What are the highlights of Warsaw? Well, the absolute must see in the historic area of Warsaw include: the Old Town and the Royal Castle (UNESCO World Heritage site), glimpses on Wisła (our river), the elegant Krakowskie Przedmieście, the modern University of Warsaw Library and its roof garden, the Chopin’s heart and… a personal selfie photo session with the composer.
First of all – don’t worry about the Chopin’s heart. Actually, you can’t see it as it is hidden in a niche and covered with a proper stone plaque. Then, be prepared for the story of the afterwar reconstruction. Historically speaking, the Old Town heritage covers almost 7 centuries of architecture, but most of it was recreated after WWII. And a visit to our Royal Castle and its exhibitions is the best way to get a short cut through the city history as there is a collection of mini documentaries and original footages shown as a part of itinerary.
Next, visiting the St. John the Baptist Cathedral (Roman Catholic), the Market Sq. and, above all, a view from the St. Ann’s Bell Tower provide you with a unique opportunity to feel the inner strength of the Polish nation. The people’s will brought about the reconstruction of the entire district on a unique scale in the history of the world. It’s not an exaggeration: the reconstruction was the reason why the Old Town in Warsaw was listed as the part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Then, the Warsaw University Campus with its duality: the grand and noble buildings of the old section in Krakowskie Przedmieście and quite unique modern architecture in the Powiśle area, such as one of the Warsaw icons: the New University Library Building with its remarkable roof garden and a panoramic view on the Wisła river and the city centre. The garden is open for visits from April to October. And there is the amazing Wisła riverfront to explore….
The Krakowskie Przedmieście Campus is worth visiting also as a place closely associated with biographies of its alumni, such as Frederic Chopin. This is where you will find one of the playing musical benches. And you can take a selfie with the composer right at the entrance to his home – all you have to do is download the free app called selfie with Chopin from the official tourist site of the city or ask your guide!
For more city walks in winter and in summer click our tours in Warsaw section.
This is our most popular 3 -4 hour walking tour. The walk alone along itinerary (meeting point: the Copernicus statue in Krakowskie Przedmieście, then a walk down the street (the street name in Polish is: Krakowskie Przedmieście), Old Town, the riverfront and the end near the University of Warsaw Library) will take 3-4 hours. However, there is a possibility to use very convenient public transport or a private car – if needed. There are daily or longer period tickets for the city’s trams and buses available in kiosks or ticket machines located at the major stops.
We provide guiding services. There are entrance fees to the Royal Castle (a standard guided visit lasts approx 60 -80 minutes) and to the St. Ann’s Church Bell Tower (and no lift on top, just the stairs). Tickets for individual visitors must be bought at the museums ticket office. Group visits must be booked via the official website or the booking offices (no more than 25 pax in a group). On request, we can assist you with the booking.
This itinerary offers you a very convenient start for further exploration. If you are more interested in the reconstruction – then go to the Muzeum Warszawy (the Warsaw City Museum) and see the exhibition located on Brzozowa St. in the Old Town. And there are some interesting culinary aspects of the local history and heritage to taste!