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Things to do in 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: Chopin Concert at the Fryderyk Concert Hall Ticket

1. Warsaw: Chopin Concert at the Fryderyk Concert Hall Ticket

Immerse yourself into the world of Chopin's music and enjoy one of the daily concerts at the beautiful Warsaw venue dedicated to him. Located in the heart of the Old Town, The Fryderyk Concert Hall, emulates the look, feel, and intimate 19th-century musical salon performances known to Chopin. Enjoy some of Chopin's masterpieces being performed by professors of Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University, graduates of The Juilliard School, The Royal Academy of Music, and the University of Music in Vienna. Discover Chopin’s famous compositions, such as the Revolutionary Étude, Polonaise A-flat Major “Heroic”, “Rain Prelude”, nocturnes, and virtuoso etudes. Sip a glass of wine during the break, as the host answers questions from curious guests and recounts stories of Chopin’s life and the building.

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: 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: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

4. Warsaw: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

Following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, get transferred to the train station with a private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver will assist you with the check-in and wait until you are boarded for the train to Krakow. After a short train ride, you will be welcomed by a local English-speaking driver and start your tour via shared transportation to Auschwitz. Embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Start the tour with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp where you'll learn about how its establishment by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz continue the tour to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Between 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Around 90% of them were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5-hour journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town, visit Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican, and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall. Absorb the city's unique atmosphere with its thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip, there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. After your time in Krakow board the train at about 7.30 PM, get picked up at the platform and be transferred from the train station back to your hotel in Warsaw.

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.

From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

7. From Warsaw: Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow Private Day Trip

Meet your driver and get picked up from your accommodation in Warsaw in the early morning. This private trip starts the day with a drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. When you arrive at the site, you will embark on a 3.5 hours guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau with a guide speaking your chosen language. Start in the Auschwitz concentration camp and learn about how it was established by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz head over to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. In 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Most of them (90%) were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5 hours journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town you can also see Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall, thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, many historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. You will get picked up after your time in Krakow and returned to Warsaw where you will be dropped off at your accommodation in the evening.

From Warsaw: Private tour of the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's HQ

8. From Warsaw: Private tour of the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's HQ

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodations in Warsaw. Take a drive deep into the Masurian woods, a beautiful countryside full of forests and lakes. Arrive at the Wolf’s lair and meet your English-speaking guide. Venture deep into the complex of bunkers. The site functioned as its own independent city during the war, complete with its own power plant, water supply, cinema, casino, central telephone-radio, airport and railway station. An 800 hectacre complex was hidden in the forest. Learn about the time that Hitler spent at the Wolf’s Lair. See the room where the failed assassination attempt on Hitler’s life took place. Afterwards, drive back to your accommodations in Warsaw.

Warsaw: 4-Hour Polish Food Tour

9. 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: Museum World of Illusion Entry Ticket

10. Warsaw: Museum World of Illusion Entry Ticket

Challenge your perceptions of reality at the Museum World of Illusion in Warsaw. Benefit from skip-the-ticket-line entry or a family ticket and discover the interactive exhibits filled with mirrors, holograms, and other illusions. Dive into the world of optical illusions, and see sights that contradict the laws of physics. Stop to snap photos as you explore the museum. Make your way through over 60 attractions, including a Vortex Tunnel, a Mirror Room, and many more.

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Frequently asked questions about Warsaw

What top attractions are a must-see in Warsaw?

What are the best day trips and excursions from Warsaw?

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Insider Tips: Planning a trip to Warsaw

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What should I do on my first trip to Warsaw?

Interestingly, almost all of the historic landmarks in Warsaw are on a single axis, beginning at Castle Square and continuing south before stopping at Wilanow Palace - around 15 kilometers in total. On this strip, there are parks, churches, academic institutions, and more, and it’s a fantastic place to start your journey.

What are some hidden gems to see in Warsaw?

Some of Warsaw’s most entertaining hidden gems include the Neon Muzeum, Pani Hania’s Garden, Hangar 646, The Koszykowa Street Library, and the Rainbow Center.

How much time should I spend in Warsaw?

Two days is the perfect amount of time to explore all that Warsaw has to offer - the historic city center, several museums, and endless foods to try at the dozens of restaurants and street vendors.

What food is Warsaw known for?

There’s nothing that screams Warsaw like herring. While Warsaw isn’t a coastal city, herring has always been a local delicacy that’s served in many different ways. The best herring is served in oil and is regarded as the best thing to chase a shot of vodka with. A must-try!

What is the best way to get around Warsaw?

Public transport is certainly a good way to travel around Warsaw, though the city is compact enough that you could do most of your traveling on foot.

What are the best months to visit Warsaw?

May to September is ideal if you’re looking for a warm, mild trip to Poland.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Warsaw?

Plac Zbawiciela, or Savior Square, is a magnet to Warsaw’s hipster scene. It is centrally located and home to the trendy wine and bar cafe called Charlotte. You’ll find a renaissance-era church called Church of the Holiest Savior in the southern part of the square, and it overlooks the central roundabout, which is always busy. A scenic neighborhood that is certainly worth the visit!

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Definitely visit the Bazar Staroci Na Kole when you’re in Warsaw. It’s a street that is packed with markets and street vendors selling all kinds of goods and souvenirs. The Bazar is one of the best ways to get a true taste of the culture when you’re in Poland’s capital.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Warsaw?

Warsaw’s Praga district has had something of a resurgence in the last few years and is a great place to stay when you’re visiting the city. There’s plenty to do here and plenty of accommodation, though it’s not as noisy as Old Town or New Town. Highlights of this neighborhood include the Warsaw Zoo and the Polish Vodka Museum

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What people are saying about Warsaw

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Mary was our guide and she was fantastic. It is a great choice as you combine some walking with the car ride to other areas a little bit further than the downtown. It was not only just listening to what she had to say, but having a conversation with her about the fascinating facts and historic context of Warsaw.

Our tour was perfect. Jacek, was on time, friendly and we enjoyed our time with him very much. I look forward to coming back to Warsaw in the summer to further explore your beautiful city. I would recommend your tour company and Jacek any time.

Our guide, Marzena, did a terrific job showing us the former Warsaw Ghetto. The three hours were flying by while Marzena provided us with information about the Ghetto, Jewish life in Poland and answered all our questions.

Wonderful experience. The pianist was superb and so talented. The atmosphere was magnificent. Would really recommend this.

Mateusz was an amazing driver. We enjoy the the trip.