Every year, skyscrapers pop up in Warsaw like mushrooms. The city is developing rapidly, but at the same time, you can still find a mix of architecture that combines pre-war tenement houses with socialist realism buildings, plus modern tower blocks — and that’s all just in one city quarter, downtown Warsaw!
You’ll start your tour with a visit to the icon of Warsaw: the Palace of Culture and Science that was a gift from “Uncle” Stalin to the Polish nation. The building stands in the middle of the city and remains the central point of downtown Warsaw. It’s also where you can catch a wonderful skyline view that showcases the magnitude of the Polish capital. We’ll head up to the 30th floor (your entrance ticket is included in the tour price) so you can see this panoramic view. You can also spot some of the major attractions of the city from here, giving you a great overview for the rest of your sightseeing.
Back on street level you’ll see locals run from one place to another. This is the neighbourhood where offices, institutions, shops, and restaurants dominate. It’s the very heart of the city. Can you feel it beating?
From way up high, we’ll then go underground and catch the metro. Believe it or not, Warsaw has only one and a half metro lines. If you’re wondering why, your local guide will fill you in while passing by the unique underground op-art gallery.
Back above ground you’ll find yourself in a totally different surrounding. Birds chirping, the sounds of water, music from floating bars – welcome to the Vistula River Boulevards – a vibrant summer spot that locals love.
This is also where we’ll greet the guardian of Warsaw, the legendary Mermaid statue whose face tells the tragic story of a real young woman named Krystyna Krahelska from the time of the Second World War.
Before we climb up to two more viewpoints, we’ll stop for some coffee and a pastry with views over Vistula River. Many historical and beautiful Polish towns are situated along this river, starting from Kraków and finishing with Gdańsk on the seaside. In Warsaw, we are exactly in the middle of its flow. The possibility to escape from the buzz of downtown into the fresh air and nature makes the banks of the river a summer epicenter of Varsovian life (both during the day and at night). We’re willing to bet you’ll find a reason to come back here later and we’ll tell you why it’s worth it.
Passing the Copernicus Science Center and the Modern Art Museum we’ll reach our final destination: the Warsaw University Library with its unique rooftop garden. Here you will have one more chance to take great pictures of Warsaw from above and wander through the refreshing greenery. Relaxing with a good book in this serene setting is an absolute pleasure so you can stay here as long as you want, or we can show you the best places nearby for lunch.
From here, you’re also very close to the east side of Warsaw where another Urban Adventures tour, Warsaw’s Wild Side, is about to start.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, entrance ticket to the viewpoint, 1 coffee, 1 pastry, Metro ticket
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide
Dress standard: Comfortable shoes for walking, and as it may be windy while visiting the vantage points, please have a sweater or extra layer with you.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.