Getting to know Warsaw
What you can do for free in Warsaw
- Visit the Warsaw Rising Museum
A very interesting place to visit for anyone who is interested in European history. During World War II, resistance fighters rose against Germany’s Nazi forces; this museum has films, pictures and all sorts of displays looking into the resistance. It is also free to visit every Sunday.
- Visit the rooftop garden at University of Warsaw
Go to the University of Warsaw to find one of the most beautiful and biggest rooftop gardens in Europe. Take your time to explore the are and enjoy the greenery and the wonderful fountains and granite sculptures there.
- Go explore Łazienki Park
Łazienki Park, also known as the Royal Baths Park is the largest park in Poland. It is part of the Royal Route that connects the Royal Castle to the Wilanów Palace. Besides palaces, villas and monuments, visitors can find here many peacocks and squirrels.
Top spots to visit
- The Royal Castle
The Royal Castle in Warsaw has a 90-meter facade and it is a very imposing building overall. This Mannerist and Baroque castle went through two demolitions over 700 years, and it was last rebuilt in the 1980’s, when it also became a museum.
- The National Museum
The National Museum of Poland is the largest museum in Warsaw. This museum’s collections gather together numerous historical artefacts from many eras and many places all over the world.
- The Old Town
Poland’s history is tumultuous; the Old Town in Warsaw was almost completely destroyed, but then it was rebuilt and it became a UNESCO World Heritage site in the process. If you’re traveling to Warsaw around the winter holidays, what you’ll also find in the Old Town are many wonderful Christmas lights and decorations and a Christmas Market.
Hidden spots to visit
- Hangar 646
Hangar 646 is Warsaw’s first trampoline park and a great place to visit if you want some more action and energy in your vacation. All sorts of trampolines, acrobatic paths, sponge pools, and skateboarding spaces can be found here, and if you’re the active type, you’ll love to explore and move around here.
Iluzjon is both a cinema and a museum. The cinema offers a wide range of films and documentaries, both new and old, and the museum awaits visitors with cinema-related exhibitions.
Polish and European (both central and eastern) cuisine are the main focus in restaurants in Warsaw. Check out the best restaurants in the city, enjoy delicious meals at: Merliniego, Polska Rozana, Przy Zamku, Stara Kamienica, ŻEBRA I KOŚCI Restauracja, Setka Warszawa. More restaurants await customers all over Warsaw; find the ones closer to you and look for reviews online to make the best choice.
Recommended time for visiting
Peak season in Warsaw, just like many other European cities, is between June and August, when temperatures are warm and pleasant. It is also, expectedly, more crowded in this period. If you’re looking to travel to Warsaw during the winter (December to February), you’re going to be happy to find out that there is a high chance of finding discounts for accommodation and flights at this time, since people are not rushing to travel here in cold weather. Temperatures do not go crazily low during the winter, and it is still possible to enjoy a trip to Warsaw, especially around the holiday season.
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