In present day Warsaw, you see a revitalized city with a transformed skyline. However, this city is very careful to recognize and acknowledge the monstrosities it endured and prevailed. A truly wonderful place to see on private guided tours.
Warsaw is the capital city of Poland as well as the country’s largest city. The varied architecture styles from Gothic churches to neoclassical palaces reflects the long history of the city. The bustling metropolis and modern features are a sign of its future.
This city is an exciting, modern, vibrant, welcoming and affordable place to visit. There is something interesting here for all kinds of people with all sorts of interests.
The symbol of Warsaw is a Mermaid with a sword in her hand to indicate the fighting spirit of the people. There is a stunning sculpture of this mermaid in the Market Square. Many think it strange to have this symbol when the closest sea coast is some 300 km away, but it works for Warsaw! Read More...
Tread the Cobblestoned Streets of Warsaw’s Old Town on City Tours
Treading the cobblestoned paths of Old Town on a city tour is just one of the many wonderful things to do in this city. Rebuilt from the rubble, it resurrected into the newest ‘old town’ in Europe.
There are many ‘green’ areas found in the city with Lazienki Park being among the best. This city park has ‘palace on the lake’, an amphitheatre, stately residences, lawns and an orangery as well as many activities to do.
Entertainment in Warsaw will not disappoint. There are a number of great restaurants to choose from with a wide range of cuisine from traditional to oriental. The bars and Pubs are lively spots with a great atmosphere.
Top 10 Things to Do in Warsaw
The Old Town
The Old Town in Warsaw is unique in that it is the newest ‘old Town’ in Europe. This is because it was reconstructed from rubble after being destroyed in World War II. Experience the charm and tranquillity that Old Town emits on a city tour. Walk the cobblestoned streets and browse in the small souvenir and craft shops. Head to Market Square and admire the Renaissance buildings. Find the hidden courtyards or relax in the cafes.
Lazienki Park is a gem and not just a park. Located in the city, there are many tours to do; you can take a guided tour of the stately buildings or just a general sightseeing tour of all it has to offer. There is a vast central lake which has a Palace, an amphitheatre, an orangery and much more. There are many facilities for activities to do, walking trails on winding paths, biking routes, paddle boating and these are just a few.
Warsaw Rising Museum
Take a guided tour of The Warsaw Rising Museum and be educated on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. The result of the uprising was the destruction of the city. The museum was opened 2004 which was the 60th anniversary of the uprising. In the museum, surviving insurgents recount their experiences through old telephone receivers, photographs, posters, newspapers and many other artefacts can be seen and investigated.
The Palace of Culture and Science
Another interesting place to visit with a guided tour when in Warsaw is the Palace of Culture and Science. This impressive building is the tallest in Poland standing 230 meters and houses a theatre, cinema, Congress Hall and Museum. This building is not very popular with the Polish purely because it is a reminder of the 45 years of Russian suppression after World War II. There is a viewing terrace from the 30th floor.
Royal Castle - Warsaw
A top attraction to visit on a guided tour in Warsaw is the Royal Castle which is found in Castle Square. This castle began with a tower and wooden building in the 14th Century and then construction in the 16th century started what you see today as it was added to over the next few centuries by different rulers. The features inside and outside of the castle are impressive and you learn and see so much in the museum.
Wilanow Palace and Museum
The Wilanow Palace is a Baroque royal residence since April 1677 after King John Sobieski III took over the village. Starting off small it, gradually grew into the massive structure that still stands today. On a private guided tour visit the White Hall, the Chapel, The King’s Library, the Kings Bedroom and many more rooms. As you walk, you are greeted with beautiful statues and sculptures. The museum has many artefacts and information.
Copernicus Science Centre
For a guided tour that is different see the Copernicus Science Centre. It started back in 1990’s when polish Radio organised outdoor science and culture events where families came and had fun with hands on experiments. Permanent displays gradually grew and in 2010 the Copernicus Science Centre officially opened for anyone enthusiastic about science. There is so much to see, experiment and learn on tour here.
Fryderyk Chopin Museum - Warsaw
To quote another piece, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum is a modern masterpiece with an air of a bygone era. The museum was founded in the 1930’s and remodelled to mark the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth in 2010. On a guided tour see the largest collection of memorabilia relating to Chopin in the world. It is the most innovative museum, artfully re-creating the work and life of this famous composer.
Jewish Historical Institute
Visit the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, the only one of its kind in Poland which is reason alone to visit on a guided tour. There is so much information, photographs, memorabilia and artefacts to do with Jewish life in Poland, past and present. The building even has its own history to tell, with traces of the Nazi's attempt to destroy it. A tour ofhere is both fascinating and educational.
The Holy Cross Church
The Baroque architecture and features found in the Holy Cross Church are worth a guided tour but the main reason is to visit here, is to see the final resting place of Fryderyk Chopin's heart. When he died in France, his sister, upon his request before dying, removed his heart from his body and smuggled it back to Warsaw in a jar of alcohol. She brought it to this church where it was buried and a monument later erected.
Travel Tips for Warsaw
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Warsaw will vary on your expectations and interests. Weatherwise the ideal time, for the likes of sightseeing tours and guided tours, is late Spring and early Autumn/Fall when it is not overly hot and humid. The summer is hot but busy and more expensive. Ideally, you should visit when there are festivals, so check the annual list of happenings. These are the most exciting and fun times in the city.
Warsaw is quite inexpensive when you compare them with other European capital cities. A nights accommodation starts from US$17 for very basic and rises to US$150 for a 5-star hotel. An evening meal for two costs on average US$37 and this is with wine and a dessert. Lunch costs on average US$8 with a drink! The price of guided tours vary from season to season but also among operators so check around for best price.
Know Before Visiting
Book in advance of travelling accommodation and sightseeing tours of major attractions especially when travelling during the summer months. Warsaw is very safe and has a very low crime rate, but you still need to be careful. Pickpockets are normally in action in crowded areas and it is not advisable to walk alone late at night in dark streets. Stay in a group and get taxis. Tipping is not included and is always appreciated.
The climate in Warsaw is called temperate continental climate. This means the winters are very cold and summers are warm/hot. The hottest months are June to August with temperatures in the late 20’s on average. The coolest months are December to February with temperatures in the minus degrees celsius. The driest month os February and the wettest month is June. These are only guidelines as with climate change it could vary.