Warsaw, the capital of Poland has much to offer as it is a city full of contrasts, culture and history. Known as the “City of Phoenix,” it was quickly recovered from the damage during the Second World War thanks to the heroic efforts of its citizens. It is a city that engages the visitor since the first visit so if you do not want to miss the charm of this European capital but do not have a big budget, you can appeal to the large number of free activities you can do in the city.
1. Lazienki Royal Park is the largest public park in Warsaw. It houses an impressive palace complex and a lake, a botanical garden and monuments dedicated to the composer Frederic Chopin and the Temple of Diana.
2. Wilanów Palace is a beautiful baroque building located in the southeastern part of the city, at the end of the so-called Royal Route. Known as the Polish Versailles, it is one of the most impressive buildings in Poland. Currently, you can visit their rooms, temporary exhibitions and an extensive garden that worth the walk. The visit to the palace is free on Sundays and Thursdays to the park and the conservatory.
3. Warsaw National Museum contains around 780.000 works of art exhibited at several permanent galleries among which are the Gallery of Ancient Art , the Foreing Painting Gallery, the Polish Painting Gallery and other many temporary exhibitions.
4. The Historical Centre is the oldest neighborhood and one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. It was completely destroyed after the uprising of 1944 and rebuilt after the war thanks to a major national mobilization effort. In 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
5. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is an impressive monument built in 1925, located in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square. It is dedicated to the fallen Polish soldiers during the World War I.
6. Frederick Chopin Museum was founded in the 1930s and today is an exhibition center of the most famous Polish composer. You can visit IT completely free of charge every Tuesday.
7. Pawiak Prison is synonymous with the Nazi horror, as it became a Gestapo political prison. More than 37,000 people were killed in this prison and, at present, it is a tribute to these victims.
8. The Holy Coss is an imposing church located across the campus of the University of Warsaw. Its urns contain the hearts of Chopin and Wladyslaw Reymont, the first Polish winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
9. Warsaw’s Jewish Cemetery is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe and contains over 200,000 identified graves and a large number of mass graves of victims of the ghetto in the city. Turned into a dense forest, it is full of monuments.
Another option to visit Warsaw on a budget is to purchase the Warsaw Tourist Card, with over 130 participating stores and institutions such as public transport. You can buy the card for 24 hours or 3 days for a price of 35 PLN and 65 PLN respectively.
If you also want to save on accommodation, we recommend you to stay in cheap hostels in Warsaw, since they are often located in central areas, such as Tamka Hostel or Hostel Kanonia where you stay from $ 10 at night and if you want to eat well and taste traditional Polish food, we recommend you to try the delicious dishes of Krokiecik, a restaurant frequented by locals. If you prefer fast food like hamburgers or pizzas without sacrificing the quality, Champion’s Sport Bar is your place.