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Welcome to Warsaw

Warsaw has emerged from the war-torn destruction of World War II as a resplendent city, and Poland’s capital now thrums with an energy all its own. A colorful confection of 17th-century townhouses gives Old Town Square Market enchanting charm; the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie) is a poignant reminder of the past; and St. John’s Cathedral (Katedra Sw Jana) never fails to impress with its Gothic grandeur. See all of the visual treats and more on a sightseeing tour—explore in a Communist-era van or retro Fiat, on a Segway, or on a walking tour. Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum near Krakow, a former Nazi concentration camp, makes for an accessible day trip, and offers insight into Poland’s sobering past; while excursions to Gdansk and medieval Malbork showcase the beauty of Poland’s architecture. Music lovers can enjoy a Frederic Chopin piano concerto or visit the birthplace of the renowned composer in Masovian Country, revelers can capture Warsaw’s party spirit on a bar crawl, culture connoisseurs can learn about the city’s communist and Jewish heritage at the Life Under Communism Museum (Czar PRL), and history buffs can admire countless historic monuments on The Royal Way in Warsaw, home to the Royal Castle and Wilanow Palace.

Top attractions in Warsaw for Spring

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Praga

Praga

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Hugging the Vistula River’s east bank, Praga is one of Warsaw’s oldest, yet most up-and-coming, districts. The only part of Poland’s capital to escape destruction in World War II, this once-derelict area mixes grimy prewar streets and art nouveau blocks with a contemporary buzz evidenced in its street art and trendy restaurants and bars.More
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Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)

Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)

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Almost entirely destroyed during WWII, Warsaw’s historic Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto) underwent an extensive restoration that transformed the area into a vibrant riverfront hub. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the neighborhood boasts striking recreations of 17th- and 18th-century structures, as well as the Warsaw History Museum.More
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Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)

Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)

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A towering 758 feet (231 meters) high, Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science was commissioned by Stalin during Poland’s communist era. Today, the country’s tallest building comprises concert halls, offices, shops, restaurants, and a 30th-floor viewing terrace.More
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St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)

St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)

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Near Warsaw’s Old Town Market Square, St. John’s Archcathedral dates from the 1300s, making it one of the city’s oldest churches. The site of the 18th-century coronation of Poland’s last king—and of his tomb—this striking, neo-Gothic cathedral was revamped in the 1800s before being destroyed in World War II and rebuilt in 1960.More
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Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)

Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)

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Rebuilt following the destruction of World War II, the Royal Castle stands watch over the entrance to Warsaw Old Town. Explore beyond the brick facade to find a trove of historic furniture, artwork, and gilded decor. From the Great Apartments to the Throne Room, Warsaw Royal Castle showcases centuries of Warsaw history.More
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Warsaw Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)

Warsaw Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)

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Colorful buildings flank Warsaw Old Town Market Square, where centuries of history have unfolded against a picture-perfect backdrop. Christmas markets and an ice-skating rink keep the square bustling through cold-weather months. In summer, cafés open their doors for a season of outdoor dining and drinking with a view.More
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Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)

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The haunting monuments and memorials of Warsaw’s former Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie) tell the story of its tragic past—during World War II, it was the largest Jewish Ghetto in all of Nazi-occupied Europe.More
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Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)

Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)

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Linking Warsaw’s three royal abodes—Royal Castle, Palace on the Isle, and Wilanów Palace—the Royal Way is a historic route crowded with landmarks. Starting at Castle Square in Warsaw Old Town, the 7-mile (11.5-kilometer Royal Way runs south to Wilanów Palace, a scenic route that sparkles with lights and decorations during the holiday season.More
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Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania)

Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania)

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Set in a converted power station, the Warsaw Uprising Museum charts the World War II Warsaw Uprising, when Poland’s underground resistance tried to oust the city’s Nazi occupiers before the arrival of the Soviet army. The museum charts the unsuccessful 63-day insurrection through multimedia experiences, artifacts, and personal testimonies.More

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Top activities in Warsaw

Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch
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City Sightseeing Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Polish Dumpling Cooking Class, Lunch or Dinner with Liqueur Tasting
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Krakow and Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch
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Deluxe Polish Vodka Tour Experience in Warsaw
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Warsaw Highlights by Bike

Warsaw Highlights by Bike

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Recent reviews from experiences in Warsaw

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Excellent value
Niall_S, Apr 2022
Small-Group Historical Guided Tour of Warsaw with pick up/drop off. Public Tour.
If you have limited time and want to see some of the most significant parts of Warsaw, this is your trip!
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Excellent experience
Emilie_M, Oct 2021
Segway Tour of Warsaw: 3-Hour Full Guided Tour
It was also a great way to see different parts of the city that we wouldn't have seen otherwise.
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So much fun!
Semmes_H, Sep 2021
90-Minutes Segway Historical Old Town Tour in Warsaw
I great way to see Warsaw.
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This is the best way to...
Darko_L, Aug 2021
Half-Day Warsaw City Sightseeing Bike Tour for Small Group
This is the best way to see Warsaw.
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Amazing!
Danielle_B, Mar 2020
Jewish Warsaw - private tour by retro minibus
He was also extremely knowledgeable and he was able to show us everything we wanted to see in Warsaw.
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Excellent behind the scenes Tour
William, Mar 2020
Warsaw Behind the Scenes - small group tour by retro minibus
Excellent way to see Warsaw.
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Nice tour!
Michael_C, Nov 2019
Warsaw Morning, Guided, Panoramic View, public city tour with hotel pick up
The cold in November did not bother us b/c we wore our winter gear.
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What a Treat!
Richard_B, Oct 2019
Private Tour: Warsaw City Sightseeing by Retro Fiat
A fascinating Warsaw iverview Olga was very knowledgable and spoke excellent English.
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Interesting and informative
lyndaharland, Oct 2019
Half Day City Sightseeing Tour of Warsaw
Very good guide, older gentleman with excellent sense of humour, great English and very interesting.
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Warsaw private tour by retro fiat
Barbi_S, Sep 2019
Private Tour: Warsaw City Sightseeing by Retro Fiat
He was very friendly and informative and took us to see all the great sights, took some photos and even bought us traditional polish donuts..
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Highly recommended!
jacobmfeinstein, Sep 2019
Discover the Dark Side of Warsaw in Praga District by Retro Bus
I came to to visit my friend who lives in Warsaw and took her along on this tour.
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Delightful afternoon
mumzycath, Aug 2019
Half-Day Polish Food Walking Tour with Guide and Dinner
Guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Poland especially Warsaw and had great English - great variety of foods at nice restaurants - highly recommend
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Day trip to Auschwitz from Warsaw
alicepagelai, Jul 2018
Auschwitz Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch
It's worth driving 4 hours to see the place.
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Best Tour Ever!
CliffordC_C, Sep 2018
Warsaw Behind the Scenes - small group tour by retro minibus
His knowledge and EXCELLENT English made the tour very enjoyable and our group of 4 loved every minute of it.
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This tour is awesome! You get to drive...
Bianca B, Oct 2016
Retro Fiat Self-Drive Undisovered Tour in Warsaw
If you have anything specific that you want to see or know about, they will absolutely try to make it happen.
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Warsaw s a really spread out large...
Dominic B, May 2015
City Sightseeing Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Warsaw s a really spread out large city the hop on hop off bus enabled us to see all the major sights and then concentrate on the ones that interested us.
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This tour gave us a great overview...
Sharon V, Oct 2017
Small-Group Historical Guided Tour of Warsaw with pick up/drop off. Public Tour.
My only wish was that we had more time in the city to visit some of the places and spend more time.
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We took the whole day tour from...
John L, May 2017
Krakow and Wieliczka Small Group Tour from Warsaw with Lunch
Peter was our driver and he was very fluent in English.
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I guess we were really lucky in...
Tony B, Mar 2017
Half Day City Sightseeing Tour of Warsaw
The mix of touring by bus and on foot was just right, enabling us to see parts of the city that I am sure we would have missed had we not opted for this tour.
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A must to get your bearings in...
Janice_O, Oct 2016
City Sightseeing Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
We did one whole tour then hopped on and off at various attractions

All about Warsaw

When to visit

Warsaw celebrates summer with a jam-packed roster of outdoor festivals such as Midsummer’s Eve, Warsaw Fashion Street, and Summer Jazz Days. Be sure to pack an umbrella as, even in summer, rainstorms are likely. In early fall, crowds disperse and hotel prices drop, and October sees the Warsaw Film Festival kick off.

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