Hello! My name is Olga and I’m the Sales & Marketing Manager for Poland at Ryanair. Below are some of my top tips for exploring Warsaw like a local.
Old Town & The Royal Castle
Having been almost entirely destroyed during the second world war, the area has since been restored to its former glory and is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the winding cobbled streets, pose by the renowned mermaid statue and admire the historical buildings dating back to the 17th and 18th century.
The Royal Castle, located within the Castle Square is another must see when visiting Warsaw. The former residency of the Polish monarchy is now open to the public to view.
Personally, my favourite street in Warsaw.
Begin by walking from the city centre to Nowy Świat and on to Krakowskie Przedmieście, towards Old Town. One of the most prestigious spots, and part of the Royal Route, it’s surrounded by historical places of interest.
You’ll have lots to see, including churches, palaces and grand homes. Make sure you visit spots like Warsaw University and the Presidential Palace. You’ll be in awe of the architectural masterpieces around you.
Łazienki Park/Royal Baths Park
The largest park in Poland, dating from the 17th century, is littered with palaces, monuments and plenty of photo-worthy areas — the most famous of all being the Monument to John III Sobieski.
For these, head away from Old Town and reach the east bank of the Vistula River.
The main street of old Praga is Ząbkowska, often called Praga’s Old Town. It’s considered the most authentic part of Warsaw thanks to the area having managed to avoid destruction during World War II. At Praga Museum of Warsaw, listen to recorded interviews with some of the area’s oldest residents for an emotive and moving experience.
Saska Kępa, or Saxon Guards in English, is a neighbourhood that became part of Warsaw in 1916 and saw the growing middle class build mansions in their new-found suburbia during the 1920s and 30s. It’s worth checking out as the character of these homes is unlike that of any place else.
I’ve made a list of favourite dishes mostly chosen as typical Polish cuisine, so take note — you don’t want to miss out.
A sort of dumpling. The most trouble you’ll have is choosing your filling, such as meat, lentil, spinach, mushroom or even fruit.
· Polish sausage
Also known as kielbasa is a must-try, purely because it’s so traditionally Polish.
A traditional Polish sour rye fermented cereal-turned-soup.
Enjoy hearty, traditional Polish grub, set in truly Bavarian surroundings, just 5 minute walk from the main square of the Old Town.
Meta na Foksal
Have a drink with a blast from the past with old vinyl records and political propaganda posters inside this cosy little snack bar.
Grab a drink to-go and head to the promenade overlooking the Vistula River. There’s a mini beach, sun loungers, plenty of spots to sit down and relax, and even hop aboard a sail boat during the summer months.
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading my top tips and recommendations for exploring Warsaw and happy travels!