Warsaw Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland)
There is much in the way of sightseeing in Warsaw and tourists will be able to experience a range of attractions. Many visitors choose to take a leisurely walk around the city and explore the main tourist attractions within the Stare Miasto, otherwise known as Old Town Warsaw.
A stroll along the Krakowskie Przedmiescie (Royal Way) is not to be missed and links the Royal Castle with Old Town Warsaw. This is one of the most beautiful boulevards in the whole of Poland, being lined with exquisite residences, historic churches and countless tourist attractions, many of which date back as far as the 17th century. For families, take a trip to the city's excellent zoological gardens, or why not consider hiring a gondola at Lazienki Lake.
CSN Szczesliwice (Szczesliwice Ski Slope)
Address: 22 Ulica Drawska, Warsaw, PL-02-202, Poland, PL
Tel: +48 022 825 8675
Something for thrillseekers visiting this part of Poland, the CSN Szczesliwice is best known for its artificial ski slope and ski lift. Whatever the time of year, visitors will be able to ski or snowboard, whilst enjoying exceptional views. Other attractions include hiking trails, eateries, a small lake, and a popular Alpine Coaster - an exciting gravity powered roller coaster dropping down some 40 metres / 130 feet and reaching speeds of up to 22 mph / 35 kph.
Open hours: daily, seasonal variations
Admission: charge, discounts for children under 16 years old
Address: Lazienki Park, Warsaw, PL-00460, Poland, PL
Sited next to the Lazienki Lake and within Lazienki Park itself, this striking Amphitheatre is classically Greek in its appearance and dates from the latter part of the 18th century. The Amphitheatre features a series of rather elaborate decorations, including stone statues and carvings. A number of performances and concerts still take place here, particularly during Polish summer festivals.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free, charge for some events
City Zoo / Warsaw Zoological Gardens
Address: 1 / 3 Ulica Ratuszowa, Warsaw, PL-03461, Poland, PL
Tel: +48 022 619 4041
A scientific zoo filled with animal attractions, the Warsaw Zoological Gardens was established in the late 1920s and has gained popularity ever since, although it is known that unusual animals were kept in private collections for more than 100 years prior to the zoo's official opening. Situated within the district of Praga, the City Zoo encompasses some 100 acres / 40 hectares and contains in excess of 5,000 different animals, with favourites including African elephants, Indian rhinos, hippos, Polish lynxes, primates and even polar bears.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts for children and families
Gondolas on the Lake
Address: Lazienki Park, Warsaw, PL-00449, Poland, PL
The biggest park in Warsaw, Lazienki Park covers come 198 acres / 80 hectares right in the very heart of the city. Founded in the 17th century, Lazienki Park has always provided an essential recreational space. In more recent years, gondola boats arrived on Lazienki Lake, next to the famous Palace on the Water. Today, summer gondola trips on the lake have never been more popular and although the ride lasts less than 15 minutes, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. The gondolas are actually larger than many people imagine and can comfortably seat up to ten passengers.
Open hours: daily, seasonal variations
Admission: charge, discounts available
Polish National Opera House / Great Theatre (Teatr Wielki)
Address: Plac Teatralny 1, Warsaw, PL-00950, Poland, PL
Tel: +48 022 692 0208
Located on the city's Plac Teatralny (Theatre Square), the Polish National Opera House was inaugurated in 1833 and appears more like a grand palace than an actual theatre. Following considerable damage during the Second World War, the Teatr Wielki was thoroughly restored and reopened in 1965 and has remained popular ever since, staging regular musical events and often featuring performances by the Warsaw Ballet Company and its many acclaimed Polish ballerinas.
Open hours: daily, hours vary according to performance
Admission: charge, discounts