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Royal Castle, Warsaw

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: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

4. 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.

Charming Chopin Concert in Warsaw Old Town

5. 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: 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: 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 Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. 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, and solve challenges. 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. Scavenger hunts are great as an everyday activity, for bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or team-building events.

Warsaw: Old Town Tour With Royal Castle and Uprising Museum

9. Warsaw: Old Town Tour With Royal Castle and Uprising Museum

This small-group tour is dedicated to customers who want to discover Warsaw in a more intimate setting. It will see you sharing transport and attractions with others, but with vehicles containing a capacity of no more than 8 passengers (no buses). The Old Town consists of the city square (surrounded by characteristic tenements), and a centrally placed fountain with a sculpture of a siren, the city symbol. Other elements of the Old Town are the Castle Square (with the Royal Castle next to it), and the Sigismund’s Column. Not far from the Old Town one can also find Pilsudski Square, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A series of streets called the Royal Route begins from the Old Town. The Royal Route is the most prominent artery of the city, connecting two former royal residences. There are also numerous atmospheric cafes, restaurants and art galleries in the Old Town. During your tour, you will experience Warsaw's Old Town, including the streets of the Old Town, Barbican and defensive walls, the Old Town Market Square, Castle Square, the Royal Route, and the Royal Castle (with a tour inside). At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Warsaw Old Town: Royal Castle and and Lazienki Park

10. Warsaw Old Town: Royal Castle and and Lazienki Park

Explore the Old Town in Warsaw, consisting of the city square, surrounded by characteristic tenements, and a centrally placed fountain. The fountain has a sculpture of a Siren, the symbol of the city, without which the square would be hard to imagine. Head to Castle Square with the Royal Castle next to it and take a tour inside. Visit Sigismund’s Column, the Old Town Market Square, and the Barbican and defensive walls. Not far from the Old Town is Pilsudski Square and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Stroll along a series of streets called the Royal Route, beginning in the Old Town. The Royal Route is the most prominent artery of the city, connecting two former royal residences. There are numerous atmospheric cafes, restaurants, and art galleries in the Old Town.  Lazienki Park is a magical place covering almost 80 hectares. In Autumn it shimmers with all the colors of the rainbow and in Winter it is covered in snow and looks like a scene from a fairy tale. In Spring, when everything blooms and awakens, it will give you a gigantic boost of optimism and positive thinking and in Summer, it looks like the most beautiful postcard. In Lazienki Park you will walk along climatic paths and alleys and see the Palace on the Island, Orangery, Statue of Frederic Chopin, and Amphitheater. 

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What people are saying about Royal Castle, Warsaw

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4.8 / 5

based on 800 reviews

Our guide Jacek was knowledgeable and informative about Warsaw history. We liked his humor and enjoyed the tour very much. We had learnt so much about the history, culture, language, and heroes of Warsaw. Highly recommend this tour to first time visitors to Warsaw.

Katarzyna Hushta gave an incredible performance. Great venue with a welcoming host, would absolutely recommend for anyone who likes classical music or piano generally. Loved!!

A beautiful experience hosted by a wonderful man. The intimacy between the audience and pianist is incredible. Highly recommended while visiting Warsaw.

Very interesting and informative. Make me reread about some of the facts and events of Polish history. Highly recommended!

An outstanding cultural activity, with very cordial hosts and a high-level piano player