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Things to do in Warsaw

The Warsaw Rising Museum details the 1944 people's rebellion, while Pawiak Prison illustrates the suffering the locals endured under occupation. Nothing represents the post-war Communist era better than the Palace of Culture & Science. In the Old Town you'll find the Royal Castle, with more regal places to visit at Wilanów Park and Palace and Lazienki Park and Palace. Most museums are closed on Mondays.

Market Square and Old             Town, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Polish National Tourist Office
Poster Museum at Wilanów, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Poster Museum
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Wilanów Poster Museum

Iconic poster art

Warsaw's Poster Museum at Wilanów, housed within the estate's menagerie building, has one of the world's largest collections of poster art. Over half of these are Polish designs, but there are also works by artists like Dali, Warhol and Picasso.



Cost

Zl8; concessions Zl5; Mon free

Opening Hours

Mon 12pm-4pm; Tue-Sun 10am-4pm (until 5pm Jun-Sep)

Address

10/16, ul. St Kostki Potockiego, Warsaw 02-958

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 842 4848

Transport

Wilanów bus

Website

Wilanów Poster Museum Website

Museum of                         Technology, Warsaw. Photo by Marcin Wichary
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Museum of Technology

Marvel at modern technology

While the labyrinthine layout is baffling it also makes the experience more fun as visitors stumble across increasingly bizarre displays. Oddities housed in this city-centre Museum of Technology include a glass woman, Atari computers and a 1950s MIG flight simulator.



Cost

Zl8; children Zl5

Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

Address

1, Pl. Defilad (Palace of Culture), Warsaw 00-901

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 656 67 47

Transport

Dworzec Centralna train

Website

Museum of Technology Website

Pawiak Prison,                         Warsaw. Courtesy of Warsaw Tourism Office
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Pawiak Prison

Former Nazi political prison

Pawiak Prison became synonymous with Nazi terror when the Gestapo turned it into a political prison. More than 37,000 people were murdered here and it is now a moving tribute to them, with reconstructed cells and personal effects on view.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Wed 9am-5pm, Thu 9am-4pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Address

24/26, ul. Dzielna, Warsaw 00-162

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 831 92 89

Transport

Anielewicza tram

Website

Pawiak Prison Website

Centre for                         Contemporary Art - CSW, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Centre for Contemporary Art
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Centre for Contemporary Art - CSW

Scandalous contemporary art

Find works by Poland's leading contemporary artists at the Centre for Contemporary Art - CSW, housed inside a central castle. The multimedia installations and exhibitions are a frequent source of scandal making this one of the country's most talked about galleries.



Cost

Zl12; children Zl6 (Thu free)

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 11am-7pm (until 9pm Fri)

Address

6, Al Ujazdowskie, Warsaw 00-461

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 628 1271

Transport

pl. na Rozdrozu bus

Website

CSW Website

National                         Museum in Warsaw. Photo courtesy of the Warsaw Tourism Board
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National Museum in Warsaw

Mummies to modern art

The central National Museum in Warsaw houses an impressive collection of art spanning more than three millennia. Its 11 galleries are home to Egyptian and Mesopotamian artefacts, medieval religious portraits, Venetian paintings and works by 19th- and 20th-century Polish masters.



Cost

Zl12; concessions Zl7; Sat freeTemporary exhibitions Zl17; concessions Zl10

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 10am-7pm

Address

3, Al. Jerozolimskie, Warsaw 00-495

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 621 1031

Transport

Muzeum Naradowe tram

Website

National Museum in Warsaw Website

Zacheta                         National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Zacheta National Gallery of                         Art
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Zacheta Gallery

Edgy art in Warsaw

Poland's leading modern art gallery features artists from home and abroad inside its vast network of corridors and halls in the city centre. The Zacheta Gallery's smaller sister gallery, avant garde Kordegarda, can be visited on ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie 15/17.



Cost

Zl10; children Zl7

Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 12am-8pm

Address

3, Pl. Malachowskiego, Warsaw 00-916

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 827 5854

Transport

Królewska tram

Website

Zacheta Gallery Website

Uprising                         memorial, Warsaw. Photo by Nick Breckenfield
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Warsaw Rising Museum

World war II tragedy

This modern interactive museum commemorates the doomed 1944 rebellion to liberate the city from Nazi rule. The central Warsaw Rising Museum brings the uprising to life with a vast collection of artefacts, films, photographs and even reconstructed sewers and aircraft.



Cost

Zl4; concessions Zl2; Sun free

Opening Hours

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm, Thu 8am-8pm

Address

79, ul. Grzybowska, Warsaw 00-844

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 539 7933

Transport

Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego tram

Website

Warsaw Rising Museum Website

The Chopin Family Drawing-Room (Salonik Chopinów), Warsaw. Courtesy of Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina
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Chopin Family Drawing-Room

Composer's home

The Chopin Family Drawing-Room, housed in the Czapski Palace, belonged to the apartment where the famous composer lived before leaving Poland. The 19th-century furnishings, including a Buchholtz piano and portrait paintings, recreate an original drawing by artist Antoni Kolberg.



Cost

Zl3; concessions Zl2; Wed free

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Address

Academy of Fine Arts, Czapski Palace, 5 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, Warsaw

Telephone

+48 22 3200275

Transport

Świętokrzyska metro

Website

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute Website

Palace of                         Culture & Science, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Polish National Tourist                         Office
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Palace of Culture & Science

Stalin's present to Warsaw

Gifted to Poland by Stalin, the 231-metre Palace of Culture & Science in Warsaw city centre is Poland's tallest building, and one of the world's finest examples of Socialist Realist architecture. A visit to the 30th-floor viewing platform is essential.



Cost

Viewing platform Zl20; concessions Zl15

Opening Hours

Viewing platform: daily 9am-6pm

Address

1, Pl. Defilad, Warsaw 00-110

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 656 7600

Transport

Dworzec Centralna train

Website

Palac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture & Science) Website

St John's                         Cathedral, Warsaw. Photo by Nick Breckenfield
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St John's Cathedral

New Gothic cathedral

Destroyed during World War II, Warsaw's oldest church has been reconstructed in Gothic fashion. St John's Cathedral in the Old Town has works by Wit Stwosz, and eminent Poles buried in the crypt. Europe's first constitution was signed here in 1791.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 10am-1pm & 3pm-5.30pm

Address

8, ul. Swietojanska, Warsaw 00-288

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 831 0289

Transport

Stare Miasto tram

Royal Castle,                         Warsaw. Photo by Nick Breckenfield
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Royal Castle

Restored royal residence

Rebuilt on the edge of the Old Town the Royal Castle offers a prescribed route through its immaculately reconstructed chambers. Of note are the Canaletto room, the throne room, royal chapel and the cellars - home to recently excavated treasures.



Cost

Zl12-20, children Zl6-Zl13. Prices depend on route taken

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm

Address

4, plac Zamkowy, Warsaw 00-277

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 657 2170/+48 (0) 22 6572 338 (ticket office)

Transport

Stare Miasto tram

Website

Royal Castle Website

Market Square                         and Old Town, Warsaw. Courtesy of the Polish National Tourist Office
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Market Square and Old Town

Historic centre

The Market Square and Old Town should top any tourist itinerary. Rebuilt following total destruction in the Second World War, its network of cobbled alleyways houses numerous museums, churches and galleries, with the centrepiece being the fully restored market square.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours

Address

Rynek Starego Miasta, Warsaw

Transport

Stare Miasto tram

Ghetto Wall,                         Warsaw. Photo by Anthea Pitt
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The Ghetto Wall and Jewish Heritage

Poignant past

With the aid of a good map track down traces of Warsaw's Jewish past, including surviving elements of the Ghetto wall, the synagogue and Umschlagplatz - the spot where Jews were crammed into cattle wagons destined for Treblinka.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

24 hours

Address

62, ul. Zlota, Warsaw

Wilanów Park, Warsaw. Photo by Jon Martin
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Wilanów Park and Palace

The Polish Versailles

Dubbed 'the Polish Versailles', the 17th-century Wilanów Park and Palace houses priceless artworks and extravagant chambers providing a glimpse into the lives of the ruling classes. The grounds also encompass 45 hectares of landscaped gardens and a huge poster museum.



Cost

Palace: Zl20; children Zl10 (Sat free). Park and Orangery: Zl5; children Zl3 (Thu free)

Opening Hours

Mon, Wed-Fri & Sun 9am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm

Address

10/16, ul. S K Potockiego, Warsaw 02-958

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 842 4809 or 22 842 8101

Transport

Wilanów bus

Website

Wilanów Park and Palace Website

King Stanislaw                         August Poniatowski's Waterpalace in the Royal Lazienki Park, Warsaw.                         Photo by Nick Breckenfield
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Lazienki Park and Palace

Royal palace and gardens

The 18th-century Lazienki Park and Palace complex close to the city centre features peacocks strutting around gardens, an amphitheatre modelled on Herculaneum and the royal residence of Poland's last monarch. Enjoy free weekend concerts in summer near the Chopin monument.



Cost

Palace Zl12, children Zl9; park free

Opening Hours

Park daily 8am-dusk; palace Tue-Sun 9am-4pm

Address

1, ul. Agrykoli, Warsaw 00-460

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 5060 101

Transport

Lazienki Królewskie bus

Website

Lazienki Park and Palace Website

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