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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: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. 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 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!

Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

5. 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 Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

6. Warsaw Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of the capital city Warsaw on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Warsaw was the most important city for the economy of Poland in the modern era and we truly believe that it's one of the most unique places on earth. See the beauty of the city and learn anecdotes, history and legends. You will walk around the Old Town to see the most remarkable places, but also to discover hidden gems of the City and get to know incredible stories. Admire the main attractions of Warsaw such as Sigmund's Column on Castle Square, Warsaw Barbican, Main Market Square and impressive Monument to the Warsaw Uprising Fighters. In the 2-hour option, you will also enter the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Explore more with the 3-hour option and see Little Insurgent Monument, Braniecki Palace and visit St. Anne's Church with very rich decorations inside and exceptional ceilings. Extend to 4 hours to step inside Royal Castle. See gorgeous apartments of former kings full of old historical paintings, furniture and decorations. Learn the history of Polish monarchs and their daily life inside the XIVth century castle. In the 6-hour version, you will experience all attractions above and visit the most iconic building in Warsaw - the Palace of Culture and Science. Walk through the New World (Nowy Świat), the lively center of the city connecting Old Town with the new town and explore inside the palace, learning about the fascinating PRL-times history and admire the view from the top.

Warsaw: Private Praga District & Hidden Gems Walking Tour

7. Warsaw: Private Praga District & Hidden Gems Walking Tour

Ready to experience a side of Warsaw like a local, with a local? This is a tour, unlike any other! If you want to take a step away from the touristy path, there's no better way than by diving into the city's alternative side. Welcome to Praga district! If you're done with the main highlights, why not step away and take a less-traveled path that will show you an unexpected side of Warsaw? Follow a local guide on a private tour full of surprises and check out Praga Parka, Vistula river beach, and more that let the true form of the city shine! Withlocals Off the Beaten Track 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: 4-Hour Polish Food Tour

8. Warsaw: 4-Hour Polish Food Tour

When most people think about Polish cuisine, there is one thing that springs to mind - “pierogi.” But these tasty cheese and potato dumplings are served in all the English-speaking restaurants. For a more unusual taste of Poland, take this 4-hour food tour of Warsaw and learn what Polish cuisine is really all about. Savor Polish dishes in 4-6 carefully selected establishments, and hear the stories behind them. Discover why the Poles complain about the quality of the bread, and why they sometimes long for food produced in the 1970s. Learn why you can’t trust an invitation for “a cup of coffee,” and much more. Be prepared for the equivalent of a full meal, with dessert of course! But as you’ll do some walking, you’ll be able to work off some of the calories as you go - just remember to wear a pair of comfortable shoes.

Warsaw: Skip-the-Line Royal Castle Guided Tour

9. Warsaw: Skip-the-Line Royal Castle Guided Tour

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a baroque-classicist residence where many Polish monarchs used to live. Firstly, you will have a chance to take a careful look at the castle from the outside, and admire its Fourteenth Century architecture. During the default 2-hour option, once you have had a proper introduction, step inside the Royal Castle to see its rich interior. Walk around the kings’ chambers, full of old historical paintings and decorations. Listen to the history of this impressive building, as there was a long process involved to finish it. Explore the former home of Polish monarchs and find out how it has changed over the years. As the castle is placed at the very beginning of the Old Town of Warsaw, during the extended 3-hour option you will be taken for a walk around the area as well. Your professional guide will show you the most charming places of the Old Town, and tell you about its history, so you can soak in the atmosphere.

Warsaw: Polish Food Tour

10. 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. 

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!