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A Weekend in Warsaw

8/12/20233 min read


Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, is a vibrant metropolis nestled along the banks of the Vistula River. With a rich history dating back centuries, the city showcases a unique blend of old-world charm and modernity. From its beautifully restored Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to its bustling city centre filled with skyscrapers and contemporary architecture, Warsaw offers a diverse range of attractions for visitors to explore. The city also boasts a thriving cultural scene, with numerous theatres, art galleries, and music venues. With its friendly locals, delicious cuisine, and an abundance of green spaces, Warsaw is a truly captivating destination. Here are our recommendations for an unforgettable stay in Warsaw.

Morning: Old Town and Royal Castle

  1. Start at the Warsaw Old Town: Begin your day with a stroll through the charming streets of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the colorful facades, cobblestone streets, and historic architecture that has been meticulously reconstructed after World War II.

  2. Visit the Royal Castle: Head towards the Royal Castle, a symbol of Polish history and culture. Explore the opulent chambers, galleries, and the Castle Square outside. Don't miss Sigismund's Column and the view of the city from the castle's tower.

  3. Cafe Bristol: Enjoy a coffee and pastry at Cafe Bristol, inside the of the Hotel Bristol. The decor of this cafe will leave you breathless.

Late Morning: Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument

  1. Lazienki Park: Take a leisurely walk or rent a bike to Lazienki Park, a stunning royal park that's perfect for relaxation. Visit the Palace on the Isle, stroll along the serene lake, and enjoy the beautifully landscaped gardens.

  2. Chopin's Monument: While in Lazienki Park, make sure to visit the Chopin Monument, a tribute to the famous composer Frederic Chopin. Check the schedule for any free outdoor concerts or performances that might be taking place.

Lunch: Traditional Polish Cuisine

  1. Lunch at a Traditional Restaurant: Head to a local restaurant to savor some traditional Polish dishes. Try pierogi (dumplings), bigos (hunter's stew), or placki ziemniaczane (potato pancakes) for an authentic culinary experience.

Afternoon: Warsaw Uprising Museum and Shopping

  1. Warsaw Uprising Museum: Learn about the brave history of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II. The museum's interactive exhibits, artifacts, and stories provide a poignant insight into the city's past.

  2. Shopping: Start at Polish Department store Vitkac for all the best brands and local Polish designers before heading to nearby Nowy Swiat Street to checkout other shops.

Evening: Palace of Culture and Science and Vistula River

  1. Palace of Culture and Science: Marvel at the imposing Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from the Soviet Union to Warsaw. You can either take an elevator ride to the observation deck for panoramic views of the city or explore the various cultural events and exhibitions hosted here. Enjoy cocktails in the square in front of the Lalka Theatre.

  2. Vistula River Bank: Finish your day by walking along the Vistula River's bank. Depending on the time of year, there might be various outdoor events, markets, or gatherings. Enjoy the sunset over the river and take in the scenic views of the PGE Stadium with a Polish beer in hand at BarKa.

Dinner and Entertainment:

  1. Dinner and Drinks: Consider heading back towards the hotel for dinner at Restauracja Wódka Gessler Na Widelcu. After dinner head around the corner to Nowy Swiat street for some great bars. Ones that we love are Zamieszanie, which leads into a big courtyard with a bar called Newonce. Wander between these two bars for a great evening. If you need a change of scenery, head across the street to Wozownia, a beautiful open air bar with exquisite CBD infused cocktails.

a group of people walking down a street next to tall buildings
a group of people walking down a street next to tall buildings