What to do in Warsaw

Warsaw has come a long way in the last 15 years. Gone are the days of the drab and oppressive totalitarian rule. The city has transformed itself and is now appealing to tourists, in particular to those that are interested in its checkered his3870efba-408a-4a7b-a8b0-6abab35039e9-warsaw-Old-Towntory. There are many attractions to see, an impressive cultural scene to witness and an increasingly lively nightlife to enjoy.

The city spans the Vistula River and most of the main tourist attractions are located on the left bank. The Old Town of Warsaw was rebuilt after it was destroyed in WWII, and it is once again the center of the city. There are a wide range of attractions, restaurants and bars to be found here. The ‘Royal Route’ connects the Old Town with the New Town, featuring some interesting palaces that survived the war. You will also pass the royal gardens of Lazienki Park and Wilanow Palace to the south of the city center.

If you wish to explore the surrounding area, there are some worthwhile day trips from Warsaw. Żelazowa Wola is 35 miles away and famous for being the town where Frederic Chopin was born. You can visit the beautiful mansion and gardens where he stayed with his family. Puszcza Kampinoska is just 10 miles from Warsaw and is a wild and lush primeval forest. It makes for a welcomed escape from the noise of the city.

Most leisure activities take place during the summer months, when temperatures are warmer. One of the best places to visit is the magnificent park called Pole Mokotowskie. Locals can be seen enjoying a range of activities including jogging, cycling, walking and rollerblading here. The park is also a popular place for families to simply relax and enjoy their picnics. Skiing and snowboarding is possible year-round at CSN Szczesliwice, and there are two major ice rings in the city, at the Torwar in Śródmieście and Tor Stegny in Mokotów