3 Must-See Places on Your Weekend Trip to Warsaw

A weekend trip to Warsaw gives you just enough time to see some of its most important and interesting places – explore the Royal Castle, take a stroll through the Old Town, and learn about Warsaw’s dark history at the Pawiak Prison Museum.


1. Royal Castle

The Royal Castle (also known as Zamek Królewski w Warszawie) formerly served as the official residence of the Polish monarchs – and if you didn’t know that before going in, you will definitely guess it while roaming through its grand halls.

View of a portion of the Royal Castle in Warsaw from outside
View of a portion of the Royal Castle from outside
Details on the Royal Castle, Warsaw
Details on the Royal Castle

Extravagant decorations line the walls, huge portraits are hung up in the rooms, and statues stand in the corners. Royal colours of bright red and gold intertwine throughout the castle walls, paintings grace the ceilings, and a great assembly hall entices you in. Every room has a uniqueness to it, but they all have one thing in common: their grandness and extravagance.

The Great Assembly Hall, which was used for banquets, balls, and concerts
The Throne Room of the Royal Castle in Warsaw
The Throne Room
The Conference Room and the European Monarchs' Portrait Room in the Royal Castle
The Conference Room and the European Monarchs’ Portrait Room
Paintings and portraits covering the walls in the Royal Castle
Paintings and portraits covering the walls
A room within the Royal Castle in Warsaw
An intricately detailed ceiling

The castle also includes a small museum containing paintings given to the castle by Karolina Lanckorońska. These works of art include some from King Stanisław August’s gallery and two of Rembrandt’s. For a full view of the collection, click here.

A series of paintings hung up in the gallery of the Royal Castle
A series of paintings hung up in the gallery

A short video presentations is also available to view regarding the castle’s history.

Located in the Castle Square in Warsaw’s Old Town, it will be in close proximity to other sites you might want to visit during your stay.


Additional information

Price
Regular: 30 pln
Reduced: 20 pln
Children aged up to 16: 1 pln
Group tickets are also available

*admission free of charge on Wednesdays

Entrance ticket for the Royal Castle, Warsaw
Entrance ticket for the Royal Castle

Opening hours:
Monday: varies (from May 1st – August 31st is open from 10:00am – 6:00pm, but is closed from September 1st – April 30th)
Tuesday – Thursday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
*note: the last entry is one hour before closing.

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2. Old Town

Being the oldest part of Warsaw, it is also, in my opinion, the most beautiful.

Just like other old quarters located in many countries scattered throughout Europe, Warsaw’s Old Town is rich in shops and cafés, has a vibrant atmosphere, and displays exquisite architecture.

Christmas decorations in Poland.

Given that I went during the winter time, it was also adorned with Christmas decorations, which made it feel as though I had been dropped straight into a Christmas movie.

Christmas trees lined up, ready to be adopted into a household
Christmas trees lined up, ready to be adopted into a household

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3. Pawiak Prison Museum

The history of Pawiak Prison is heart-wrenching – and it is an important part of Poland’s history to understand and remember.

During World War II, many atrocities happened, of which people are still healing from today. The deeds and actions which took place in Pawiak Prison were no exception.

During the dark years of 1939 to 1944, this prison became part of the Nazi concentration death camp system within Warsaw. It is noted that approximately 300,000 individuals passed through this prison, 37,000 of which were executed and 60,000 of which were sent to German death and concentration camps.

The museum brings to light the cruelty that happened in this prison, but does so in a way that respects the victims.

At the entrance of the prison, now museum, stands the Monument Tree of Pawiak, a monument of an elm tree which witnessed the sad history of Pawiak and its victims.

The monumental reconstruction of the elm tree in front of Pawiak Prison
The monumental reconstruction of the elm tree in front of Pawiak Prison Museum

Some items exhibited within the museum include objects recovered from the rubble of the prison that were used by prisoners and notes and entries written by victims of the holocaust.

Comparative meat rations information at Pawiak Prison Museum
Comparative meat rations

To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.

Elie Wiesel

Additional information

Price
Regular: 10 pln
Discount: 5 pln
*free entrance on Thursdays

Entrance ticket and pamphlet for Pawiak Prison Museum in Warsaw
Entrance ticket and pamphlet for Pawiak Prison Museum in Warsaw

Opening Hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
*note: the last entry is thirty minutes before closing.

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