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Our most recommended Warsaw Architecture Tours

Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

1. Warsaw: Traditional Galar Cruise on The Vistula River

Climb aboard a traditional wooden sailboat and enjoy an intimate, hour-long sightseeing cruise along the Vistula River. Your tour departs from the Copernicus Centre pier, where you will board your traditional 12-person Galar ship. Drift along the river towards the historic old town on a boat that was designed according to principles of folk boatbuilding. Discover the unique and natural views as you approach downtown Warsaw to get a unique perspective of the city’s skyscrapers and stadium. Look out for the parks and natural refuges along the right bank of the river before being returned to the pickup point.

Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. Warsaw: Warsaw Ghetto Private Walking Tour with Hotel Pickup

Experience an informative and impressive tour of the Warsaw Ghetto. The topic of this tour is the history of the establishment and liquidation of the largest ghetto in Europe. In 1940 the Nazis established the ghetto in the heart of Warsaw. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were crammed in an area of 4 square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, and disease and more than 300,000 were killed in Treblinka extermination camp. As a result of the attempt to completely liquidate the ghetto, an uprising broke out in 1943. The unequal struggle between the rebels against the armed German troops lasted nearly one month. In revenge, the Nazis completely destroyed the ghetto. It was survived by only a few Jews including Władysław Szpilman, the hero of the movie “The Pianist” by Roman Polanski. Before the Second World War, the second largest Jewish community lived in Warsaw, making up 30 percent of the entire city population. Within less than 3 years, the Jewish community no longer existed in Warsaw. During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real places and hear authentic stories. Discover fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and neighborhoods that were located within the ghetto. Visit the only synagogue that survived the Second World War and is still in operation. Find out where the supposed logic of destruction came from and how the plan of the final solution was put into action. Learn about everyday life in the ghetto, why the Jews took up arms, and who helped them. Discover the symbolism of the Umschlagplatz (collection point) and the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. Although the ghetto has no longer existed for a long time, its history needs to be told.

Warsaw Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

3. Warsaw Old Town Highlights Private Walking Tour

Learn the facts and legends of the capital city Warsaw on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Warsaw was the most important city for the economy of Poland in the modern era and we truly believe that it's one of the most unique places on earth. See the beauty of the city and learn anecdotes, history and legends. You will walk around the Old Town to see the most remarkable places, but also to discover hidden gems of the City and get to know incredible stories. Admire the main attractions of Warsaw such as Sigmund's Column on Castle Square, Warsaw Barbican, Main Market Square and impressive Monument to the Warsaw Uprising Fighters. In the 2-hour option, you will also enter the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Explore more with the 3-hour option and see Little Insurgent Monument, Braniecki Palace and visit St. Anne's Church with very rich decorations inside and exceptional ceilings. Extend to 4 hours to step inside Royal Castle. See gorgeous apartments of former kings full of old historical paintings, furniture and decorations. Learn the history of Polish monarchs and their daily life inside the XIVth century castle. In the 6-hour version, you will experience all attractions above and visit the most iconic building in Warsaw - the Palace of Culture and Science. Walk through the New World (Nowy Świat), the lively center of the city connecting Old Town with the new town and explore inside the palace, learning about the fascinating PRL-times history and admire the view from the top.

Warsaw: Behind the Scenes City Tour by Retro Minibus

4. Warsaw: Behind the Scenes City Tour by Retro Minibus

Get to know Warsaw more intimately on this cool, behind-the-scenes city tour. Feel the city's atmosphere, taste its flavors, and understand its history deeper in a small-group tour. This tour will take you to the spots which are harder to find in the guidebooks and will let you experience the true city. You will be transported by an authentic communist-era retro minibus, known as a Żuk, to give you a real feel for the old days. Get ready to explore what remains of the pre-war city and compare it with the monumental post-war communist constructions.

Warsaw: Private City Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local

5. Warsaw: Private City Sightseeing Walking Tour with a Local

This is not just another city tour; this is the best of Warsaw with hidden gems that only a local can show you. Get to know Warsaw on a city tour that gives you the perfect overview, from culture, history, and local lifestyle - this tour has it all! Forget about big touristy groups and the crowds; it's time to see Warsaw at its best thanks to your local guide’s knowledge and stories. Check out main landmarks like the Terrace on Widokowy Tower, Łazienki Królewskie, the Old Town and uncover city secrets that will show you the city through a different perspective. As they say, the locals know best! Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems Private City Tour™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local produce and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.

Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

6. Warsaw Jewish Ghetto Private Tour with Synagogue & Cemetery

During this 3-hour tour you will explore the real-life neighborhoods, streets, and homes that made up the Warsaw Ghetto, the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II. Learn from a professional guide who will weave together the harrowing stories of everyday life in the ghetto while you explore fragments of the ghetto walls, the last street of the ghetto, and the still-functioning synagogue that survived the Second World War. Learn about the history of this haunting place where German authorities imprisoned Jews, located in the Muranów neighborhood of the Polish capital, between October and November 1940. Over 400,000 Jews from Warsaw and the surrounding area were located in this area of four square kilometers. 100,000 people died here from exhaustion, hunger, disease and more than 300,000 were killed in the nearby Treblinka extermination camp. Discover the ghetto's history, including the 1943 uprising, and its lasting legacy. 

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

7. 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: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

8. Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

Have you seen the top attractions in Warsaw and want something more? Are you bored with the touristy places and feel like adding some new thrills to your stay in the city? Then take this unique bus tour to the “dark side” of Warsaw – the infamous Praga district. Find out why the district was considered the most dangerous part of Warsaw. See a marketplace where you could buy almost everything from jeans and diplomas to Kalashnikov rifles and check yourself if it’s still open. Every Saturday morning (at 11:00 AM) in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, there will be a retro Jelcz “cucumber” bus to take you to the Praga district for a 2.5-hour tour. On-board, there will be a guide to help you through the district and to make sure you come back in one piece. On the road, your guide will provide commentary and introduce you to the history of Warsaw and the Praga district - a district of an amusing yet sometimes scary past. After crossing the Vistula River, you will get off at the first stop – a chocolate factory. Here, get to know the story of the company producing sweets in Warsaw since the mid-19th century and taste a cup of their delicious hot chocolate. The next stop will be Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Warsaw. It’s architecture was inspired by the Roman basilica of St. Paul. See a former vodka factory, Koneser, and find out what delicacies where made there and what is in this complex now. Tour will also cover the area called the Praga “Bermuda Triangle.” Get to know the origin of the name, and see some examples of the authentic pre-war architecture with scenic courtyards and colorful shrines inside. The neighborhood still has the atmosphere of old Warsaw and is loved by film directors, like Roman Polański, who filmed “The Pianist” here and many more that will be mentioned by your tour guide. From here, you will head back to the Palace of Culture and Science to finish the tour.

Warsaw Old Town 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

9. Warsaw Old Town 1.5-Hour Segway Tour

Explore the historic streets and sites of Warsaw on a 21st-century mode of transport, and Segway your way around the Old Town for 90 minutes. The self-balancing, environmentally-friendly electric scooters avoid the need for long and tiring walks. Instead, jump aboard and ride your own Segway from location to location. After a brief training session, the tour heads past the most important buildings and monuments of the city. Your guide will relate their history and recommend other places to visit during your stay in Warsaw. Get panoramic views of the Vistula River, check out the fountains of the new Multimedia Fountain Park, glide past royal residencies, and Segway along Krakowskie Przedmieście; the oldest avenue in Warsaw.

Warsaw: Private Chopin Tour with tickets to Chopin Museum

10. Warsaw: Private Chopin Tour with tickets to Chopin Museum

Piano virtuoso Frederic Chopin lived in Warsaw for over 20 years. On this tour, you will hear the history of this great musician. You will visit the places where his family lived, including Zamoyski Palace.  You'll also have a chance to explore the Frederic Chopin Museum with skip-the-line tickets and discover some of Chopin's instruments, music scores, and scripts handwritten by him. Other tour highlights include Kazimierz Palace where Chopin attended high school, the Visitationist Church where he regularly played concerts, and the Holy Cross Church where Chopin’s heart was transported from Paris in 1850, a year after his death. On the extended 3-hour tour option, you will have a chance to enjoy a 1-hour live concert of Chopin’s music.

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What people are saying about Warsaw

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 589 reviews

This was an excellent observational tour of Warsaw with a knowledgeable and gracious guide, offering not only dry facts, but contextual understanding of history of the city and its people, even with insightful references to current realities of life in Warsaw. Highly recommended. This was a time well spent.

The barge goes slowly, we had a perfect day, with a light breeze; the views are beautiful of the entire Vistula coast, it is not the same as a cruise on the Danube, but the price was very good, about 30 euros for 3 people and I repeat, the perfect day.

It was a great tour, I learnt so much about Warsaw and Poland. It's a great way to discover the city and its history. Everything is well organized, it's a must do while in Warsaw ! Many thanks to Dorothy who helped arrange the pick up !

Super worthwhile tour of the old town, with other attractions added in. I'd highly recommend it, and will definitely look for the equivalent again. The segways are easy and fun to use, and Paul, the guide, was great

My wife and I had a great time with our young daughter! I highly recommend!