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Royal Castle, Warsaw: Our most recommended tours and activities

Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

1. Warsaw: Chopin Concert in the Old Town

The Time for Chopin concert series is a celebration of one of Warsaw's most famous geniuses, Frederic Chopin. The daily concerts are carried out by different pianists and you will hear different interpretations of each piece, a theme for fascinating conversations. An equally inspiring experience to both guests and performers, these shows allow you to hear well-known works from a different perspective each time. The project is created by outstanding pianists with a passion for Frederic Chopin's music. The pianists were assisted in their creative development, influencing artistic formation and depth of interpretation. As a guest, you are one of the key elements of the Time for Chopin project - your presence and perception of music of Frederic Chopin is the most important aspect. The chamber mood of the concert hall promotes a peculiar musical dialogue with the auditorium in the course of the performance of a solo concert. Deepening your involvement still, after the concert there is time to exchange opinions between guests and the artist.

Warsaw: Skip-the-Line Royal Castle Guided Tour

2. Warsaw: Skip-the-Line Royal Castle Guided Tour

The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a baroque-classicist residence where many Polish monarchs used to live. Firstly, you will have a chance to take a careful look at the castle from the outside, and admire its Fourteenth Century architecture. During the default 2-hour option, once you have had a proper introduction, step inside the Royal Castle to see its rich interior. Walk around the kings’ chambers, full of old historical paintings and decorations. Listen to the history of this impressive building, as there was a long process involved to finish it. Explore the former home of Polish monarchs and find out how it has changed over the years. As the castle is placed at the very beginning of the Old Town of Warsaw, during the extended 3-hour option you will be taken for a walk around the area as well. Your professional guide will show you the most charming places of the Old Town, and tell you about its history, so you can soak in the atmosphere.

Warsaw: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

3. Warsaw: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

See Warsaw in a nutshell with a walking tour and learn the tragic history of the city. Learn the complexities of regional, city, and country history past and present and admire iconic sites. Walk along the Royal Route, see the Presidential Palace, and stroll through Old Town encased by city walls. Learn how Warsaw rose from the ashes after a dark history during World War II. Allow your guide to share the complexities of the two largest uprisings against Nazi rule that blazed the city to the ground. Explore the Polish capital that now stands firmly as the center of European trade, tourism, education, and politics. As you step along the Barsovian Royal Rout, meet famous inhabitants of the city, like Chopin and Marie Curie. Witness the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University buildings, and the Old Town. Get the essence of this complex city and leave full of knowledge and understanding.

Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

4. Warsaw: 3-Hour Panoramic City Bus Tour with Pickup

Take a 3-hour comprehensive tour of the main highlights of Warsaw on a comfortable air-conditioned bus with a group of 15 participants at most. Learn about the somber and troubled history of the city by visiting some of the remaining sites and monuments to the uprisings and tragedies that took place in Warsaw during WWII. Your knowledgeable guide will also point out some iconic architectural wonders along the way.   Start your trip in the Royal Garden Lazienki, full of monuments that survived the war. The next stop will be the Monument to Warsaw Ghetto Heroes, which commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during WWII. Continue on to Umschlagplatz, one of the most heartbreaking places in Warsaw: on this square, Nazis loaded Jewish people into carriages and transported them to Treblinka concentration camp.   Visit Warsaw’s Old Town, where the Royal Castle is located—destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the castle was rebuilt in 1984 and remains today one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. In the Old Town you’ll also drive by the Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, one of the most important churches in Warsaw. The building was created in a specific Masovian Gothic style and went through the same destruction and rebuilding as the Royal Castle.     Next, take a stroll through the Old Town with your guide—take in the magical atmosphere of the old town and explore Barbicam, a defensive wall made in the Gothic style with handmade red bricks. Finish off this historical tour with a visit to the Warsaw Uprising Monument, the most expressive and symbolic monument in Warsaw. Here, you can take a moment to process all that you’ve seen during the day.

Private Warsaw City Tour

5. Private Warsaw City Tour

Relax and enjoy the comfort of a private city tour, at any requested hour. Tour the beautiful city of Warsaw straight from your hotel in an air-conditioned limousine, van, minibus or coach (depending on the number of persons). Don’t hesitate to provide your own suggestions for sightseeing. The guides will respect all your requests, and can change the plan according to your needs.  An example program for the 5-hour city tour might include the following.  Drive through the Warsaw City Center, during the rush hours hundreds of thousands of the Warsaw citizens are flitting between the glass skyscrapers. In the central point of the city there is the monumental Palace of the Culture and Science - the highest and probably the most characteristic building in Warsaw and Poland. You will have a chance to enjoy the view of the City from the highest viewing terrace in Warsaw located on the 30th floor. From there go to the Royal Park, and walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or 'The Baths' with its 'Palace on the Water', the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–95). The park is inhabited by friendly squirrels, awaiting to be fed them with hazelnuts, and proud peacocks strolling around with their huge, colorful tails. Next, go to the Royal Route, with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and the Holy Cross Church with its urns containing the heart of Fryderyk Chopin. Walk through the Old Town, included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Go sightseeing to the interiors of the Royal Castle, residence of monarchs (1596–1795), as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see King Sigmund's III Column- the first secular monument in Poland. St. John's Cathedral, a Gothic church and witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland with sarcophagi containing the remains of eminent Poles. The Old Town Market Square and Barbican. Make a trip, then to the former Jewish Ghetto, the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Umschlag Platz and the real modern work of art – the building of the Museum of the history of Polish Jews. Visit the Old Praga district, a fascinating district, overflowing with artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs, where we can also find many streets which were undamaged during World War II, and so there are some beautiful pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and apartment blocks. On the way back there will be opportunity to see The National Stadium, the largest, state-of-the-art stadium in Poland. Winner of the 2012 CEEQA Industry Awards in category: “Building of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe”. The stadium is the venue that hosts the most important sport and cultural events in Poland. Other important places of interest include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.

Warsaw: City Highlights Tour with hotel Pick up /Drop Off

6. Warsaw: City Highlights Tour with hotel Pick up /Drop Off

A daily Cityrama Tour of Warsaw including a visit to Łazienki Park. You will have a chance to see the most recognizable and remarkable places in the capital of Poland. Explore the beautiful city of Warsaw in our air conditioned 18-passenger coaches. Enjoy the comfort of sightseeing in a small group. During this unforgettable trip relax and let our professional guides take you around the historic places of interest to feel the spirit of the city. We will not let our guests feel lost by waiting for us on a street as we will be glad to pick you up from your hotel and after the tour we will drop you off at your place of stay. Pick up from your hotel between 9:45 and 10:15. Drop off at the hotel between 1:00 and 1:15 pm. Available at all times of the year. Below we present an example program of such city tour: 1. The Old Town, one of the most prominent tourist attraction in Warsaw included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. 2. The Royal Castle and Castle Square, a residence of Polish monarchs between 1596 – 1795, as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see the first secular monument in Poland that is King Sigismund's III Column. 3. St. John's Cathedral, a witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland. In the Gothic church there are sarcophagus containing the remains of eminent Poles. 4. The Warsaw Old Town Market Square and Barbican. 5. The former Jewish Ghetto, The Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto and the Museum of the history of Polish Jews – a building that is a real modern work of art. Umschlagplatz and Mila Street, site of the bunker where Mordechai Anielewicz, the leader of the Ghetto Uprising, committed suicide. 6. The Royal Route, with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Holy Cross Church with its urn containing the heart of Fryderyk Chopin (1810 - 1849). 7. The Royal Park, a walk through the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or 'The Baths'. 'Palace on the Isle', the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764 - 1895). 8. Other important places of interest: the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and the Monument to the Victims of Katyn. 9. Warsaw Praga District *: the National Stadium, St. Florian's Cathedral, the Orthodox Church, Targowa and Ząbkowska Street, the Monument to Brotherhood in Arms, The Koneser - the 19th century vodka factory, a unique view of Warsaw Old Town from the Dąbrowski Bridge. * this part of city tour is available if traffic allows

Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

7. Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

Do you like visiting cities on a bus but not listening to a taped story on headphones? Then go for an amazing live-guided tour with style. A classic bus Jelcz 043, better known as “Cucumber,” and one of the most iconic communist-era vehicles will take you for a ride in Warsaw. A guide on-board will comment on the objects you will pass and tell you more on a walk around certain stops. On this tour, you will see the most popular landmarks of the city and hear fascinating stories about them. During this 2.5-hour tour, see the most important sights of Warsaw. The tour starts at the Palace of Culture and Science from where you will set off to Royal Park Łazienki. At this stop, you will find out who and when this place was established. Why was it popular to visit on Thursdays in the 18th century? Why should you bring nuts when you come here? On this walk, you will see a statue of Frederic Chopin, the Palace on the Isle and an 18th-century amphitheater. After a walk with the guide, the “Cucumber” bus will pick you up and drive you to the Old Town where you will see a city reconstructed from scratch. Get to know who the man on the column in the Castle Square is. What and why it is the symbol of the city? What is the most “romantic” place in Warsaw? During the walk, you will see the Royal Castle Square with Sigismund's Column, the Old Town Market Square, Cathedral of St. John, a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid and the Barbican. From the Old Town, you will return to the Palace of Culture and Science to hear the history of this controversial building and to finish the tour. The tour takes place every Saturday at 2 PM14:00. It starts by the main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. Just look for a big retro bus in front.

Warsaw Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

8. Warsaw Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

Discover the capital and the largest city of Poland with your guide. Full of contrasts and memories, the charming Old Town and dynamic New Town offer a look at the city's long and storied past throughout this private walking tour. Meet your guide by the Sigismund's Column, a monument of the Polish king who in the 16th century moved the capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw. Look at the Royal Castle - the former home of Polish rulers, place where the Constitution of 3 May was passed – the first in Europe and the second in the world. Do you have more time? Collect your ticket and look inside the castle. See the royal apartments, paintings by Rembrandt and canvases by Bernardo Bellotto, also known as Canaletto. Take a stroll along the charming narrow streets leading to the Old Town Square, where the Festivities and markets were organized but convicts were also executed. Admire the colorful tenement houses. Take a selfie with a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid, the emblem and guardian of the city. See also the barbican and the bell on Kanonia street. Walk along the old city walls and take a photo of the Vistula from the observation point at Gnojna Gora. Step into the cathedral, which houses the tombs of the medieval Mazovian princes, the last king of Poland Stanislaw August Poniatowski, and the outstanding pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Continue to the Krasinski Palace, the Supreme Court building, and the monument to the Warsaw Uprising. Learn about the devastation of the city during World War II and its reconstruction once the war was over. See the important monuments of the city, such as the Grand Theatre, the National Opera, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Finish with a short walk through the Royal Route which connected three former residences of Polish rulers: Royal Castle, Royal Lazienki and Wilanow Palace. Stop by the Presidential Palace, the Warsaw University campus, as well as beautiful churches and townhouses before you part ways with your guide to see the city on your own.

Warsaw: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

9. Warsaw: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the Church of the Visitation of the Virgin with the beautiful architecture! Visit the New Town Square that was built because of the victory against the Ottomans and learn about the imposing Krasiński Palace. Photograph the Barbican in its beautiful red color and admire the Stare Miasto, where so many stories have been written. Afterwards, the Royal Castle awaits you for a royal tour. Teatr Wielki's will leave you speechless, since the wonderful sculpture on its facade is straight out of a fairy tale. Admire Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its heavy history! The Great Fountain will amaze you in the dreamy garden, while the Palace of Culture and Science with its unique exhibits will be the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Warsaw: Layover City Tour by Car with Airport Pickup

10. Warsaw: Layover City Tour by Car with Airport Pickup

Explore Warsaw on a sight seeing car tour during your layover at Warsaw Chopin airport. Choose from a 4, 5, 6, or 7-hour tour tour. See attractions like the the iconic Chopin Monument, the Warsaw Mermaid, and the Royal Castle. Be picked up from the arrivals hall at the Warsaw Chopin airport. find your guide easily, as they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Relax in an air-conditioned car on the drive to the Lazienki Royal Park. Where you can stretch your legs on a guided walk. Continue your stroll through the charming Old Town past sights like the the Royal Castle and the Warsaw Mermaid. Cover the Royal Route that goes past the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University, and the Palace of Culture and Science. Choose a longer 5-hour tour and walk on the the grounds of the Warsaw ghetto and see the remains of the Ghetto wall. Hear the history of the Warsaw Uprising at Krasinski Square. Pick a 6-hour tour or longer and stop at a traditional local restaurant in the Old Town where you can purchase an authentic Polish meal. Spend some free time buying souvenirs or exploring the streets of the capital. Return to the airport and catch your flight.

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What people are saying about Royal Castle, Warsaw

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based on 800 reviews

Our tour was perfect. Jacek, was on time, friendly and we enjoyed our time with him very much. I look forward to coming back to Warsaw in the summer to further explore your beautiful city. I would recommend your tour company and Jacek any time.

Punctuality, professionalism, kindness and cordiality, preparation and competence made this experience a baggage that enriched our holiday in Warsaw. Highly recommended

Pleasant environment, duration of the concert is perfect, finishes right before dinner time. Well chosen pieces of music. Very good pianist.

Wonderful experience. The pianist was superb and so talented. The atmosphere was magnificent. Would really recommend this.

The guide was excellent. The tour gives you a good idea of the city