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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.

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Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

2. 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.

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Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

3. 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.

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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!

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Warsaw: Skip The Line Royal Castle Guided Tour

5. 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.

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Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

6. 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.

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Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

7. 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

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Warsaw: Afternoon City Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

8. Warsaw: Afternoon City Tour with Pickup & 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.

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Warsaw: Chopin Concert in a Historical Old Town Location

9. 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.

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Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. 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.

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Frequently asked questions about Warsaw

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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 3,286 reviews

Definitely recommend the 4 hour tour, did not feel rushed at all as my guide Paul (Pavlo) took the time to answer any questions I had and explained everything perfectly Great way to see parts of Warsaw that would be easily missed by bigger groups

Mary was fabulous! My daughter and I learned so much and Mary was patient with all our questions and knowledgeable about everything we asked.

Although it was very cold and icy, our guide managed to give us a good picture of Warsa's historical facts and places.

Very happy, driver was early and had a visible sign so was easy to spot and helpful with my luggage Cheers

Lovely experience to live while the weather is not so good (but sunny as well)... Listen, drink, relax