Things to do in Warsaw

Poland’s capital is an open-air history book, from the medieval old town to the contemporary museums.

Our most recommended things to do in Warsaw

Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

1. Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

The Time for Chopin concert series is a celebration of one of Warsaw's most famous geniuses, Frederic Chopin. The daily concerts are carried out by different pianists and you will hear different interpretations of each piece, a theme for fascinating conversations. An equally inspiring experience to both guests and performers, these shows allow you to hear well-known works from a different perspective each time. The project is created by outstanding pianists with a passion for Frederic Chopin's music. The pianists were assisted in their creative development, influencing artistic formation and depth of interpretation. As a guest, you are one of the key elements of the Time for Chopin project - your presence and perception of music of Frederic Chopin is the most important aspect. The chamber mood of the concert hall promotes a peculiar musical dialogue with the auditorium in the course of the performance of a solo concert. Deepening your involvement still, after the concert there is time to exchange opinions between guests and the artist.

Warsaw: Chopin Concert at the Fryderyk Concert Hall Ticket

2. Warsaw: Chopin Concert at the Fryderyk Concert Hall Ticket

Immerse yourself into the world of Chopin's music and enjoy one of the daily concerts at the beautiful Warsaw venue dedicated to him. Located in the heart of the Old Town, The Fryderyk Concert Hall, emulates the look, feel, and intimate 19th-century musical salon performances known to Chopin. Enjoy some of Chopin's masterpieces being performed by professors of Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University, graduates of The Juilliard School, The Royal Academy of Music, and the University of Music in Vienna. Discover Chopin’s famous compositions, such as the Revolutionary Étude, Polonaise A-flat Major “Heroic”, “Rain Prelude”, nocturnes, and virtuoso etudes. Sip a glass of wine during the break, as the host answers questions from curious guests and recounts stories of Chopin’s life and the building.

Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

3. Warsaw Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Warsaw at your own pace and get to know the historic and modern sides to the city on the panoramic hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. The tour starts at the monumental Palace of Culture and Science, the highest building in Poland. Enjoy fantastic views of the city from the 30th floor, before you head off to explore further. History buffs will love the Warsaw Rising Museum, where the city’s turbulent history is brought to life through more than 1,000 exhibits, while the National Museum contains over 400 works by Poland’s greatest artists. Take the kids to meet the famous native brown bears of Warsaw Zoo, and see 500 other species of native and exotic animals while you are there. Choose from two lines: Red Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science (Dworzec Centralny 14) 2. A- Grzybowski Market Square (Plac Grzybowski 1) 3. Old Town (Stare Miasto 05) 4. B - Warsaw University Library (Bibliteka Uniwersytecka 01) 5. C- Copernicus Science Center (Metro Centrum Nauki Kopernik 03) 6. D- National Stadium (Most Swietokrzyski 04) 7. E- Praga (Okrzei 02) 8. F- Multimedia Fountain Park (Bolesc 02) 9. G- Museum of Polish Jews History (Nalewki Muzeum 02) 10. H- Warsaw City Hall (Plac Bankowy 03) 11. Downtown (Centrum 06) Blue Route: 1. Palace of Culture & Science 2. Warsaw Rising Museum 3. Grzybowski Square 4. Zacheta Gallery 5. Old Town 6. Castle Square 7. Chopin Museum 8. National Museum 9. Three Crosses Square 10. Lazienki Royal Park 11. Constitution Square 12. Downtown

Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

4. Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

Join this guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Science, one of the highest and most magnificent buildings in Warsaw and visible from almost all places in the city. As an added perk, skip the line to the viewing terrace. During the tour, discover the characteristic interiors of the Palace of Culture and Science: ballrooms with excellent woodwork, conference rooms with original furniture and equipment from the ’50s, and majestic marble staircases. Your local guide will bring you closer to the entire history of the building from 1952 until now. Enjoy entertaining stories and anecdotes as you walk through the building’s history. At the end of your journey, skip the line to the elevator and go to the viewing terrace on the 30th floor to discover a beautiful view of the city. You’ll never look at the Palace of Culture and Science in the same way after this tour.

Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

5. Warsaw: Polish Vodka Museum Tour with Tasting

Journey back through time as you discover the history of Polish vodka with tons of fascinating facts thrown in. Enjoy a 70-minute tour at the Vodka Museum in Warsaw's Praga district with a qualified guide. Arrive at the museum, and begin the tour with memories presented by former employees of the Warsaw Vodka Factory at Koneser. Explore 5 interactive modern galleries enabling you to become acquainted with the history of Polish vodka. After the tour, head over to the Vodka Academy for a 20-minute tasting workshop. Once you've wet your palette with some delicious vodka samples, visit the 3/4 Koneser Cocktail Bar located on the 3rd Floor of the museum. Try the best cocktails prepared with different types of Polish vodka.

Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

6. Warsaw: Live Chopin Piano Concert

Make the most of your time in Warsaw and enjoy an evening of classical music in the heart of Old Town. Hosted at the enchanting Dean’s Palace at the Museum of the Warsaw Archdiocese, this concert offers the unique opportunity to connect with one of the world’s most iconic composers, in his hometown. Surrounded by a collection of paintings by famous artists, take your seats in the atmospheric concert hall, which boasts perfect acoustics and the highest-quality KAWAI grand piano. The piano’s music is clear, transparent, and rich, ensuring an emotional and comfortable reception at the recitals. As the lights dim, the music begins, taking you on a journey through the life and works and Chopin. During the 55-minute concert, hear stunning performances from professional pianists and touring artists. By the end of the show, you will have a deeper appreciation for Chopin and his music, and an idea of how this incredible city influenced his work.

Warsaw: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

7. Warsaw: Full-day Tour to Krakow and Auschwitz by Train

Following an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, get transferred to the train station with a private vehicle. Your English-speaking driver will assist you with the check-in and wait until you are boarded for the train to Krakow. After a short train ride, you will be welcomed by a local English-speaking driver and start your tour via shared transportation to Auschwitz. Embark on a 3.5-hour guided group tour of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Start the tour with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp where you'll learn about how its establishment by German Nazis on the outskirts of the town Oswiecim in 1940. After the war, the camp was turned into a museum displaying evidence of the genocide, which you will have the opportunity to browse. In the museum watch a film made after the liberation of the camp shown in various languages. After spending time in Auschwitz continue the tour to the Birkenau section of the concentration camp. Discover how, in 1941, the German Nazis established a new camp called Auschwitz II Birkenau. Between 1942-1945, approximately 1.5 million people lived and died here. Around 90% of them were Jews, others were Poles, Gypsies, Russians, and prisoners from 28 countries of Europe. In 1979, Auschwitz–Birkenau Concentration Camp was listed as a UNESCO World Culture and National Heritage Site. Depart Auschwitz-Birkenau for a 1.5-hour journey to Krakow. You will have three hours of free time to see the Main Market Square in Krakow, the biggest Medieval old town square in Europe. In the Old Town, visit Wawel Hill where the Cathedral and the Royal Castle are, the Town Hall Tower, St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow Barbican, and Sukiennice, famously known as the Cloth Hall. Absorb the city's unique atmosphere with its thousands of bars and delightful regional restaurants, historic buildings, and horse-driven cabs. During the trip, there will be time to eat lunch in a restaurant. After your time in Krakow board the train at about 7.30 PM, get picked up at the platform and be transferred from the train station back to your hotel in Warsaw.

Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

8. Warsaw: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews Ticket

Learn about the centuries of Jewish history in Poland, from when the first communites settled in the country, right up until the present day. Explore 8 different galleries that will educate in an interactive way through visual and audio materials, as well as artifacts and paintings. Discover more about the most significant moments of Jewish history in the country. This includes the birth of the communities, the role of individual Jewish figures throughout Polish society, and how the Holocaust drastically impacted the Jews of Poland. See also how is their culture being revived after the Second World War.

Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

9. Warsaw: Afternoon Public City Tour with Pickup and Drop-off

Climb aboard a comfortable, coach and take in the sights of Warsaw on this guided sightseeing tour with hotel pickup and drop-off. Pass through the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, Castle Square, and the Praga District.  Hop aboard the bus which has plenty of space to stretch out your legs and head to Old Town. View Castle Square and the Royal Castle, where the Polish monarchs resided from 1596 until 1795 and the Polish President briefly took residence in 1918. Get the chance to see King Sigismund's III Column, the first secular monument in Poland. Admire the Gothic church of St. John's Cathedral, where the sarcophagi contain the remains of eminent Poles. Look at the architecture of the Old Town Market Square and Barbican, before visiting the former Jewish Ghetto. Stop briefly at the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto and see the awe-inspiring contemporary architecture of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews.  Go to Umschplag Platz and Mila Street to discover the site of the bunker where the leader of the Ghetto Uprising, Mordehal Anielewicz, committed suicide. Journey along the "Royal Route" admiring the aristocratic residences and famous monuments. Take in sights like the Holy Cross Church, where an urn contains the heart of Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849). Finally, walk through the Royal Park to experience the city's urban oasis at Lazienk park.   Admire the "Palace on the Water," the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski. Cruise by sights like the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Warsaw Uprising monument, and the Monument to the Victims of Katyn. Go to the Warsaw Praga District (if traffic allows) and see sights like the the National Stadium, St. Florian's Cathedral, the Orthodox Church, and Targowa and Ząbkowska Street.  Drive by the monument of the Brotherhood of Arms and the 19th-century vodka factory of the Koneser with its unique view of Warsaw Old Town from the Dąbrowski Bridge.

Warsaw: Polish Dumplings Cooking Class

10. Warsaw: Polish Dumplings Cooking Class

Try your hand at crafting pierogi, the most popular Polish dish. Super tasty and fun to make, Polish dumplings might just become your favorite comfort food by the end of the class. Make sure you arrive on time and catch the short introduction that teaches you about the origins of pierogi and their place in the Polish culinary landscape. Then dive into the preparation, beginning by mixing and kneading the dough. Choose whether you want to prepare your dumplings with meat filling or a vegetarian or vegan option. Then learn the various techniques of folding the dumplings and discover hacks that make them extra tasty. At the end of the class, sample the fruits of your labor and enjoy a plate full of pierogi that is sure to fill you up. If you choose to come to the evening session, enjoy complimentary drinks with your meal. 

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What people are saying about Warsaw

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This tour was an incredible experience. More food than you can eat is very accurate. My guide Jolanta was knowledgeable and professional, she tailored the information she shared to be more relevant to my specific experience as a re-connecting Pole. If you want to learn about and experience contemporary Polish culture, I highly recommend this tour.

Our guide Marta is an excellent and knowledgeable on Jewish history tour. It was a comfortable mix car + walking tour. We understood the ghetto boundaries easily across the Warsaw city.

Great concert - beautiful venue and excellent pianist. Get there in plenty of time as seats are allocated in rows 1-3 and 4-6.

our guide was, very knowledgeable and it was, value for money going on this tour.

Excellent experience. Give yourself lots of time. Well worth the money.