, with an indication of when you can enter free of charge.

3) Royal Castle 

Attractions and sightseeing in Warsaw

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is an experience you will hold dear in your heart for a long time. First built in the 14th century, the castle went through some dreadful times. As you may already know, the Royal Castle – and the entire old town in Warsaw – was completely destroyed by Nazi Germany during WWII and rebuilt later on.

To be honest, I was a bit put off by the Royal Castle being a reproduction of the original.

But I couldn’t be more wrong.

The rebuilt Royal Castle symbolizes Warsaw’s tenaciousness and its will to exist.

Warsaw is today nicknamed “Phoenix” because it “was burned to the ground only to rise again from the ashes”. The Royal Castle is THE emblem of Warsaw, and you would be mistaken if you considered this castle unauthentic.

Today, the Royal Castle is an interesting museum which hosts:

  • a permanent exhibition about the life of the castle,
  • the castle route, which is composed of 32 incredibly reconstructed rooms. It also hosts a collection of paintings and furniture,
  • and the Lanckoroński Collection, which hosts, among other great pieces, two Rembrandt paintings.

I wrote more about the Royal Castle here .

The entrance is 30PLN (about 6-7 EUR), FREE on Sundays and the whole month of November.

The Royal Castle is open all year round with a few exceptions.

Find out more: official website .

4) Warsaw Uprising Museum

Things to do in warsaw: uprising museum

The Warsaw Uprising museum covers a dark chapter of the 20th-century, of which I knew very little about. And if you are not Polish, you may not be familiar with it either. The museum recreates the atmosphere, history and struggles that Varsovians went through in the attempt to liberate Warsaw from the Nazi occupation in 1944.

The Warsaw Uprising is one of the darkest moments in recent history, yet it is often overlooked by western society. Warsaw was almost completely annihilated and hundreds of thousands of people died for their freedom.

90% of Warsaw was destroyed in WWII and the population dropped from 1.3 millions in 1939 to 162.000 in 1944*. Poland suffered the most casualties in terms of percentage of the population (17% of the population died) during WWII.  

It is a hard task to create an exhibition about such tragedy. I believe that the curators of the museum did an outstanding job. The Warsaw Uprising Museum is one of its kind and will offer an experience hard to forget.

The entrance is 20 PLN (or about 4-5 EUR), FREE on Sunday .

Find out more on the about this must-see attraction in Warsaw on the official website . I also wrote more about the Warsaw Uprising Museums here .

*source: STATISTICAL YEARBOOK OF WARSAW 2016,  http://warszawa.stat.gov.pl

5) POLIN - Museum of the History of Polish Jews

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The POLIN – also called “Museum of the History of Polish Jews” – lies on the grounds where the Jewish district used to be in pre-war Warsaw. It opened its doors in 2013, for the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

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If you are not impressed by the exterior of this award-winning building, wait to see the interior! When you enter the museum, you will find yourself in a dramatically wavy passage extending in front of you.

These concrete waves refers to the Exodus (parting of the red sea by God when Moses was guiding the escape   of the Israelites from Egypt).  

Thanks to the amazing architecture, you will already be deep into the exhibition before you even pay for your ticket!

The actual exhibition will carry you through 1000 years of Jewish history in Poland. From the first arrival of Jewish merchants, through the “Paradisus Iudaeorum” (Paradise of the Jews in Latin) of the 16th century in Poland, until the mass massacres by Nazi Germany in WWII.

The entrance is 30PLN (or about 6-7EUR), FREE on THURSDAYS .

Find out more about this must-see attraction in Warsaw on the official website .

Eat like a local in Warsaw

If you believe Polish food is just boiled potatoes and cabbage, think again.

Polish cuisine is hearty, tasty and rich in meat. It developed eclectically over hundreds of years, being influenced by Russian, Ukrainian, German, Jewish as well as Italian, French and Turkish cuisine.

Besides, eating in Poland is quite cheap. From Bar Mleczny to Michelin Restaurants, you will eat without breaking the bank. No wonder some of the international fast food giants are struggling in Poland.

In this article, I suggest some of the best places to eat polish food .   I don’t, however, describe in detail the most traditional Polish dishes, like Bigos, Pierogi or Zurek. If you want to have a delicious overview of what Polish food tastes like, you could go to this Warsaw Food Tou r and sample the icons of Polish cuisine (the tour guides are absolute Warsaw experts as well!).

Do you want to know more about the restaurant scene in Warsaw? Check out our ranking of the best restaurants in Warsaw (the top of each national cuisine).

6) Eat at a Bar Mleczny

Milk Bars in Warsaw

Bar Mleczny literally means Milk Bar. The first Bar Mleczny, which was opened in Warsaw in 1896, had a menu mainly based on dairy items. Today, you can eat a wide range of traditional Polish food for the cost of a Starbucks coffee. That’s right! For around 5 euros you can have a full meal composed of soup, first course and a drink (kompot).

Don’t expect the best service, though. You’ll have to line up to order and then line up again to collect your food.

Note: Sometimes the dish won’t be ready and you'll have to wait at the table until an old lady will scream the name of your dish. A little price to pay for an authentic experience and some great homemade traditional food. I actually find the whole thing quite entertaining!

There are many Bar Mleczny in Warsaw. Make sure you visit one of these (link to google maps):

You can’t say you visited Poland until you eat in a Milk Bar!

Here you can read my full article about the  Milk Bars in Warsaw .

7) Eat a Pączek in a Piekarnia

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Polish bread is one of the best I have ever eaten and Polish piekarnia (bakery) is up to Italian “forno” or French “boulangerie” standards. You can find “piekarnias” at almost every corner of the street, there are literally hundreds of them.

If you happen to go to one, you should definitely try “pączek”, an amazing donut. It’s traditionally filled with wild rose jam but you can find it in many other varieties. The dough is deliciously sweet and it melts in your mouth. The most famous place to eat these is Zagoździński , in Wola (open since 1925), but you can find good pączki in every bakery.

Pączek is the signature of Polish sweets, you really have to try it!  

8) Try the most traditional of Polish fast food, Zapiekanka

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The best place to eat it in Warsaw is Zapiexy Luxusowe , in Widok 19 street (“Centrum” metro station, really close to the Palace of Culture). They get fresh bread from the bakery every day and the portions are huge. My favorite is the “Firmowa Zapiekanka” which is toasted bread with Polish sheep cheese, crispy bacon, and onion (11.5PLN or about 2.5 EUR).

9) H ead to the “Vegan District”

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A Vegan friend of mine once asked me:   “Will I find vegan food in Warsaw? Or will I be forced to eat potatoes for a week?”.

That’s a popular misconception because Polish cuisine is renowned for being rich in meat.

However, unlike 10 years ago, vegetarian and vegan restaurants are really easy to find in Warsaw. More and more Varsovians are jumping on the Vegetarian/Vegan trend and countless restaurants are popping up everywhere. You can even learn to make Vegan pierogi from scratch !

In some areas, it is even difficult to find a good old traditional cake made with milk, eggs and flour (which contains gluten. Thus also plenty of options for celiacs)!

Warsaw is a vegan heaven!  

You will find basically every kind of cuisine you can think of, but converted into vegan only: vegan sushi, vegan Indian and vegan pizzas are just a few examples!   In just one square kilometer there are over 20 vegan/vegetarian restaurants rated more than 4.5 (on google).

I call this area “the vegan district” (Even though this is not its official name).

Things to do Vegan in warsaw

Some of the Vegan restaurants worth noting are Krowarzywa Vegan Burger (address: Marszałkowska 27/35), Tel-Aviv Food & Wine (address: ul. Poznańska 11) and Chwast Food (address: Waryńskiego 9).

10) Taste the Polish countryside at Hala Mirowska

Hala Mirowska Warsaw

Originally built at the end of the 19th century, Hala Mirowska was the biggest market in the city until the WWII when it was destroyed. It was then rebuilt in the 50s and today it still serves its original function of an organic food market.

I must say that this is not a place for everybody. It is not a major tourist attraction nor a must-see landmark, it’s just a food market.

However, if you like markets as much as I do, you should definitely drop by. Here in Hala Mirowska you will experience the authentic vibe of a 1990 Warsaw food market, you will deal with non-English speaking farmers and… you will find the freshest fruit, veggies, and eggs, the most amazing bread, the best meat, and the sweetest honey. You will also taste Polish delicacies like kabanos (smoked dry sausages), oscypek (smoked cheese from the mountains) or śledź (traditional herring marinated in hundreds of different ways).

If you have a sweet tooth you can indulge in some creamy Wuzetka (Warsaw cake), give way to a tasty Szarlotka (Polish apple pie) or sink your teeth into a fluffy Pączek (my favorite pastry in the world).

NOTE: Be aware that even though the market officially closes at 7 pm, you should definitely come here in the morning: most of the merchants are actual farmers and in order to get here they have to get up crazy early in the morning. If you come in the afternoon many of them will have left and the market will be a bit empty and kinda “dead”.  

There is an indoor and outdoor market. The sweets are inside but most of the food is in the outdoor market.

11) Indulge in international cuisine. Hala Koszyki

Things to do Hala Koszyki Warsaw

Hala Koszyki is a hip food court, very similar to the “Foodhallen” in Amsterdam or the “Mathallen” in Oslo.

I wouldn’t suggest you go if you are visiting Warsaw for just a few days. There are other great places to eat amazing hearty Polish food all over the city.

However, if you are tired of Polish cuisine, or you are just looking for something different, at Hala Koszyki you will find a variety of dining options under one roof.

Italian, Polish or Thai, vegan or meaty, Hala Koszyki has it all.  

You will also find quite a wide variety of Polish and international beers.

12) Treat yourself. Book a Michelin Restaurant

In Warsaw, there are two restaurants awarded with a Michelin star.  Amaro is “a new restaurant concept serving dishes using only the superb Polish seasonal products creating real culinary masterpieces every day” while Senses  defines itself as “honest and emotional about the food… innovative and modern yet surprisingly familiar”.

The two Michelin Restaurants are both committed to organic Polish products and to providing experiences rather than just food. For a dinner at Amaro, you will pay around 80 euros (plus pairing), whereas at Sense you’ll pay between 170 and 250 euros (pairing included). A bit pricey for Polish standards but cheaper than other Michelin Restaurants in other European countries.

If you want to make sure you get a table at one of these restaurants you should book 3 to 6 months in advance.

Out for a drink in Warsaw

Here we list our favorite places to grab a drink.

If you want to drink with a big group of young travelers, you can also join this awesome Warsaw pub crawl . It will be a great opportunity to make friends during your trip 🙂

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13) 25 spots to say “na zdrowie”, the Pawilony

“Pawilony” is a little area in Nowy Świat street with 25 tiny pubs! It’s a perfect place to start the evening, to meet a friend or to do the hell of a pub crawl. Every tiny pub is a little bit different from the next one. There is plenty of choice for all tastes.

“Pawilony” is a place where locals, expats, and a few lucky tourists come together. Yes, the tourists that come here are few, because the “Pawilony” hides… in plain sight! It is right in the center, in the pretty Nowy Świat street.   To find it, however, you have to go through the gates 22, 24 or 26. There is no apparent reason to do so unless you know what’s hiding behind!

14) Let your head go for a spin, the Shot Bars

There are a lot of shot bars in Warsaw , enough to satisfy any taste.  Even if you don’t like vodka!

Are you out of Zloty (PLN) but you are still in the mood for a shot? Dig some of the euros from the bottom of your backpack and go to “Pijalnia wódki i piwa”, which accepts euros (only banknotes actually). They make 13 different kinds of tiny vodka cocktails, served in shot glasses. They cost 1 € and are amazing! I’m not suggesting this, but trying all of them won’t break the bank and will definitely get you tipsy (ok, a bit more than tipsy!). There is one that, crazy enough, tastes exactly like the “Coca-Cola Chupa Chups”, don’t tell your kids (if you have any). They also make their own lemon vodka which is delicious.

If you love Tarantino movies, head to the “Pulp Fiction bar” (pl. Konstytucji 1 Śródmieście, Warsaw). This nice little shot bar has a great vibe, good prices, and bloody good shots! You will also find other liquors besides the vodkas.   But maybe you want to have a taste of Poland from Commies times, then better go to “meta-seta-galareta”. They serve great tartar to accompany your vodka shots. Or maybe you want to stay in the Old Town? Then “Bar Warszawa” is your place.

And how can I forget “Ulubiona”. How does such a place still exist in the 21st century? Fascinating! It’s bare, tiny and cheap. You do one thing here: get a shot of vodka (or more) and leave. You will pay as little as 50 cents for the shot of the day, but don’t expect a fancy place!

The list could go on for a while, read more about the best shot bars in Warsaw here . Or join this  awesome Warsaw pub crawl or this uber interesting vodka tour and make sure you get the full experience.

15) Learn how to make Polish liquor

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During our  class,  you will learn how to make 3 different mouthwatering  liqueurs  – honey with spices, lemon, and caramel. Taste them at the end of the  class and take home three 100 ml bottles (maximum onboard allowance).

Check out the workshop!

16) Go to Warsaw’s “beer heaven”: the Piw Paw

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The Piw Paw , with its characteristic walls covered by thousands of beer cups, it’s a true “beer heaven”. Here you will find a rich collection of tap beers (57 exactly) and over 200 bottles.

In the country of vodka, nobody thought that opening a pub with such a vast selection of beer could be a good idea. Eventually, though, craft beer became super popular also here in Poland. The “Piw Paw” is constantly visited by a relaxed crowd of beer lovers, every day of the week.

Make sure you go but don’t get intimidated by the number of beers! To choose a beer with such a large choice it’s always a challenge for me. If you have no idea about what you want, you can always start narrowing it down by choosing the country of origin and the kind of beer first. Or just ask the staff, they’ll be happy to help.

PawPaw Parkingowa was the first (Address: Zurawia 32/34 Warsaw) but there are two more locations in Warsaw. One is PiwPaw BeerHeaven which has 95 tap beers (Address: Foksal 16, Warsaw) and the other is PiwPaw Mazowiecka (address: Mazowiecka 9, Warsaw), which is right in the heart of party-Warsaw.

Breathtaking Views in Warsaw

One of my favorite ways to experience cities is from up high. Warsaw skyline is quite characteristic, with its contrasting Palace of Culture rising amidst sleek and modern skyscrapers.

Pictures from these viewpoints can be the best souvenir you’ll ever bring home. Make sure you visit at least one of these spots at sunset.

17) Visit The Palace of Culture and Science

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The Palace of Culture and Science was a “gift” from Stalin to the people of Poland. It took about 9000 workers and three years to build this majestic building. Varsovians have mixed feelings about this building – as it is sometimes considered a symbol of Soviet domination – but Warsaw Skyline wouldn’t be the same without it.

Today, you can access the Palace’s terrace on the 30th floor and enjoy a mesmerizing 360° view of Warsaw ( 20 PLN, 22 PLN at night during summer months).

Most tourists stop with the view, but in the Palace of Culture you can also enjoy a cinema, four theaters (Studio, Dramatyczny, Lalka and 6. piętro), two museums (Museum of Evolution and Museum of Technology), offices, bookshops, a large swimming pool and a coffee house.

More info about the Palace of Culture and Science .

18) Have a drink at The Marriott Sky Panorama Bar

With its 170 meters, the Warsaw Marriott Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in Warsaw (and one of the best hotels ).

This skyscraper certainly contributes to making Warsaw’s skyline so unique. But, if you want to enjoy the best view in Warsaw you won’t see the Marriott hotel because… well, because you will be IN the Marriott hotel. The view from here is my personal favorite because it includes the Palace of Culture.   Since you are here you can also enjoy great cocktails as well as nice dinners. But be aware that the prices are high for Polish standards.

Find more info about the Marriott Hotel or download the menu of its panoramic bar.

19) Enjoy the view from the Tower of St. Anna church

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The tower of St. Anna, sometimes called “The Old Town Observation Terrace”, is the best spot to enjoy a   nice view over the old town. To find it, go to the Castle Square and look for a tower with written “Taras widokowy” on top.

The entrance fee is just 5 PLN (1€), totally worthy.

Check out the view in this google photosphere .

20) A different view from the Szczęśliwicka Hill

Rising to 152 meters, the artificial Szczęśliwicka Hill was created as a dump for rubble from the destruction of Warsaw during WWII. Today the rubble is covered by soil and grass and it’s one of the best parks in the city. The main attraction of the hill is its slope, where you can practice skiing and snowboarding all year around (also in the absence of snow) and… enjoy one of the best views of Warsaw.

Find out more about the Szczęśliwicka Hill and its price.

21) Warsaw Uprising Mound

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Similarly to Szczęśliwicka, this is another artificial hill made of the debris of destroyed Warsaw. It’s a great view of the city (even though a little bit far away) but also an important site that commemorates the Warsaw uprising. After climbing 400 steps you’ll get to a monument of the “Kotwica” (anchor in English), the symbol of the fight against Nazi Germany.

Every 1st of August, the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a fire is lit and it burns for 63 days, which is the exact lenght of the Uprising.

You can find this hill in the Mokotow District (Bartycka Street).

Shopping in Warsaw

22) things to do in warsaw poland: shop like a varsovian.

The days in which bright neon signs advertised empty shops are long gone.

Shopping in Warsaw is exciting and varied, both authentic and cosmopolitan. Whether you prefer strolling inside luxurious shopping malls, or exploring flea markets in search of the rarest vintage find, Warsaw has it all. Local designers’ stores, often packed with the cutest Warsaw inspired designs, are the best places if you are looking for souvenirs. Flea markets are as scrappy as they can be, but they hide rare and unexpected Slavic treasures.

If you are looking for some quirky gifts, whether for yourself or for a friend, you should avoid getting the classical souvenirs (for example magnets or vodka shot glasses, there are plenty of these in the Old Town). You can buy those souvenirs in other European cities. In Warsaw, you can do better than that! Varsovians love their city so much that a thriving community of designers is constantly crafting new amazing objects related to Warsaw.

I’ve listed some of the best places to shop below. Some of them might be a bit hard to find, but you will be pleasantly rewarded.

So, if you want something truly unique, something that won’t be abandoned in some hidden corner of your house but rather displayed proudly in your living room, go to one of these Warsaw-inspired designer stores:

  • Reset (address: Puławska 48) – mainly interior and nice home objects.
  • Pan tu nie stał (address: Koszykowa 34/50) – mainly unique Polish inspired clothing and accessories.

Drastically different from the previous two, but nonetheless equally special:

  • Cepelia, (Marszałkowska 99/101, or Chmielna 8) – traditional handmade Polish folklore objects.

cool places to visit in warsaw

If you consider yourself a treasure hunter, or if you like to collect little vintage objects from every city you visit, you shouldn’t miss these flea markets in Warsaw:

  • BAZAR NA KOLE, unique old pottery, and furniture. It’s guaranteed to find some little gem here.
  • OLIMPIA, besides food and regional products you can also find vintage furniture, antiques, books, and clothing, among other stuff. Let the treasure hunt begin!

Another great idea for a souvenir: books about Warsaw. I’ve got loads!

Local books about Warsaw are perfect if you want to remember all the amazing experiences from your trip.

Head to one of these quaint little bookshops and discover what local artists, writers, and photographers have to say about their beloved Warsaw. All of the bookshops below have a good collection of books in English as well.

These are some of the prettiest and unusual bookshops in Warsaw:

  • As You Like It. Designers books and photography books, among others. (Address: Emilii Plater 4)
  • Super Saloon, similar to As you like but more modern looking.   (Address: Chmielna 10)
  • Art bookstore at the Centre for Contemporary Art “Ujazdowski Castle”. This bookshop is packed with books in English and Polish and also some cute souvenirs (like the crunchable map of Warsaw). (Address: Jazdów 2)
  • Antykwariat Grochowski, very nice second-hand bookstore, where time seems to have stopped a while ago. Besides loads of second-hand Polish books, they also have a nice collection of English books, travel books and pieces of vinyl. (address: Ludwika Kickiego 12)

Warsaw Off the Beaten Path

23) explore the praga district.

Sure, most of the museums, attractions and the Old Town are on the left side of the Vistula river. Yet, you should not neglect the right side. The river bank on this side is rough, wild and authentic. Adjectives that could as well describe the up-and-coming Praga District.

Praga was for decades an off-limit area, for both Varsovians and tourists. The crime rate, unemployment and living conditions of this neighborhood were the worst in the city.

Today, the Praga district is undergoing a revival. It is safe, cool and dynamic.

There is plenty to discover. Here you will find amazing street art from both International and Polish artists, 40 years old “mural-ads” from communist times, wrecks of buildings riddled by bullets in WWII, underground bars, alternative museums (Neon Museum and Czar PRL – Life under Communism Museum) and great tours (adventure Warsaw).

If you seek off the beaten track sights and activities Praga will be your favorite district in Warsaw.

24) Visit the Neon Museum

neon museum warsaw

A unique little gem in Warsaw’s Praga district, the Neon Museum is a private initiative of photographer Ilona Karwińska. This museum is the biggest collection of neons in Europe and the only one in Poland.

When entering the Neon Museum, you will be presented with an illuminating timeline of Warsaw’s post-war past. What role did neons play in Warsaw? How did it influence the way Varsovians perceived their city? And how could such an eccentric and colorful medium be used in dull communist Poland? You will find the answers to all of these questions at the museum.

The visit will be brief – it won’t take more than 30 minutes – but stimulating. If you want to learn more about Polish post-war history, or if you love typography, neons or design, visiting this museum is an absolute must.

You will find the Neon Museum in the fascinating Praga district, on the right bank of the Vistula. While you are here, you should also go to the “Life Under Communism Museum”, which is literally 200 meters away.

25) Take an alternative tour of Warsaw

cool places to visit in warsaw

If you are 25-35 old you probably value experiences a lot more than boring tours.

These super cool cult Żuk fire trucks will bring you off the beaten path, where you will learn stories of life under communism and discover Warsaw's most dynamic corners.

Book the Warsaw Alternative Tour in time.

26) Admire Industrial architecture at the Gas Work Museum

Gas museum Warsaw

Off the beaten path, a few minutes away from the pretty Old Town, lies the Gas Work Museum.

In the late 19th century, the first time in the history of the city, this was an avant-garde complex providing gas and lighting to Warsaw’s streets. Today, it’s a very interesting (and FREE) Gas Work Museum, with a great collection of original machinery, street lamps, and gas cookers from over a century ago, all in mint condition.

When you step inside the museum, you will notice the pungent smell of grease – probably used to keep the metal from oxidizing. You might be the only person in the whole building, which totally makes it a great experience.

The museum is not the only thing to see here.

The whole complex is fascinating and worth visiting. The 19th-century industrial architecture, the red bricks, and the original gas street lamps, effectively manage to bring you back to a time when lighting in the street was a sign of technological progress.

You should also go have a look at the cool old “colosseums” (the one in the picture above), or to be more accurate, the old gas storage tanks. These colossal cylindrical buildings – contrary to the rest of the facility – aren’t restored and have an incredibly romantic look, with their broken windows and deteriorated bricks.

They are not part of the museum and it’s not allowed to go inside but you can snap nice pictures from here (link to google map location).

Some people manage to get inside but it’s private property so you could get in trouble. I really hope the owners will make good use of those amazing buildings, and that, one day, they will become monuments.

* tip : if you want to see original gas street lamps in Warsaw go to Agrykola street, next to Lazienki Park (the best time to admire them is at dusk).

A few hundred meters from the gas work museum lies another great spot in Warsaw: the Tibetan Gallery in Wola (number 26, next on this list), keep reading!

27) Discover the Tibetan Gallery in Wola

Tibetan Gallery in Wola, Warsaw

The Tibetan Gallery is an “open-air street art gallery” showing Tibetan culture, Tibetan history, and the atrocities happening today in Tibet. This gallery is the first of its kind in the world.

The idea of creating the Gallery came after the Council of Warsaw awarded   Dalai Lama with honorary citizenship.

You can find the gallery in Wola district (link to google map). If you want to know more go to their website: Tibetan Gallery .

28) See the narrowest house in the World: the Keret house

keret house

The Keret House is the narrowest house in the world, with 152 cm at its widest point and 92 at its narrowest point. This world record house was initially conceived as an example of “impossible architecture”, which could fit in the “non-productive” cracks of Warsaw’s chaotic urban landscape.

The house might not be the best place for a claustrophobic person, but it’s actually a perfect place to live in and it’s regularly rented to young creative individuals (mostly writers).

For this reason, the house is usually open to the public only once or twice a year, welcoming just about 100 people who booked their visit well in advance: The house will be open to the public in the spring of 2017. Check the official Keret House Website to find out the exact dates.

The Keret House can be difficult to find, as it’s way narrower than you might think!

When you do find it, don’t just snap a picture and leave, as most people do. What you see from the street is just the back of the house.

If you want to see the front of the house, you should enter the bakery (in Polish: "piekarnia") which lies right next to the house.

Here you will meet Jacob, the young owner of the bakery. Just ask about the Keret house and he will be happy to guide you to the back of his bakery, into the inner yard of the building, where you will be able to see the front of the Keret House.

The bakery, besides serving excellent breakfast and coffee, is also a good place to go if you want to learn some extra facts and figures about the Keret House, as it will host (from April/May 2017 onwards) a little exposition about the house.

note: it is actually possible to access the front of the house from the street but you will have to go a long way around, it’s easier through the bakery!

29) Go back in time at the FOTOPLASTIKON

fotoplastikon Warsaw

If I told you that you could travel back in time for the price of a bus ride (1$), would you do it?

Stepping into the Fotoplastikon in Warsaw is a truly “time-warping” experience. As you walk into the tiny room that accommodates the machine – before you even put your eyes on the viewfinder – you are quickly transported back in time. Old songs play quietly in the background, the gentle smell of old wood permeates your nostrils, and the sight of this old machine, once the latest miracle of the entertaining business, takes you away from modern society.

The Fotoplastikon is a stereoscopic machine with a collection of more than seven thousand 3D pictures. These pictures were captured by hundreds of photographers and journalists, who were sent around the world to depict all those faraway places that the common people could not afford to see.

It’s also worth saying that this is the oldest working machine in its original location. There are other machines similar to this one in the world, but they are usually in museums!

If you want to know which exhibition is on at the moment, visit their  website . My full article here.

Things to do in Warsaw by season

30) things to do in warsaw in winter: the christmas light festival.

Royal Castle Christmas lights warsaw

Warsaw’s temperatures in December and January are rigid, but the spirits are warm. In the coldest months of the year, Warsaw Old Town dresses up with its prettiest clothes and transforms itself into a glowing wonderland full of light creations, ice skating rinks, and Christmas markets .

This amazing light festival displays 1300 artistic installations and covers over 20 km. It is the biggest light festival in Poland and one of the biggest in Europe. Every year the light sculptures are bigger and more creative than the previous year. Think that in 2016 the number of lights doubled compared to 2015 (all the lights are LED, which makes this huge festival eco-friendly). It doesn’t look like this trend is going to slow down.

In 2013, French newspaper “Le Figaro” considered Warsaw to be “among the ten most beautifully decorated cities in the world”. If they had come in 2016, Warsaw would have definitely made the top of their list! So come in winter if you want to see Warsaw at its prettiest! Find out more winter activities here.

31) What to do in Warsaw in Spring: Chopin Concert at Łazienki Park

Chopin Concert in Łazienki Park

Łazienki Park is a great place to visit all year around. But it’s probably at its best in spring.

In spring, Łazienki park is an explosion of life and colors. Vibrant multicolored flowers, the infinite shades of green treetops, the tweet of birds, the company of red furred squirrels and the reflection of the buildings in the lake are the perfect muse for any artist.

Bring your own food and a blanket. Sit on the grass and enjoy a Chopin concert on Sundays (between 12.00 and 16.00). Get there early to secure a good spot! The Chopin concerts start on the 15th of May and last until the 25th of September.

The access to the park and to the concert is free .

32) What to do in Warsaw in Summer: The Vistula River. "Everybody wants to be a Varsovian in Summer".

Vistula Warsaw Beach

As soon as the temperature rises, the Vistula shores get out of their winter lethargy and explode with life.

Parties, bars, walking routes, bike paths, sandy beaches, wildlife and water sports.

The Vistula river has so much to offer!

All you need to know is that there are two sides of the river, one wild and untamed on the right side (Praga side) where you can find the sandy beaches, and the tamed and cemented on the left side (Centrum side), which is also super cool with great parties and floating bars.

If you are looking for a good place for a walk or a bike ride (more about biking in Warsaw below), look no farther than the bike path along the Vistula, which you can access from the “Most Poniatowskiego” (Poniatowskiego Bridge), at the “Rondo Waszyngtona” (Waszyngtona Roundabout).

If you want to BBQ or just chill around a bonfire, get your spot in the wide sandy beaches next to Poniatowski bridge on Praga side. A crazy night out is not hard to find either. I suggest you go to Pomost 511 or Cud nad Wisłą (two cool bars just next to each other on the left side of the river). There are new amazing spots popping up every year, I can’t wait to see what the Vistula riverside will offer this summer.

If you are interested in wildlife, you’ll be surprised to know that the Vistula shore hosts more than 40 different species of animals. Some year ago  a moose was spotted swimming in the river (youtube video)!

Also along the Vistula, you should definitely check out the  Multimedia Fountain Park .

This is a great show which uses water, light, and sound to provide an incredible experience which attracts thousands of people.

You can see the performance on Fridays & Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. from May to August and at 9 p.m. in September.

More info about the Multimedia Fountain Park here.

33) What to do in Warsaw in Autumn: Warsaw Film Festival and FREE access to Museums 

In October you can go to the Warsaw Film Festival, a major film festival. The organizers strive to “show a film before it wins an Oscar” and they are proud of “not chasing filmmakers who are already famous”. In 2009, the Warsaw Film Festival joined the elite group of events recognized by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations - next to Cannes, Venice, and Berlin.

Besides the WFF, autumn is a good time to visit Warsaw because the royal residences are free!

In November all the former royal residences have free admission and special programs in place. This means that major landmarks like the Royal Castle, the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, and all the buildings in the Royal Łazienki Museum are free to visit!

  • Outdoor activities

34) Visit Łazienki - Royal Residence Park and Museum Complex

Squirrel Lazienki Park Warsaw

Łazienki Park, the largest public park in Warsaw, is an important venue for music and culture and a must-see for architecture and nature lovers.

Once inside Łazienki Park, you will easily forget you are in the center of one of Europe’s biggest cities. This massive park, covering about 76 hectares (which is about 120 foot- ball fields), is also home to a variety of buildings worth visiting (Palace on the Isle and Myślewicki Palace are particularly interesting museums). Plan three to four hours to visit. In summer and spring, I would recommend a longer stay, with a lunch break for the Chopin concert (Arrive well in time to reserve a good spot or rent a free cushion).

The access to the park is free all year around but each building has its own price. Entrance to ALL buildings is FREE on Thursday (But better to go in the morning if you can, as after- noons get busy).

Check the official website of Łazienki Park .

If you want to read more about this park, I describe it in detail in my  full article about Łazienki Park !

35) Rent a “Veturilo” Public Bike

Veturilo Bikes

You should definitely rent a Veturilo bike (the public bike in Warsaw).

Did you know?

Veturilo means “vehicle” in Esperanto*.  The name was chosen among thousands of other suggestions from internet users.

It’s very cheap (it’s actually FREE for the first 20 minutes but you have to pay for registration: 10PLN one-time fee), easy, and you can find them everywhere!

Here is the official map . This map is great because you can see the availability of the bikes before you get there. I also created my own map with google’s “ my maps ”, so that you can use it in Google maps and get directions to the nearest station (you can’t do that with the official maps). You can also download the app (app name: "nextbike"), which allows you to get the bike at the click of a button!

A great bike path is the “Sunny Route”. It runs along the right bank of the Vistula River. It’s quite unique because you will be immersed in wild nature even if in the middle of the city. Over 8 km forest and beaches to enjoy on your Veturilo bike! You can access the bike path from the “Most Poniatowskiego” (Poniatowskiego Bridge), at the Rondo Waszyngtona (Waszyngtona Roundabout).

Another route, perhaps a bit more demanding, is the “Vistula route” This route runs for 34 km from Młociny to Powsin. It runs across the Młociński Forest, along the Vistula and Ujazdowskie  Avenue, passing through the Łazienki Park and Wilanów.

On the last Friday of every month, Warsaw Critical Mass meets up for a 30 km ride in the capital’s streets. The start point is the Royal Castle Square.

Uprising Mass. A yearly bicycle ride organized in tribute to the soldiers of the Warsaw Uprising. This route runs along locations associated with the Uprising. The ride takes place in August.

Do you want to join an organized bike tour? Check this one out.  

If you want to be more independent instead, I’m sure that you will make great use of this Warsaw bike map .

*Esperanto is a language invented by Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof

36) Go Kayaking on the Vistula river

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Jump in a kayak and tame one of Europe’s coolest rivers! You can get a kayak in one of three available destinations and then bring it back in any of the three.

The locations on google maps:

  • Pomost 511 (left bank of the Vistula)
  • Plaża Poniatówka (right bank of the Vistula)
  • Plaża Rusałka przy przystani AQUATICA  (right bank of the Vistula)

The cost is 20 PLN for the first hour and 10 additional PLN every 30 minutes.

If you want, you could combine the kayaking experience with the Veturilo bikes. This is called the “Kayak and Bike loop”:

  • Get the kayak on one bank of the river.
  • Leave it on the other bank.
  • Then get a Veturilo bike (free for the first 20 minutes) and cross the river on Świętokrzyski bridge (nice and safe bike path on both sides of the bridge).

Find out more about it here (website is in Polish). If you feel more adventurous, go here and book an extended Kayak trip (even a few days trips).

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Some history about Warsaw and common themes

To say that Warsaw had a tough time in the past 200 years is a euphemism. Did you know that Warsaw was almost completely annihilated? Or that 800.000 Varsovians died during the WWII? 

During WWII, Poland has suffered a higher number of deaths as a percentage of the population than any other country in the world. You must go to the Warsaw Uprising Museum if you want to learn more about WWII in Warsaw. 

The Warsaw Old Town

After WWII Varsovians flooded the ruins of their city with one goal: to rebuild what the Nazis destroyed. The task seemed ridiculous and impossible – over 85% of the city was completely destroyed.  For five years, the citizens were restoring the Old town using paintings from the 18th century.  Because of this incredible reconstruction, Warsaw is now called “A Phoenix that rose from its ashes” and its Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jewish Warsaw

Before WWII Warsaw was a truly multicultural city and more than 30% of Varsovians were Jews. 

The obvious place to visit if you want to know more about Jewish Warsaw is the POLIN museum. You can also join this tour if you want to see some remnants of the Jewish district (The former Jewish Ghetto was largely flattened during WWII). The memorial Umschlag-plats, the Jewish Cemetery in Okopowa and the Synagogue in Twarda 6 are also worth visiting if you are interested in Jewish Warsaw. 

Communism In Warsaw

Between 1952 and 1989, Poland was called the Polish People's Republic. Under the influence of the USSR, Poles were watched, censored, and the socialist system influenced every sphere of their life. For people that have lived in democracies all their lives, it is hard to imagine how it must be to live under such a controlled regime, but if you want to learn a bit more about Poland under communism you can visit the Palace of Culture and Science, the Neon Museum, and the Museum of Life under Communism. Or join the Warsaw Alternative Tour , which gives a very broad overview of life in those years and covers the most relevant spots.

Modern Warsaw

In Warsaw, you can find top-notch culture, entertainment, and great food standards while paying about half of what you’d spend in any western European country. 

Warsaw is also very vegan-friendly! In the last decade, Warsaw transformed itself into the third best city in the world for vegan and vegetarian cuisine (according to the number of Vegan Restaurants per capita and other factors)! Think that in Śródmieście alone (the central district of Warsaw) you can count more than forty top-rated vegan and vegetarian restaurants in less than a square mile. And you can find everything from vegan pizza to vegan sushi.

Warsaw is, contrary to common belief, a very green city. 30% of its area is covered by fields, parks, gardens, and forests. The Lazienki Park and the Saski Garden are also historical icons, while the University Library has one of the largest roof gardens in Europe (more than 10,000 m2). Noteworthy are also the Kampinoski National Park, located right on the edge of Warsaw’s boundaries, and the green banks of the Vistula, which are home to more than 40 different species of animals.

Best time to visit Warsaw

The best time to visit Warsaw depends on what you value most. 

From May to August the weather is the best, with temperatures around 20-25 degrees celsius. 

During the warmest months, there can be storms, but most days are dry.

The months from November to February are really cold, but the city is fascinating thanks to its record-breaking Christmas decorations all over the city. The old town is the prettiest in these months, thanks to the massive Light Festival and the heart-warming Christmas markets ! 

Although Warsaw gets really cold in winter, it is not humid and the cold can be handled easily with proper clothing (thick shoes, good gloves, and hat are a must).

Cheapest time to visit Warsaw

Warsaw is quite cheap to visit all year round, so I wouldn't worry too much about the difference in costs. 

The cheapest time to visit is late autumn (November) and winter, with the exclusion of the Christmas period. November is particularly good if you are on a budget, as all the Royal Residences are free to visit for the entire month.

Packing tips

What to wear in warsaw in autumn/winter .

The temperature in Warsaw in winter is around 0 degrees Celsius but can be as low as -20 Celsius). There will likely be snow from late November until March. You don't need to wear snow pants but good leather shoes (or waterproof) are a must. Forget about sneakers in Winter. Early Autumn can welcome you with pleasant temperatures, but you should prepare for the worst. 

What you’ll need:

  • Warm jacket
  • Good leather (or waterproof) shoes
  • Gloves (those made for touch screens are advisable so that you don’t have to ever remove your glove outside)
  • Thermal tights (also the locals are proud owners of these)
  • Multiple layers of clothes to handle the indoor-outdoor temperature shock

What to pack for summer/spring in Warsaw:

Early spring and late summer can be chilly (early April and late August). 

  • A jacket (just in case)
  • Jumpers (pack some extra layers for the occasional chilly night)
  • At least one pair of long pants
  • Comfy airy shoes (sandals/flats) and sneakers
  • Sunglasses.
  • Shorts, t-shirts etc
  • Picnic blanket or sheet (or borrow one from your hotel). One of the best things to do in Warsaw in summer is to go to Lazienki Park for an outdoor concert or to a picnic on one of the Vistula beaches.

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Extremely informative. Thank you. You write about the left side and the right side of the river. This depends on if you are facing north or south. Which is the east side (generally) and which is the west side. Is towards Germany the west side? Is towards Russia the east side?

Hi Maria, you are welcome! I happy to see that the article is useful to you. When I say right side I mean east side, towards Russia. 🙂

Wow, I will for sure use your recommendations during my trip in June! I love visiting Warsaw, the city is very underrated because in fact it is really incredible. I love exploring new places, especially restaurants and bars with my friends. My all time favourite is Bubbles Bar in the Old Town. They serve delicious champagne and wonderful food. Everything is always very tasty and I even had a chance to learn an art of sabrage there:)

Thanks, Hannah. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for the suggestion!

Great article, so exhaustive and informative! I really like your suggestions and will probably use some of them on my next trip to Warsaw, because I didn’t know some of the place you’ve mentioned. I love discovering new, interesting places during my trips. In Poland my favourite part is going to their restaurants, as I am in love with Polish food. My number one as it comes to restaurants in Warsaw is definitely the Akademia. They specialize in Polish cuisine but in more modern version. Their food is always fresh and delicious. It is my favourite spot in Warsaw so far:)

Hi James, thanks for the comment and the suggestion. I’ll make sure to check it out 🙂

Great job Freddie, awesome list! I will pin it and make a good use in the summer;)

Thanks Monika! That’s great:D

Have already done 31 of them, but the other four don’t interest me, so I will just do the 31 all over again next time I return from Australia. By the way! Put in a petition to get the Warszawa Balloon back again, as I miss it not being there.

I’m glad you enjoy Warsaw as well 🙂

Hi 🙂 I’m from Poland and I live in Warsaw, I have to say – good job and good choice! Your article is very helpful. I know all these places well and love all of them 🙂 … so

come and see Warsaw, everyone of you 🙂

Thanks for your lovely comment, Edyta! We are always on the look out for more interesting things to do in Warsaw. If you have some suggestion, please let us know! 🙂

Wow, that is a really comprehensive guide! I’ve been to Warsaw a few times, but I had no idea about the Tibetan Gallery. I’ll to be sure to check it out next time I’m there. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

Hi Jon! Thanks:) You don’t live in Warsaw? I see that you commented together with a website I know

Very good list. I wish I had gotten here earlier, because I was on a trip to Poland two weeks ago. I did visit some of those places and it really was worth it.

Great guide, I think the best I’ve ever read (among the hundreds I read for every trip of mine). And we’re also connazionali, grazie mille!

Ciao Silvia, Grazie mille per il complimento:) Enjoy Warsaw!

Ciao Silvia, grazie mille per il complimento! Enjoy Warsaw 😀

Excellent article, I will spend 5 days in Warsaw, I was afraid there was little to see and do in Warsaw, but after reading this article, I know I will enjoy my time there.

Hi Victor, that’s an amazing feedback, thank you so much! Wish you the best time in Warsaw 🙂

This is a great list and in general your website is really useful. I plan on being in Warsaw in start of December so was looking for info on where to go which is either independent of weather of especially worth visiting. Thanks for in depth knoledge

Thanks Tatiana! Hope you found the info you were looking for in the post. Shoot us an email if you need more info 🙂

It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before ending I am reading this fantastic paragraph to increase my knowledge.

Being in Warsaw you have to try some of our famous Polish cousine! Like Pierogi!!

Hi there to everybody, great blog;

Great blog! From my won experience I can say that best places to party are situated near Metro Nowy Świat-Uniwersystet and Metro Świętokrzyska.

This might just be the best guide for any major city I’ve seen anywhere! I’m an AVID traveler and have been doing a lot of remote work around Europe lately, with Warsaw up next. Thank you for the inside tips!!

good post, I think you mentioned all worth-seeing spots in Warsaw. I have seen the majority of them and I have to admit that I’m in love with Warsaw and its vibe. Love Polish people, they’re sooo easy-going! They know how to party as no one else in the world!

I would like to read more insight from you! Also I am going to share this blog immediately. Awesome!

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Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw

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Explore the Vibrant Capital: Must-Visit Places in Warsaw, Poland(Updated 2023)

Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland

Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw, the dynamic capital of Poland, where a captivating fusion of history, culture, and modernity awaits. As you enter this vibrant city, you’ll find yourself immersed in a tapestry of diverse experiences, from exploring intriguing historical landmarks to indulging in a flourishing arts and culinary scene. Warsaw, a city that has triumphed over adversity, emerged from the shadows of World War II through remarkable restoration efforts while preserving its distinctive charm and resilience.

Whether you wander through the enchanting streets of the Old Town, delve into world-class museums, or embrace the lively ambiance of bustling markets, Warsaw seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary urban life. Join us on a remarkable journey through Warsaw, where centuries-old history intertwines with the vibrancy of city living, leaving visitors inspired and eager to uncover the treasures this extraordinary destination has to offer.

There are so many fantastic things to do in Warsaw and wonderful Warsaw attractions to discover on your visit to this dynamic city in Poland. The best places to visit in Warsaw are located mostly in the historic district and easy to visit on foot while some of the outlying Warsaw attractions can be reached by uber or taxi if you are interested in seeing more of the unique spots around Warsaw not just in the central district.

Why visit Warsaw, Poland?

Visiting Warsaw, the capital of Poland, offers a diverse and enriching experience with a blend of history, culture, and modernity. Here are compelling reasons to visit Warsaw:

Historical Significance : Warsaw has a rich and tumultuous history. It witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the devastation of World War II, and the subsequent rebuilding of the city. Explore historical sites like the Warsaw Uprising Museum, which honors the city’s resilience.

Old Town Charm : Warsaw’s Old Town (Stare Miasto) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through its cobbled streets, admire colorful Renaissance buildings, and visit the Royal Castle. It’s a glimpse into Poland’s royal past.

Vibrant Culture : Warsaw is a cultural hub with numerous theaters, art galleries, and music venues. The city hosts international festivals, including the Warsaw Film Festival and the Chopin International Piano Competition.

Museums Galore : The city boasts a wide range of museums catering to various interests. Besides the Warsaw Uprising Museum, visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.

Green Spaces : Warsaw offers plenty of green spaces to relax in. Łazienki Park, often called the Royal Baths Park, is a stunning park featuring a palace, a lake, and beautiful gardens. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll.

Culinary Delights : Polish cuisine is hearty and flavorful. Savor pierogi (dumplings), kielbasa (sausage), and barszcz (beet soup). Try traditional dishes in local milk bars or dine in upscale restaurants.

Lively Nightlife : Warsaw’s nightlife scene is vibrant and diverse. Explore the bars and clubs in the Praga district, enjoy live music in jazz clubs, or experience the thriving electronic music scene.

Chopin’s Legacy : Warsaw is the hometown of the renowned composer Frédéric Chopin. Explore his legacy at the Chopin Museum and attend piano concerts featuring his compositions.

Shopping : Warsaw offers excellent shopping opportunities, from high-end boutiques in Nowy Świat Street to local markets like Hala Gwardii for unique finds and souvenirs.

Accessibility : Warsaw serves as a transportation hub, making it a convenient gateway to explore other Polish cities like Krakow, Gdańsk, and Wrocław.

Friendly Locals : The people of Warsaw are known for their hospitality and friendliness. You’ll find locals eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors.

Modern Architecture : While Warsaw honors its historical heritage, it also boasts modern architecture, including the Złota 44 skyscraper and the Warsaw Spire. The city’s skyline is evolving.

Affordability : Compared to many Western European capitals, Warsaw offers affordable accommodations, dining, and entertainment options.

Diverse Experiences : Warsaw caters to a wide range of interests, whether you’re interested in history, art, music, or simply enjoying a vibrant city atmosphere.

Visiting Warsaw provides a chance to delve into Poland’s complex history, experience its vibrant culture, and witness its dynamic transformation into a modern European capital. Whether you’re drawn to historical sites or contemporary experiences, Warsaw has much to offer to travelers.

 The Best places to visit in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland is such a cosmopolitan and urban city with lots of character, fascinating old neighborhoods mixed in with new attractions and architecture to explore these fantastic places in Warsaw. I found a visit to the capital of Poland quite inspiring and worthwhile, even though the city was completely demolished by the Nazis during World War 2. The industrious Poles have rebuilt the entire historic center, brick by brick, including some of the outlying neighborhoods of the city. With painstaking detail and hard earned work, they have rebuilt the city to up its glorious past, and have been awarded a Unesco World Heritage certification for all their efforts. It is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city and here are my top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland .

Warsaw Poland FAQ

The best time to visit warsaw, poland.

Probably the best time to visit Warsaw is during their peak season from June to August when average temperatures range from the mid 60s to mid 70s during the day time. Visiting the shoulder season in spring to May or fall after September is also pleasant with temperatures ranging in the 40s to 60s. When you travel the shoulder season here in Warsaw, everything is cost effective from hotels, tours and activities being more cost competitive across the city.

Is Warsaw worth seeing?

One of the most historic cities in Poland, Warsaw was bombed during World War ll but with meticulous reconstruction of its historic city center using old materials and built to exact standards, the old town of Warsaw still received a certification as a Unesco World Heritage site with this beautiful reconstruction of the city center and many other historic sites of the city.

How many days should you take for visiting Warsaw?

Taking two days to visit Warsaw is the perfect amount of time to explore all the highlights of the city including the Old city center, beautiful parks and landscapes and important museums and other attractions. It’s fun to try the local food specialties and hang out in the many popular spots where locals also congregate.

Best ways to get to Warsaw, Poland

To reach Warsaw, Poland, you have several transportation options available:

By Air: Warsaw is served by two major airports: Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) and Warsaw Modlin Airport (WMI). These airports are well-connected to international destinations. From the airports, you can take a taxi, use public transportation, or arrange for a private transfer to reach your desired location within the city.

By Train: Warsaw has excellent rail connections with various European cities. The central train station in Warsaw, Warszawa Centralna, is a major transportation hub with frequent train services. You can check the schedules and book tickets in advance through the official website of Polish State Railways (PKP Intercity) or other reputable train booking platforms.

By Bus: Warsaw has an extensive network of bus connections, including international routes. Many bus companies operate services to and from Warsaw, offering affordable and convenient travel options. You can book bus tickets online or directly at the bus stations.

By Car: If you prefer driving, Warsaw is well-connected to neighboring countries and other Polish cities via highways and well-maintained roads. However, be aware of traffic regulations and parking restrictions within the city.

Once you arrive in Warsaw, the city has an efficient public transportation system consisting of buses, trams, and metro lines. You can purchase tickets at ticket machines or kiosks located at stations or use contactless payment methods on board. Taxis are also readily available, but it’s advisable to use reputable taxi companies or book through ride-hailing apps.

The best 20 places to visit in Warsaw’s cool neighborhoods and attractions

Just outside of the city center, the city is filled with vibrant neighborhoods, large green belts and beautiful parks, plenty of shopping/trendy places for locals and tourists to enjoy the day-to-day scenes in the city. Warsaw is really is a beautiful city and worth visiting when traveling through Poland, and there is plenty of places in Warsaw, fun activities and attractions to keep you busy and entertained while exploring the capital.

Palace Square in Old town

Palace Square in Old town

1. Palace Square in Old town

One of the cool Warsaw attractions to visit is Palace Square in the Old Town. Located in the heart of the central district and fronting the royal city palace, Palace square also known as Plac Zamkowy . Filled with outdoor cafes, fountains and shops, the square is a fantastic area to just soak in the atmosphere and enjoy people watching or even trying out some local dishes from the area.

Here’s a fascinating tour of the Palace and grounds in Warsaw

Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw and street art in Warsaw

Street art in central Warsaw

2. Street art in the city

You’ll find street art popping up in so many areas especially on a large scale format. You will find lots of building sized street art (not graffiti) throughout the city and especially around the university area and shopping promenades in the city. If your interested in street art, you can pick up a visit Visit Warsaw map which shows a walking tour of some of the most popular and even prominent street art in the city that is a fun way to explore the city on foot.

Check out the Street art scene in Warsaw

3. The Warsaw Neon Museum

A cool place to visit in Warsaw is the Neon Museum. This is a fun and colorful place to visit and check out many of the historic and old neon memorabilia that have been preserved in this museum. You can check out many of the old Soviet signs that were all over the city and later stored in this large factory and eventually converted into a neon museum. You can check out the Warsaw Neon museum website here for more details.

Enjoy this fun and unique neon museum in Warsaw below

Top 20 places to visit including the parks of Warsaw

Top 20 places to visit including the parks of Warsaw

4. Visit some of the gorgeous parks in Warsaw

Warsaw has so many cool parks to hang out in the city including Lazienki park where you can take some sweet swan boats all around the large lake fronting the summer palace. Closer to the center of the city are the Saxon gardens with beautiful fountains, statues and gorgeous blooming gardens to explore and photograph.

Here’s a view of the Saxon gardens in the historic district and worth a visit or just a rest

5. Hala Mirowska

This is a very popular, local market located in a beautiful historic building. The Hala Mirowska is an old world style marketplace is where you can shop for quality meats, fish, specialty Polish products and various fresh produce at very affordable prices. There are many flower vendors, delicatessen and dessert shops that make this a fun place to explore and try out some of the specialties from the area. To find out more about the Hala Mirowska, you can visit their website here.

The Barbikan in the old Town of Warsaw

The Barbikan in the old Town of Warsaw

6. Hang out at the Barbikan

A historic area when you visit Warsaw is the old Barbikan. The Barbikan are the remains of the old city ramparts and towers – they represent the remaining relics of the historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw. You can actually walk through many of the ramparts around the Barbikan and enjoy views outside and into the old town itself.

Here’s a tour of the Barbikan and rampart areas in Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science which is the tallest building in Central Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science which is the tallest building in Central Warsaw

7. Palace of Culture and Science in downtown Warsaw

When you visit Warsaw, you’ll see the impressive Palace of Culture and Science dominating the downtown district. A gift to the city from Stalin, the Palace of Culture and Science is now a multi purpose center with cinemas, museums, exhibition centers, book shops and conference halls. Also you can take an escalator to the 30th floor for panoramic views of the entire city center and beyond for 20 PLN.

** you can check out the Palace of Culture and Science and vistas here for more information and entry.

You can get to the top for views above of the city

8. Warsaw Rising Museum

One of the things to do in Warsaw is visit museums and the Warsaw Rising Museum is one of the most popular. A must see attraction in the city, this museum is one of the most popular museums in Poland which chronicles the various time frames of Warsaw’s past and specifically before and after World War 2 when Germany invaded Poland and eventually destroyed over 90 percent of the city.

9. Tomb of the Unknown soldier at Freedom Square

Grob Nieznanego Zolnierza ,  just inside freedom square is located the tomb of the unknown soldier – it is in the center with a simple covered pavilion with two guards quietly standing guard. A very contemplative space, the beautiful baroque fountain and park behind it are lovely to explore with all the colorful annual flower beds in the Saxon gardens .

10. Warsaw’s Fryderyk Chopin Museum

Located in a stately Neo Classic building opposite of the university, the Chopin museum is dedicated to Warsaw’s famous composer. The museum has collections of his autographs, musical scores, photographs and personal items from his life with details about his time in Warsaw and of course listen to some of his famous compositions.

** you can check out the Fryderyk Chopin Museum here f or more information and entry.

Or experience this unique Chopin concert including a drink here for an exceptional Chopin experience to this city he loved.

Here’s a visit to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum below

Touring Warsaw at Lazienki park and the Chopin memorial

Touring Warsaw at Lazienki park and the Chopin memorial

11. Chopin monument at Lazienka park

At the entrance to Lazienka park , the large bronze statue fronting a small pond with colorful annual flowers is a quiet place to relax and even take in some free classical music on the weekends. From the monument,  you can climb down a set of stairs to explore the rest of the expansive natural park below including the thermal spa and the summer Lazienka palace and some of the other landmarks.

**Check out this unique Chopin tour around Warsaw here for more inspiration and a fun guided tour.

12. Visit the Warsaw palace at Plac Zamkowy

Located centrally at Plac Zamkowy – the royal palace was completely ruined and rebuilt by the Nazis, the replica was painstakingly recreated to exact standards. All the rooms were decorated in the typical Baroque style that was very popular during the timeframe the city was built. The palace is now a museum where you can visit most of the royal chambers and other assembly rooms on an open tour or with a docent. For more information and details on a visit, you can check out their website here .

13. Warsaw’s m ulti media fountain park

A cool Warsaw attraction is the multi media fountain park. Located on the outskirts of the old town and fronting the Vistula River. You can enjoy a multi media presentation in the evenings with a water fountain and laser light extravaganza accompanied by popular artists like Lady Gaga and transitioning to famous composers like Chopin. You can check out the schedule of water performances here .

Here’s a fun highlight experience of the Multi-Media fountain below

14. Copernicus Museum

For those interested in Science and technology, this museum has many interesting exhibits and even some experiments that you can conduct on your own. You can check out more information on their website and events here .

Saxon gardens in Central Warsaw, Poland

Saxon gardens in Central Warsaw, Poland

15. Saxon Gardens in the central district

One of Warsaw’s beautiful places to visit outdoors is the Saxon Gardens . Just behind the tomb of the unknown solider, this large park in the center of the city and close to the old town is a nice respite to enjoy the many beautiful gardens, statues and fountains within the park. You can also visit the tomb of the unknown soldier just in the front of the park area in an open air cement pavilion.

16. Frederic Chopin birthplace

Zelazowa Wola  – which consists of his home and gardens is located at the edge of the Kampinos Forest and is a perfect getaway from the city and enjoy the area and his music being piped along the many lanes throughout the gardens

17.  Warsaw Gestapo headquarters museum

A relatively small museum in a grand classical style building that was the former Gestapo headquarters. You will find the interrogation cells in the cellar and can watch some movies that document the experience and atrocities made by the Nazis when they occupied Warsaw. It’s a very somber but important part of the cities past and the messages on the cell walls tell that story well.

Jewish ghetto memorial in Central Warsaw, Poland

Jewish ghetto memorial in Central Warsaw, Poland

18. Jewish Ghetto Memorial and Jewish Museum

Fronting the Jewish museum and near the center of town is a large  monument surrounded by concrete block apartments in the ghetto. The monument skillfully captures the heroic, perseverance and tragedy of the Polish Jews imprisoned in the ghetto and later deported to concentration camps. In the center of the ghetto is the contemporary Warsaw Jewish Museum which features a multi-media narrative of the Jewish community in Warsaw and celebrating over 1,000 years of existence up to the Holocaust and beyond.

Here’s a visit to the Jewish Museum and interiors below

19. Powazki Cemetery

One of the places to visit near Warsaw is Powazki Cemetery. The largest cemetery in Poland, it houses many beautiful memorials and famous Polish dignitaries and personalities. The main memorial wall by the entrance documents many of the famous people who are buried here. The expansive grounds are divided into two large sections – one primarily for Catholics, and the other for Jewish graves.

Old town square with the statue of Syrena the mermaid

Old town square with the statue of Syrena the mermaid

20. Warsaw’s Old town square

Lunch or leisurely drinks in any of the outdoor cafes and bars surrounding this square is a fun way to enjoy the day even late into the evening. There are many performers, musicians and even Hello Kitty and Sponge Bob were walking around the square for visitors to take pictures with.

Here’s a quick video tour visiting the Old town square of Warsaw below.

How to get around Warsaw, Poland

Getting around Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is relatively straightforward, thanks to its well-developed transportation network. Here are some ways to navigate the city:

Public Transport : Warsaw has an efficient public transportation system, including buses, trams, and a metro. You can purchase tickets at ticket machines, kiosks, or through mobile apps. Options include single-ride tickets, day passes, and longer-term travel cards. The metro is especially useful for traveling quickly between different parts of the city.

Warsaw Metro : The Warsaw Metro consists of two lines: M1 and M2. It’s an efficient way to travel within the city, with frequent service during the day. Metro stations are marked with a large ‘M’ sign.

Buses and Trams : Buses and trams cover the entire city, making them convenient for reaching destinations not served by the metro. Bus and tram stops are well-marked, and schedules are available online and at stops.

Veturilo Bike Rental : Warsaw has a bike-sharing system called Veturilo, with bike stations located throughout the city. It’s a great way to explore the city’s parks and bike-friendly neighborhoods.

Taxi : Taxis are readily available in Warsaw, and they are generally safe and reliable. Look for licensed taxis with a company logo and make sure the driver uses the meter. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Bolt are also available.

Walking : Many of Warsaw’s attractions are within walking distance of each other, especially in the historic Old Town. Exploring on foot allows you to discover hidden gems and enjoy the city’s vibrant atmosphere.

River Transport : You can take a river tram on the Vistula River for a unique perspective of the city. These trams operate during the warmer months and offer a relaxing way to see Warsaw from the water.

Suburban Trains (SKM) : Suburban trains, known as SKM, connect Warsaw with nearby towns and suburbs. They are useful for day trips to places like Zegrze Lake or Grodzisk Mazowiecki.

Car Rentals : While not always necessary for getting around Warsaw itself, renting a car may be convenient if you plan to explore the surrounding regions or take day trips to places like Wilanów Palace or the Kampinos National Park. Be aware that traffic and parking can be challenging in the city center.

More insider tips to visiting Warsaw

Here’s some insider Tips for an Unforgettable Visit to Warsaw

Embrace Public Transportation: Warsaw has an efficient and well-connected public transportation system. Opt for using trams and buses to get around the city easily and affordably. Consider purchasing a travel card or pass for unlimited rides during your stay.

Discover Warsaw’s History: Warsaw is steeped in history, so make sure to explore its significant landmarks. Visit the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and the Warsaw Old Town to learn about the city’s past and the resilience of its people.

Sample Polish Cuisine: Warsaw is a culinary delight, and trying traditional Polish dishes is a must. Indulge in pierogi (dumplings), żurek (sour rye soup), bigos (hunter’s stew), and Polish sausages. Explore local markets like Hala Mirowska or Hala Gwardii for a genuine foodie experience.

Enjoy Parks and Green Spaces: Warsaw is known for its beautiful parks and gardens. Take a stroll through Łazienki Park, visit the Royal Łazienki Palace, and enjoy the serene surroundings. For a more offbeat experience, explore Park Skaryszewski or the rooftop garden at the University of Warsaw Library.

Venture Beyond the City Center: While the city center offers much to see, venture out to explore Warsaw’s diverse neighborhoods. Head to Praga district for its artistic vibe and vibrant street art scene. Discover Mokotów’s charming streets or visit Wilanów Palace for a glimpse into Polish royalty.

Experience Warsaw’s Vibrant Nightlife: Warsaw has a dynamic nightlife scene with numerous bars, clubs, and live music venues. Head to Nowy Świat or Pawilony for a variety of bars and pubs. For live music and concerts, check out venues like Stodoła or Palladium.

Take Advantage of Free Walking Tours: Joining a free walking tour is an excellent way to explore Warsaw with a knowledgeable guide. These tours often cover key attractions and provide insights into the city’s history and culture. Remember to tip your guide as they work on a donation basis.

Learn Basic Polish Phrases: While many locals speak English, learning a few basic Polish phrases can go a long way in connecting with the locals and showing appreciation for their culture. Greet with “Dzień dobry” (Good day), say “Dziękuję” (Thank you), or ask for directions with “Przepraszam, jak dojść do…?” (Excuse me, how do I get to…?).

By following these insider tips, you’ll enhance your visit to Warsaw and gain a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history, culture, and vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy your time exploring the captivating capital!

More unique experiences to do around Warsaw area

There’s so many more unique and fun things you can do on a tour experience in visiting Warsaw below.

Visit Auschwitz Birkenau tour

Visit the Polish Vodka Museum and 3 tastings

Experience a Retro bus tour of the dark side Warsaw 

Best areas to stay in Warsaw

If you are visiting Warsaw and all these fantastic Warsaw attractions, it is ideal to be in the city center and around the historic district so you can easily walk around the popular things to see in Warsaw and in walking distance. Check out these popular hotels in the area here you can stay at in Warsaw and some of the other top picks below.

Air Hotel – good value with comfortable clean and modern rooms, close to shopping center and free shuttles to town.

Polonia Palace Hotel – In the city center in a classic building, comfortable, clean, great breakfast service, spacious rooms and very friendly front desk service.

PURO Warsaw Centrum – located in the city center with artistic touches, modern style and comfortable rooms with spacious beds, excellent service and friendly staff.

Check out these well rated Trip Advisor hotels and inns here for current prices, reviews and availability.

Here’s what to eat in Warsaw

If you are craving traditional Polish food, street food or delicious restaurants to check out, try some of these local favorite foodie experiences below.

Pierogi: These dumplings are a beloved Polish specialty and come with a variety of fillings such as potato and cheese, meat, cabbage and mushroom, or sweet options like fruit or cheese. Pierogi are typically boiled and then served with butter, sour cream, or fried onions.

Żurek: This traditional Polish soup is made from fermented rye flour and often includes ingredients like sausage, potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. It has a distinctive sour flavor and is often served in a bread bowl, making it a hearty and comforting dish.

Bigos: Known as hunter’s stew, bigos is a flavorful and hearty dish made with sauerkraut, various cuts of meat (such as pork, beef, or sausage), mushrooms, onions, and spices. It’s slow-cooked to develop complex flavors and is often enjoyed with a side of bread or potatoes.

Kielbasa: Polish sausage, or kielbasa, is a staple of Polish cuisine. It comes in various types, such as kielbasa wiejska (smoked sausage) or kielbasa krakowska (Krakow sausage). Served grilled or boiled, it’s a flavorful and satisfying option often enjoyed with mustard and sauerkraut.

Placki ziemniaczane: These are Polish-style potato pancakes that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are typically served with sour cream or applesauce and make for a tasty appetizer or side dish.

Sernik: Polish cheesecake, known as sernik, is a popular dessert in Warsaw. It has a dense and creamy texture, often made with farmer’s cheese (twaróg) and flavored with vanilla, lemon zest, or raisins. It’s a delightful treat for those with a sweet tooth.

Makowiec: This poppy seed roll is a traditional Polish pastry enjoyed during festive occasions. It consists of a sweet yeast dough filled with a mixture of ground poppy seeds, honey, nuts, and dried fruits. Makowiec is often served sliced, and its rich and aromatic flavors make it a true delight.

These are just a few examples of the delicious local foods to try in Warsaw. Exploring the city’s culinary scene will introduce you to a wide range of flavors and traditional dishes that showcase the rich and diverse Polish cuisine. Enjoy your culinary adventures in Warsaw!

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Weather and best times to visit Warsaw

Warsaw experiences a continental climate with distinct seasons. The best time to visit Warsaw depends on your preferences for weather and activities:

1. **Spring (April to June):** Spring is a lovely time to visit as the city comes alive with blossoming trees and flowers. The weather is mild, with temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). It’s an excellent time for sightseeing and outdoor activities, and you’ll encounter fewer tourists compared to summer.

2. **Summer (June to August):** Summer is the peak tourist season in Warsaw. The weather is warm to hot, with temperatures averaging between 20°C and 30°C (68°F to 86°F). This is the best time for outdoor festivals, concerts, and exploring parks and gardens. Be prepared for larger crowds and higher prices.

3. **Autumn (September to November):** Early autumn is a pleasant time to visit, with mild temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). The city’s parks showcase beautiful fall foliage, and it’s a great time for cultural events and museums. As autumn progresses, temperatures cool, and you can experience crisp weather and fewer tourists.

4. **Winter (December to February):** Winter in Warsaw can be cold, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. Snow is common, making it a picturesque time to visit if you enjoy winter activities and holiday markets. The city is less crowded, and you can experience a quieter, more intimate side of Warsaw.

In summary, the best time to visit Warsaw for pleasant weather and fewer crowds is during spring and early autumn. If you prefer warm weather and are excited about outdoor events and festivals, summer is a vibrant time to explore the city. Winter offers a unique charm and is ideal for those who enjoy winter activities and a cozy, festive atmosphere.

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Conclusion on Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw

Visiting Warsaw, Poland promises an extraordinary experience that seamlessly blends history, culture, and vibrant urban life. From the captivating streets of the Old Town to the poignant reminders of the city’s resilience, Warsaw invites you to explore its diverse attractions and immerse yourself in its rich heritage.

As you stroll through the charming neighborhoods, indulge in traditional cuisine, and discover the fascinating museums, Warsaw’s unique character will leave a lasting impression. The city’s efficient public transportation system ensures convenient access to its many treasures, while friendly locals and a warm atmosphere create a welcoming environment for visitors.

So you can see that there are plenty of things to do and explore in Warsaw. I hope you enjoyed this post on my Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw . If you like it, can you please share the post with any of the social media buttons located around the post. Thank you so much and I hope you have a fantastic visit to Warsaw, Poland.

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Beautiful photos and very nice recommendations – you made me want to go to Warsaw again:) I am actually planning on going there, possibly in few weeks. I think that Warsaw is incredible place, and there are so many amazing places, that it is impossible to get bored. Last time my friends have organized a reunion, and we went to a really great bar called Bubbles in the Old Town. We had a delicious dinner with champagne degustation. It was an unforgettable evening in a really unique atmosphere.

Laura

Great list, perfect for any traveller:) I have been to Warsaw few times and I love discovering new places every time I go there. Last time my boyfriend took me on a date to a restaurant in Mokotow. It was called the Akademia. I loved it in here. The atmosphere was very romantic and cozy, while their food was also incredibly delicious. I would love to go to Warsaw again soon, and I will for sure visit this restaurant too!

Isabel

Great article! I love Warsaw and I try to visit it at least few times a year, especially that I have many friends living there. I love the Old Town, it is so beautiful and I always find there new places that I haven’t seen yet. I also love to try different restaurants every time I visit Warsaw. Last time my friend took me to New Orleans – I was not really sure, because I heard that it is a night club. It appeared that they also have a restaurant and what is more, a great one! They serve food from all over the world and everything I tried was delicious. You can even ask them to make you a dish that thay don’t have in menu! Amazing place, with delicious food and great atmosphere, i will definitely visit them again:)

Tom

Hi, thanks for a great tips, I will definitely use them on my next trip to Poland:) Warsaw has also great night clubs. I have friends in Warsaw and we always go clubbing when I visit them 🙂 My personal favourite is New Orleans, because it is more elegant and not as crowded as others. They have great atmosphere and really amazing and luxury atmosphere

Vicky

Thank you very much for the list. It made me excited for my upcoming trip.

Sanjana @ Green Global Travel

Great list! The Palace Square looks like such a quaint town. Thanks for sharing!

Ralph

There’s no end to the nooks and crannies to discover all over Europe. Such great history. No.20 is the best. There’s something about the public square in European cities. Just hanging out with an afternoon drink, people watching. Nothing like it in the US.

Andy Higgs

We loved Warsaw when we stayed for a long weekend a few years back and were lucky enough to have a view of the Palace of Science and Culture from our room in the hotel over the road. Never got tired of that place, although I know the locals weren’t so happy about the gift from Stalin. It looks like it comes straight from Gotham city!

Kate

I’m really annoyed with myself reading through this post. You know when you take really bad advice from people who have been somewhere and tell you not to bother? I was told Krakow was great and beautiful (I visited and agree) but to miss out Warsaw because it was an ugly concrete city. Then I see your photos and all of the great places and things to do. I definitely need to visit one day now. Thanks for showing me this side of Warsaw

MelisaAird4393

I always spent my half an hour to read this blog’s posts every day along with a mug of coffee.

Claudia

Looks like I would be able to spend more than a week there 🙂

anna parker

So much to see – looks like the perfect place to see on foot in the spring or early summer

Paula McInerney

I think I will just follow you around the world Noel, you see and share some beautiful places and Warsaw is no exception.

Tanj from A Travelogue

I love everything about Poland. Wish I could come back to see Warsaw this time.

Rhonda Albom

What an interesting and eclectic city. I love the photo with the flowers, and the city with the old and modern buildings. The street art is so intricate and colorful. I have never been to Poland, but I hope to someday. Some of my family history traces back to this country.

Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

Some great options in Warsaw here. I like the look of the street art and would enjoy walking around looking at that and a bit of time people watching in the old town square over a cuppa would definitely be needed afterwards.

Kathryn Burrington

I’ve never thought of visiting Warsaw but it looks like a lovely city and very interesting too. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

Aileen

Ah! I’ve been eyeing Poland for a while now so your post here is very handy! I appreciate all the tips and I hope to visit them soon in the future!

Fiona @ London-Unattached

I like the fact that the older building from Stalin is still higher than the modern office blocks! Great ideas for if I ever get to Warsaw!

Jenna

Great list! I always love checking out street art and I can imagine that Warsaw would have some great art! Would love to check out the neon museum too–we visited the one in Las Vegas and had a great time!

Sarah Ebner

I’ve had so many people recommend a trip to Warsaw recently and I have to say that I wasn’t sure – but your post makes me realise just how much there is to do. Brilliant stuff and very appealing.

João Leitão

Great sharing. I do have a special interest for Poland since my wife is from there. Warsaw has great examples of monuments and architecture and I personally find it quite a pleasant city.

Ruth - Tanama Tales

A lot of places to visit in this city. Thanks for all your recommendations.

Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

Noel, this is such good timing, I’m planning a trip to Poland this summer and looking for recommendations. I’m pinning this to my planning Poland board and will be checking everything out properly in due course Thank you for writing this! I can’t wait to explore such an important part of Europe. #TPThursday

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17 Unmissable Things To Do In Warsaw At Night

cool places to visit in warsaw

What started as a tiny fishing town is now a gorgeous and eclectic city located on the River Vistula in the northeastern area of Poland. The capital city boasts 1.8 million residents and is the financial, political, and cultural hub of the country. Although most attractions are packed with people during the day, you may be wondering about some things to do in Warsaw at night.

Warsaw nightlife is filled with places like the Panorama Sky Bar at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, the night market, and the historic Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow cobbled streets. When you are looking for things to do in Warsaw at night, you will not have to look very far. Warsaw's nightlife is hopping all night long in the city center as well as Warsaw Old Town and other areas.

Old Town is a great place to see the Multimedia Fountain Park, enjoy some shopping at the Old Town Market Place, meander through Castle Square, and get a selfie with Sigismund's Column. Warsaw Old Town also has an ice rink where you can get out and skate. You can enjoy several different ice skating rinks in Warsaw at night.

Don't bring shopping bags and backpacks with you while you explore the nightlife in Warsaw. Leave your belongings at one of the suitcase storage lockers in Warsaw for safekeeping while you enjoy Warsaw after dark.

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Nocny Night Market

If you are in need of some retail therapy, check out Nocny Night Market. It only takes five minutes to get there by tram from the Rynek Glowny Town Square. The market is full of dozens of kiosks, restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops to peruse while you are in Warsaw.

Be sure to get some souvenirs here. They are unique and almost always handmade. With all of the food stalls and small pubs, this section of modern Warsaw is a hotspot for both young and old who are looking for something fun to do at night.

Elektrownia

If Nocny Market is not enough for you, head over to the Elektrownia Mall . This place is packed full of name-brand shops as well as casual and unique popups. There are more than 70 retail stores and a 500-seat food court so you have everything you need.

But Elektrownia is more than just shopping and eating. This place has the first Beauty Hall in the country of Poland. It is a group of health and wellness shops like the Nail Beauty Bar, Let's Beauty Make-Up Store, and Juices & Bubbles Bar. They even have events every few months like holiday shopping and modeling shows.

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Located on the 27th level of the Atlas Tower , Level 27 has been listed as 92nd in the top 100 clubs in the world three years in a row. With such a stunning space in the rounded tower, you get the best view in the city as well as some unique handcrafted cocktails and craft beers.

Whether you want to drink, dance, eat, or just sit and look at the Warsaw skyline, you will be surrounded by hundreds of happy people enjoying the same things. Music lovers enjoy live music and DJs can be found on the open-air terrace on weekends with local artists as well as bands and DJs from all over the world.

Club Mirage

Plan your brunch destination the night before and head out to dance. Located in the Palace of Culture, Club Mirage is another one of the top clubs in the country featuring live music events, DJ sets, and a fountain right in the middle of the place. Decorated with neon lights and stunning chandeliers, the party atmosphere at Club Mirage is electric.

It is mostly young adults here but everyone is welcome on the dance floor and the staff is friendly and seem to enjoy the place as much as the guests. There is a diverse range of music genres with something for everyone and dancing is inevitable.

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Warsaw Uprising Museum

Also known as the POLIN Museum, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto is an important national museum to honor the Polish Jews who first arrived in Poland, also known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

This museum recreates the environment of the Varsoviani movement before the Second World War during its attempt in 1944 for the liberation of Warsaw and the Warsaw Uprising. You will find a plethora of information about Jewish culture and World War II as well.

Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science is full of fun and entertainment. The building is 778 feet tall and is one of the highest buildings in Poland with a variety of venues. If you want to see a movie, there is a multiplex theater with eight screens in four theaters. The terrace on the 30th floor is also a hotspot.

Two of the best museums in Warsaw call the palace home, which include the Museum of Technology and the Museum of Evolution. You can also take a dip in the large swimming pool, attend a show in Congress Hall, or enjoy a drink and dancing at one of the 10+ bars inside.

Bubbles Restaurant and Bar

This cool hangout serves a variety of sparkling bubbly stuff, also known as champagne, from all over the world. The servers are just as passionate about champagne as you are and refuse to let it be held for just special occasions. The unique atmosphere will draw you in and the fun people will keep you there all night long.

They also serve a huge assortment of great Polish food from fresh oysters to steaks and even pizza. Enjoy salmon pancakes, Polish beef tartare, kopytka (potato dumplings) with truffle sauce, and sous vide duck with raspberry and cranberry sauce.

Vistula Riverside

If you are considering a pub crawl in Warsaw, you have a plethora of choices. All along the Vistula River, you can find beaches, clubs, and pubs, as well as the Multimedia Fountain Park with water shows on the weekend near the Copernicus Science Centre. One of the most popular clubs, BarKa, is a party barge you have to see to believe.

Boogaloo Beach Bar is another favorite and features a variety of activities like volleyball, disc golf, and kayaking. The Warsaw Boat Party on the Vistula River is not a stationary spot but a cruise boat that takes you for a ride with a live DJ, magicians, and an open bar. It has a great vibe full of people who just want to party, dance, and have fun.

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Chopin Museum

Stop in Lazienki Park to see a Chopin concert and then head to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum , which was established in 1954 and is dedicated to the Polish composer and located in the Ostrogski Palace.

The Fryderyk Chopin Museum has the largest collection of Chopiniana in the world. It features memorabilia linked to his life and work, with more than 7,500 items. This includes original documents, manuscripts, and letters as well as sculptures and photos of the famous composer.

Neon Museum

As the first of its kind in Poland, the Neon Museum boasts a collection of more than 100 neon signs from all over the country. Some of the most famous signs include the Warszawa Wschodnia, Kino Praha, and the Glowna Ksiegarnia as well as some offsite signs like the mermaid on Grojecka Street.

Located in the old Soho Factory across the street from Skaryszewski Park and just a short walk from the Vistula River, just walking to the museum is breathtaking. The 200+ neon signs inside are dazzling and you can learn the stories behind them as well.

Warsaw Fotoplastikon

Take a trip to the past at the Warsaw Fotoplastikon where you can find out what exactly this Fotoplastikon (photoplasticon) really is. It is a round barrel-like device that lets you see three-dimensional photos (also called stereoscopic theater), similar to the old Viewmaster toy of the 60s. This is done by showing two offset images in each eye.

This old-fashioned "theater" was invented in Berlin in 1883 but was phased out with the invention of the movie theater. The Fotoplastikon of Warsaw features thousands of original photos on a rotating platform, bringing the old city to life. Sort of like a time machine, but you do not go anywhere.

National Gallery of Art

A short walk from the Palace of Culture and Science in Marshal Edward Rydz-Smigly Park, you can enjoy some of the local art as well as work from international artists at the National Gallery of Art.

Also known as the National Museum of Warsaw, this is the largest museum in the city and one of the largest in the country as well. You can see about 830,000 items dating back to 8,000 BC including famous paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Renoir.

cool places to visit in warsaw

Royal Castle

Enjoy the royal route to the Royal Castle, also known as the castle. The building was constructed in the 1300s and has the nickname Phoenix because it rose from the ashes after being burned to the ground when it was blown up by Hitler in 1939.

Today, the brick facade is 300 feet long and faces Castle Square with towers at each end. The middle tower features a huge 200-foot clock from the 1600s and is a focal point for many. The castle includes a museum that includes famous paintings by Rembrandt, van Dyck, and Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Keret House

The narrowest house in the world, the Keret House is an impressive building as well as a piece of art. It was created by Jakub Szczesny through Centrala, his architecture firm, and is the thinnest house in the world at only 3.02 feet at its thinnest point and 4.99 feet at the widest.

The two-story art structure was named after the Israeli filmmaker/writer Etgar Keret, who was the first tenant. It is located between two historic buildings on Zelazna and Chlodna Streets in the Warsaw Uprising Ghetto district and is something you have to see to believe.

Free Outdoor Cinemas

Because summer is the best time to visit Warsaw, you will find that one of the popular night activities is attending outdoor cinemas. Also known as open-air cinemas, these are found all over Europe and are totally free. You can find them in 23 different locations around the city.

Grab yourself a blanket and head to one of the outdoor cinemas like the U-Jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art or Lazienki Park. The shows start after the sun goes down but they are typically packed so get there early to get a good spot to sit.

Grand Theatre

Whether you enjoy ballet, opera, or some other type of live entertainment, be sure to see a show at the Grand Theatre at night in Warsaw. Also known as Teatr Wielki and the home of the Polish National Ballet, the theater was built in 1833 by Antonio Corazzi, a famous Italian architect, and boasts a one-of-a-kind façade that you have to see.

The theater has been showing opera and ballet performances for more than 160 years, beginning with The Barber of Seville in February of 1833. Operatic performances by Penderecki, Moniuszko, and Kurpinski are some of the major productions with the works of Beethoven, Puccini, and Mozart.

cool places to visit in warsaw

Enjoy the View at St. Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church in Old Town has a spectacular observation deck that stays open until 10 PM so you can get a special view of the Warsaw skyline. You will have to climb more than 140 steps to get up there though, but it is worth it. There is no lift to get you up there easier.

The colorful buildings in Old Town look like a picture postcard during the day but after dark, it is a whole different kind of beautiful. Make sure you bring a camera or your phone to get some photos to share on social media.

Warsaw Nightlife

After spending the day visiting major landmarks in the city, hop on the Warsaw Train and take in a show at the theater, enjoy some Polish cuisine at one of the restaurants, or see some beautiful artwork at one of the art galleries. The Jewish Ghetto Memorial is a tribute to the first Polish Jews with the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and other memorials in what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto neighborhood. Or Saxon Garden and Łazienki Park are nice places for an early evening stroll.

Enjoy some traditional Polish dishes at some of the fantastic eateries in the area while you are there too. Some of these things you cannot get in other European cities. The Polish capital is an amazing city to enjoy day or night but if you want to see the night come alive in Warsaw, we have got you covered. You can get some spectacular views of the entire city. However, it can be a bit confusing getting around in the city at night so you will do well to have your cell phone with Google maps.

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