All about Warsaw!
Throughout Warsaw, on each square, behind every corner, you will find a story full of heroism. Then in the blink of an eye, you step into the future. Visitors will delight to the wide streets and colorful buildings of the Old Town and along the Royal Route, then marvel at the modern buildings of glass and steel. Above all, Warsaw is a “green” city with countless parks and tree-lined streets. The shoreline along the Vistula River, which cuts through the center of Warsaw, is unique in Europe: on one side you have cultural, educational and sporting activities, while the opposite short fosters a natural habitat for many species of birds. The Royal Castle surrounded by Old Town stands proudly above the river. Below, cyclists enjoy the many kilometers of bike paths, and those on foot may stop at local cafes for a coffee or beer. The greenest district of Warsaw is ŻOLIBORZ – that’s where the Olympic Center is located.
Warsaw is located in the middle of Poland and from here you can visit beautiful cities and discover new places from the Baltic Sea coast in the north, to the High Tatras Mountains in the south. From Warsaw, the cities of Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Poznan, and Lublin are only 2½ to 3 hours by modern train. Price is about 35-40 € per person, but you can find much cheaper tickets for about one-third the price. No matter where you go, you will enjoy the many and varied cuisines of Poland. Do miss the opportunity to meet real bison in the Bialowieza Forest, or sample the truly Polish Żubrówka, or Bison Grass Vodka – known to Native Americans as “fire water”!
If you stay longer in Warsaw and visit at least a few of the places suggested below, you will certainly be able to say, “I was in Warsaw”!
Warsaw tours & sightseeing
The Organizing Committee is working with its travel agency to offer three different guided sightseeing tours for Olympic Fair attendees. Tours will be offered Monday, 27 May (after the Fair closes). Details to be announced by mid-February.
Warsaw Uprising Museum
Tour #1: Half-day guided sightseeing tour including visit to Warsaw Uprising Museum (closed Tuesday)
The Warsaw Uprising Museum is a tribute to Warsaw’s residents who fought and died for an independent Poland. The exhibits include audio, video, and interactive displays, artifacts and written accounts of life during the German occupation of Warsaw, the uprising, and its aftermath.
Tour #2: Half-day guided sightseeing tour to include visit to POLIN (closed Tuesday)
The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews is the first and only museum dedicated to restoring the memory of the civilization created by Polish Jews in the course of a millennium. The museum’s building faces the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw.
Frédéric Chopin's birthplace
Tour #3: Full-day guided tour, with lunch, to Chopin birthplace (closed Monday)
Located 54 kilometers from Warsaw, Żelazowa Wola is visited in great numbers by tourists and music lovers from Poland and abroad. It is here that Frédéric Chopin was born. Visit the park and museum, which is a venue for piano concerts. Full day guided tours, included lunch, are available.
Fun Things to do in Warsaw
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Sightseeing
Are you ready to be truly fascinated by the history and atmosphere of magnificent Warsaw? Join us on an open-top bus tour and enjoy the ride as we take you to some of the most spectacular attractions and historical landmarks. Just hop on and hop off whenever you want!
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours
Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Old Town is the oldest part of Warsaw and one of the most prominent tourist attractions. The heart of the area is the Old Town Market Place, rich in restaurants, cafés and shops. Surrounding streets feature medieval architecture such as the city walls, the Barbican and St. John’s Cathedral.
Warsaw Old Town
Museum of Warsaw (Old Town)
The Museum of Warsaw collects the things of Warsaw, researches them and makes them available to the public. The new core exhibition refers to the histories of particular objects in order to tell about historical events and people who had made an impact on the shape and character of contemporary Warsaw. Museum of Warsaw
Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum
The Maria Sklodowska-Curie Museum, located in Warsaw, is dedicated to the life and work of the Polish-French scientist, discoverer of polonium and radium, and the only woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize twice, once in physics (1903) and once in chemistry (1911).
Maria Curie Museum
Chopin Museum, Warsaw
Built by Prince Janusz Ostrogski in the 17th century, the palace was largely rebuilt following its destruction in World War II. The Ostrogski Palace was granted to the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, eventually becoming the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.
Chopin Museum Warsaw
The Royal Route
For centuries, Warsaw was the home of Polish rulers. Learn about the Warsaw of their times and visit elegant palaces and gardens, in particular the impressive residences on the Royal Route: the Royal Castle, Royal Łazienki Park and Wilanów Palace.
The Royal Route
Visiting other towns and regions of Poland
Kraków, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River, the city dates back to the 7th century and is one of the leading centers of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, its Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Krakow
KL Auschwitz was the largest of the German Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives here. Visitors should set aside a minimum of about 90 minutes for the Auschwitz site and the same amount of time for Auschwitz II-Birkenau. Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau
Kraków: “Wieliczka” Salt Mine
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, first excavated in the 13th century, is one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines. It is now an official Polish Historic Monument featuring an underground lake, four chapels and numerous statues carved by miners out of the rock salt. Many cultural events are held in its huge underground rooms. “Wieliczka” Salt Mine
Gdańsk has the unique feel of a ministate, setting it apart from other cities in Poland. A major Baltic port for a millennium, it developed its own distinctive architecture. Top sights include the Basilica of St. Mary, the Long Market, Oliva Cathedral, Neptune’s Fountain and the Town Hall.
Official visit Gdansk tourism portal
Wrocław, in western Poland, has a history dating back over a thousand years. A university town, it’s known for its Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses, and a Gothic Old Town Hall with its large astronomical clock. Nearby is the Panorama of Racławice, a painting depicting the 1794 battle for independence. Official Wrocław travel site
Białowieża National Park
Białowieża National Park in Eastern Poland, is known for the protection of the best preserved part of the Bialowieza Forest, Europe’s last temperate primaeval forest fragment that once stretched across the European Plain. It is home to the world’s largest population of European bison, the continent’s heaviest land animals. Wikivoyage website
One of the most beautiful and most interesting points on Poland’s culinary map, located in the New Orangery of the Royal Łazienki Park. Cuisine: Polish, Continental. ul. Agrykoli 1, 00-460 Warszawa. Telephone: +48 22 55 86 701 / +48 606 102 002 Belvedere Restaurant $$$$
Polska Rozana Restaurant
Cosy, elegant, place known for its traditional Polish cuisine. Polska Rozana is famous for its freshly-made noodles and traditional Polish dumplings (pierogi, kopytka, kolduny). Chocimska 7 Street, 00-791 Warsaw. 22 848 12 25.
Polska Rozana Restaurant $$$$
Pod Samsonem is a perfect place to have a great time with family or friends in Warsaw’s Old Town. The combination of flavors, aromas and spices creates authentic Polish and kosher cuisine. Freta 3 and Freta 5, Street 00-227 Warszawa. 22 831 17 88. Pod Samsonem Restaurant $$/$$$
Zapiecek – Polskie Pierogarnie
Traditional Polish dishes will excite your palate, from Polish dumplings with cabbage and mushrooms, to white sausage sour soup with egg, and “bigos” – a hunter-style sauerkraut. Many locations. 1 Freta Street Zapiecek – Polskie Pierogarnie $$/$$$
Places to Shop & Relax
Arkadia is one of the biggest shopping malls in Poland, featuring flagship stores of Polish and international brands, elegant restaurants and cafes, cinema, and a medical center. Open 10AM – 10PM daily (10AM – 9PM Sunday). Aleja Jana Pawła II 82 00-175 Warszawa Arkadia Shopping Center
Wars Sawa Junior
Warsaw’s first department store, it has been remodeled, extended and upgraded several times and now comprises 26,000 sqm of retail space for top name stores from around the world. Open 10AM – 9PM Monday-Saturday. ul. Marszałkowska 104/122 War Sawa Junior
Nowy Świat Street
One of the main historic thoroughfares of Warsaw along which are some of Warsaw’s finest dining establishments and stores. Think of it as Warsaw’s version of 5th Avenue in New York City! Nowy Swiat
Springtime weather dominates in Warsaw in the month of May. Daytime highs average 67°F while nighttime lows average 49°F. Monthly rainfall in May averages 1.9 inches with a 27% probability of precipitation.
In Poland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Poland, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V or your appliance has a built-in transformer. There are two plug types used, C & E.
Virtually every business, hotel, restaurant and tourist destination accepts Visa and Mastercard, An ATM machine is available at the Olympic Centre for your convenience. Most Metro stations also have ATM machines.