Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is best known for its history! It’s the perfect place to visit if you’re a history lover, or just looking for a cheap, fun getaway for a while. Here are the 11 BEST things to do in Warsaw, Poland.
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11 Best Things To Do in Warsaw:
There are so many great things to do in Warsaw to suit everyone’s taste! Here are my top 10 best things to do in Warsaw, Poland.
1. The Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace of Culture and Science is one of the most iconic buildings in Warsaw! It was given to Poland in 1952 as a gift from the Soviet Union – so it has been the centre of controversy a few times due to this reason and many people believe that it serves as a constant reminder of the Soviet Union’s rule over Poland. Many people have also wanted it demolished!
Currently, it’s still standing and open to the public – and in my opinion, I don’t think it’ll be demolished anytime soon. It’s home to offices, an exhibition centre, a university, a cinema, museums and an observation deck for tourists to look out and view Warsaw from!
If you want to visit the observation deck – and you should, it’s one of the most visited attractions in Warsaw – then a ticket costs 25zl (£4.62) and you can buy it online or at the entrance.
2. Warsaw Zoo
There are plenty of amazing animals to see and learn about at the historic Warsaw Zoo! It is one of the best things to do in Warsaw if you want to experience animals up close.
There are so many interesting animals – and they will probably have one of your favourites! Here are just a few of the animals that call Warsaw Zoo their home: Elephants, Lions, Giraffes, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, a Polar Bear, Otters, Red Pandas, a Hippopotamus, Zebras, Jaguars, Snow Leopards, Red Kangaroos, Penguins, Bison, Cheetahs, Crocodiles – and plenty more!
It’s a great price to enter, at only 30 PLN (£5.50) for an adult in the peak season – making it a great attraction to visit especially if you’re a student and need to save money!
3. Warsaw Uprising Museum
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is an essential visit for history enthusiasts looking for historic things to do in Warsaw. The museum itself was opened on the 60th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and it is dedicated to all the residents of Warsaw who fought for Warsaw’s freedom.
There are lots of exhibits to see at the museum, such as what everyday life was like for those living in Warsaw at the time. There are around 800 exhibition items and over 1500 photographs, film recordings and audio – so you will definitely walk away from The Warsaw Uprising Museum having learnt something about the events that took place.
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is closed on Tuesdays. Tickets cost 25zl (£5.62) per person – and admission is free on Mondays.
4. Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Old Town is a must-see for any tourist visiting the city as it is such an iconic part of it. It is the oldest part of the city and has plenty of restaurants, shops and cafes in the main square. It is also a great free thing to do in Warsaw, as you’re free to walk around and explore.
There are lots of beautifully coloured buildings and attractions to do in Warsaw Old Town, such as view the city walls, visit St. Johns Cathedral or just visit one of the quirky shops.
5. Willanow Palace
Wilanow Palace will make you feel like you’re on the set of Bridgerton! It was the home of King Jan III – and is massive! You can tour the palace at your own pace and learn all about its history and the people that lived here. There are lots of interesting rooms to admire in the Palace, as well as lots of paintings to look at and observe.
There is also a beautiful garden at Wilanow Palace which is great for walking around and relaxing in the summer heat.
Tickets for Wilanow Palace cost around 35zl, however, there are various ticket options to choose from – so make sure you choose the right one for you!
6. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
The POLIN Museum of the Polish Jews is a very educational museum about the history of Jewish life in Poland. Here, visitors can learn about the 1000-year journey of Polish Jews and plenty of questions will be answered regarding the history.
There are 8 galleries in total and there are plenty of interesting paintings, reconstructions, storytelling and artefacts. Visitors to the museum will be sure to learn something new and will be able to walk away with their questions answered.
An adult ticket costs 30zl (£5.62) and it is recommended to buy tickets in advance as they can sell out at the door. Admission is free on Thursdays.
7. Łazienki Park
Łazienki Park is a beautiful park to visit and relax in. It’s also the largest park in Warsaw, making it one of the best free things to do in Warsaw! It is part of the royal route and was designed in the 17th century and in 1918 was officially made a public park.
There are lots of great things to do here, such as visit the Chinese Garden, see the Water Tower, enjoy Myślewicki Palace or just stroll through with delicious ice cream and look at the beautiful scenery that the park has to offer.
8. Tomb Of The Unkown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Piłsudski Square – meaning it’s very easy to get to and near all the major locations. In fact, it’s well worth a visit if you’re walking from the Palace of Culture and Science to the Old Town, as it’s on the way.
The tomb is lit always by an eternal flame and is guarded by guards provided by the Polish Military. Many officials come and lay their wreaths down here when they visit. You can watch the changing of the guard take place here, every hour, every day of the year.
9. The Royal Warsaw Castle
The Royal Warsaw Castle is located in the Old Town, right next to the main square – also conveniently named Castle Square! It is a must-see for all tourists visiting the city and is pretty hard to miss. The castle was originally built in the 16th century but was unfortunately completely destroyed at the start of World War 2 in 1939.
Luckily, the Royal Castle was rebuilt in the 1970s and early 1980s, and now serves as a museum for tourists to visit. To enter the castle, tickets costs around 40zl (£7.40) and it is best to book online in order to save any disappointment on the day.
10. The Neon Museum
The Neon Museum is a great quirky thing to do whilst visiting the capital! It is Poland’s first and only museum dedicated to these vibrant signs – and it will be sure to make your visit memorable. It is entirely dedicated to preserving these signs from the Cold War era and there are plenty of different neon signs to look at and be amazed by.
Tickets to The Neon Museum cost around 16zl (£2.90) and the museum is open 12-6 pm every day except Sundays when it is open from 11-5 pm and it is closed on Wednesdays.
11. The Warsaw Botanical Gardens
Finally, the Warsaw Botanical Gardens also make the list of the 11 best things to do in Warsaw – and rightly so, as these botanical gardens are so pretty! If you love nature and pretty flowers, then you will love visiting here.
There are lots of different types of flowers to see, as well as beautiful ponds with fish swimming in them and also an arboretum to get lost in. It’s a great place to visit if you’re visiting Warsaw in the summer and want to relax somewhere pretty for a while.
Tickets cost around 12zl (£2.20) and the botanical gardens are open usually from 10-6/8pm.
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