The capital of Poland, Warsaw is an interesting city, but one that is often overlooked in favor of more touristy centers like Krakow. Nevertheless, we wanted to take a closer look at the former, and offer you our selection of unmissable activities during your visit to Poland.
A list of 10 must-do activities in Warsaw that should give you an initial idea of how to organize your entire stay.
How to get to Warsaw ?
From Prague, Warsaw is a 7-hour drive. You can also get there by train. The journey takes around 9h30. Finally, it’s perfectly possible to fly. Flights depart from the Czech capital for its Polish neighbor. Non-stop, the flight costs around 20 euros and takes less than 1h30.
From Paris, you’ll need to fly if you want to get to Warsaw quickly. The flight takes around 2 hours. The cheapest tickets cost around thirty euros.
What to do in Warsaw ?
Would you like to discover Warsaw? In the rest of this content, we offer you our selection of the 10 best things to do in the Polish capital. Indoor, outdoor, rather classic activities that will enable you to discover the city’s most beautiful monuments.
1. Discover the Old Town
Warsaw’s historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many squares here. These are very pleasant, like Canon Square, St. John’s Cathedral and many other monuments. This is Warsaw’s must-see spot, and the one to start your trip with.
2. Trakt Królewski
Trakt Królewski is none other than the Royal Road. This is the most beautiful part of the city. This street runs for over a kilometer. It takes you from the Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to some of Warsaw’s biggest tourist attractions, such as Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, the rather chic Nowy Świat Street and the Łazienki Royal Park.
3. Krakowskie Przedmiescie
Krakowskie Przedmiescie is one of the central streets. One of Warsaw’s oldest! Today perceived as very elegant, it was once used by merchants.
Nowadays, it serves as a more or less commercial thoroughfare, allowing you to discover Warsaw at its best. Here you’ll find the Presidential Palace and the University of Warsaw, as well as Baroque churches.
4. Łazienki Park
Park Łazienki is the largest park in the Polish capital. It was worked on and opened during the 17th century. Inside, you’ll find some lovely buildings, starting with the neoclassical amphitheater and a few old orangeries. In summer, yoga and meditation classes are held here.
5. Museum of the History of Polish Jews
The Museum of Polish Jewish History opened its doors in 2014. Called POLIN, the facility is located in the northern part of the former Warsaw ghetto, in Muranów.
Here you’ll find no fewer than eight art galleries, exhibitions of authentic artifacts, re-enactments and plenty of other things to help you understand how Poland became home to Europe’s largest Jewish community.
6. Royal Castle
South of the Old Town, you’ll find Warsaw’s Royal Castle. One of the city’s must-sees.
Destroyed, rebuilt and renovated, it now serves as a museum. You’ll discover the royal apartments of the regents who lived there. It also houses the Parliament Chamber.
Finally, art lovers will be delighted to discover the large collection of paintings from the 16th to the 18th century. Take the opportunity to stroll across the street to Castle Square.
7. Warsaw Uprising Museum
The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising (which took place between August and October 1944) is located in the heart of an old power station, in the Wola district.
A museum steeped in history and emotion, it explains how the Poles of Warsaw rose up against German oppression.
The museum is very realistic, and even invites you to discover replicas of the sewers the fighters used to bypass their enemies.
8. Palace of Culture and Science
No matter where you are, you’ll always (or almost always) have the chance to see the immense Palace of Culture and Science. At a height of 237 meters, it trusts the place of Poland’s tallest building.
42 floors of theaters, cinemas, congress halls and much more. A Stalinist complex, erected in 1955. It was presented as a gift from the Soviet Union to the Polish people.
9. Copernicus Science Center
Opened in 2010, the Copernicus Science Center is Poland’s largest museum dedicated to science. It features over 400 exhibits covering a wide range of subjects. Civilization, nature, light, technology and construction, the museum explains it all. The center also boasts a state-of-the-art planetarium with 3D sound system.
10. Walk along the Vistula
The Wisła (Vistula) has recently become one of Warsaw’s coolest and trendiest meeting places. It’s a must-see place to visit.
You’ll find plenty of cafés, relaxation areas and small concerts (when the fine weather comes around).
A really nice, refreshing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center and enjoy a few hours’ relaxation with the locals.
What to eat in Warsaw ?
Of course, you’re bound to have lunch or dinner during your stay in Warsaw. Discovering the local cuisine is obviously one of those must-do activities. Pierogis, bis or even grochowka and zurek, you’ll have the opportunity to indulge in some of the best typical dishes by visiting our list of the best restaurants in Warsaw.
Where to stay in Warsaw? ￼
Planning to spend 2-3 days in the heart of the Polish capital? To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the best hotels in the Polish capital. Quality establishments that are sure to meet your expectations, both in terms of price and location.
What are Warsaw’s must-sees? Our conclusion
With this list, we wanted to present you with our selection of the 10 things to do in Warsaw. The Polish capital deserves to be discovered, which is why it was important for us to help you organize your stay. To take things a step further, don’t hesitate to take a look at our list of Warsaw’s best bars, for a more local experience.