Do you dream of a summer holiday on the banks of one of the last wild rivers in Europe? Or would you like to try unique dishes or visit the places where Fryderyk Chopin studied and worked? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Warsaw is for you. Come by yourself, or with friends, or family… In Warsaw, you will always find places and events that you will remember forever. Find out seven reasons to come to Warsaw in 2023!
1. Chilling at the Vistula
Vistula – the last big, wild river in Europe.
If you want to admire nature in Warsaw, then head down to the Vistula! On the right-bank of the river in Praga, you will find beautiful natural and sandy beaches that are no longer found in any major European city. It is a place for holiday relaxation on the beach, sports and fun in the open air. Where the beaches end, beautiful, natural, wild, coastal forests begin, where among the lush greenery you can observe birds or capture the beautiful panorama of the Old Town with your camera. Meanwhile, the left bank of the Vistula is a place to meet and spend time with friends. Here on the picturesque Vistula Boulevards you can relax in a cafes and restaurants, ride a bike or go on a river cruise.
2. Taste of Warsaw
Try Warsaw cuisine, which is as diverse as the city itself.
For many who visit Warsaw, pierogi is the first dish that comes to their mind when they think about what to eat. It’s a very good choice! Many types of fillings and ways of serving make it impossible to get bored with them.
Pierogi is not the only thing that Warsaw cuisine has to offer. If you want a quick, cheap, tasty and traditional meal, visit a milk bar, where you can still feel the atmosphere of People’s Poland. However, if you are looking for something a bit more modern, go to Hala Koszyki, Elektrownia Powiśle, Browary Warszawskie or Fabryka Norblina, where you can try dishes from throughout the world and relax over a drink listening to music.
Warsaw also offers breakfast markets – outdoors in the summer and in halls at other times. At weekends in a family, picnic atmosphere you can try dishes prepared by real enthusiasts. It is no accident that Warsaw is mentioned at the top of the list of European vegan-friendly cities, as there are many meatless restaurants in the city where you can try amazing dishes. Whatever you like, whatever you fancy, enjoy your meal! .
3. Multimedia museums
Modern museums are among Warsaw’s flagship attractions. Uncover fascinating stories using the latest technology.
A trip to a multimedia museum is a unique adventure. See for yourself in Warsaw! Be sure to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum to learn about one of the most important events in Polish history. Feel what it meant to be an insurgent by walking through a sewer, see an original-sized bomber and listen to authentic sounds from the Uprising. Simply touch history!
Another multimedia museum worth visiting is the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Moving from room to room, you will learn about the history of the thousand years of the Jewish presence in Poland. You will hear authentic street sounds, see what a Jewish town looked like and learn about everyday life. One of the most important exhibitions at the POLIN museum is the richly decorated reconstruction of the vault and bimah of a no longer existing synagogue from the former Eastern Borderlands.
Also visit the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, in which, thanks to multimedia displays, you will learn about his music and learn about the next stages of the life and work of this outstanding Pole. There are no boring exhibits in Warsaw’s museums!
4. Warsaw’s Praga district
Visit Praga, the district where the unique atmosphere of old Warsaw still exists.
Targowa, Ząbkowska, Brzeska, Mińska, Inżynierska, Stalowa and 11 Listopada – these are the streets in Praga where you will feel the pre-war atmosphere of the city that was not destroyed during World War II. Take a walk along the cobbled streets and pop into one of the pubs or restaurants where local Warsaw delicacies such as tripe and dumplings are served. Also, take a look inside the gates and courtyards of tenements to see the unique chapels that are carefully looked after by locals. On Kawęczyńska or Środkowa street you will find the last wooden houses in the district. Visit the historic Koneser vodka factory on Ząbkowska, which is home to the Polish Vodka Museum. Is that enough, or do you want more? Go even further and on Mińska street go into Soho Factory, home to the unusual Neon Museum, which presents illuminated neon advertisements from the 1960s and 1970s. Prague is not only streets and tenements, but also urban folklore that is still alive among locals.
If you want to listen to the tunes that people danced to before the war, visit the Ząbkowska Summer Festival. There is no doubt that Praga is a city within a city! On every corner you will discover something of interest, and if you like taking photos, you’ll find thousands of objects and views to capture.
5. Royal residences
Do you know that there are three residences in Warsaw where the most important Polish kings lived?
Each of them comes from a different era, so it’s worth visiting all of them to see how architecture and art have changed over the centuries. The residences are located on the Royal Route – a historic road connecting all the royal residences. Start your sightseeing from the oldest (and at the same time the youngest) residence – the Royal Castle, which dates back to the fourteenth century. Destroyed during World War II, it was not rebuilt until 1974. The interiors of the castle contain exhibitions of art and period paintings.
Next, visit the Palace on the Isle in Royal Łazienki. The summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski, is beautifully located on an artificial island built in the middle of a lake. Here the king met with scholars, writers and… his lovers. The last residence on your list is the baroque Palace in Wilanów – the seat of the gallant king Jan III Sobieski. Beautifully decorated and surrounded by flowering gardens, it is a court worthy of the great ruler, who rested here after his battles.
The last residence on your list is the baroque Palace in Wilanów – the seat of the gallant king Jan III Sobieski. Beautifully decorated and surrounded by flowering gardens, it is a court worthy of the great ruler, who rested here after his battles.
You can visit all three residences for free as part of Free November at the Royal Residences!