The sprawling capital of Poland welcomes guests with diverse architecture and a wide range of leisure activities. Warsaw’s old town is characterised by architecturally charming buildings and enchants with Gothic churches and classical palaces. The city combines culture with history, making it the ideal destination for a varied city break in Europe - whether you are a couple, an art enthusiast or a family with children.
Top sights in Warsaw
Warsaw offers much more than the characteristic statue of the Warsaw Mermaid in the middle of the central market square. Surrounded by fragments of the protective walls and the watchtower, the city makes a perfect destination for culture vultures. There are important cultural institutions on site, as well as imposing buildings and other cultural attractions. Some of Warsaw’s most popular sights include:
- Warsaw Royal Palace: this imposing building was built in the 14th century and is now a well-visited attraction. Visitors will find a large art collection in the reconstructed palace. Guided tours of the royal chambers are also offered.
- Lazienki Park: The imposing palace on the lake houses numerous works of art by King Stanislaus II August, including paintings, drawings, sculptures and coins.
- Palace of Culture: This is a famous palace of art and culture from the 1950s, which today has a theatre, a sports field and a viewing platform on the 30th floor.
- Warsaw Uprising Museum: This multimedia museum was dedicated to the 1944 uprising. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions on the Polish struggle for independence in the same year.
- Wilanow Palace Museum: In the restored 17th-century royal palace, guests visit a well-kept baroque garden and an art museum.
Sightseeing in Warsaw
Even just strolling and wandering through the city centre of Warsaw is a real experience. There are blocks of Soviet-era houses as well as tall, modern skyscrapers. Lined with numerous buildings of different styles, ranging from classicism to gothic, the old town perfectly reflects Warsaw’s turbulent history. Guests can look forward to the Frédéric Chopin Museum and the Copernicus Science Centre, for example. It already impresses from the outside with a façade made of different puzzle pieces. Among other things, there are interactive exhibits, a robot theatre and a planetarium: perfect for young visitors to Warsaw. Those who are enthusiastic about musicals or theatre plays will also find plenty on offer in Warsaw. The Theatre Roma, for example, is always well attended. The Warsaw Pass is ideal for city travellers and offers numerous advantages. With the card, for example, travellers can take a free hop-on hop-off bus tour that takes them past the city’s most important attractions and provides passengers with detailed information about them. You also get free entry to many top sights. Other benefits include discounts on guided tours, accommodation or meals.
Shopping in Warsaw
Warsaw is famous for its memorable amber products, which make ideal souvenirs. In the local streets you will not only find impressive buildings and attractions, but also numerous shops and shops. The city is home to many shopping centres and is criss-crossed by several shopping streets. Well-visited shopping centres include Arkadia, the largest of its kind in Eastern Europe, and the modern Blue City mall. Both offer about 200 shopping opportunities. Locals and those who want to shop big for small money go to the factory outlet centre. Brand-name goods are available on site at deep discounts. Those who want to treat themselves should pay a visit to the luxurious Vitkac shopping centre in the city centre. Here, Diesel and Giorgio Armani are lined up with Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. In the warmer months, the rooftop terrace invites you to dine and enjoy. A lively shopping district has developed around the area of Nowy Swiat and Chmielna Street. The district is dominated by fashion boutiques and upmarket shops.
Eating and drinking in Warsaw
In the centre of the Polish capital, guests will find a wide range of gastronomic offerings. Many years ago, Warsaw’s cityscape was characterised by countless markets. Today, both locals and holidaymakers go to the city’s shopping centres in particular to do their errands. Nevertheless, there are some markets that are well worth a visit. The Hala Mirowska market hall, located directly in the centre, attracts visitors with numerous stalls, some of which are covered, shops and a supermarket. The stalls offer fruit and vegetables as well as clothing. Those who prefer to eat out will also find plenty of choices in Warsaw. The best are:
- Dom Polski Restaurant: visitors can look forward to a stylish mansion with various dining rooms as well as excellent Polish cuisine.
- Bistro de Paris: Polish restaurant with a cosy ambience serving French delicacies - a perfect combination for a relaxed evening for two or with friends.
- Polska Rozana: Typical Polish dishes in a restaurant with an authentic interior.
- Nolita Restaurant: Fish and meat dishes and other delicacies from European cuisine served in a pleasant and elegant ambience.
- InAzia: If you want to try something different, this fine restaurant with a stylish flair is the place to be. Visitors dine on exceptional creations of Asian cuisine.
Best time to visit Warsaw
The best time to go on a city break to Warsaw is from May to September. At this time, visitors can expect temperatures between 18°C and 24°C. Chopin concerts are also held in Lazienki Kolewskie Park during these months. Due to the European summer holidays, July and August are the busiest months in Warsaw, partly because of the International Jazz Festival in the Old Town. Furthermore, the popular music event Orange Warsaw takes place every year in June.