With three days in Warsaw, not only can tour the city’s highlights and enjoy a wealth of food, beer, and vodka, you’ll also have enough time to spend a day at a nearby World War II site. Here’s how to make the most of three days in the Polish capital.
Museum of Life Under Communism (Muzeum Zycia w PRL)
Mon–Fri 10am–4pm; Sat–Sun 11am–5pm
25 Mińska, Praga, Warsaw, Mazovia, 03-808
Founded by a pair of tour operators in a garage, the Museum of Life Under Communism moved from the fashionable Praga district to the Constitution Square area in 2019. Besides fascinating recreations of Communist-era living rooms, phone booths, food, and, of course, queues, enjoy informative displays and great photo opportunities. Buy tickets online or on-site, enter free with a Warsaw Pass, or visit one of the Communist-era Warsaw tours the owners run in retro Nysa vans. Live guides are available in a range of languages but you need to book in advance.
Things to know before you go
- A must for design fans and history buffs, the Life Under Communism Museum can make for some great photo opportunities.
- Keen photographers and videographers can rent objects from the museum to use in shoots.
- Much of the museum is accessible to travelers who use wheelchairs.
How to get there
The Museum of Life Under Communism sits right by Constitution Square, about a 0.5-mile (800-meter) walk south of the Palace of Culture, and about two miles (three kilometers) south of Castle Square. The best metro station is Politechnika (Line 1), less than a 10-minute walk away, or catch the number 4 tram from in front of the Royal Castle to Constitution Square.
When to get there
The Museum of Life Under Communism is open seven days a week, but sometimes closes for filming, so it’s worth booking ahead. It opens from mid-morning to early evening Monday through Thursday and Saturday to Sunday; on Fridays, it opens at noon and stays open a little later.
Communist Architecture in Warsaw
Nazi troops destroyed much of Warsaw during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising—even Warsaw Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a reconstruction. So when the Soviet-aligned government rebuilt after World War II, it created a wealth of Communist architecture. Don’t miss the gigantic Palace of Culture and Science, the MDM residential district around Constitution Square, and the city’s many brutalist sculptures.
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