Tourism

The Warsaw Convention Bureau is the official tourist information agency in Warsaw and can provide visitors with information regarding hotels, attractions, and events. They also have maps for travelers. Unfortunately, the bureau’s website isn’t well designed and doesn’t provide all that great of information, though, it can be helpful. They operate three locations in Warsaw.

There are a few other organizations that are useful when planning or looking for information about a trip to Warsaw. Destination Warsaw has some useful information, but seems to trump up its members’ products, restaurants, and services over others. Its main goal is the promotion of Warsaw as a destination abroad. The best source of practical tips, contacts, and current event information is the Warsaw Insider, available at every concierge, tourits information and larger newsagents’; the Warsaw Voice.

A wise investment may be the Warsaw Tourist Card, which can either be purchased for a 24 hour period or three days. The card will get you into museums for free or for a discount. It also doubles as a ticket for public transportation in Warsaw. You may also be able to get discounts at galleries, sports facilities, shops, restaurants, and discounted tours, car rentals, or accommodation. The card can be purchased at the tourist agency’s offices around the city, some hotels, and a few other locations.


See

Most of the major sightseeing attractions are located in Centrum area, which encompasses seven districts, however, the most important district for sight seeing is likely to be considered Śródmieście. The other districts all have something else to offer too, but the further from Centrum you journey, the less likely you’re to find much of anything that is of any major interest, although Wilanów’s palace and Kabaty forest are interesting enough.

Itineraries

  • TheRoyal Road (Trakt Królewski) was originally a track linking the Royal Castle to the Royal Palace in Wilanów (Pałac Królewski w Wilanowie), some 10 km farther. There are many points of interest along the route, and there’s a Poster Museum (Muzeum Plakatu) in Wilanów as well.

Museums

Warsaw Uprising Museum Interactive museum that documents the historic struggle of the Poles during WWII. The Uprising should have lasted only 3 days but lasted more than 2 months. The brief 3-D film that simulates flying over the destroyed city is powerful.

Center for Modern Art (Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej)

Royal Lazienki (Lazienki Krolewskie)

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw – loacted only a few minutes walk from the Central Railway Station the Museum invites to step into the world of contemporary art by Polish and international artists. Guided tours every Sunday at 2 pm.

National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie)

The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw (Panstwowe Muzeum Etnograficzne w Warszawie)

Heavens of Copernicus (Niebo Kopernika) Thanks to its equipment, quality of shows and design, the Heavens of Copernicus is one of the most modern and original planetariums in Europe. It offers sky displays, film projections, lectures and meetings.


Do

Explore

Go on a Tour of Warsaw – the Old Town and surrounding districts are sufficiently compact to allow a number of excellent walking tours through its history-filled streets. You’ll see amazing things you would otherwise miss. Details are usually available from the reception desks of hostels and hotels.

Explore old Praga to get more shady (but safe) insight into old Warsaw. Find charming art cafes and galleries hidden around Ząbkowska, Targowa, Wileńska, 11 listopada, Inżynierska streets. In night, there are lot of vibrating clubs on these streets.

Multimedial Fountain Park

Copernicus Science Center. Copernicus Science Centre conducts modern science communication through interactive exhibitions addressed to different groups of recipients (adults, adolescents and children), shows and workshops on scientific themes, debates and discussions as well as activities from the borderland of science and art. The mission of the Centre is to inspire curiosity, assist the independent discovering of the world, help to learn and inspire social dialogue on science.

Concerts and performances

Warsaw is home to several professional musical and play companies. Being the capital city means the Polish National Opera and the Warsaw Philharmonic (also, National Philharmonic) call Warsaw home. There are a number of other companies, including play companies and theaters that will likely be of interest to travellers.

 

Festivals

  • Warsaw Film Festival(Warszawski Festiwal Filmowy).
  • Warsaw Summer Jazz Days.
  • Jewish Culture Festival – The Singer’s Warsaw(Festiwal Kultury Żydowskiej – Warszawa Singera), (festiwalsingera@shalom.org.pl).
  • Warsaw Autumn(Warszawska Jesień).
  • Old-Polish Music Festival(Festiwal Muzyki Staropolskiej).
  • Garden Theaters Contest(Konkurs Teatrów Ogródkowych).
  • Noc Muzeów(Long Night of Museums). Noc Muzeów is a fun night that sees thousands of people turn out to spend the night wandering around Varsovian museums and galleries for free. It’s a great opportunity to wander around with your date of friends, as many people do, and grab an ice cream cone from one of the many cafes that stay open late. Most museums and galleries will stay open past midnight. Noc Muzeów usually occurs around mid-May.

Sports

Warsaw is not internationally known for its sports teams or for any of its sports venues, although that may change in 2012 as Warsaw, and Poland as a whole with Ukraine, has improved their sporting infrastructure and stadiums as the hosts of the European Football Championship in 2012. Renovation of the Legia football team’s stadium has finished.

Despite all the emphasis on football, no traveller to Warsaw should be so naive as to think that football is the only sport to do in Warsaw. There is a mixture of both professional sports teams for spectators to visit and participatory sports for travelers to participate in.

  • Legia Warszawa, ul. Łazienkowska 3, football team from Warsaw.
  • Polonia Warszawa, ul. Konwiktorska 6, football team from Warsaw.
  • Warsaw Eagles.An American football team in Warsaw.

 

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