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Warsaw

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

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Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

1. 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: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

2. 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 rich history and unique, 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: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

3. Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

Journey back through time as you discover the history of Polish vodka with tons of fascinating facts thrown in. Enjoy a 70-minute tour at the Vodka Museum in Warsaw's Praga district with a qualified guide. Arrive at the museum, and begin the tour with memories presented by former employees of the Warsaw Vodka Factory at Koneser. Explore 5 interactive modern galleries enabling you to become acquainted with the history of Polish vodka. After the tour, head over to the Vodka Academy for a 20-minute tasting workshop. Once you've wet your palette with some delicious vodka samples, visit the 3/4 Koneser Cocktail Bar located on the 3rd Floor of the museum. Try the best cocktails prepared with different types of Polish vodka.

Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

4. Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Warsaw at your own pace and get to know the historic and modern sides to the city on the panoramic hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. The tour starts at the monumental Palace of Culture and Science, the highest building in Poland. Enjoy fantastic views of the city from the 30th floor, before you head off to explore further. History buffs will love the Warsaw Rising Museum, where the city’s turbulent history is brought to life through more than 1,000 exhibits, while the National Museum contains over 400 works by Poland’s greatest artists. Take the kids to meet the famous native brown bears of Warsaw Zoo, and see 500 other species of native and exotic animals while you are there. Choose from two lines: Red Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science (Dworzec Centralny 14) 2. A- Grzybowski Market Square (Plac Grzybowski 1) 3. Old Town (Stare Miasto 05) 4. B - Warsaw University Library (Bibliteka Uniwersytecka 01) 5. C- Copernicus Science Center (Metro Centrum Nauki Kopernik 03) 6. D- National Stadium (Most Swietokrzyski 04) 7. E- Praga (Okrzei 02) 8. F- Multimedia Fountain Park (Bolesc 02) 9. G- Museum of Polish Jews History (Nalewki Muzeum 02) 10. H- Warsaw City Hall (Plac Bankowy 03) 11. Downtown (Centrum 06) Blue Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science 2. Warsaw Rising Museum 3. Grzybowski Square 4. Zacheta Gallery 5. Old Town 6. Castle Square 7. Chopin Museum 8. National Museum 9. Three Crosses Square 10. Lazienki Royal Park 11. Constitution Square 12. Downtown

Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

5. Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

Climb aboard a comfortable, 18-passenger air-conditioned coach and sit back and relax as you see the sights of Warsaw in the intimacy of a small group. Tours are available year round and can typically start with a hotel pick-up at 2:00 PM and end with a return drop off at 5:00 PM. The program is flexible but includes many landmarks, including the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town. Go to Castle Square and the Royal Castle, where the Polish monarchs resided from 1596 until 1795 and the Polish President briefly took residence in 1918. Get the chance to see King Sigismund's III Column, the first secular monument in Poland. Admire the Gothic church of St. John's Cathedral, where the sarcophagi contain the remains of eminent Poles. Look at the architecture of the Old Town Market Square and Barbican, before visiting the former Jewish Ghetto. Here, stop briefly at the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto and see the awe-inspiring contemporary architecture of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Go to Umschplag Platz and Mila Street to discover the site of the bunker where the leader of the Ghetto Uprising, Mordehal Anielewicz, committed suicide. Journey along the "Royal Route" admiring the aristocratic residences and famous monuments such as the Holy Cross Church, where an urn contains the heart of Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849). Finally, walk through the Royal Park to experience the city's most beautiful urban oasis. Commonly know as "Lazienki" or "The Baths," the park is home to the "Palace on the Water," the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–1895). Other important places of interest you might see on the tour include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and the Monument to the Victims of Katyn. If traffic allows, visit the Warsaw Praga District, including the National Stadium, St. Florian's Cathedral, the Orthodox Church, and Targowa and Ząbkowska Street. See the monument of the Brotherhood of Arms and the 19th-century vodka factory of the Koneser with its unique view of Warsaw Old Town from the Dąbrowski Bridge.

Warsaw Pub Crawl with Free Drinks

6. 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: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

7. Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

Learn about the centuries of Jewish history in Poland, from when the first communites settled in the country, right up until the present day. Explore 8 different galleries that will educate in an interactive way through visual and audio materials, as well as artifacts and paintings. Discover more about the most significant moments of Jewish history in the country. This includes the birth of the communities, the role of individual Jewish figures throughout Polish society, and how the Holocaust drastically impacted the Jews of Poland. See also how is their culture being revived after the Second World War.

Warsaw: Chopin Concert in a Historical Old Town Location

8. Warsaw: Chopin Concert in a Historical Old Town Location

Chopin returns to Warsaw. The only place where you will have the possibility to experience Frederic Chopin as a human, and not only as composer within his city. Located in a building where the composer played at the age of 13 in neighborhood of his teacher's apartment and the musical conservatory where he graduated will give you a wonderful opportunity to look at this area through the prism of his experiences. In the evening, the coffee house literally turns into a musical salon, just like Chopin loved to performed - only for friends and their friends. Let the exquisite, titled artists take you for a musical journey into Chopin's world of emotiones, sounds and landscapes. Experience the timelessness of his music for an intimate interpretation of the pianist.

Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

9. Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

Have you seen the top attractions in Warsaw and want something more? Are you bored with the touristy places and feel like adding some new thrills to your stay in the city? Then take this unique bus tour to the “dark side” of Warsaw – the infamous Praga district. Find out why the district was considered the most dangerous part of Warsaw. See a marketplace where you could buy almost everything from jeans and diplomas to Kalashnikov rifles and check yourself if it’s still open. Every Saturday morning (at 11:00 AM) in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, there will be a retro Jelcz “cucumber” bus to take you to the Praga district for a 2.5-hour tour. On-board, there will be a guide to help you through the district and to make sure you come back in one piece. On the road, your guide will provide commentary and introduce you to the history of Warsaw and the Praga district - a district of an amusing yet sometimes scary past. After crossing the Vistula River, you will get off at the first stop – a chocolate factory. Here, get to know the story of the company producing sweets in Warsaw since the mid-19th century and taste a cup of their delicious hot chocolate. The next stop will be Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Warsaw. It’s architecture was inspired by the Roman basilica of St. Paul. See a former vodka factory, Koneser, and find out what delicacies where made there and what is in this complex now. Tour will also cover the area called the Praga “Bermuda Triangle.” Get to know the origin of the name, and see some examples of the authentic pre-war architecture with scenic courtyards and colorful shrines inside. The neighborhood still has the atmosphere of old Warsaw and is loved by film directors, like Roman Polański, who filmed “The Pianist” here and many more that will be mentioned by your tour guide. From here, you will head back to the Palace of Culture and Science to finish the tour.

Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Warsaw

Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    Warsaw experiences cold winters and warm summers, and in winter, the snow can get heavy. Summer is the best time to visit.

  • How long to spend in Warsaw?

    Warsaw is an interesting city, but 2 days is enough to to take some tours and see all the sights. If you want some more down time, then 5 days might be a better option.

Good to know

  • Language
    Polish
  • Currency
    Polish złoty (zł)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +48
  • Best time to visit
    From June to September, the weather is warmer, the days longer, and there are plenty of outdoor festivals and events to keep you entertained!

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What people are saying about Warsaw

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,552 reviews

Mary was excellent. She guided us through sites of the former ghetto and despite the volume of information narrated very well the history and kept us captivated the entire tour. Her tour is very thorough and was so interesting that it felt like we had only been together for an hour after 3 hours of walking talking and visiting the different sites. I highly recommend this tour with Mary

Excellent cruise, great little and intimate boat, very friendly and engaging captain (Andresz). Would definitely recommend this cruise - great way to experience Warsaw from the river in a cozy and informal setting.

Guide and drivers were amazing but the price is too high (I made a comparison with the price of everything included and this is very very overrated). But lived the experience anyway

Vlada was an excellent guide, such a fun experience drinking and getting to know people from all over the world

Wonderful guide - informative and amusing . A great overview of the city.