The perfect weekend series is a difficult one to create in the time of the pandemic. Unpredictable lockdowns and restriction in travel make it impossible to plan the next holiday trip, especially if it’s just for the weekend.
A FEW TIPS
Getting around town
Bars and Restaurants
Three of my favourite restaurants in Warsaw are;
Restauracja Różana at 7 Chocimska Street
Restauracja Strefa at 9 Próżna Street
Last but not least, Tel Aviv Urban Food at 11 Poznanska Street
Let’s hope they survive the lockdowns!
Two of my favourite bars in Warsaw
Cocktail Bar Max & Dom Whisky at 32 Nowy Swiat
- Worek Kosci at 10 Bagatela Street
For the best Espresso Martini, great music, and for those who understand Polish, interesting criminology lectures, head straight to Worek Kosci. I can’t get enough of this place!
Museums in Warsaw
FREE ENTRANCE TO THE MUSEUM
The Royal Lazienki Park-always free entrance
The Royal Lazienki Museum-free Fridays
Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanow-free Thursdays
National Museum in Warsaw-free Mondays
The Royal Castle in Warsaw-free Wednesdays
The Museum of Warsaw-free Thursdays
The Pharmacy Museum-free Thursdays
The Royal Łazienki MuseumI refer to Royal Łazienki, my second home, as it’s few minutes walk from where I live, and I’m lucky to be able to stroll through the park every single day, and its beauty never ceases to amaze me. Every time I visit the museum’s surroundings, I discover something new. If you have a limited amount of time for sightseeing in Warsaw and can visit only one museum, the magnificent Palace on the Isle is the winner. It’s a big tourist attraction, and in order to avoid the crowds, I recommend that you go early in the morning. I’ve noticed that many of the Palace’s visitors are not aware of the spectacular chambers on the first floor so I suggest you go there first!
If you are new to Warsaw but have already made the city your home, follow the museums you love, on social media. There are many concerts, operas and lectures you won’t want to miss. With such a variety of entertainment, you will be spoiled for choice. The Royal Theatre is my favourite secret, not-so-secret place. Can you think of anything better than seeing “Don Giovanni” or “Agrippina” on a stage of an authentic 18th-century court theatre? Now, that’s what I call the perfect weekend in Warsaw!
The Palace on the Isle is magnificent, and it’s a big tourist attraction, but I’ve noticed that many visitors don’t know about the spectacular chambers on the first floor!
Location:There are several entrances to the museum but I suggest you take the one near Łazienki Królewskie bus stop – Ujazdowskie Ave. Buses 116, 166 and 180 stop here. I always choose the entrance near the Agrykola bus stop – Mysliwiecka Street. Buses 108 and 162 stop here. Opening hours: The gardens of the Royal Łazienki Park are open from 6.00 am till 8.00 pm (Free entry to the park) The historical buildings of the Royal Łazienki Park are open from Tuesday to Sunday. (Free admission on Friday!)
- The Palace on the Isle
- The Old Orangery & the Royal Theater (one entrance)
- The White Pavilion
- The Myslewicki Palace
- The Royal Gardens
The Palace on the Isle for the perfect weekend in Warsaw!
Don’t forget to visit King’s bed-chamber, study and dressing room on the first floor!
The Myslewicki Palace
The Old Orangery
The White Pavilion
The elegantly nestled White Pavilion with its superb interiors is an 18th-century building designed by Dominico Merlini. Interesting fact, from 1801 till 1804, prince Loius XVIII, the future king of France stayed there in the summer season.
Wilanów bus stop – bus numbers 116, 180, 519
The Park is open from 9.00 am till 8.00 pm.
Entrance fees: The entrance to the park is 7zl
You can purchase tickets online or from a ticket machine located at the entrance to the Park.
(Free admission on Thursday!)
National Museum in Warsaw
One of the oldest art museums in Poland founded in 1862. Interesting collection of paintings, sculptures, prints as well as photographs from Poland and beyond.
Location: The National Musem in Warsaw is located in the city centre across from the Palm Tree at 3 Al. Jerozolimskie.
Opening hours: Monday-closed
Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 am till 6.00 pm
Permanent Galleries – 20zl
All Temporary Exhibitions – 40zl
(Free admission on Tuesday!)
The Royal Castle in Warsaw
The Royal Castle has a long musical tradition and holds many concerts throughout the year. You can enjoy the Festival of Ancient Music from October to December, and my favourite Mozart Festival from June till the end of July.
The interiors of the Castle are a real treat, and if you have a limited amount of time head straight to the Great Apartment and King’s Apartment. I promise you shall not be disappointed.
Tuesday-Sunday from 11.00 am till 5.00 pm
The entrance fee is 30zl
(Free admission on Wednesday!)
The Museum of Dollhouses, Games and Toys
Awake your inner child by visiting one of the most enchanting museums in Warsaw! The permanent exhibition consists of 150 dollhouses, shops, hospitals, schools, and many more delightful objects. Amongst them a collection of religious toys that are truly fascinating even to an atheist like myself. The Museum of Dollhouses is like a candy shop filled with little delights, unfortunately, you can’t take them home.
*The location of the main branch of the Museum with the permanent exhibition will be announced later this year!
You can view the temporary exhibition of beautiful dolls at 2/4 Krzywe Koło Street, Old Town
The Museum of Warsaw
Address: Old Town Market Square 28-42
Opening hours; Thursday-Sunday 11 am-8 pm
The Museum of Warsaw is a place that I can compare to an intricate jewellery box with its many hidden treasures!
The Clothing Room
The Antonina Leśniewska Museum of Pharmacy
My newest discovery, just a hop, skip and jump away from the Warsaw Museum. Named after the founder of the first pharmacy that employed only women. The old-world furniture, reconstruction of a Polish pharmacy from the 1920s-1930s, variety of antique utensils and a cabinet of curiosities are reason enough to pique anyone’s interest.
Address: 31/33 Piwna street / Old Town
Opening hours: Thursday-Sunday from 10 am till 6 pm
Entrance Fee: 10zl
Free Entrance on Thursdays