Poland’s capital city of Warsaw was devastated during the Second World War, rebuilt by Communist powers, and today is standing strong despite the many troubles that the historic city has endured. Warsaw is striving hard to modernize and develop, and is home to some great things to see and do for those who add Warsaw to their European adventures.
In general, Poland is pretty cheap by European standards. Food, drink, accommodation, transportation, and sightseeing typically cost a lot less than counterparts towards the West. It is a great destination for people looking for a great time for a fraction of the cost, and there are also some great free things to do in Warsaw meaning that your trip will cost even less.
Some top free things to do in Warsaw include:
Warsaw’s Old Town is a quaint and pretty part of the city, restored following the destruction caused by Nazi powers during the war. There are lots of beautiful churches to admire, and they add a certain atmospheric charm to the area. There are pleasant squares to explore, along with an abundance of cute cafes and bars – perfect for resting a while and watching the world go by. A major attraction in the Old Town is the statue of Syrenka. Syrenka is a mythical mermaid who is said to watch over the city and provide protection and care. Stroll around the remains of the old medieval walls and visit the rebuilt Royal Castle. Wander the narrow cobblestone streets and simply look at the loveliness all around. Make sure that you don’t miss 20 Kanonia Street, one of the narrowest buildings across the globe.
Stretching from the Old Town to Wilanow, the Royal Route is around 11 kilometres long. A journey along the Royal Route will lead you past the Presidential Palace, the Financial Centre, various statues and monuments, lots of trendy shops and charming cafes, parks, Warsaw University, old churches, and public squares.
Said to be one of the most beautiful parks in the whole of Europe, Lazienki Park boasts some lovely parkland and landscaped garden, as well as an old palace and a large shimmering pond. Several creatures live in the park, and there is a small zoo. On Sundays in the summer months you can listen to the haunting sounds of Chopin at delightful and free piano recitals, held at the Chopin Memorial. There are several other statues and sculptures within the park’s grounds. Enjoying the park itself is free, although there is a small charge if you want to go inside the palace, Ujazdowski Castle. Inside the old palace is the modern art museum. If you want o have a peek inside, try and plan your visit for a Thursday when there are no admission charges.
Near to the Royal Castle, the Dancing Fountain is a relatively new addition to the city’s attractions. It operates in the evenings on weekends in the summer months. Hundreds of jets of water shoot into the evening sky in time to music, with lots of lights and lasers to add to the spectacular effect. The musical accompaniments range from classical sounds to upbeat pop.
Other terrific free things to do in Warsaw include the moving and informative Warsaw Rising Museum, which is free on certain days of the week, the Palace of Culture and Science, the river beaches, and the historic area of Saska Kepa.