How to Plan A Perfect One Week in Poland Itinerary

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PLACES TO VISIT IN 7 DAYS IN POLAND

Though Poland is a beautiful country, it rarely is very high on the bucket list of many – but it should be! With one week in Poland, you can see some of the best places in the country. This busy yet not stressful Poland itinerary helps you discover the country.

Poland has beautiful towns and cities, a lot of history, beaches, and is quite affordable compared to many Western and Central European countries.

Also, getting around via public transportation is quite easy. So if you haven’t added Poland to your bucket list, then you should. 

And if it is on your radar already and you are wondering about a fun Poland itinerary, then this post is perfect for you.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR ONE WEEK IN POLAND ITINERARY

Poland has many interesting places to visit and see, and this one-week itinerary won’t cover all the beautiful spots to visit in the country. Hopefully, this post will help you create a Poland itinerary where you can see some of the best places – this post also covers travel tips.Gdansk view from Town Hall

Find out:

  • When to Visit Poland
  • How to Get Around in 7 Days in Poland
  • Where to Stay in Poland for One Week
  • More Poland Travel Tips
  • Places to Visit in One week s Poland

Let´s start with the travel tips for your Poland trip!

Best Time to Visit Poland

People flock to Europe mostly in July and August – but I don’t think it is actually the best time to visit. Like the rest of Europe, Poland gets quite busy (especially the tourist hotspots), and it might even get quite hot.

Here in Europe, we can never really rely on the weather. It can be rainy in the summer months but nice and warm in spring and autumn.

Thus, I don’t like to promise you nice weather – but in general, I think late May and June or September and early October are the best months to visit in Poland.

Also, I visited Warsaw in the winter – and loved it. Sunny days, beautiful Christmas Markets, and a lot of festive decorations. This could be another good time of year to visit Poland.

How to Get Around Poland

Getting around Poland is actually quite easy – though it is one of the largest countries in Europe, you can easily get around by public transportation.

I got around mostly by train while in Poland and loved it – prices are reasonable, and public transportation is extensive and reliable. You can use it for this itinerary without any hesitation as you can get to the places mentioned here easily by train.

While there are buses, I recommend trains for longer distances. However, buses are often even cheaper (though much slower).

Also, within the cities mentioned on this Poland itinerary, it is easy to get around on foot. By public transportation, a car is not really needed (not needed at all, actually).

Of course, you could also rent a car and explore Poland at your own pace. But, whether you drive or take the train, the cities are quite spread out, and you need to plan in enough travel time.

However, I also enjoy taking trains because, even though the views are not always scenic, you can see more of the country than if you fly.

Accommodations in Poland

Accommodations in Poland offer, from a German perspective, great value for the money. 

You will find Airbnbs, hostels to mid-range hotels, and luxury hotels in the places mentioned in this itinerary. I stayed in hostels and mid-range hotels and always felt I got great value for my money.

However, if you travel during the high season, it might be advisable to book in advance to get the best deals. You should get good deals in the shoulder season even if you don’t book very far in advance.

How to Arrive in Poland

Poland has several international airports – for this itinerary, you could fly into Warsaw, Wroclaw, or Gdansk (and getting to the city center by bus is quite easy and affordable).

If you arrive by train from other parts of Europe, you can also start in any cities as they are well connected to other parts of Europe (also from Berlin).

What to Eat in Poland

Poland has an interesting cuisine. However, if you are health conscious or don’t eat (many) animal products, Polish cuisine can be challenging.

It includes many meat and fatty foods and dairy products (life expectancy in Poland is one of the lowest in Europe, and the cuisine surely doesn’t help). However, more and more restaurants pop up that are vegan or offer vegan dishes and more healthy food in general.

Often, prices in those restaurants are higher than in regular restaurants (especially when it is organic food). Still, luckily, there are different cuisines, so most people can find something they like. And even though it is more expensive, it is still affordable compared to countries in Western Europe.

Is Poland Expensive?

Poland is – compared to Western or Central Europe – very affordable, and you get a lot for your money.

And while Poland is quite modern, you can’t pay everywhere by card. Restaurants and tourist attractions often do accept credit card payments, but not always. So, always have some cash with you (especially if you tip room service) and change some of your money in Zloty.

What to Pack for Your Poland Itinerary

Polish people, especially women, do like to dress up! So, you don’t go wrong if you like to dress up, too. However, since the cities mentioned here also have cobbled-stoned streets, I suggest wearing comfy shoes that allow you to walk easily.

Dress in layers – weather can change quickly (at any time of the year). Check out my winter packing guide or check out my summer packing guide if you visit in the summer.

Security Tips for Female Solo Traveler

I visited Poland twice on my own and once with a group – each time was fun! Exercise common sense and avoid side streets – especially at night. Pickpocketing might be common, so keep your valuables always close to you.

Other than that, I did feel I had to be extra careful and felt quite safe. Even as a person who is not Polish and looks like a foreigner (as racism could be a problem, but I don’t think it is in these big cities mentioned here).

Royal Route should on every Warsaw itinerary

THINGS TO DO – 7-DAY POLAND ITINERARY

You can start your trip in Wroclaw, Warsaw, or Gdansk, as this Poland itinerary will cover these three cities (plus Krakow at the end as an alternative city to visit).

Wroclaw (1,5 Days)

This one week in Poland itinerary one starts in Wroclaw, and I strongly suggest spending 2 days in this beautiful city that is also very rich in history.

City centre, Market square tenements, Wroclaw a must-see in 7 days in Poland itinerary
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Travel Tips for Wrocław

Like Gdansk and Warsaw, it is easily reachable via train. It may be less famous and not as big as the other two, but it is still charming.

It was actually the first Polish city that I had visited myself, and it somehow reminded me of my hometown of Bremen (Germany) with the pretty buildings. Though many buildings were destroyed in World War II, they have been rebuilt, and I can’t even imagine how this colorful city looked a few decades ago.

Most of the attractions are in the old town, so getting around on foot is the best way to explore the city.

You could also use public transportation – buses and trams – to get around.

Wroclaw is located in the west of Poland – on the Oder River – and the country’s fourth biggest city. It is also an important industrial, commercial, and educational hub. I actually visited it as a kind of university exchange program, and thus, it is a lively and lovely city with quite some beautiful places to explore.

With this itinerary, you won’t get the chance to see each and every sight, but it is enough time to discover the main of Wroclaw´s attractions.

Things to Do and See in Wroclaw

  • Market square 
  • Town hall
  • Salt Square
  • Witches Bridge
  • Ossolineum
  • Ostrow Tumski Wroclaw

Of course, also watch out for the dwarfs in Wroclaw! Once you are there, you will know what I am talking about. I think 1.5 to 2 days is a good amount of time to spend in the city before exploring more places in Poland.

Warsaw (2 Days)

From Wroclaw, you can continue your journey to Warsaw – Poland´s capital. By train, it takes about 4 hours (the same amount of time if you drive).

Old town in Warsaw a must do in 7 days in Poland

Warsaw Travel Tips

I know, I know: Warsaw doesn’t have the best reputation, but I can assure you that the city is pretty and colorful and not boring at all.

With about 1.8 million residents, Poland’s largest city is located in east-central Poland and stands on the Vistula River – and is such an underrated city.

This colorful capital is a great place to visit. Its reputation isn’t the best – even my Polish friends here in Germany dislike Warsaw (though some of them never went, and it is more hear-say). 

However, when I visited and talked to two female travelers I met there, both told me they liked Warsaw much better than, say, Krakow, for example. 

Since I have not been to Krakow, I can’t compare, but Warsaw really exceeded my expectations, and it is also a place full of history.

2 days in the city is just enough to explore the city center and visit some museums.  I have a detailed post on how to spend 2 days in Warsaw, including many travel tips on how to get around, where to stay, and more.

I recommend staying in or near the old town so you can explore the main sights on foot. However, you will probably need public transportation for day 2 (to see the museums). Public transportation in Warsaw is quite good, and you can rely on it – it is also quite affordable. 

Barbican in Warsaw

Things to Do and See in Warsaw

  • Royal Lazienki Museum and Park
  • Royal Route
  • Old Town Observation Tower
  • Royal Castle and Castle Square
  • Old Town and Old Town Square
  • Chopin Museum & Concert 
  • Palace of Culture & Science
  • Multimedia Park
  • Uprising Museum
  • Warsaw Ghetto
  • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Warsaw Ghetto

Gdańsk (2 Days)

Another place you should add to your one-week Poland itinerary is the beautiful city of Gdańsk. It is quite a train ride (or drive) from Warsaw, but it is well worth it.

Must-see in Gdansk, street

Gdańsk Travel Tips

Gdansk is much smaller than Warsaw but still so rich in beautiful sights and buildings – I probably would say that Gdańsk is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.

The main street was heavily destroyed in WWII – but it was rebuilt and looks absolutely stunning! 

Long Lane is surely a highlight in Gdańsk – but there is much more to see, and with two days in Gdańsk (and around), you can see what the city has to offer.

And like the other places mentioned here, it was severely damaged during World War II and has a lot of historical sights that tell you about the time.

Gdańsk was the city first attacked by Germany, and Westerplatte – near Gdańsk – is where the war started.

Beautiful houses in Gdansk, Poland

For some time at the beach – even in the colder months – I highly suggest visiting the Baltic Sea, which you can easily reach from Gdańsk.

Long Street in Gdansk on an early morning

Most sights are located within walking distance, and you can easily walk to many attractions – you will, however, need to take a train to get to Sopot, and to get to Westerplatte, you can take a boat.

If you do visit Westerplatte and Sopot, you can easily fill two days in Gdańsk. However, as beautiful as Gdańsk, I thought that staying there for 5 days was a bit too much. Despite all its beauty, there are not that many places to visit. But 48 hours is a perfect amount of time to spend in Gdańsk and around (3 days if you‘d like to spend more time at the beach, but the Baltic Sea is not like the Mediterranean Sea – the water is colder).

Most beautiful buildings in Gdansk

Things to Do and See in Gdansk

  • Long Street/Dluga Street and Long Market
  • Main Town Hall
  • Fountain of Neptune
  • Long Riverfront (Dlugie Pobrezeze)
  • The Crane
  • Mariacka Street
  • St. Mary Church
  • World War II Museum
  • Westerplatte
  • Sopot

Check out my 2-day Gdansk itinerary to find out more.

Sopot Beach in Gdansk

Krakow (1,5 Days)

As mentioned, I have yet to visit Krakow myself. I have heard many great things about the city. Still, on my recent trip to Poland, I actually heard a couple of solo female travelers saying they liked Warsaw better than Krakow as it is less touristy and has more attractions and places to visit.ONE WEEK IN POLAND ITINERARY, Arzo Travels

Either way, Krakow, the second biggest city in Poland, is much closer to Warsaw and Wroclaw than Gdansk. If the ride all the way up to the north of Poland does bother you, then you might consider visiting Krakow instead of Gdansk. Personally, I absolutely loved Gdansk and am more than happy I did not miss out on it.

So, up to your if you want to skip Gdansk and head to Krakow instead and spend 2 days there (my suggestion is to visit Gdansk).

Extra: Auschwitz (1 Day)

One main reason that I would suggest visiting Krakow over Warsaw is the proximity to Auschwitz.

Auschwitz was the biggest concentration camp in Europe – a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany – where more than 1.1 million people were killed during World War II.

It is now open for visitors. People can learn about the horror and how the people, including women and children, were murdered.

You could visit easily from Krakow, but even from Warsaw, a day trip is possible.

I once visited a concentration camp, and I can say this: it is intense. While I haven’t visited Auschwitz (yet), I am sure it is not easy to digest. But Poland and its people were some of the most affected by World War II, and though it is also about beautiful cities and towns, it is also about history, especially about World War II.

CONCLUSION: ONE WEEK IN POLAND ITINERARY

I hope this one week in Poland itinerary has helped you find out about the best places to visit and see – in quite a short amount of time.

7 days in Poland is surely not enough to see the main sights and places, but this itinerary allows you to see a lot while not getting stressed (at least I hope so). 

Safe Travels, Arzo

How to Spend 2 Days in Warsaw Itinerary

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BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN WARSAW IN 2 DAYS

Are you planning a Warsaw trip and wondering about the best things to do in 2 days in Warsaw? Then read on as I share my tips for your Warsaw itinerary.

Well, “Poland´s capital is an old and ugly city” – I had heard this statement a few times from my Polish friends here in Germany.

Truth to be told: My friends could not have been more wrong. Warsaw is so different than I expected and exceeded my expectations by far. I have visited a few other Polish cities, like Gdansk and Wroclaw, and each city was beautiful. However, Warsaw offered more museums and is an underrated city which I cannot understand why.

Colorful, charming, and lovely with a lot of interesting history, it swept me off my feet right away.

Are all areas beautiful in Warsaw? No, of course not. But which city can claim to only consist of pretty neighborhoods?! None. 

But in the city center, you will be surrounded by many beautiful buildings and a lively city life that makes it charming and lovely. Though this 1-or 2-day Warsaw itinerary also will lead you out of the city center, you will spend a good amount of time there.

2-DAY WARSAW ITINERARY

So, I think 2 days in Warsaw is a good amount to spend in the city. I know some of you have one day in Warsaw – you can use this itinerary to plan your trip for both options (or use this post to get inspired for the best activities in Warsaw, regardless of how long you stay).

You will also find some travel tips for your 2-day Warsaw itinerary at the end of the post, so you have a smooth trip. And if you are convinced that Warsaw is a great destination, check out my Poland itinerary.

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DAY 1 OF 2 DAYS IN WARSAW

For the first day in Warsaw, I suggest spending some time outdoors. So, check the weather forecast and swap day 1 with day 2 if the forecast predicts better weather for day 2.

Please keep in mind that many museums/places are closed on bank holidays – even if not specifically mentioned in the opening hours.

Stop 1:  Royal Lazienki Museum and Park

Why don’t you start your first day in Warsaw with a relaxing activity? Head to Lazienki Park, where you will also find some main landmarks in the country.Lazienki royal palace in Warsaw, Poland_ This park is popular among locals and visitors alike. You can enjoy some nice long walks and prepare for Warsaw’s busyness. You will walk in nature and have some beautiful sights and attractions in the park – like the summer residence of the last king of Poland.

Here, in the Palace on the Island, King Stanisław August Poniatowski hosted his dinners for scholars and poets to discuss the issues of the day.

Today, it is a museum where you can admire paintings from the royal collections. But you will find more places to visit here:

  • Palace on the Water
  • White Maisonette
  • Myslewicki Palace
  • Old Orangery and more 

In the summer months, even Chopin concerts take place here.

You could take your sandwiches with you and have breakfast here. Or, depending on the length of the visit, you can also have your lunch picnic here.

Opening hours/tickets:

  • There are different opening hours for the different places. 
  • The gardens are open from Monday to Sunday from 5.30 am to 9 pm. Visiting the garden is free.
  • You need tickets for the different places, like the Palace on the Water. A ticket for all places costs around 9€.  
  • Apparently, there is no admission on Fridays.

 I suggest spending a few hours here (also depending on the weather), but not a full day as there are more beautiful places in Warsaw waiting for you to discover.

Stop 2: Royal Route

From there, you can walk along the Royal Route.Royal Route should on every Warsaw itinerary The Royal Route – these days  – comprises a series of connecting Warsaw streets that feature several historic landmarks and connects three former residences of Polish rulers: Royal Castle, Royal Łazienki, and Wilanów Palace. It begins at Warsaw’s Castle Square and runs down south – arriving at Wilanów (King Jan III Sobieski’s personal residence).

If you visit the park first, you will walk the Royal Route the other way around.Royal Route in Warsaw in 2 day Along the way, you will come across many, many beautiful buildings – many of them of political importance. It really depends on how often you stop actually to visit certain churches or sights – you could probably spend a full day just visiting the sights along the way.Along Royal Route in Warsaw You will find the Presidential Palace, the Warsaw University campus, the Holy Cross Church (and more churches), Staszic Palace, statues, townhouses, and more.

You don’t have to walk all of the 11-km-long route. You can also take a bus, get closer to the old town, and then get off at/near the old town, or walk the main route only (about 4 km). Personally, just walking Royal Street was one of my highlights in 2 days in Warsaw.

Stop 3: Old Town Observation Tower

When you arrive at Castle Square, you will also find the old town observation tower (bell tower), which apparently offers great views over the city.Observation Tower in Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland

Panoramic view of Warsaw in a summer day n Poland_You can (or rather have to) climb up about 150 stairs for a small entrance fee. And then you can enjoy the views. 

However, you have to pay in cash. I was traveling cashless, I had to – very unfortunately – pass on this view but even though I think, the views are worth it (I am all about views).

Opening hours:

  • May – October: weekdays from 10 am – 9 pm and weekends from 11 am – 10 pm
  • October – May: weekdays from 10 am – 6 pm and weekends from 11 am – 6 pm 
  • Ticket prices are less than 2€ for adults (discounts available)
  • Only cash payment at the ticket counter on the ground floor of the Bell Tower.

Stop 4: Royal Castle and Castle Square

Once you get down from the bell tower, you can continue your journey and discover the beautiful old town with its pretty buildings.Castle Square in Warsaw

Castle Square in Warsaw itineraryWarsaw’s Old Town is just charming. Here you will – finally – be convinced of how colorful the city is.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a lot of history. The next stop should be the Royal Castle  – if you can only visit one castle/palace, make it this castle.Royal Palace in Warsaw In Warsaw, the Royal castle – built in the late 16th century – served throughout the centuries as the Polish monarchs’ official residence.

The Royal Castle was seriously damaged during World War II but has been rebuilt and now open to the public.Royal Palace in Warsaw in 2 daysThe Great Assembly Hall – the biggest room in the castle – is especially stunning. On the Castle Square, you will also find the column of King Sigismund III Vasa, who in the 16th century moved the capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw.

Opening hours/tickets:

  • Monday – closed
  • Tuesday – Sunday from 11 am  5 pm (last admission one hour before closing time)
  • Tickets are around 9€ for adults (discounts available) and can be bought at the ticket center at the Royal Castle

Often, you will find artists here that make it even more fun to visit. 

Stop 5: Old Town and Old Town Square

From Castle Square, head to Old Town Square. It is just a stone‘s throw away and the oldest square in the city, established at the turn of the 13th century.

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It’s enclosed by around 40 colorful houses that had to be rebuilt after being reduced to rubble by the Germans at the close of WWII. You have to walk along some cute streets that have some places you might want to stop.

Then, once you arrive at the middle of the square, you will find a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid, the city’s emblem and guardian.

And of course, the buildings – which come in many different colors – are very noticeable.Old town in Warsaw a must do in WarsawThere are a couple of museums, but you can also just get lost in the streets. Don´t worry, even though Warsaw is quite big, the old town isn’t, and you won’t get literally lost.Old town in Warsaw If you are interested in the city’s history, visit the Museum of Warsaw or follow the Old Town Cellars Route. 

Stop 6: Barbican Fort

Make a little detour to the Barbican Fort, which is behind the old town square.Barbican in Warsaw to visitThough it is not really spectacular, it is lovely to stroll along the old city walls, snap some pics from the observation point at Gnojna Góra, and… it is free to visit, so you can’t go wrong.

You could also pay a visit to the cathedral, which houses, amongst other things, the tombs of the medieval Mazovian princes and the last king of Poland.

Stop 7: Multimedia Park

So, depending on your speed, it might be late afternoon already. And since this is a busy day, I suggest ending it with a great dinner in the old town or heading to the multimedia park for some entertainment.

Close to the old town is this park that is a great place to watch some light shows. The light show doesn’t take place every night and not all year, but then visit if they are going on. 

On the water screen with fog scattered over the water, you can watch an animated story about Warsaw’s history and its legends. It is accompanied by laser lights and several-meters-high columns of water rising to the rhythm of the music, lit by colorful floodlights. 

Depending on the time of the visit, the show changes (free to watch), and there are even some winter shows. So, make sure to check out the show times and add them to your 2-day Warsaw itinerary.

This day in Warsaw is such a fun and colorful day – great views included. If you stay longer, then you could add the following activities to your itinerary.

So, day 2 will be completely different – though not less interesting.

WHAT TO DO IN 2 DAYS IN WARSAW 

For day 2 in Warsaw, I suggest learning about the more recent history of Warsaw. Especially about World War II, as Poland was one of the countries most affected by the war.

As you most likely know, World War II was started by Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party in Germany, who invaded Poland on 1 September 1939.

His main goal was to make Germany a “world power” and “protect the supposed purity and strength of the Aryan race,” meaning killing Jews and other Non-Aryans.  This led to the Holocaust – the genocide of Jews and other Non-Aryans (and mentally or physically disabled people), with more than six million people killed!

So, in Warsaw, you will find out a lot about that time and how Poland and the Jews were affected. It is not a fun day. But I think it is important to remember! Plus, the information might be heavy to digest, BUT the museums are well done and make it easy to stay interested!

Stop 1: Uprising Museum

Start your day 2 in Warsaw with learning about the war at the Uprising Museum.

This interactive museum tells us more about the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 – the museum is a tribute of Warsaw’s residents to those who fought and died to free Poland.

It shows the military history of the 63 days of fighting and the civilian population’s everyday lives, but it also tells us more about the post-war communist terror. 

You can listen to the stories of the insurgents and see original exhibits from the uprising.

In Freedom Park  – next to the museum – you will find the  Memorial Wall, where nearly 11,000 names of soldiers killed in the Uprising are engraved.  There are also the insurgent murals by well-known Polish artists on the “Wall of Art.”

Opening hours/tickets for Uprising Museum:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Closed on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Tickets are around 6€ (discounts available)

Stop 2: Warsaw Ghetto

From there, head to the Warsaw Ghetto (either walk the 2km or take a bus).Warsaw GhettoPoland had a large community of Jews, and the Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II.

The German authorities established it in November 1940 – and it meant that all Jewish residents of Warsaw had to move into that designated area. The ghetto was enclosed by a wall over 10 feet high, topped with barbed wire, and closely guarded to prevent movement between the ghetto and the rest of Warsaw.

The population of the ghetto was estimated to be over 400,000 Jews. Living conditions were bad, and in 1942, German SS and police units carried out mass deportations from the Warsaw ghetto.

Opening hours/tickets:

  • Free to visit
  • Open 24/7

Stop 3: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

One of the best museums to visit in Warsaw is the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, located in the Warsaw Ghetto.Jewish Museum in WarsawIt doesn’t only cover the history of Jews in Poland during World War II  – it goes back to the first Jewish settlers in Poland one thousand years ago.

It is divided into several parts – and all of them are well-made and make it interesting to watch and learn. Of course, a large part of the museum is about the Holocaust and how, especially, Jews were victims of the war.

Though it is a lot of information and somewhat heavy to take in, it is made so well that even younger people can visit and learn a lot.

It is everything but a boring museum that presents facts on a board.

The whole exhibition should take about 2 hours – if you need a break, you can take it (and re-enter with your ticket) and have a drink or snack at the cafe in the museum.

  • Opening hours/tickets:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday open from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry to the temporary exhibition: 5:30 pm, last entry to the core exhibition: 5 pm)
  • Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm (last entry to the temporary exhibition: 7:30 pm, last entry to the core exhibition: 7 pm)
  • Closed on Tuesdays and 3. June, 16 September, 1 November and 24, 25, 31 December
  • Ticket prices are around 12€ for adults (discounts available)
  • On Thursday, admission to the core and temporary exhibitions is free of charge

For day 2, and after all the history, I recommend ending your day with something fun – maybe you want to visit a Chopin museum and see a Chopin concert? 

Why Chopin? Well, he is probably one of the most famous Polish guys and is Warsaw´s pride (though he wasn’t actually born here, he did live here for a long time).

You will have daily Chopin concerts to visit (for free if you have a Warsaw Card).

Stop 4: Chopin Museum

The Chopin Museum, within the baroque Ostrogski Palace, displays the work of the famous composer Chopin. 

I haven’t visited myself, but there are many different ways to learn about him and his music in the museum, and thus, it has become one of Warsaw’s main attractions.

I mean, even the airport is named after him, so a museum seems only logical.

Opening hours/tickets:

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 am – 7.00 pm (ticket sales until 6.15 pm)
  • Closed on Mondays, and some bank holidays
  • Tickets are around 5€ (discounts available)
  • Free admission: Wednesdays

ALTERNATIVE PLACE TO VISIT IN 1 OR 2 DAYS

As everyone has different tastes and prefers other activities, here are a few more places you can visit in 48 hours in Warsaw.

Palace of Culture & Science

This building is probably one of the most outstanding in Warsaw – it was from the Soviet Union and completed in 1955 – and thus causes mixed feelings in the locals.Warsaw, Poland. Aerial view Palace of Culture and Sciences I passed it several times but did not get to visit it. At 237meters high, it is the tallest building in Poland and somehow reminded me of New York. 

Most interesting to most visitors is probably not that it houses a museum, but that it has an observation terrace on the 30th floor (you can buy tickets online).

If you want to skip one of the other places above and do this instead, make sure to check out their opening hours. Psssst, apparently the interior is stunning, too, and actually houses more attractions.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR WARSAW TRIP

If you stay in Warsaw for 2 days, these tips will hopefully help you plan your trip.Aerial drone view of Palace of Culture and Science - a must-see in 2 days in Warsaw

How to Arrive in Warsaw

Warsaw has an international airport that is well connected to the city center – you can take a bus from the airport to the city center for around 1€.

They run frequently and also late at night and early in the morning.

If you arrive at the main train station, you are within walking distance of the old town. You could also take a bus/tram if you don’t stay in the city center.

How to Get Around in Warsaw for 2 Days

You can mostly walk to many sights and won’t need public transportation often – while Warsaw is quite big, it is very walkable.

However, you might want to take public transportation if you visit the museums or don’t want to walk more than 10km a day.

Trains and buses are terrific – reliable and affordable.

You can buy your ticket at the ticket machines at the bus stations (you can select English as the language, which is very straightforward). However, the tickets are based on the time and zones. You need to think about where you want to go and how long your ticket should be valid.

Also, credit cards are accepted (in Europe, American Express – unfortunately – is not as widely accepted as Visa or MasterCard).

Where to Stay in Warsaw for 2 Days

I highly suggest staying in the city center. If you are traveling to Poland from the US or western or northern Europe, you will find that accommodation prices are very reasonable, so staying in the city center should not break your bank.

  • I stayed in a hostel (after some great experiences in hostels in Lebanon and Jordan, I started liking hostels, something I seriously had not liked before, and the hostel I stayed in was a great choice. Though not directly located in the old town, it was still nicely located, and the value for money was great. Check out rates here.

However, since prices in Warsaw are not as high as in other European capitals, you also get quite good value for money if you book a mid-range or luxury accommodation. Check out InterContinental for a luxury hotel.

Warsaw in 2 Days – Where to Eat 

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Warsaw – I normally don’t do much research for restaurants but eat whenever I see a cozy spot and something vegan on the menu.Vegan burger in Warsaw

Food is quite affordable – by western European standards. So, I often end up spending more as I have a coffee here and a snack there. This also happened in Warsaw – I was happy to see that vegan food is also available in Polish restaurants, as traditional  Polish food is very meat-heavy and quite unhealthy in general. However, whatever cuisine you are looking for, you will find it in Warsaw.

I had a very delicious burger at Tel Aviv restaurant – which is a bit outside the old town. The staff was a bit inattentive, but since the food was great. So, I still highly recommend it if you are craving a vegan burger (even if you aren’t into vegan food, give it a try if you happen to be around this place!).

Is Warsaw Safe?

I traveled to Warsaw by myself and felt safe. I strolled the city center after sunset and did not feel scared in any way – however, I always exercise common sense. 

Avoid side streets at night (and probably dodgy areas – however, with 2 days in Warsaw, I did not come across any dodgy neighborhoods). And watch your belongings.

Language in Warsaw

I found quite a lot of people who spoke English well enough. I did not have any issues, and many also spoke some (basic) German. When I visited Poland the first time – like 12 years ago – that was completely different. But with English, you are good to go.

Warsaw Card for 48 Hours

I did not get a Warsaw Card, but it might make sense for you.

If you visit a Chopin concert, you can watch it without extra costs and do a few other activities. It might help you save money. For me, it did not pay off, especially because the entry to the Royal Palace isn’t included.

More Tips For your 2-Day Warsaw Trip

Have some cash on you, as credit card might not be accepted in smaller shops/attractions.

The currency is the Polish zloty – 1 zloty is about 0,22€.

Wear comfy shoes, Warsaw is made for walking

Check out my guide for what to pack for Europe in summer

Here is my winter packing list for Europe

CONCLUSION: WHAT TO DO IN 2 DAYS IN WARSAW

So, hopefully, these tips will help you while planning your Warsaw itinerary – now filled with information on the best places to visit and top things to do in 1 day or 2 days in Warsaw.

If you want to find out more about beautiful Polish cities, check out my Gdansk itinerary.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to Do in Gdansk, Poland (1 or 2 Days)

Best things to do in Gdansk, Poland in one or two days

WHAT TO DO IN GDANSK IN 1 OR 2 DAYS

So, if you are planning your Gdansk trip and wondering about the best things to do in Gdansk in 2 days, this post is probably perfect for you. This beautiful city is such a great travel destination for a weekend, and here, I am sharing my tips on what to do and some important travel tips for your first Gdansk visit.

Not only is Gdansk an underrated city, but Poland is also a very underrated country. After three visits, I can say that the cities I have been to were charming. One of these gorgeous cities is Gdansk – a busy and fun city, though still a hidden gem.

Okay, not really. Gdansk gets really busy and attracts many visitors from within Poland, but also from countries like Germany. However, compared to many other pretty European cities, it is still under the radar.

Gdansk is a fun city. It has many restaurants and cafes, stunning architecture and beautiful houses, and a pretty liberal atmosphere.

Before discussing your Gdansk itinerary (kind of), here are some tips for your trip to this stunning city.

Find out about the best things to do in Gdansk, Poland with this Gdansk itinerary

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR GDANSK ITINERARY

Before talking about the Gdansk itinerary, here are some quick Gdansk travel tips.

How to Get to Gdansk

The city is well connected to other main cities in Poland, like Warsaw, Wroclaw, etc., and you can get there by train easily.

If you arrive via train, you will have a short walk to the city center (about 10-15 minutes). 

But it also has a decent airport that some budget airlines fly to (including flights from my hometown of Bremen to Gdansk).

You can buy a bus ticket for about 1€ (one way) and have a direct connection to the train station in Gdansk (do not take the train, but the bus that you will find outside the airport).

How to Get Around Gdansk

You can walk to most of the below-mentioned places – the main tourist attractions are easily accessible as the town center is compact. 

However, a few places in this post are outside the city center. You can rely on good public transportation that is also very affordable by Western European standards, and trains/buses run frequently. 

Where to Stay in Gdansk for 2 Days

I truly recommend staying in or very close to the old town – prices are probably higher, but it is worth it as you can explore Gdansk early in the morning or in the evening when the crowds are gone.

I stayed in this simple yet nice place near the old town – Zefiro Stajenna was clean, simple (yet quite modern), and had a kitchen downstairs that guests can use. Check out rates and availabilities here.

If you prefer staying in the old town and looking for luxury accommodation, you can check out Radisson Blu’s prices.

Where to Eat in Gdansk

Polish food is known for being heavy and hearty – and quite unhealthy. You’ll find many restaurants in the old town and at the promenade. My tips for healthy vegan (vegetarian) and very delicious food are:

Guga Sweet & Spicy (they also have yummy breakfast) – close to the World War II Museum

Manna 68 – especially the noodles are extremely delicious (that is why I ended up having it twice in 5 days) – close to St. Mary Church.Vegan food in Gdansk, Poland

More Tips for Your Gdansk Itinerary

Though Poland is part of the European Union, it does not have the € as its currency. Rather, the Polish currency is Zloty.

While it is cheaper than many destinations in Western Europe, it is quite expensive for a Polish city (and Eastern Europe). You can often pay with a credit card (even for the bus ticket from the airport) at many places but should have some Zloty with you as well.Most beautiful buildings in Gdansk

THINGS TO DO IN GDANSK IN 1 DAY

So, let´s start with the main places to visit and the top things to do in Gdansk – even if you have only one day in the city, I recommend visiting the places in and near the old town (which is absolutely doable in 1 day).

However, my main tip is not to rush and always look up and fully understand the stunning architecture of the buildings in the house.

Golden Gate

At the end – or actually at the beginning – of Long Street (the main tourist place), you´ll find the Golden Gate. Golden Gate in Gdansk for your itinerary GdanskIt is not actually golden but built with light-colored stones and was opened in 1612 and marks the famous shopping street’s beginning.

The Gate has a Latin inscription: “In agreement, small republics grow, in disagreement great republics fall.“ You’ll also find many figures on the faces that symbolize peace, freedom, wealth, and fame on the Coal Market side and signs for agreement, piety, justice, and prudence on the Long Street side.

Once you leave, it gets much quieter and calmer, and there are fewer people around. However, there are still beautiful buildings, so if you are not short on time, get lost and stroll the area, too.

From there, you will stroll the pretty colorful street and have a few stops along the way.

Long Street/Dluga Street and Long Market

Okay, here you are. You have just entered the fun and bustling Long Street – the main sightseeing area and tourist hotspot. But even though it can get crowded and busy (and touristy), I totally admired the street and the houses.Long Street Gdansk is one of the best places to visit in Gdansk

Long Street in Gdansk on an early morning

Gdansk colorfol housesI felt a little like I was being transported back to Brussels with the houses’ architecture – you will find so many beautiful houses here.

The street was actually terribly destroyed during World War II but got rebuilt, and nowadays, nothing reminded me of the war when walking up and down it.Beautiful houses in Gdansk, Poland You’ll find restaurants, shops (with a lot of little souvenirs and gifts made from amber), and little stalls – as well as musicians and artists entertaining the visitors (thus, it is also a great place to visit with children).

Main Town Hall

You’ll find the main town hall in the top tourist areas of Long Street/Dluga Street. It just takes a minute or so (without stops) from the Golden Gate.Town hall Gdansk The town hall was the most important public building in the city – the seat of the municipal government and institutions showed the city´s power and wealth with beautiful interiors (mostly from the 16th and 17th century. You can see the Great Council Hall for a small entrance fee (it is quite small but still interesting).Gdansk view from Town Hall The main town hall is also my top tip to get the best view of the old town. Climb the few hundred stairs (partly with a very narrow staircase) to enjoy the fantastic view of Long Street, St. Mary’s Church, and its surroundings.

It is tedious, but so worth it (and costs just a few € – which is so much less compared to elevated views you pay for in countries like Italy), and personally I think, it is one of the top 5 things to do in Gdansk.

Nowadays, it is also the seat of the Gdansk Museum, which you can visit.

Fountain of Neptune

On Long Street, you’ll find the Fountain of Neptune, a bronze statue of the King of the Seas from 1633 that has become one of the main tourist attractions in Gdansk.Fountain of Neptune, visiting is one of the best things to do in Gdansk in 1 day The fountain only occasionally turned on (since the water tanks had to be manually refilled). But since Gdansk has gotten its waterworks running – back in the 19th century- the fountain is now turned on all summer long and has become quite a popular photo stop.

Green Gate

Walk towards the gate, which you can see from the fountain. The Green Gate is the end of Long Street, and you’ll pass it whether you get to the promenade from here or you come from the promenade. This is the entrance/exit built in the 16th century to the beautiful main street.Green Gate in Gdansk is a must on any Gdansk itinerary

Gdansk, Green GateIf you look up, you’ll see a kind of house, which was initially built as a residence for the Polish king at the time. Once you are there, you have already reached another popular place amongst locals and visitors. There are guided walking tours – check out prices and times here. I am a big walker and love to explore cities on foot – if you want to experience Gdansk on an electric scooter, check out this guided scooter tour.

Long Riverfront (Dlugie Pobrezeze) 

This is one of my favorite places in Gdansk – and over the span of 5 days, I visited the place numerous times. If you are in Gdansk for a day, you should still visit at least once, and since it is so close to Long Street, it does not take much time.Gdansk sign is a must in 3 days This fun and busy promenade – in the summer months – is a must-see in Gdansk. I recommend walking up the promenade. It is less than a kilometer long, but the number of restaurants is endless.

From here, you can also get a view of the Gdansk sign and the Ferris wheel. If you want, head to the other side of the promenade (and also head to the other side of the riverfront so you can have great views from all angles). 

You´ll see the River Mitlawa and ships (along with small, cute water taxis). In the past, this was where merchant ships moored, carrying wares from all over the world.

This is also where you will find the ships going to Westerplatte (more on that later).

The Crane

If you walk along the promenade, you will see the Crane, another famous sight in Gdansk. This wooden building is shaped like a sail-less windmill and is a 15th-century port crane located on the Dlugie Pobrezeze.The Crane in Gdansk is one of the best things to do in Gdansk Most of the time, it was used to hoist a beer and wine barrels, stone ballasts, and masts. Now, it is the National Maritime Museum. If you want to visit the museum, you can buy a ticket at the neighboring Maritime Culture Centre.

Mariacka Street

If you walk along the Long Riverfront, there is a little street that you should turn into. I admit, when I strolled this pretty street (which is parallel to Long Street), I felt like I was exploring the pretty streets of Brooklyn.

Though I am not sure if I was the only one who got this feeling, I am sure you would miss out if you didn’t get to walk it at least once.Must-see in Gdansk, street With many cafes and little shops, selling mostly jewelry and souvenirs, this street had a totally different vibe than Long Street and is one of the best places to visit in Gdansk, in my opinion.

St. Mary Church

Close to Mariacka Street, you’ll see pretty St. Mary’s Church. Once you have found the entrance, you can visit the church (for free), but keep in mind that you should dress modestly.

Its 82-meter-tall tower is one of the largest brick churches in the world, and it took more than 150 years to build (construction started in the 14th century).View from St. Mary Church in Gdansk You have a chance to climb the tower here as well. As I stayed in the city for a longer time, I climbed both towers, but if you have less time or want to save a few €, I suggest skipping the tower here and enjoying the town hall views only. The views there are much better from the town hall.

As I am a sucker for good views, I still enjoyed them from the tower, though nets up there did not allow us to fully soak in the views of this pretty city.

World War II Museum 

You’ll find the World War II Museum a bit outside the main old town along the promenade.

While I did not visit myself (I know, shame on me :/ ) I am sure that you can learn a lot about one of the most lethal wars in history there.

2 DAYS IN GDANSK – WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO SEE

With 2 days in Gdansk, I would add the following activities to your itinerary.

Westerplatte

A visit to the Westerplatte is a must. It is a little island in front of Gdansk (easily accessible via boat). Westerplatte has become so famous for its sad history – it is here where World War II started.Westerplatte in Gdansk If you are getting boat tickets, I recommend planning to stay on the island for at least about 1.5-2 hours (absolute minimum) to learn more about World War II.

You could easily get there via a boat – if you are into pirates (or your kids are), then buy tickets at the ticket office (you´ll see the ships and boats) and hop on a pirate ship which will get you there for relatively little money.

Sopot

A trip to Sopot is perfect for escaping city life. It might be jam-packed here even in the summer months, as it is a popular beach resort town, frequently visited by locals and tourists, but it is easily accessible from Gdansk.Sopot Beach in Gdansk

Once there, you have a beautiful beach area and the Baltic Sea in front of you – I openly admit that the water was not very tempting to hop into, but it is still beautiful and a great place to relax.

There is also one of the longest wooden piers in the world – to cross it, you have to pay a very small entrance fee (only in the summer months), but you then have a nice walk and a different view of Sopot.Crooked house in Sopot Given its many cafes and restaurants, it is also a good place to spend a full day. Also, the town center is quite busy – and keep an eye out for the crooked building.

You can buy train tickets and pay only around 2€ (roundtrip) for this 40-minute train ride.

CONCLUSION: GDANSK THINGS TO DO AND SEE

As you can see, there are a lot of things to do in Gdansk – and there is much more to add to your itinerary if you stay more than 2 days in Gdansk.

However, I am sure that you can create a great itinerary for 2 days and see some of the most beautiful places in the city with these tips. Check out my Poland itinerary to find out how a fun one week in Poland could look like!Safe Travels, Arzo

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