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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.

Charming Chopin Concert in Warsaw Old Town

3. Charming Chopin Concert in Warsaw Old Town

Make the most of your time in Warsaw and enjoy a concert dedicated to one of the country’s most iconic musical geniuses, Frederic Chopin. Head to a historic building in the heart of Old Town, and start the evening with a glass of traditional honey wine or apple juice.  Take your seats and settle in for a 1 hour concert, performed by a selection of pianists. Listen to the pianist’s different interpretations of the music and allow yourself to be transported back in time to the era of Chopin himself.  After the concert, mingle with the other guests to exchange opinions on the concert, or admire the ornate interior of the building. You can also head out onto the terrace to marvel at stunning views of the Royal Castle and Warsaw’s Old Town.

Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

4. Warsaw: Old Town, Royal Castle, and Wilanow Palace Tour

Explore Warsaw in small groups and avoid big tour buses and crowded transport. Rely on door-to-door transport by a friendly, English-speaking driver and informative audioguides available in Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish to help you get acquainted with the main attractions.  Stop first at the Warsaw Old Town, which consists of the central city square surrounded by characteristic tenements. Spot the centrally-situated fountain with a sculpture of a siren, the city symbol. Enter the impressive Royal Castle, one of Warsaw's most iconic and historically-significant landmarks. See Sigismund’s Column while you're at Castle Square, known as the first secular monument in the form of a column in modern history. Wander to the nearby Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Travel the famous Royal Route, the most prominent artery of the city that connects two former royal residences, and check out the atmospheric cafes, restaurants, and art galleries that line it.  Hop back on your small-group transport to visit the magnificent Royal Palace of King Jan III Sobieski. The origins of the palace date back to 1677, although in time it became a magnificent villa surrounded by phantasmal gardens after subsequent owners expanded the grounds. Discover the traces of former residents that remain in the palace, from their interests and customs to the magnificent collections of artworks they amassed. Learn about the history of Warsaw and its place in a larger European context. See sights in the palace including the White Hall, the statue of Jan III Sobieski, the chapel, the King’s library, the King’s bedroom, the Grand Vestibule, the Queen’s bedroom, the Etruscan cabinet, the museum, and the baroque gardens.

Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

5. Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

Discover the best of Warsaw during a 3-hour guided tour on board of a retro bus Jelcz (Cucumber) or of a retro minibus Nysa, commonly used during communism in Poland. Be surprised by the contrasts of the city. Sit back and relax as your knowledgeable local guide and driver presents Warsaw’s top attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • The Palace of Culture and Science, a remnant of the communist area • The UNESCO-listed Old Town with its square and the Warsaw Mermaid • Castle Square and the Royal Castle with its Sigismund Column • Łazienki Królewskie Royal Park from the 18th century • The monument to the Ghetto Heroes • Constitution and Piłsudski Square At the end of the tour, you will be given a shot of traditional Polish vodka.

Warsaw Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

6. Warsaw Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Warsaw. Explore Warsaw at your own pace, starting and stopping wherever you want. Visit the Saxon Garden, the Royal Castle, and more. To get started, download the tour app (download credentials received via email after booking), then set out on an adventure to explore this iconic city. You can start the activity at any time. When you begin, work with your team or compete against them as you make your way around the city. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and solve challenges. On the tour, you'll visit the Visitationist Church, New Town Market Square, Krasinski Palace, the Warsaw Barbican, Old town Market Place, the Royal Castle, the Polish National Opera, the Unknown Soldier Monument, the Saxon Garden, and Obelisk Drogowskaz. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events. Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by the person.

Warsaw: Old Town and Royal Castle Tour

7. Warsaw: Old Town and Royal Castle Tour

Your tour begins with pickup from your accommodation in Warsaw, before driving to the boundary of the Old Town — where no cars are allowed. Wandering the narrow alleyways and winding boulevards, your guide will explain the rich history that dates back to the 13th century.  See the picturesque Market Square, with its famous mermaid fountain, surrounded by stately and colorful buildings. Afterwards, continue to the Castle Square, the beginning of the Royal Route, which connects may of Warsaw’s most stunning landmarks. Take a tour of the Royal Castle in all its opulence, with included audio guide, before strolling to Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. With options for a small group tour, with no more than 8 people, or a private tour, you can cater your experience to your desires. Whatever you choose, after the tour is over, you’ll be taken back to your accommodation, mind brimming with historical and cultural insight.

Warsaw: Old Town and Royal Route 2-Hour Tour

8. Warsaw: Old Town and Royal Route 2-Hour Tour

Explore Warsaw’s historic old town with your knowledgeable guide, starting off at Sigismund’s Column and continuing to iconic landmarks such as the Royal Castle and St. John’s Cathedral. Continue walking through Warsaw’s romantic medieval streets and observe some of the visible scars remaining from World War II. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Vistula River from Gnojna Hill and then enter the gardens behind the royal castle where you can see the beautiful facade. Afterward, head to the vibrant market square with its beautifully restored houses and continue to the Royal Route, where you will find many important buildings from both historical and architectural standpoints. See St. Ann's Church and head further down the street to the presidential palace, Bristol Hotel, Visitationist Convent, Warsaw University, and Holy Cross Church where Frederick Chopin’s heart is interred. Walk past the Zachęta National Gallery, a beautiful building from the early 1900s, before ending at Saxon Garden and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Warsaw: The City in a Nutshell Small Group Walking Tour

9. 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 Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

10. Warsaw Old & New Town Private Walking Tour

Discover the capital and largest city of Poland with an expert guide on a private walking tour through the heart of Warsaw. 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 tour. Meet your guide by the Sigismund's Column, a monument of the Polish king who made Warsaw the nation's capital, and learn about the devastation of the city during World War II and its reconstruction once the war was over. Your walk takes you to sights of the Old Town like the historic Royal Castle, where you get a look at the life of kings and of the inhabitants of Warsaw in past centuries. Next, continue to the Krasinski Palace, the Supreme Court building, and the monument to the Warsaw Uprising. See the important monuments of the city, such as the Grand Theatre, the National Opera, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, finishing with a short walk through the Royal Route before you part ways with your guide to explore the city on your own.

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What people are saying about Royal Castle, Warsaw

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 720 reviews

Efficient transition from the plane to the tour, my tour guide Adam was waiting with a sign as soon as I got there. Made sure to show me all the best places in the short time I was there, very informative and friendly☺️

It was a gorgeous evening. The atmosphere was really nice and calm. Perfect for the occasion. The break with a traditional drink was a nice to have.

A wonderful performance by a hugely talented pianist. Extremely enjoyable, excellent value for money

The performance was excellent with a relaxing, candlelit atmosphere

Really informative and a lot of detail in such short time