Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw

Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw, Poland is such a cosmopolitan and urban city with lots of character,  fascinating old neighborhoods mixed in with new attractions and architecture. I found a visit to the capital of Poland quite inspiring and worthwhile, even though the city was completely demolished by the Nazis during World War 2. The industrious Poles have rebuilt the entire historic center, brick by brick, including some of the outlying neighborhoods of the city. With painstaking detail and hard earned work, they have rebuilt the city to up its glorious past, and have been awarded a Unesco World Heritage certification for all their efforts. It is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city and here are my top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland.



Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland

Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland


Colorful Warsaw neighborhoods & cool hangout spots

Just outside of the city center, the city is filled with vibrant neighborhoods, large green belts and beautiful parks, plenty of shopping/trendy places for locals and tourists to enjoy the day-to-day scenes in the city. Warsaw is really is a beautiful city and worth visiting when traveling through Poland,  and there is plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy and entertained while exploring the capital.


Palace Square in Old town

Palace Square in Old town


1. Palace Square in Old town – the heart of the central district and fronting the royal city palace, Palace square also known as Plac Zamkowy . Filled with outdoor cafes, fountains and shops, the square is a fantastic area to just soak in the atmosphere and enjoy people watching or even trying out some local dishes from the area.




Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw and street art in Warsaw

Street art in central Warsaw


2. Street art in the city is starting to pop up in so many areas especially on a large scale format. You will find lots of building sized street art (not graffiti) throughout the city and especially around the university area and shopping promenades in the city. If your interested in street art, you can pick up a visit Visit Warsaw map which shows a walking tour of some of the most popular and even prominent street art in the city that is a fun way to explore the city on foot.

3. The Warsaw Neon Museum – is a fun and colorful place to visit and check out many of the historic and old neon memorabilia that have been preserved in this museum. You can check out many of the old Soviet signs that were all over the city and later stored in this large factory and eventually converted into a neon museum. You can check out the Warsaw Neon museum website here for more details.


Top 20 places to visit including the parks of Warsaw

Top 20 places to visit including the parks of Warsaw


4. Hang out in some of the gorgeous parks of the city including Lazienki park where you can take some sweet swan boats all around the large lake fronting the summer palace. Closer to the center of the city are the Saxon gardens with beautiful fountains, statues and gorgeous blooming gardens to explore and photograph.

5. Hala Mirowska   – this is a very popular, local market located in a beautiful historic building. The Hala Mirowska is an old world style marketplace is where you can shop for quality meats, fish, specialty Polish products and various fresh produce at very affordable prices. There are many flower vendors, delicatessen and dessert shops that make this a fun place to explore and try out some of the specialties from the area. To find out more about the Hala Mirowska, you can visit their website here.


The Barbikan in the old Town of Warsaw

The Barbikan in the old Town of Warsaw


6. Hang out at the Barbikan – which are the remains of the old city ramparts and towers – they represent the remaining relics of the historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw. You can actually walk through many of the ramparts around the Barbikan and enjoy views outside and into the old town itself.



Palace of Culture and Science which is the tallest building in Central Warsaw

Palace of Culture and Science which is the tallest building in Central Warsaw


7. Palace of Culture and Science – a gift to the city from Stalin, the Palace of Culture and Science is now a multi purpose center with cinemas, museums, exhibition centers, book shops and conference halls. Also you can take an escalator to the 30th floor for panoramic views of the entire city center and beyond for 20 PLN. To check out what else is happening at the Palace of Culture and Science, you can visit their website here.

8. Warsaw Rising Museum – a must see attraction in the city, this museum is one of the most popular museums in Poland which chronicles the various time frames of Warsaw’s past and specifically before and after World War 2 when Germany invaded Poland and eventually destroyed over 90 percent of the city.

9. Tomb of the Unknown soldierGrob Nieznanego Zolnierzajust inside freedom square is located the tomb of the unknown soldier – it is in the center with a simple covered pavilion with two guards quietly standing guard. A very contemplative space, the beautiful baroque fountain and park behind it are lovely to explore with all the colorful annual flower beds in the Saxon gardens.

10. Fryderyk Chopin Museum, located in a stately Neo Classic building opposite of the university, the Chopin museum is dedicated to Warsaw’s famous composer. The museum has collections of his autographs, musical scores, photographs and personal items from his life with details about his time in Warsaw and of course listen to some of his famous compositions. To check out more details and information on the museum, you can visit their website here.


Touring Warsaw at Lazienki park and the Chopin memorial

Touring Warsaw at Lazienki park and the Chopin memorial


11. Chopin monument – at the entrance to Lazienka park, the large bronze statue fronting a small pond with colorful annual flowers is a quiet place to relax and even take in some free classical music on the weekends. From the monument,  you can climb down a set of stairs to explore the rest of the expansive natural park below including the thermal spa and the summer Lazienka palace and some of the other landmarks.

12. Visit the main palace at Plac Zamkowy – Even though this royal palace was completely ruined and rebuilt by the Nazis, the replica was painstakingly recreated to exact standards. All the rooms were decorated in the typical Baroque style that was very popular during the timeframe the city was built. The palace is now a museum where you can visit most of the royal chambers and other assembly rooms on an open tour or with a docent. For more information and details on a visit, you can check out their website here.

13. Multi media fountain park – is just on the outskirts of the old town and fronting the Vistula River. You can enjoy a multi media presentation in the evenings with a water fountain and laser light extravaganza accompanied by popular artists like Lady Gaga and transitioning to famous composers like Chopin. You can check out the schedule of water performances here.

14. Copernicus Museum,  for those interested in Science and technology, this museum has many interesting exhibits and even some experiments that you can conduct on your own. You can check out more information on their website and events here.



Saxon gardens in Central Warsaw, Poland

Saxon gardens in Central Warsaw, Poland

15. Saxon Gardens in the central district – Just behind the tomb of the unknown solider, this large park in the center of the city and close to the old town is a nice respite to enjoy the many beautiful gardens, statues and fountains within the park. You can also visit the tomb of the unknown soldier just in the front of the park area in an open air cement pavilion.

16. Frederic Chopin birthplace, Zelazowa Wola – which consists of his home and gardens is located at the edge of the Kampinos Forest and is a perfect getaway from the city and enjoy the area and his music being piped along the many lanes throughout the gardens

17.  Gestapo headquarters museum – a relatively small museum in a grand classical style building that was the former Gestapo headquarters. You will find the interrogation cells in the cellar and can watch some movies that document the experience and atrocities made by the Nazis when they occupied Warsaw. It’s a very somber but important part of the cities past and the messages on the cell walls tell that story well.


Jewish ghetto memorial in Central Warsaw, Poland

Jewish ghetto memorial in Central Warsaw, Poland


18. Jewish Ghetto Memorial and Jewish Museum– fronting the Jewish museum and near the center of town is a large  monument surrounded by concrete block apartments in the ghetto. The monument skillfully captures the heroic, perseverance and tragedy of the Polish Jews imprisoned in the ghetto and later deported to concentration camps. In the center of the ghetto is the contemporary Warsaw Jewish Museum which features a multi-media narrative of the Jewish community in Warsaw and celebrating over 1,000 years of existence up to the Holocaust and beyond.


19. Powazki Cemetery the largest cemetery in Poland, it houses many beautiful memorials and famous Polish dignitaries and personalities. The main memorial wall by the entrance documents many of the famous people who are buried here. The expansive grounds are divided into two large sections – one primarily for Catholics, and the other for Jewish graves.



Old town square with the statue of Syrena the mermaid

Old town square with the statue of Syrena the mermaid


20. Old town square with the statue of Syrena the mermaid – Lunch or leisurely drinks in any of the outdoor cafes and bars surrounding this square is a fun way to enjoy the day even late into the evening. There are many performers, musicians and even Hello Kitty and Sponge Bob were walking around the square for visitors to take pictures with.


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Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw, Poland



So you can see that there are plenty of things to do and explore in Warsaw. I hope you enjoyed this post on my Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw. If you like it, can you please share the post with any of the social media buttons located around the post. Thank you so much and I hope you have a fantastic visit to Warsaw, Poland.

Thanks  to JayWay Travels , for arranging my travel arrangements in Warsaw and city tours complements of Warsaw City Tours, as usual all thoughts and opinions were my own.

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24 Responses to Top 20 places to visit in Warsaw

  1. All June 20, 2017 at 1:03 am #

    Beautiful photos and very nice recommendations – you made me want to go to Warsaw again:) I am actually planning on going there, possibly in few weeks. I think that Warsaw is incredible place, and there are so many amazing places, that it is impossible to get bored. Last time my friends have organized a reunion, and we went to a really great bar called Bubbles in the Old Town. We had a delicious dinner with champagne degustation. It was an unforgettable evening in a really unique atmosphere.

  2. Laura April 23, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    Great list, perfect for any traveller:) I have been to Warsaw few times and I love discovering new places every time I go there. Last time my boyfriend took me on a date to a restaurant in Mokotow. It was called the Akademia. I loved it in here. The atmosphere was very romantic and cozy, while their food was also incredibly delicious. I would love to go to Warsaw again soon, and I will for sure visit this restaurant too!

  3. Isabel February 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

    Great article! I love Warsaw and I try to visit it at least few times a year, especially that I have many friends living there. I love the Old Town, it is so beautiful and I always find there new places that I haven’t seen yet. I also love to try different restaurants every time I visit Warsaw. Last time my friend took me to New Orleans – I was not really sure, because I heard that it is a night club. It appeared that they also have a restaurant and what is more, a great one! They serve food from all over the world and everything I tried was delicious. You can even ask them to make you a dish that thay don’t have in menu! Amazing place, with delicious food and great atmosphere, i will definitely visit them again:)

  4. Tom December 8, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    Hi, thanks for a great tips, I will definitely use them on my next trip to Poland:) Warsaw has also great night clubs. I have friends in Warsaw and we always go clubbing when I visit them 🙂 My personal favourite is New Orleans, because it is more elegant and not as crowded as others. They have great atmosphere and really amazing and luxury atmosphere

  5. Vicky June 15, 2016 at 12:43 am #

    Thank you very much for the list. It made me excited for my upcoming trip.

  6. Sanjana @ Green Global Travel June 15, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Great list! The Palace Square looks like such a quaint town. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ralph June 15, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    There’s no end to the nooks and crannies to discover all over Europe. Such great history. No.20 is the best. There’s something about the public square in European cities. Just hanging out with an afternoon drink, people watching. Nothing like it in the US.

  8. Andy Higgs June 15, 2015 at 1:46 am #

    We loved Warsaw when we stayed for a long weekend a few years back and were lucky enough to have a view of the Palace of Science and Culture from our room in the hotel over the road. Never got tired of that place, although I know the locals weren’t so happy about the gift from Stalin. It looks like it comes straight from Gotham city!

  9. Kate June 14, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    I’m really annoyed with myself reading through this post. You know when you take really bad advice from people who have been somewhere and tell you not to bother? I was told Krakow was great and beautiful (I visited and agree) but to miss out Warsaw because it was an ugly concrete city. Then I see your photos and all of the great places and things to do. I definitely need to visit one day now. Thanks for showing me this side of Warsaw

  10. MelisaAird4393 June 13, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I always spent my half an hour to read this blog’s posts every day along with a mug of coffee.

  11. Claudia June 13, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    Looks like I would be able to spend more than a week there 🙂

  12. anna parker June 13, 2015 at 1:51 am #

    So much to see – looks like the perfect place to see on foot in the spring or early summer

  13. Paula McInerney June 13, 2015 at 1:36 am #

    I think I will just follow you around the world Noel, you see and share some beautiful places and Warsaw is no exception.

  14. Tanj from A Travelogue June 13, 2015 at 12:59 am #

    I love everything about Poland. Wish I could come back to see Warsaw this time.

  15. Rhonda Albom June 13, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    What an interesting and eclectic city. I love the photo with the flowers, and the city with the old and modern buildings. The street art is so intricate and colorful. I have never been to Poland, but I hope to someday. Some of my family history traces back to this country.

  16. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers June 12, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    Some great options in Warsaw here. I like the look of the street art and would enjoy walking around looking at that and a bit of time people watching in the old town square over a cuppa would definitely be needed afterwards.

  17. Kathryn Burrington June 12, 2015 at 11:23 pm #

    I’ve never thought of visiting Warsaw but it looks like a lovely city and very interesting too. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  18. Aileen June 12, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    Ah! I’ve been eyeing Poland for a while now so your post here is very handy! I appreciate all the tips and I hope to visit them soon in the future!

  19. Fiona @ London-Unattached June 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    I like the fact that the older building from Stalin is still higher than the modern office blocks! Great ideas for if I ever get to Warsaw!

  20. Jenna June 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Great list! I always love checking out street art and I can imagine that Warsaw would have some great art! Would love to check out the neon museum too–we visited the one in Las Vegas and had a great time!

  21. Sarah Ebner June 12, 2015 at 10:08 pm #

    I’ve had so many people recommend a trip to Warsaw recently and I have to say that I wasn’t sure – but your post makes me realise just how much there is to do. Brilliant stuff and very appealing.

  22. João Leitão June 12, 2015 at 9:31 pm #

    Great sharing. I do have a special interest for Poland since my wife is from there. Warsaw has great examples of monuments and architecture and I personally find it quite a pleasant city.

  23. Ruth - Tanama Tales June 11, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    A lot of places to visit in this city. Thanks for all your recommendations.

  24. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo June 11, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Noel, this is such good timing, I’m planning a trip to Poland this summer and looking for recommendations. I’m pinning this to my planning Poland board and will be checking everything out properly in due course Thank you for writing this! I can’t wait to explore such an important part of Europe. #TPThursday

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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