Warsaw, Poland in 3 Days: A true hidden Gem in Eastern Europe

Patrycja Zielińska | Live the World

July 3, 2023

Step into Warsaw, a city where history and modernity dance together, leaving you smiling from its buzzing energy and contagious charm.

Before you go

Getting There

Travelling to Warsaw is a breeze with multiple options available including air travel with two major airports serving the city - Chopin Airport and Modlin Airport. Train connections from other European cities are also recommended. You can take the PKP- the national train service or high-speed trains - Pendolino. Road-trippers have an additional choice of driving down the highways directly leading into the city. It's time you pack your bags and head over to explore this fantastic destination!

Public Transportation

Warsaw has a two-line metro system (M1 and M2) that connects the city’s major areas. It is a quick and efficient means to travel longer distances, particularly during peak hours. It operates between 5:00 am and 11:00 pm, and runs every 3 - 8 minutes, depending on the day. Other popular modes of transportation in Warsaw are trams and buses, which are definitely better for shorter distances. With a regular schedule and a broad route network, they provide a useful method of getting across the city centre and beyond They work between 5 am and 11 pm and run every 10 minutes or so. Buses also work at night, so you don’t have to worry about ending sightseeing earlier due to transportation, but the trip might take a little bit longer.

To buy tickets, you can go to the ticket office, but a much easier way to get them is through the Jakdojade app. It allows you to purchase tickets for all modes of transportation at full and reduced fares (for EU students). Fun fact, it’s not only in Warsaw - you can use it in any big city in Poland.


The currency in Poland is Polish Złoty (PLN), and not many stores and restaurants accept Euro, so we suggest you exchange money as soon as you come to Warsaw, or beforehand, online. There are many ATMs and currency exchange points in the city, so even if you haven’t managed to do it before, you can always exchange money when you arrive.

Day 1 - Old Town

Warsaw's Old Town was built in the 13th century. It holds the distinction of being one of the oldest parts of the city. Start at Nowy Świat, walk through the royal path, soaking the knowledge on the way! See The Church of the Holy Cross and The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Finally, arrive at the Old Town Square, with colourful old town buildings, characteristic of Eastern European Cities, and the Castle Square, where you can join a guided tour, listen to live music, and drink coffee from the bike cafés!

Don’t forget to stop by Warsaw’s key monument, The Mermaid of Warsaw - a legendary symbol of resilience and strength. According to an ancient tale, she valiantly rescued a prince from drowning but returned to her underwater realm after he betrayed her trust. The statue honouring The Mermaid is nestled in Old Town Market Square, making it a must-see spot for tourists visiting Warsaw.

Old Town Square in Warsaw

Where to Stay

Budget - Ibis Styles Warsaw Centre

A well-known and bulletproof place, by the Vistula River.

Mid-Range - Apartment One by Your Freedom

Private-owned apartment to have a calm place to stay in the busy city, only 2 kilometres from the Old Town.

Luxury - SleepWell Apartments Ordynacka

Lovely apartments in the city centre with a beautiful view

Where to eat

Zachcianek - a unique place serving homemade pierogi (Polish dumplings) for affordable prices.

Krakowskie Przedmieście

Krakowskie Przedmieście is without a doubt one of Poland's oldest and most well-known avenues, that goes from the Royal Castle (Pl. Zamkowy 4) in the Old Town to the iconic Nowy Świat street. In a magical way, the street connects the present with the past. It takes you on an exciting and moving journey through the capital's imagery from Canaletto's masterpieces, panoramas of wartime Warsaw, and the present popularity of the street. It’s definitely a must-see.

Krakowskie Przedmiecie has been one of Warsaw's most important avenues for centuries. The street leading to the former capital (Kraków) began here, from the now non-existent Krakowska Gate, hence the name Krakowskie Przedmiecie. This was how royal processions arrived at the royal palace, proudly entering the area to commemorate military victories. The boulevard was lined with a number of gorgeous mansions and temples.

Holy Cross Church

Also known as Kościół Świętego Krzyża, is a well-known Catholic church in Warsaw. It holds both historical and cultural significance to the city, so it’s a must-visit! It’s created in the Baroque architectural style with elements of Classicism, which exudes a sense of elegance, capturing the essence of the Baroque era.

The famous Polish musician, Frederic Chopin, has a unique relationship with the Holy Cross Church. Chopin's heart was brought to Warsaw after his death in Paris and buried on an altar inside the church. The chapel has become a destination for music lovers and fans of Chopin's work.

St Anne’s Church

The building dates back to the 15th century and a wooden chapel was built on the site. Over time, the chapel was expanded, and the current structure was completed in the 18th century. Visitors can admire the ornate altars, intricate frescoes, gilded details, and beautiful stained glass windows. The interior design reflects the artistic achievements of the period, with an emphasis on decorative elements and craftsmanship. Visitors can admire the magnificent altars, exquisite paintings, golden decorations, and stunning stained glass windows. The interior design reflects the period's aesthetic wins, with a focus on ornamental elements and craftsmanship.

It is not simply a place of prayer, but also a cultural centre. Concerts, recitals, and choral performances are held at the church, attracting both visitors and locals. St. Anne's Church is famous for its antique pipe organ, which originates in the late 1800s. The Józef Rudzki Organ is a valuable musical instrument still used at concerts and religious events and adds a rich musical element to the church's ambiance.

The inside of the St Anne's Church in Warsaw

The National Museum in Warsaw

Here, in the National Museum in Warsaw, right by Nowy Świat, you can visit the artworks of famous artists You can find masterpieces by artists such as Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Stanisław Wyspiański, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, and Claude Monet. The museum offers a range of styles and eras to choose from.

In the museum, you will see paintings, but also sculptures, decorative crafts, and archeological artifacts from Rome and Egypt. As one of the oldest museums in Poland, it contains an enormous collection of works of art and organizes temporary exhibitions and cultural events, which are a must when visiting.

Polin Museum

The Polin Museum is a remarkable institution that tells the story of the 1,000-year history of Polish Jews. It is a wonderful portal that carries you through time, showing Poland's rich history of Jewish heritage. Interactive exhibits show the whole story, from the bustling streets of pre-war Warsaw to the resilient towns that arose from the ruins of World War II.

The core exhibition is a true masterpiece, spanning over eight galleries and taking you on a chronological voyage from the early days of Jewish settlement in Poland to the present. But that isn’t all you can do here, the Polin Museum also goes beyond the walls of the exhibitions. It hosts a diverse range of events, workshops, and lectures, fostering dialogue, understanding, and cultural exchange, if you want to make your experience even more interactive!

Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery

As one of Eastern Europe's largest Jewish cemeteries and a painful reminder of Warsaw's rich Jewish community of the past, the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw is a historically and culturally significant place to visit while in Warsaw. The cemetery covers nearly 33 hectares.

You may come across touching memorials to Holocaust victims while exploring the cemetery. These memorials serve as a sorrowful reminder of the horrific events of the Holocaust, that occurred during World War II when the Nazis devastated Warsaw's Jewish society. It also symbolizes Jewish traditions, customs, and rituals around funerals and grief. Visitors can connect with Jewish history, pay homage to ancestors, and learn about the Jewish community's contributions to Warsaw's cultural fabric at the cemetery.

Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw

Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego)

Warsaw Uprising Museum is an extraordinary place, that pays homage to one of the most remarkable chapters in the city’s past. Warsaw of 1944 is brought to life through a combination of immersive reconstructions, interactive displays, and video presentations. On the display, you can see original clothing and weapons from the Uprising, and very realistic rel-size replicas of the military planes used at the time.

One of the most moving exhibitions is a cinema-like project, near the end of the tour, where you can watch footage from the Uprising, and a drone animation of Warsaw after the Uprising, completely destroyed, with most of the buildings gone, and Warsaw of today, thriving in the next century. Fun fact, on the way through the exhibitions you can collect little pages from the calendar with days of Uprising, with descriptions of each day. It serves as a fun activity for those who want a souvenir, and an additional source of knowledge!

Saxon Garden

A big magnificent garden to reconnect with nature even in the middle of a bustling city of the capital. The Saxon Garden is located next to the bustling Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and near the historic Old Town. In Polish known as Ogród Saski, it's a historic public park that was established in the late 17th century. It is one of the oldest and most beloved parks in the city.

It plays an important role on the Polish map, as a place of some notable monuments, including the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is covered in the itinerary also, and the sculptures of the composer Frédéric Chopin and the poet Adam Mickiewicz. We encourage you to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the garden, relax on the benchmark or have a picnic to have a break from the bustling city life.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

When you're in the Saxon Garden, remember to stop and explore this outstanding memorial honoring the brave Polish soldiers who died in the fight for Poland's independence. Approaching the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, you'll see the peaceful faces of the monument soldiers, standing guard with steady devotion. They represent the honor and duty that binds the Polish people together.

These statues keep a watchful eye, their silent presence reminding visitors of the sacrifices made to safeguard Polish freedom. Remember to wait for the changing of the guard. Impeccably dressed soldiers move with precision and grace to commemorate the honor of the heroes of the past.

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

Prepare to be moved and inspired, as you delve into this extraordinary memorial that commemorates the courage and resilience of those who defied oppression during World War II. Stop for a second and pay tribute to the spirit of the Jewish community, who fought for their lives and identity during the darkest times of the war.

The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes is a true work of art in itself. The twisted metal evokes the chaos and destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, while the towering pillar symbolizes the spirit that soared above the horrors of the past. It's like an architectural mic drop, commanding attention and demanding reflection.

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

Day 2 - City Centre and the Royal Baths (Łazienki Palace)

Warsaw’s city center vibrates with vitality, exciting people, and the mix of timeless sights, towering skyscrapers that reach for the sky, creative venues, and a bustling urban scene that never stops.

Get to know the modern streets of the city center, filled with interesting personalities. Have a drink in one of the bars, or discover a new alternative cafe.

Take a walk around the Royal Baths and Ujazdowski Park, and enjoy nature by the Vistula River!

Łazienki Królewskie in Warsaw

Where to eat

Mokotowski Milk Bar (Mokotowski Bar Mleczny)

An affordable, one of the most authentic Polish culinary experiences.

Instalacje Art Bistro

An artsy food place that connects traditional Polish cuisine with avant-garde culture.

Copernicus Science Centre (Centrum Nauki Kopernik)

Here is where learning becomes an adventure and where the laws of physics meet with fun. You can touch and experiment with everything, from exhibits that defy gravity to electrifying performances that will leave you in awe. The Copernicus Science Centre offers workshops and lectures led by passionate scientists and experts, allowing you to dive deeper into the mysteries of the natural world. After exciting experiments, you can go to the rooftop garden, with the most beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Apart from this, visit the planetarium part of the center. You can choose one of the 40-minute films, varying in topics and interests. We recommend booking in advance, as school groups might take most of the seats during daytime hours. The planetarium allows you to immerse in the solar system as it unfolds. Four digital projectors project images of the starry sky (20 million points of light) and mimic space travel to bring planets and moons into view - the entire experience is absolutely amazing!

The Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki)

The Palace of Culture and Science was constructed in the 1950s as a "gift" from Józef Stalin and the Soviet Union to the Polish people. It hosts a variety of concerts, plays, art exhibitions, and film screenings. The Palace houses some of Warsaw's most famous cultural institutions, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Polish Academy of Sciences.

For some, it’s a reminder of Poland's communist past and Soviet influence, but it’s also a very important cultural centre, which recognizes Warsaw as one of the European capitals. Visiting the Palace gives you an opportunity to attend art events and exhibitions, but also enjoy the panoramic view of the city from its very heart.

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

It is one of the country's leading contemporary art institutions established in 1860. The gallery's name, "Zachęta" translates to "encouragement" in English, reflecting its mission to inspire and nurture artistic expression in Poland. Zachęta National Gallery of Art has a collection that includes different art movements, styles, and themes, and lets the visitors into the evolution of Polish art over time.

The artists whose works you can see here include Jan Matejko, Józef Brandt, Stanisław Wyspiański, Józef Mehoffer, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Max Ernst. Zachęta National Gallery of Art is a definite must-see in Warsaw!

Łazienki Palace (Łazienki Królewskie)

Also called Pałac Łazienkowski, or Pałac na Wyspie, is a stunning historical palace in Warsaw, Poland. Łazienki Palace is a well-known landmark and a popular tourist destination in the city. The interior decor of the palace is rich and magnificent. The Marble Room, the Ballroom, and the Royal Apartment are among the most gorgeously decorated rooms. Visitors can admire the outstanding paintings, stucco ornaments, and lavish interior designs that reflect the era's splendor.

Adjacent to the palace, you'll find an impressive amphitheater that hosts various concerts and performances during the summer months. The nearby Orangery is a magnificent structure with a soaring glass roof, which serves as a venue for exhibitions and events, so make sure to visit both attractions while you’re there.

Royal Baths (Łazienki Park)

The Royal Baths, known in Polish as Łazienki Królewskie, is a stunning and historic park in Warsaw, Poland. It is one of the city's most famous tourist attractions, known for its gorgeous architecture, rich gardens, and quiet environment. Its complex is around 76 hectares in size and contains many outstanding architectural and natural elements. The Palace on the Isle (Pałac na Wyspie), an elegant neoclassical palace situated on an artificial island in the middle of a lovely lake, is the park's main attraction. The palace was built in the 17th century and now houses a museum with a wonderful collection of art and historical items.

Some of the highlights that you should keep in mind in the park are the Amphitheatre, the Old Orangery (Stara Oranżeria), and the Myślewicki Palace (Pałac Myślewicki). Aside from architectural and cultural riches, the Royal Baths are also home to a diversity of animals. You might see peacocks walking freely, ducks flying across the ponds, and squirrels scurrying among the trees as you walk through the park, providing an exceptional combination of nature and history. If you like organized experiences, be sure to check out this group tour around Łazienki!

View on Łazienki Królewskie

Warsaw University Library and Gardens

The popular Warsaw University Library is one of Poland's most remarkable buildings. The combination of raw concrete, green glass, and lush greenery growing on the library's exterior gives a strong first impression. The library itself contains a large collection of books and publications from all over the world.

It has a garden and a roof garden, one of the largest and most beautiful in Eastern Europe. It is divided into sections that differ in color and smell and hides many romantic and intimate spots. The bridges and observation deck offer views of the stunning landscape of Warsaw. The library is open from spring to autumn.

Wilanów Palace

The Wilanów Palace is a popular tourist attraction known for its architectural splendor, large gardens, and rich history. The palace is located in the Wilanów area and is surrounded by a large park, which adds to its lovely location. The palace is around 10 kilometers south of Warsaw, making it conveniently accessible to visitors.

The palace displays paintings, sculptures, porcelain, and decorative arts from different eras, reflecting Polish and Eastern European cultural heritage. Visitors can learn about Poland's history and artistic achievements while exploring the museum's carefully selected exhibits. Make sure to visit when in the area!

Where to stay

Budget - Warsaw Hostel Centrum

A budget-friendly hostel for adults, only a 3-minute walk from the Palace of Culture and Science.

Mid-Range - Hotel Łazienkowski

A lovely hotel right by the Royal Baths

Luxury - Regent Warsaw Hotel

A luxurious hotel with a beautiful view of the Park Łazienkowski

Day 3 - Praga

Praga is well-known for its vibrant art scene and creative spirit. Numerous art galleries, studios, and alternative cultural spaces present the works of local artists in the neighbourhood. Art lovers will enjoy exploring the Praga Galleries District, which holds frequent art exhibitions and cultural events. The streets themselves serve as an open-air gallery, with vivid murals and street art adding to Praga's artistic ambiance.

The Mural in Praga Warsaw

Where to eat

Pyzy Flaki Gorące - (which would mean “hot dumplings” in English) is a place with a variety of original Polish food, served unconventionally in jars.

Różycki Bazaar (Bazar Różyckiego)

The market has been a focus of trade and commerce for years, dating back to the 19th century. It is named after Jan Różycki, a wealthy Warsaw merchant who established it in the 1860s. Bazar Róyckiego has been an important component of Praga's cultural identity and a meeting spot for locals and visitors alike over the years.

At the Różycki Bazaar, you can find everything from fresh fruit and local cuisine, including fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, spices, and Polish specialties such as kiełbasa (sausage), pierogi (dumplings), and zapiekanki (open-faced sandwiches). Apart from food, the market is known for its selection of vintage clothing, second-hand items, antiques, and curiosities. Visiting Różycki Bazaar provides an authentic glimpse into the vibrant local life of Praga. It offers a unique shopping experience and a chance to mingle with the locals. It is definitely a unique experience!

Galleries District

The Praga Galleries District is known as an alternative to Warsaw's more established art scene. It is known for its avant-garde atmosphere, experimental approach, and support for young artists. The area includes a wide variety of artistic opportunities, such as painting, sculpture, photography, multimedia installations, performance art, and more.

The area is full of industrial and unconventional lofts and warehouses, where you can join workshops and take part in artistic events, like gallery openings, art fairs, art walks, and festivals! You have to visit Soho Factory for that! You can also simply enjoy expressive street art, colourful murals, graffiti, and artistic interventions, adding an urban and edgy aesthetic to the area. Remember to try some of the traditional Polish dishes on this guided food tour!

Vistula River (Wisła)

The Vistula River, one of Poland's longest rivers, passes through Warsaw and provides a range of activities for tourists! Several companies offer sightseeing cruises, including lunch and dinner excursions that allow you to eat while admiring the scenery. Alternatively, by the riverbank, you can rent a canoe or a kayak, to explore the area on your own!

If you want to enjoy the river without getting wet, don’t worry - we got you! Take a walk along the Vistula Boulevards, have a drink in a beach bar, or have a picnic by the water. Vistula is also a place of various cultural events and festivals, from music concerts and open-air film screenings to art installations and sports competitions! Whatever you want to enjoy during vacation, the possibilities are endless!

The view on Vistula River

City Zoological Garden

City Zoological Garden is a popular tourist destination in Warsaw's Praga, right by the river, commonly known simply as Warsaw Zoo. Here you will encounter a wide variety of animals from all over the world. What is important, the zoo puts emphasis on conservation and education. It actively participates in breeding programs and collaborates with international organizations to protect endangered species from distinction. The zoo also organizes educational programs, guided tours, and workshops to raise awareness about wildlife conservation, animal behavior, and environmental issues. If a simple tour around the zoo is not enough for you, definitely join some of those events to learn more about important ideals in the contemporary world.

If you're afraid the visit to the zoo will be tiring, don't worry! The zoo provides facilities to ensure a comfortable visit for families and visitors of all ages. You can stop to have a picnic, or simply relax for a second. Children can play at the playground and then all visitors can go to the food area in the zoo to recharge during the visit.

Where to stay

Budget - 6 Cities Rooms

Fully equipped rooms in the heart of Praga.

Mid-Range - Apartment Relax Praga

Comfy apartments near the center of Warsaw’s Praga

Luxury - Moxy Warsaw Praga

A designer style hotel in the center of Praga

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