Here are the most important attractions that you cannot miss while spending one day in Warsaw! Start your walk in the very center, see the UNESCO-listed Old Town and the stunning Łazienki, and at the end of the day relax by the Vistula River.
Old Town and the Royal Castle – 3h
Warsaw’s Old Town is a real pearl of the capital! It delights with its colorful tenement houses and the unique atmosphere of its narrow streets. No wonder it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! At the Old Town Square you will meet the Warsaw Mermaid – the official symbol of the city. See the barbican, the bell on Kanonia Street and take a walk along the walls, be sure to visit the Royal Castle.
Royal Route – 1.5 hours
This is the most representative route of the city, connecting former royal residences. It starts at Plac Zamkowy and runs through Krakowskie Przedmieście to Łazienki Królewskie and then to Wilanów. Along the way you will see many historic churches, parks and mansions. Along Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat streets, there are, among others, The Presidential Palace, the historic campus of the University of Warsaw, beautiful churches and tenement houses.
Royal Łazienki Museum – 2 hours
This beautiful, vast garden is a favorite place for Varsovians for long walks. The summer residence of the last king of Poland, Stanisław August Poniatowski, is hidden in its heart. There are conservatories, an amphitheater and even a Chinese garden in Łazienki. It is worth visiting the classicist Palace on the Isle, the interiors of which delight with beautiful decor and hide a gallery of paintings.
Palace of Culture and Science – 1h
It is one of the tallest and most recognizable buildings in Warsaw. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the capital. Where did it come from? It was a “gift” from the Soviet people to Poles. While visiting it, be sure to go to the observation deck on the 30th floor and see the beautiful panorama of the city from a height of 114 meters.
Warsaw Vistula – 5h
You won’t find such a river in other European capitals! Boulevards full of life are adjacent to a natural shore full of wild birds. In the summer, on the left bank of the Vistula, fashionable bars and clubs, pubs and outdoor events tempt. They are loved by both locals and tourists. It is also worth going to one of the city beaches or taking a cruise on the Vistula River.
- Żurek – fermented cereal soup/soured rye flour soup – 2-3 euro
- Rosół –kind of a chicken noodle soup – 2-3 euro
- Grochówka – kind of a pea soup of dense texture with meat 2-3 euro
- Chicken breast with mashed potatoes and a salad – 4-5 euro
- Pierogi (dumplings) – 8x – 4-5 euro
- Golonka (pork hock) with sour cabbage and boiled potatoes – 5-7 euro
- Zapienkana (a baguette, cut in 2 slices, topped with tomatoe sauce, pickles, onions, briefly fried mushrooms, grated cheese etc. and briefly roasted. – 5 euro
This article was written by Przemysław Pacut.