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Recently, several sets of friends came all the way to Warsaw to visit us.
It’s a pleasure ^^.
That is why I have been visiting tourist attractions so often these days.
So I would like to share with you some of the sightseeing courses I have taken my friends on.
A 2-day/1-night itinerary for those who are new to Warsaw.
It’s a 2-day/1-night itinerary for first-timers to Warsaw!
If you are planning to visit on Sunday, you should also check here ⇒] A must-see for those who visit Warsaw on Sundays! Convenience stores and souvenir stores open on Sundays around the Old Town.
Choose a hotel in Warsaw and get a little richer!
One of the joys of traveling abroad is choosing a hotel.
Prices are so high in Europe that it is not possible to stay in luxury hotels.
But!The cost of living in Poland is remarkably low for a country in Europe.
Four and even five stars can be stayed for a very reasonable price.
Staying in a 5-star hotel in Europe is not an easy thing to do, so why not give it a try?
We have compiled a list of the most popular hotels in Warsaw by area for your reference during your trip.
Warsaw Sightseeing Plan Day 1: Warsaw Old Town District
One of Warsaw’s most famous sights is the Old Town!
It is also registered as a World Heritage site.
The streets themselves are so beautiful that you can just wander around and take a walk! Or you can visit the sights I’ll show you next!
During World War II, Poland was devastated and the city of Warsaw became a pile of rubble.
After the war, the citizens of Warsaw rose up to restore the city to its original state, using the remaining sketches as a guide.
The original bricks and materials were reused, and even the cracks in the bricks were faithfully reproduced and beautifully restored.
In recognition of such efforts by the citizens, the Historic Center of Warsaw (Old Town) has been registered as a World Heritage site.
If you know the history of Poland before you visit, you will see it in a much different light.
First, let’s start with three sightseeing destinations that you must not miss.
Here are three places where you can say, “I’ve been to Warsaw! Here are three such places where you can say, “I’ve been to Warsaw!
Old Town Market Square
First-time travelers to Warsaw are sure to visit this place.
The mermaid statue in the middle of the square is a photo spot.
There is a small viewing platform near the old royal square.
It is one of my recommended destinations, although it is not well known.
Stairs lead up to the Royal Square, the Old Town, and the Visva River next to the Old Town.
It is especially pleasant on sunny days.
You might be able to take a nice photo that will be Instagram-worthy.
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-21:00 / Saturday, Sunday 11:00-22:00 (May-October)
Monday-Friday 10:00-18:00 / Saturday, Sunday 11:00-18:00 (October-May)
*It is likely to be closed on rainy or snowy days. Opening hours are also subject to change.
Holy Cross Church
The church is famous for the fact that Chopin’s heart is enshrined in it.
It is housed in a white pillar at the front of the church.
Although it is a bit far from the Old Town district, it is a must-visit place for Warsaw tours from Japan.
The church is still in regular use by the locals, so care should be taken when sightseeing.
I almost got pickpocketed once here.
When I opened the door to leave the church, I was suddenly pushed from behind, and when I turned around, the woman was smiling at me in a slightly unpleasant way…
I had a bad feeling about this, thinking it was weird, so I checked the backpack I was carrying behind me, and before I knew it, it was zipped up.
Fortunately, nothing was taken.
There are also regular beggars in the church.
Japanese people are easy targets because they are easily recognized as tourists by their appearance.
Please be careful.
It is more efficient to visit the Church of the Holy Cross, the observatory, and the Old Town Market Square (or vice versa) in that order.
The road from the Church of the Holy Cross to the observation deck is called Krakowskie Przedmieście (Krakow Suburban Street ) and is lined with stylish European-style buildings.
There are many stores, restaurants, and cafes, so it is fun to stroll around.
Lunch was a Polish specialty, pierogi, at Zapiecek.
Zapiecek” is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy Polish cuisine at reasonable prices.
Pierogi are famous here.
Pierogi is the Polish version of dumplings.
There are a variety of varieties, including boiled, fried, baked, and with fruit.
Besides pierogi, I also like their jurek.
Jurek is a traditional, slightly sour Polish soup made from rye.
The ones here are mildly sour and delicious.
Polish tableware is used, and the wait staff’s uniforms are chic Polish folk costumes.
You can fully appreciate the Polishness of the place.
The chain operates in Warsaw and has several stores in the Old Town area.
The restaurant is popular and crowded even in the off-season, so it is best to visit early in the day.
Museum or strolling around town
After lunch, how about wandering around town?
There are plenty of stores in the old town, so find your favorite!
If you have time, you can visit the museum.
We have several, so take your pick!
Frederic Chopin Museum
Chopin lovers will be able to see a number of valuable Chopin collections.
The exhibits are ingenious, so you don’t have to be an expert on Chopin to enjoy them.
The museum is large, and it can take anywhere from one hour to two hours or more to see it in a hurry.
It is better to make reservations online in advance, as the number of people allowed at one time is limited.
Sundays are very crowded due to free admission day. (Online reservations are not available on Sundays.)
Old Royal Palace
The former royal palace is now a museum.
Destroyed during World War II, it was rebuilt in 1971 with donations from citizens after a long period of time, and opened to the public in 1984.
Visitors can see furnishings that were taken out of the building and escaped the war, as well as rooms with lavish decorations.
Marie Curie Museum
The birthplace of Madame Curie is now a museum.
In addition to the experimental tools actually used, personal items such as eyeglass cases can also be seen.
It is a very small and simple museum, and if you are not interested in Marie Curie, you will finish it in an instant (laughs).
My mother-in-law, who loves Marie Curie, said, “It’s so exciting to be able to visit the place where Marie Curie was born! If you are a fan of Marie Curie, this is a must-see.
The Polish tableware store e-manufaktura right next door is also cute and highly recommended.
Chopin concert in the evening in the Old Town
Since you are in Warsaw, the city of Chopin, why not listen to a one-hour mini-concert?
You don’t have to be familiar with classical music to enjoy it.
It is held every day from 6pm~7pm in a building right next to the old royal palace.
Dinner toast at the restaurant bar specializing in Champagne & Prosecco
To finish the day, we went to “bubbles”, a restaurant bar specializing in champagne and prosecco.
Prosecco is a type of sparkling wine.
The foie gras here was very tasty ^^.
Beef tartar (Polish version of beef yukke) is also good ◎.
In addition to bubbly, there are regular wines, cocktails, and of course soft drinks.
Reservations are required due to the popularity of the restaurant.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12:00-23:00 / Friday – Saturday 12:00-0:00 / Sunday 12:00-20:00
Day 2: Shopping OR Wajenki Park and Polish lunch
On the second day, you will probably have time to return home, so why not take your time and do some shopping?
And finally, please eat Polish food and make a good memory.
Don’t worry, we have a plan for those who don’t like shopping.
Recommended souvenir shop & Polish tableware shop
Here are a few stores that have a good selection of quality Polish souvenirs.
We have chosen locations that are easy to get to during a one-night/2-day bullet tour.
We specialize in Polish tableware (Boleslawiec tableware ).
We have a wide range of tasteful and elegant tableware.
It is right next to the Museum of Madame Curie.
Business hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00-18:00
Here you will find a wide range of Polish souvenirs.
I feel that the quality here is better than the typical souvenir shops in the old town.
There is also a large selection of Polish tableware.
It is right next to the “CENTRUM” metro station.
About 10 minutes walk from Warsaw Central Station.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11:00-19:00 / Saturday 11:00-15:00 Closed Sunday
LOVE POLAND DESIGN
Polish people are not very commercial, or there are honestly not many souvenirs with good taste.
The Souvenirs! The Poland! I know, I know, I know..;
In such a situation, this store offers a variety of stylish and cute sundries.
The late opening time is a problem, but if you can find the time, it’s a must.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00-19:00 / Friday 12:00-20:00 / Saturday 11:00-16:00 Closed Sunday
If shopping isn’t your thing, head to Wajenki Park!
A leisurely stroll in Wajenki Park on the last day is also recommended.
Winter is a bit harsh, but on a warm day, you can stay for 1~2 hours with room to spare.
It is so vast that it is hard to believe that it is a park that you can enter for free.
If you go in the morning, you have a high chance of encountering squirrels ^^.
Warsaw has few stores or tourist attractions that are open early in the morning, so those who prefer to start their sightseeing in the morning should definitely visit Wajenki.
If you can visit Warsaw on just about any Sunday in the summer, you should definitely go.
Finish lunch with Polish cuisine.
On the second day of your trip to Warsaw, you will be treated to a sumptuous Polish lunch.
Sumptuous Polish Cuisine
Why don’t you try the
Just be careful not to eat too slowly and be late for your flight home!
If you have time for a leisurely lunch, this is the place to go.
It is a famous restaurant that even Steven Spielberg visited.
The beef tartar is to die for!
It is located on the outskirts of Warsaw.
About 30 minutes by bus from the old town.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 12:00-23:30 (L.O. 22:30)
Polish restaurant & cafe located near Warsaw Central Station.
It has a stylish atmosphere.
Hours of operation: Monday-Sunday 7:00-22:00
We’ve put together a plan for you to enjoy Warsaw in 2 days and 1 night.
I hope this will be helpful for your trip ^^.