WarsawAnything you can dream of you will find in the Polish capital: interesting history, a wealth of events, exciting nightlife, Michelin-starred restaurants, and an abundance of green areas. Check out the charming Old Town and take a stroll down the Royal Route. Learn about the city's history in one of Warsaw's many interactive museums. Spend a wild evening by the Vistula and chill out listening to a Chopin concert at Łazienki Royal Park. No doubt, Warsaw is a must-see on the tourist map of Europe.
Top 10 The Royal Route Warsaw’s Vistula Chopin’s Warsaw Maria Skłodowska-Curie Judaica The Praga District Warsaw for Children Winter in Warsaw Hot Tips Events Food Nightlife
The Royal RouteThe Royal Route connects three former residences of Polish rulers: The Royal Castle, Łazienki Królewskie and Wilanów Palace. It is the city’s most famous route. Among the buildings lining the streets Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat are the Presidential Palace, the Warsaw University campus, as well as beautiful churches and townhouses. The Route continues along the elegant and green Aleje Ujazdowskie, with embassies and ministries situated along the way. The historical route ends at Wilanów Palace. The Route is not to be missed in the wintertime when it is illuminated with thousands of lights as part of the Great Illumination.
Warsaw’s VistulaNo other river in Europe is like the Vistula flowing through Warsaw. Its natural banks, inhabited by wild fowl, are right next to the city’s boulevards. In the summer, the weekend city life comes alive here – trendy bars and clubs, charming bistros, and outdoor events attract both city dwellers and tourists, while the sandy beaches are the perfect place to chill out. A cruise down the river to see the city from the water is also an interesting option.
Chopin’s WarsawWarsaw is the city of Fryderyk Chopin. It is here that he spent his childhood and early youth. It is also in Warsaw that Chopin’s musical talent was discovered and where his international career began. Discover the places connected with Chopin. You will be assisted by mobile applications and a website available in a number of languages. www.chopin.warsawtour.pl
Maria Skłodowska-CurieYou must have heard of her – the woman who broke all stereotypes! She was a double Nobel prize winner, a professor at the Sorbonne University and one of the first women to get a driver’s licence. Did you know that she was born in Warsaw? Take the opportunity to visit her house, see where she was born and check out the places she held dear. See Warsaw through Maria’s eyes and see what a long path she had to tread before finally being laid to rest in the Pantheon in Paris.
JudaicaBefore the war, Warsaw was home to one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe. Jews made up 30 per cent of the city’s population and were a major part of the city’s exceptional ethnic mix. They had synagogues, schools, and hospitals here; ran handicraft stores, manufacturing plants and banks; and were also engaged in freelance professions, many as artists. Though the Holocaust put an end to centuries of Jewish history in Warsaw, traces of their existence are still present. You can see how Jews have impacted the city’s development. www.judaica.warsawtour.pl
The Praga DistrictSituated on the right bank of the Vistula, Praga is seen as the most genuine and authentic part of the city. During World War II, it did not suffer as much as the city centre; hence, you can still admire its original architecture. The charming alleys, restaurants pulsating with life, trendy art galleries, and exceptional combination of historical industrial architecture with modern design concepts have made Praga a favourite spot among Warsaw’s artists and creatives.
Warsaw for ChildrenWhen travelling with children, you can be sure to find places in Warsaw where the whole family is going to have a blast. Just about everyone is enchanted by the city’s many parks and gardens, as well as the beautiful riverbanks. Be sure to plan a visit to one of Warsaw’s interactive museums and see how much fun learning can be. Get to know the city’s sweet side by trying some delicious local ice cream, or, if you’re travelling in the winter, a cup of hot chocolate at Wedel’s.
Winter in WarsawIf you find yourself in need of a moment’s respite in the wintertime, do come to Warsaw, as it takes on an entirely different face at this time of year. You will be met with an abundance of winter attractions, from the city’s many ice-skating rinks and Christmas markets to brightly illuminated streets and squares. Museums and other attractions become a lot less crowded. It is also easier to book a hotel or make a dinner reservation. Isn’t life beautiful in the winter?
Hot TipsWarsaw is more than the beautiful historical architecture of the Old Town and its fascinating history. It is also a city that is alive, that is transforming and discovering new directions. If you want to really feel the atmosphere of the Polish capital and the people who make it so special, stray off the beaten path and seek out new adventures.
EventsWarsaw tempts with its abundance of cultural events. Regardless of whether you are a music lover or a sports fan, whether you are interested in design and fashion or simply want to know what is hot in the city, there is a wide-ranging offer of regular and temporary events for you to choose from. Take a peek at our calendar – we’re bound to have something that will catch your eye.
FoodWarsaw cuisine is like the city: diverse, multicultural, delectable, and full of energy. Book a table at a Michelin-star restaurant or experience the atmosphere of the communist era in a so-called milk bar. Allow yourself to be seduced by local desserts like W-Z cake, zygmuntówka, or organic ice cream. Take a peek at a breakfast fair, sit on the grass, and celebrate food. Besides the classic Polish specialities that we describe below, Warsaw's restaurants have dishes from all corners of the world, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine.
NightlifeThe night is still young, and you feel like going out in the city? A whole array of places awaits you, such as the popular clubs at Plac Zbawiciela or the hot bars and clubs by the Vistula, where the nightlife gets going in the summertime. If you want to party, check out the party zone on Parkingowa, Nowogrodzka, and Mazowiecka Streets. If you want to see the city’s skyline from the top floor, no problem. There are clubs with beautiful panoramic views.
Manekin offers a scrumptious, creative take on some of Poland's finest culinary delights. Polish pancakes steal the show with the mere abundance of savoury and sweet varieties, but other menu items like the cream of porcini mushroom soup served inside a hollowed out bread loaf.
One would never think to poke around the grim Culture Palace in search of hip city hangout spots, and yet that's exactly where you'd find Kulturalna, an incredibly atmospheric cafe and cultural hub with a regularly updated event schedule and dapper-looking staff.
Staroswiecki Sklep (Wedel Chocolate Lounge)
Poland's iconic chocolatier runs this exceptional cafe in a historic building that's housed the Wedel factory and enterprise since the late 19th century. Today's cafe still delights visitors with scrumptious Wedel specialities, from drinking chocolate to hand-crafted pralines.
Bułkę przez Bibułkę
This downtown cafe has a line of dedicated patrons waiting outside before doors open, and for good reason: Bułkę przez Bibułkę serves some of the best breakfasts in town, with eggs and bacon that come still sizzling in an individual pan, and bagel sandwiches coming undone from generous stuffing.
One of the city's iconic cafes has been around for over a century now, its story going back an incredible many years to 1901. Even if you aren't a guest at the luxury hotel itself, do not let that deter you from trying the embellishment's fine signature cake, or settling in for a scrumptious 2-course…
Shopping malls, small designer boutiques, flea markets and fashion fairs are some of the tempting shopping options available in Warsaw. You can find stores featuring the leading global and European brands, both from the top shelf as well as more affordable options. A good idea would be to get yourself something special and choose Polish fashion designs and products tagged “Made in Poland”. If you are looking for bargains, on the other hand, check out the Warsaw outlets.
Visit one of the most fashionable streets in Warsaw, with design stores and boutiques of well-known Polish designers and jewellery brands.
3 Mysia Street
The old seat of the central censorship office in the communist era has been turned into an alternative department store. The four floors house fashion and interior design shops as well as a photography gallery and a café.
The characteristic black building of Wolf Bracka houses a luxury department store with shops featuring the best-known global brands, an exclusive restaurant, a wine store and a delicatessen. The place draws on pre-war shopping traditions.
Three Crosses Square
This picturesque square with the centrally located St Alexander’s Church is surrounded by boutiques featuring well-known luxury brands, as well as numerous bistros and cafés.
Located in the very heart of the city, this shopping mall is known for its characteristic wavy roof. It is one of the most popular shopping places in the city. When your shopping is done, you can take it easy in the cinema on the top floor.
Arkadia is one of the biggest shopping centre in Poland, visited annually by some 20 million customers. It houses flagship stores featuring Polish and global brands, restaurants and cafés, a cinema and a playroom for children.
This shopping centre offers a wide range of stores, restaurants and services associated with fashion, including both popular and premium brands, as well as designer boutiques. It also has a cinema and a gym.
Annopol and Ursus Outlet Factory
You can reach this place with no problem by public transportation. It only takes half an hour from the centre of Warsaw to find yourself in a shopping paradise, where you’ll be tempted by bargain prices on name-brand products.
Fashion House Outlet Centre
This is a town within a town. In the 100 shops, you will find ends of collections of well-known brands, as well as special lines created by fashion houses with the outlet in mind. There are also offers from the previous season. Many well-known and popular brands can be purchased at 30-70% off.
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Warsaw Tourist Information Points
There are three Warsaw Tourist Information Points in the city, situated in the most important tourist locations. At these points, you will receive not only advice as to what is worth visiting but also free and practical city maps and mini guidebooks in various languages. You can also buy a Warsaw Pass here. - Palace…
It is cheapest and fastest to go either by foot or by public transportation when in Warsaw. There are buses, trams, and a metro. At night, you can use the metro, which operates until midnight on weekdays and until as late as 3:00 a.m. on weekends. You can also use night buses marked with the…
Most planes land at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw, which is just 30 minutes from the city centre by public transport. If you have a long layover in Warsaw, use the time and visit the city. Skip the traffic jams and take the SKM (Szybka Kolej Miejska – Fast City Train), lines S2 and S3,…
Warsaw Modlin Airport
This airport is 35 km from Warsaw, but with convenient connections to the city. To get to Warsaw from Modlin Airport, you have a choice of special Modlinbuses and OKbuses, as well as a train operated by Koleje Mazowieckie. All these means of transportation arrive in the very centre of Warsaw right by the Palace…
Warsaw Central Train Station
Located in the very centre of town in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw Central is the biggest station in Warsaw. Once you have seen all there is to see, you can leave for other Polish cities.
The centre of Warsaw is all paid parking from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parking is free on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.