What to visit in Warsaw
The capital of Poland is the country’s largest city and an economic, political, and cultural centre.
Apart from the touristic classics such as the Old Town, the Palace of Culture and Science, Centre for Contemporary Art (Ujazdowski Castle), Chopin Museum or Warsaw Rising Museum, Warsaw can unveil true gems to those who dare stepping out from the main touristic routes.
One of the oldest Kaiser panoramas in Europe (Fotoplastikon Warszawski, 51 Jerozolimskie Ave), sandy beach on the east riverbank of the Vistula, bohemian Francuska Street or roof gardens of the Warsaw University Library (Dobra 56/66) are only a few of many discoveries that one can make while strolling about in the Polish capital city.
In the labyrinth of mostly socialist realism architecture you will have a chance to find, scattered around, unique neon signs, street art and giant murals, as well as beautiful reliefs and old tenements.
A FEW MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
The Old Town
Bustling with cafes and restaurants, the Old Town is a wonderful place for a walk during the day as well as after dark. History aficionados may embark on one of the free tours and visit the Barbakan Museum to see how Warsaw has changed over the years. On Friday and Saturday nights, one may often stumble upon a fire show taking place in front of the Sigismund's Column.
The Royal Castle
Although the building itself is a reconstruction, it houses a rich collection of historical furniture, art pieces and everyday use objects. Visitors can see what the castle’s chambers may have looked like prior to its destruction, and learn about its history thanks to audioguides in various languages.
The Royal Łazienki Museum
This 18th century park used to be a summer villa of king Stanisław August Poniatowski. Popular among tourists and locals alike, it charms strollers with a harmonious combination of architecture and nature. Visitors may want to bring sunflower seeds or a piece of bread to feed the peacocks, ducks, swans and carps inhabiting the park. In November, the entrance to Łazienki museums including the Old Orangery and the Palace on the Isle is free.
A baroque palace housing the oldest Polish gallery of art, dating back to 1805. Surrounded by gardens and parks, this royal residence is an ideal place for a stroll for art, sculpture and architecture lovers. In November, access to the museum is free of charge.
The Warsaw Rising Museum
This interactive museum narrates the history of the 1944 Warsaw uprising. Visitors can learn about the everyday life of its participants and see a wealth of associated memorabilia. Audioguides in more than 20 languages are available on site.
The National Museum
The museum houses six permanent galleries as well as several temporary exhibitions showcasing ancient, medieval and modern art pieces. Worthy of note is the Faras gallery rewarded with Sybilla Grand Prix 2014 and MUSE Awards.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Named European Museum of the Year 2016, this multimedia museum showcases of 1000 years of Jewish history. Visitors can embark on a journey from the Middle Ages to present day and see city models, interactive displays and everyday use objects. Audioguides in various languages are available on site, while guests equipped with smartphones or tablets can take advantage of themed routes available on the museum’s website in PDF format.
YOU CAN ALSO VISIT
Mirella von Chrupek's display cabinet
A cute art installation near the trendy Zbawiciela Square (called also Zbawix). It’s changing once a month and always brings a surprise.
The very first cat cafe in Warsaw. Quiet and cosy, is a home to as many cats as there are chairs for the guests.
- www.warsawtour.pl/en - official tourism website
- www.warsawtour.pl/en - Free Walking Tours
- www.polawalk.com/en - Polaroid Photo Tour