How to Spend 1 Day in Warsaw
With a history that dates back over 1,400 years, the Polish capital offers a wealth of heritage, from the Warsaw Old Town UNESCO World Heritage Site to the remnants of the Second World War–era Jewish Ghetto. One day enables you to see some key sights, discover Polish food, and explore the city’s vibrant nightlife. Read on to find out how.
Morning: Old Times, Old Town
Devastated by Nazi forces during World War II, Warsaw’s historic Old Town has been so perfectly rebuilt that it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak up the old-world charm on a walking tour or as part of a broader city tour by Segway or Communist-era vehicle. Stroll the Old Town Market Square, with its 17th- and 18th-century houses; follow in the footsteps of kings at the Warsaw Royal Castle; admire historic St. John’s Cathedral; explore the Warsaw Barbican fortress; and don’t miss the city’s icon, the statue known as the Mermaid of Warsaw, or Syrenka.
Afternoon: A Lost World
One day in Warsaw doesn’t leave enough time to visit any of the Nazi concentration camps, but you can pay tribute to the city’s Jewish community, annihilated in the Holocaust, on a tour of the most significant Jewish sites. See the Warsaw Jewish Ghetto, complete with a fragment of the wall that once segregated Warsaw’s Jewish people from their neighbors, and Nożyk Synagogue, Warsaw’s last remaining prewar synagogue, then head farther afield to the Jewish Cemetery. Pause at the Monument of the Ghetto Heroes, then consolidate your knowledge at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Night: Flavors of Poland
Food is one of the great joys of any trip to Warsaw. Discover Polish cuisine on a food tour, covering classic delights such as sausages, cheeses, breads, and pickles, alongside candies, cakes, desserts, craft beer, and flavored and unflavored vodkas. Or go deeper with a hands-on cooking class that teaches you the art of perfect pierogi (dumplings), Polish buckwheat pancakes, stuffed cabbage, and the like. Wrap up by saying “na zdrowie” to Warsaw’s vibrant nightlife with a tour of the city’s pubs, bars, and clubs; travel in style with your choice of vehicles, from Communist-era chic to contemporary limo.