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Warsaw

Poland’s capital is an open-air history book, from the medieval old town to the contemporary museums.

Our most recommended things to do in Warsaw

Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

1. Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

Climb aboard a traditional wooden sailboat and enjoy an intimate, hour-long sightseeing cruise along the Vistula River. Your tour departs from the Copernicus Centre pier, where you will board your traditional 12-person Galar ship. Drift along the river towards the historic old town on a boat that was designed according to principles of folk boatbuilding. Discover the unique and natural views as you approach downtown Warsaw to get a unique perspective of the city’s skyscrapers and stadium. Look out for the parks and natural refuges along the right bank of the river before being returned to the pickup point.

Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

2. Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

The Time for Chopin concert series is a celebration of one of Warsaw's most famous geniuses, Frederic Chopin. The daily concerts are carried out by different pianists and you will hear different interpretations of each piece, a theme for fascinating conversations. An equally inspiring experience to both guests and performers, these shows allow you to hear well-known works from a different perspective each time. The project is created by outstanding pianists with a passion for Frederic Chopin's music. The pianists were assisted in their creative development, influencing artistic formation and depth of interpretation. As a guest, you are one of the key elements of the Time for Chopin project - your presence and perception of music of Frederic Chopin is the most important aspect. The chamber mood of the concert hall promotes a peculiar musical dialogue with the auditorium in the course of the performance of a solo concert. Deepening your involvement still, after the concert there is time to exchange opinions between guests and the artist.

Warsaw: Private City Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local

3. Warsaw: Private City Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Warsaw with hidden gems that only a local can show you. Get to know Warsaw on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, from culture, history, and local lifestyle - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Warsaw at its best thanks to your local guide’s knowledge and stories. Check out main landmarks like the Terrace on Widokowy Tower, Łazienki Królewskie, the Old Town and uncover city secrets that will show you the city through a different perspective. As they say, the locals know best! Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Warsaw Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

4. Warsaw Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

Get ready for a legendary night out with amazing people on this Warsaw pub crawl. Start the night off right with an open bar on beer, wine, and mixed drinks (with whiskey, vodka, gin or rum) for 1 hour. Your party group will enjoy drinking games such as flip cup, beer pong or 5s to get to know each other. After the open bar, your fun guides will take you on to 3 other cool bars and make sure you get a free shot at each place. Continue to a nightclub, which is the final stop. The pub crawl ends at a cool club in the city center with VIP skip-the-line entry. A shot will be waiting inside for you as well!

Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

5. Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

Make the most of your time in Warsaw and enjoy an evening of classical music in the heart of Old Town. Hosted at the enchanting Dean’s Palace at the Museum of the Warsaw Archdiocese, this concert offers the unique opportunity to connect with one of the world’s most iconic composers, in his hometown. Surrounded by a collection of paintings by famous artists, take your seats in the atmospheric concert hall, which boasts perfect acoustics and the highest-quality KAWAI grand piano. The piano’s music is clear, transparent, and rich, ensuring an emotional and comfortable reception at the recitals. As the lights dim, the music begins, taking you on a journey through the life and works and Chopin. During the 55-minute concert, hear stunning performances from professional pianists and touring artists. By the end of the show, you will have a deeper appreciation for Chopin and his music, and an idea of how this incredible city influenced his work.

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

6. Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Experience an informative and impressive tour of the Warsaw Ghetto. The topic of this tour is the history of the establishment and liquidation of the largest ghetto in Europe. In 1940 the Nazis established the ghetto in the heart of Warsaw. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were crammed in an area of 4 square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease and more than 300,000 were killed in Treblinka extermination camp. As a result of the attempt to completely liquidate the ghetto, an uprising broke out in 1943. The unequal struggle between the rebels against the armed German troops lasted nearly one month. In revenge, the Nazis completely destroyed the ghetto. It was survived by only a few Jews including Władysław Szpilman, the hero of the movie “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski. Before the Second World War, the second largest Jewish community lived in Warsaw, making up 30 percent of the entire city population. Within less than 3 years, the Jewish community no longer existed in Warsaw. During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real places and hear authentic stories. Discover fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and neighborhoods that were located within the ghetto. Visit the only synagogue that survived the Second World War and is still in operation. Find out where the supposed logic of destruction came from and how the plan of the final solution was put into action. Learn about everyday life in the ghetto, why the Jews took up arms, and who helped them. Discover the symbolism of the Umschlagplatz (collection point) and the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. Although the ghetto has no longer existed for a long time, its history needs to be told.

Warsaw: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

7. Warsaw: Old Town Guided Walking Tour

Discover the oldest parts of Warsaw as you join your guide on a tour of the city's Old Town. Learn about Warsaw's history, admire the colorful facades, and walk across the city walls. Your tour begins at Castle Square. Meet your guide and learn about the city's history and find out when Warsaw became the capital of the country before walking over to the inner courtyard of the Royal Castle just a few meters away. Continue your tour as you head to one of Warsaw's most romantic spots, Piwna Street. Venture down narrow alleyways and see the best parts of Warsaw Old Town with your guide. Walk past St. John's Cathedral, St. Martin's Church, the Old Town Market Square, and more. See the house where Marie Curie was born and finally, head to the Warsaw Uprising Memorial, where your tour comes to an end.

Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

8. Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

Join this guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Science, one of the highest and most magnificent buildings in Warsaw and visible from almost all places in the city. As an added perk, skip the line to the viewing terrace. During the tour, discover the characteristic interiors of the Palace of Culture and Science: ballrooms with excellent woodwork, conference rooms with original furniture and equipment from the ’50s, and majestic marble staircases. Your local guide will bring you closer to the entire history of the building from 1952 until now. Enjoy entertaining stories and anecdotes as you walk through the building’s history. At the end of your journey, skip the line to the elevator and go to the viewing terrace on the 30th floor to discover a beautiful view of the city. You’ll never look at the Palace of Culture and Science in the same way after this tour.

Warsaw: Polish Food Tour

9. Warsaw: Polish Food Tour

During the course Polish Food Tour, you'll have the opportunity to taste between a large number of Polish delicacies different while visiting 3 to 5 restaurants in the historical centre of the city. You'll be guided by a food expert who will explain to you all the different aspects of the food that you'll be trying, from the ingredients to the history to how it's made. If you want to know what to eat in Poland, this is the way to go. You get to try many different things that make up the Polish gastronomical experience. Come hungry because there is a lot to try and you will need an empty stomach in order to enjoy everything that's on offer. 

Warsaw: Dinner in the Dark Experience

10. Warsaw: Dinner in the Dark Experience

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner experience consisting of sublime Polish cuisine. Visit a "dark restaurant", where food will excite your taste buds, supercharge your senses, and satisfy your hunger for new adventures. This 1.5-hour culinary event takes place in the city center. Throughout the event, you’ll be served three delicious courses whilst having your senses stimulated by fun challenges in the dark. Prepare to experience strong emotions and exoticism, which will all be accompanied by a desire to feel secure. All of this will be conducted under the care of professionals as you are introduced to a world experienced by each of your senses, aside from sight. You will discover that smell brings out your imagination and stimulates you to guess what you are savoring, touch enables you to discover the texture of meals and to feel a closeness to those who accompany you on this exceptional journey. Hearing maintains the interaction and exchange of sensations, and the sense of taste suggests what is served as well as an appreciation of the quality of the meals.

Frequently asked questions about Warsaw

What are the best day trips and excursions from Warsaw?

The best day trips and excursions from Warsaw are:

Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau

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What people are saying about Warsaw

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It was a great experience, we learn a lot about polish vodka, its history and conception. It was very nice. Of course the tasting part was the best. You definitely should book this tour to learn more about vodka and taste some delicious and different vodkas

It was a great tour, I learnt so much about Warsaw and Poland. It's a great way to discover the city and its history. Everything is well organized, it's a must do while in Warsaw ! Many thanks to Dorothy who helped arrange the pick up !

I had a really great time. It was delicious and very informative. We tried 4 restaurants, had great conversation, tasting some nice vodka too. I highly recommend you to book this tour.

This is a must do. Martin was excellent, full of knowledge and answered all the questions we had. If you are in Warsaw for a limited time then this is perfect for you.

Olha was amazing! So much fun, wouldn’t have been as fun without such a good guide. Was so good we did it 3 times throughout our trip!