Is Warsaw Worth Visiting? 12 Reasons and 25 Photos That Say ‘Yes’

Even in popular destinations like Europe, you can find underrated countries and cities that are actually extremely beautiful. If there’s one city that might not be on your bucket list, it’s Warsaw, Poland. But, is Warsaw worth visiting? I am happy to say that the answer is yes!

Although it has a painful past, nowadays it’s a vibrant Polish city that is more modern than you probably think (but it still preserves its history).

Warsaw offers so many things to do and see and has everything you want when you’re going on a city break; incredible landmarks; beautiful old town streets and squares; lively parks and gardens; cool museums; hearty local food; vibrant nightlife.

Sounds good, right? So let’s dive a little deeper into all the reasons to visit Warsaw that will surely make you book a flight right now!

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IS WARSAW WORTH VISITING? YES, YES, YES!

IT HAS A RICH HISTORY

Warsaw’s history dates all the way back to the 14th century, but did you know that during World War II, 80% of it was completely destroyed?

This city has gone through so much during that traumatic period of time, and you can learn more about it by taking a Jewish history walking tour or visiting the Uprising Museum (amongst other activities).

The Communist regime that took place in Poland after World War II is another massive part of Warsaw’s history. Taking tours like a Communist Warsaw tour and visiting places like the Museum of Life under Communism are excellent ways to learn more about this complex time in Polish history.

Wasraw Barbican and walls
Warsaw’s Barbican and walls

ALL THE LANDMARKS AND BUILDINGS ARE EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL

With stunning modern buildings alongside pre-war architecture, there’s no denying that Warsaw is one good-looking (and interesting) city.

While some landmarks were reconstructed like the Old Town and Royal Castle, you can also find historic buildings that had survived the war like the Wilanow Palace.

Other important landmarks like the Palace of Culture and Science were built after the war, but believe me, you don’t want to miss any of these beauties.

a big square near Warsaw Old Town
Castle Square
A courtyard in Warsaw Old Town
colorful townhouses
Warsaw Market Square
Reasons to visit Warsaw - Old town houses
Barbican in Warsaw
Is Warsaw worth visiting - beautiful Old Town street
a house in Warsaw's old town
Warsaw old town square
Old Town Market Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Europe
Wilanow palace in Warsaw
Wilanow Palace

IT OFFERS PLENTY OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Culture lovers, this one’s for you. There are more than 50 museums in Warsaw including the Copernicus Science Centre, the Neon Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art.

It’s also where the famous composer and pianist FrΓ©dΓ©ric Chopin grew up, so you can explore the museum dedicated to him, enjoy free Chopin concerts, and take a themed walking tour.

If that’s not enough, Warsaw also hosts art exhibitions, film festivals, and many other cultural events.

LESS TOURISTY THAN OTHER EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS

I’m happy that traveling is more accessible and affordable these days, but many European cities suffer from tourist overload because of that and lose their magic.

Fortunately, Warsaw is still relatively under the radar (though it is getting more popular), so it doesn’t really get overcrowded with tourists.

You should take advantage of this and visit Warsaw while it’s less touristy than other destinations in Europe.

GORGEOUS PARKS AND GARDENS

Even on a city break, you need to find places to relax and enjoy some green scenery, and Warsaw has that covered too.

From big parks like Lazienki Park to the unique University Library Gardens, this city has plenty of beautiful green spaces.

beautiful gardens in Warsaw
Wilanow palace and gardens
Wilanow Gardens
Wilanow gardens
Park in Warsaw
Warsaw University Library Gardens
University Library Gardens
University Library Gardens
Lazienki Park
Lazienki Park

SURPRISINGLY SUPERB FOOD

I don’t know what is your perception of Eastern European food, but I didn’t expect Polish food to be that tasty.

One of the best things to do in Warsaw is to indulge in hearty, warming, and delicious food, from pierogi (Polish dumplings) to potato pancakes to all kinds of soups and stews (and even Polish donuts).

Of course, besides traditional restaurants, you can find modern cafes and international cuisines.

SURPRISING CHOCOLATE SCENE

Did you know that Poland is in the top ten countries that import cocoa products? I was utterly surprised to discover so many chocolate shops selling pralines, chocolate desserts, and the most delicious hot chocolate.

So if you’re a chocoholic like me, Warsaw is worth the visit. My personal favorite: hot chocolate at E. Wedel chocolate lounge.

THE UNIQUE PRAGA DISTRICT

This out-of-the-box district makes Warsaw worth visiting all on its own.

While 80% of Warsaw was destroyed during World War II, only 20% of Praga was ruined, so you can see some interesting contrasts between modern and old.

If you want to see a mix of quirky urban art, trendy cafes and restaurants, and pre-war buildings, you’ll love Praga.

Why visit Warsaw - Neon Museum
Neon Museum in Praga
Bear sculpture in Warsaw
urban art in Praga
street art in Praga
mural in Praga
A mural in Praga

BUDGET-FRIENDLY

Is Warsaw a good place to visit in terms of budget? Yes! One significant advantage is that you can visit Warsaw without breaking the bank. The local currency is called Zloty or PLN, and one PLN is worth about 0.23 EUR or 0.26 USD.

Prices can go between 6-15 PLN for a cup of coffee, depending on the location of the coffee shop and the type of coffee you order.

As for food, at a Polish restaurant, you’ll probably pay 6-10 PLN for a bowl of soup and 20-35 PLN for the main course.

You can also easily find budget-friendly accommodations and visit many sites for free.

EACH SEASON OFFERS SOMETHING DIFFERENT

It may come as a surprise, but you can visit Warsaw almost all year round.

Visit in spring for the flowers and to celebrate Easter, visit in summer for the music festivals, and visit in fall for the foliage.

Late spring, summer, and early fall also offer the most pleasant weather, but if you’re up for the challenge of surviving the low temperatures of pre-Christmas time, you’ll also discover that Warsaw is one of the best winter city breaks in Europe.

In addition, Warsaw can be a great European girls’ trip destination.

PERFECT FOR A CITY ESCAPE

Honestly, you can spend even more than a week exploring this city and taking day trips. But if you only have a few days or even just a weekend, you can still enjoy Warsaw and experience the best of it.

If you’re looking for an alternative European city break destination, Warsaw is a perfect choice.

SUITABLE FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRIPS

Because this city is so diverse and offers a mix of things to do and see, you can visit it with a group of friends, on a mother-daughter trip, and even on a family trip (you’d be surprised how many activities are also great for kids).

colorful pub in Praga
colorful corner in the Praga district

Want to see more of Poland? Check out all the things you can do in the city of Poznan, all the reasons to visit Poznan right now, and this Poznan photo diary!



PRACTICAL INFO

CURRENCY AND PRICES

The local currency in Poland is called Zloty (or PLN), and its value is about 0.26 US dollars.

You can either change your local money to Zloty in your country, at Warsaw’s airport, or in one of Warsaw’s exchange stores. I recommend arriving in Warsaw with a few dozens of Zlotys, just to be safe.

As far as the local prices, coffee usually costs 12-15 Zloty, main courses in mid-range restaurants cost 20-35 Zloty, and entrances to museums and landmarks cost 12-25 Zloty (though many can be visited for free, including top Polish landmarks like the Royal Castle).

WHERE TO STAY IN WARSAW

We stayed at Hotel Chmielna, a budget/mid-range hotel (though you can also find plenty of apartments, luxury hotels, and hostels in Warsaw). Its location was perfect, it was comfortable, and the staff was friendly and helpful.

What I really liked about this hotel is that there was a smartphone with a local SIM and internet connection in the room that we could take for free and carry with us all day long.

The two things that could have been better were the wifi (a bit slow) and the room’s decor (kinda outdated), but it was still great value for the money. You can read other reviews and browse the latest prices and availability here.

For something more highly rated, check out Chillout Hostel (budget), Oki Doki OLD TOWN (budget/mid-range), Warsaw Concept (mid-range), and MONDRIAN Luxury Suites UNESCO Old Town (luxury).

GETTING AROUND WARSAW

Since Warsaw’s Metro only has two lines, buses and trams are popular ways to get around it. Read this full guide about how to get around Warsaw.

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About Or Amir

Hey, I'm Or! I'm a passionate traveler with a severe coffee, chocolate, and pastry addiction (or any other carb for that matter). Obsessed with anything Spain-related, I'm always planning my next trip (and the excitement alone can bring tears to my eyes, not that it's difficult to make me cry).

10 thoughts on “Is Warsaw Worth Visiting? 12 Reasons and 25 Photos That Say ‘Yes’”

    • Hi! There shouldn’t be a problem with English. Except for maybe older people, most of the people in the city speak very good English πŸ™‚

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  1. I viisted Warsaw years ago but it was on such a fleeting visit tha tI didn’t get to see half of what you’ve written about. I’m particulalry loving that street art! Thanks for posting πŸ™‚

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  2. I had never really thought of visiting Poland but more and more I’m hearing that it is a great place to visit. The old town of Warsaw looks really beautiful! I am definitely adding Poland to my bucket list!

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  3. Stunning photos! I would love to visit Warsaw. What a vibrant and charming city. Would love to see the Neon Museum.and walk through some of these parks. Thanks for sharing.

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