Recently visited Warsaw the capital of Poland for a few days. Since the city does not get that much attention worldwide, so I have decided to share my experience with my travel community.

After spending my college life in Europe and doing countless road trips to surrounding countries during that period, I gathered experience and memories for a lifetime. Now unlike then, I can afford to take a flight and stay in a decent hotel, so it’s a totally different experience.

barbican, Old Town Warsaw, Poland
The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Town Warsaw -The fortified wall

For the last decades, I have been visiting many European countries and Poland certainly touched me a lot.

Getting There

Taxi and Uber are widely available throughout the city. I was taking public transportation and found it one of the best ways of getting to places. Bought a day pass which was valid for 24 hours ( Cost 15.00 ZT) and was good for Tram, bus, etc.

Bicycle Rental in Warsaw, Poland
Getting Around – Bicycle Rental in Warsaw, Poland

Old Town Walking Tour Activities

Old Town of Warsaw is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and most picturesque part of the city. My trip would have been incomplete without visiting the centuries-old historic center. Even though it was totally destroyed during world war II but I couldn’t tell by looking at its current form. The restoration work was done so precisely that it has its original look and feel. The cobblestone streets and narrow alleys, historic buildings, squares, museums, churches, Royal Castle all make it a center of attraction in Warsaw.

Visiting Royal Castle

This is an iconic building of Poland. once was the residence of Polish king dating back to 14th. century. Totally reconstructed after world war II. There are guided tours available to explore differential of the castle.

Royal Castle, Old Town Warsaw
Royal Castle, Old Town Warsaw

Visit Barbican

The Barbican, the fortified outpost to defend the city was built around 1548. This northern entrance and the defensive wall to the city is one of the few remaining historical fortifications that once encircled Warsaw. The entire area was totally destroyed during World War II and then again restored after the War.

Barbican in Old Town Warsaw
The medieval walls that once defended the northern entrance to the city

The Old Town Market Square

The Market Square of Old Town Warsaw is one of the best place that should not be missed while visiting this great city. The 90 x 73-meter square was established in the 13th century surrounded by great traditional Polish restaurants and cafes. Mermaid Statue (Syrenka) the protector of the city of Warsaw was right in the middle of Market Square was interesting.

Street View of Warsaw
Old Town Square in UNESCO World Heritage Site in Old Town Warsaw

Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid

It is fun to shot a picture of Mermaid Statue (Syrenka) while at the Market Square of Old Town. The bronze statue is the symbol and protector of the city of Warsaw.

Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid
Monument of the Warsaw Mermaid in Town Square, Warsaw

U Fukiera

U Fukiera is one of the most famous and earliest restaurants in the old town. Many famous figures visited this place so that is another reason why people lined up to have one of there lifetime experience there. Try it out for a true fine dining experience right in the heart of Warsaw’s old town.

U Fukiera Restaurant, Warsaw
U Fukiera Restaurant – one of the most famous and oldest restaurant in town

The Castle Square

Castle Square is one of the best places in Old town to hang out. Located right in front of the Royal Castle where you find the huge 22 meters high bronze statue that was erected in 1644. This places as some of the nicest restaurants that worth a visit.

Dzwonnica. Taras Widokowy
A vie of The Castle Square from the Dzwonnica. Taras Widokowy

Check Out Dzwonnica Warsaw

If you like to enjoy the bird’s eye stunning scenery of the Old Town then Dzwonnica Taras Widokowy is the right place to be. But it’s hard to get all the way up, need some strong will and a little stamina. After walking 150 stairs up to the very top of the tower, you will experience Warsaw’s probably most breath-taking view.

Dzwonnica. Taras Widokowy
Dzwonnica. Taras Widokowy

Multimedia Fountain Park

This seasonal entertaining fountain is best seen after dark. I was not able to be there at night to experience it but saw a few beautiful pictures that were created with 367 water jets, music and lights. Worth visiting if you haven’t seen one already.

Multimedia Fountain Park, Old Town Warsaw
Multimedia Fountain Park better seen at night, Old Town Warsaw

King Sigismund’s Column

Sigismund’s Column also known as Kolumna Zygmunta in Polish, originally built in 1644, is located in Castle Square of Old Town Warsaw. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Warsaw. A meeting point for locals and visitors alike.

King Sigismund's Column, Warsaw
Built in honour of the King Sigismund III Vasa

Dzwonnica. Taras Widokowy, Warsaw
Dzwonnica Taras Widokowy is in Old Town Warsaw

St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church is a beautiful church in the historic Old Town, the architecture resembles a mixture of gothic and baroque. In the 70s it was known to be a meeting place for polish opposition.

St. Martin’s Church, Warsaw
On Krakowskie Przedmieście you will find St. Martin’s Church

Walking Down Krakowskie Przedmieście

This Krakowskie Prazedmiescie is one of the most prestigious and well-known streets in Warsaw Old Town. Starting from the Royal Castle in the Old Town until it blends into the famous ul. Nowy Świat.

Famous Street in Warsaw - Krakowskie Prazedmiescie
Krakowskie Prazedmiescie is one of the most prestigious and well-known streets in Warsaw

Visit Holy Cross Church

The Church of the Holy Cross is located right on Krakowskie Przedmieście opposite the Warsaw University campus. This Roman Catholic church is one of the most notable Baroque churches in Warsaw

Visit Holy Cross Church
Visiting Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, Poland

Locate Chopin Benches

Chopin Benches also known as musical benches can be found 15 different historical sites of the city. Mainly where the famous Polish composer spent time in Warsaw in the first part of the 19th century. I saw one right by the Holy Cross Church. The benches are made of black granite and a map showing all places on the Chopin path in Warsaw. You can also listen to a short version of Chopin’s music by pressing a button.

Chopin Benches, Warsaw
The Chopin Benches in Warsaw, Poland

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument

The Nicolaus Copernicus Monument is located on Krakowskie Przedmieście is one of the renowned landmarks of Poland. It is right in front of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Nicolaus Copernicus Monument in Warsaw
Nicolaus Copernicus Monument located on the famous street called Krakowskie Przedmieście

Where to stay in Warsaw, Poland

Mercure Warszawa Grand, Warsaw

Located in the center of Warsaw, within just a 7-minute drive from the beautiful Old Town Square, Mercure Warszawa Grand offers modern, spacious rooms. All rooms in the Mercure Warszawa Grand are air-conditioned. Extra facilities at the hotel include a steam room, fitness center, and dry cleaning. The hotel is conveniently located nearby many embassies, e.g., the Embassy of the United States of America. Mercure Warszawa Grand is located 0.9 mi from the Łazienki Park, the National Museum, and one of Warsaw’s most famous shopping streets, Nowy Świat. Warszawa Centralna Railway Station is just a 10-minute walk away.

Novotel Warszawa Centrum, Warsaw

Offering panoramic views of Warsaw, the modern-looking Novotel Warszawa Centrum is located in central Warsaw, a 5-minute walk from the Central Railway Station. The hotel serves a varied breakfast. WiFi is offered throughout this 4-star hotel. The rooms also have a work area and armchairs or a sofa. The hotel also offers a Wellness Center with a sauna and a wide choice of fitness equipment. It is located on the top floor, where guests can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Polish capital. Novotel Centrum is located opposite the Palace of Culture and Science. Centrum Metro Station and many bus and tram stops are only steps away.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Warsaw, Poland? Any cool tips to share?

I loved being in Warsaw, Poland, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Poland.

Please leave a comment below! I’d love to hear from you to improve my knowledge. 

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