The Polish capital Warsaw is located on the Vistula River. The city is one of the most important transport, economic and commercial centers in Eastern Europe, is a modern, young and dynamic metropolis and a city trip to Warsaw is full of surprises.
Warsaw was founded in the early Middle Ages due to its favorable location. Politically, however, the city gained importance only in the 15th century, when the Mazovian rulers moved their seat to the city. Conveniently located between Krakow and Vilnius, Warsaw became the parliamentary and ruling seat of the Polish-Lithuanian noble republic in the 16th century.
During the Second World War the city was almost completely destroyed. Fortunately, it was possible to rebuild almost everything true to the original. The old town was restored in such a way that it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980.
Warsaw travel information
Fryderyk Chopin Airport is located not far from Warsaw. It is the largest and most important airport in Poland.
From the airport there are suburban trains and buses to the center of Warsaw.
The main station of Warsaw is not far from the Old Town. By train, for example, you can go directly from Berlin to Warsaw by EC in about 5.5 hours.
The entire railroad traffic in Poland is star-shaped starting from Warsaw. The most important cities are connected with IC trains.
The international long-distance cycling routes EuroVelo 2 and EuroVelo 11 pass through Warsaw.
The road network around Warsaw is well developed. From Berlin you can take the A2 highway to Warsaw.
There are several bus companies that offer regular trips to Warsaw from Germany.
From Warsaw, numerous intercity buses travel throughout Poland.
There is a large port in Warsaw. Excursion boats sail on the Vistula River.
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Tickets for public transportation are available at kiosks and vending machines at bus stops. You can also buy them on the bus or tram.
The metro is the best and fastest way to get around Warsaw. There are two lines (M1 and M2). The M1 runs north-south from the southern edge of the city to the center. The M2 runs in a west-east direction across the Vistula River.
During the week, the metro runs until midnight, on weekends until 3 am.
The tram network is quite dense and trains run frequently. During rush hours, the trams are quite crowded.
Buses also run through Warsaw at a relatively frequent interval. Within the city you can travel with zone 1 tickets. These are valid for 120 minutes, but you are not allowed to change buses. Alternatively, tickets for zone 1 with the possibility to change buses are also offered. Depending on the price, these are only valid for 20, 40 or 60 minutes.
The night buses are marked with an “N”.
The Vistula River is navigated by water streetcars and excursion boats departing from the piers on Vistula Boulevard.
Warsaw has an excellent and fast network of bike paths along the main roads.
From March 1 to November 30, rental bikes are available at 350 stations.
Attention. Pay attention before boarding:
- on the windshield there must be a plate with hologram, taxi license and vehicle registration number
- on the front door there must be a yellow and red stripe with a clearly visible five-digit serial number and the Warsaw coat of arms
- on the right rear door there must be a sticker containing tariff information
- a photo and the name of the driver must be clearly visible in the interior of the vehicle
There is a free municipal Internet network in the city marked “HOT SPOT UM-Warszawa”.
Alcohol / Cigarettes
Smoking is prohibited at public transport stops, clubs, pubs and restaurants.
The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in public places. Public consumption of alcohol is allowed only in summer and garden restaurants, pubs and on Vistula Boulevard.
City trip to Warsaw
Our tips for a varied time in the exciting city of Warsaw.
For me, vodka has always belonged to Eastern Europe. When we were in Krakow, we came into contact with vodka and its tradition for the first time. When I discovered the Polish Vodka Museum in Warsaw while researching before our trip, it was clear that we absolutely had to go here.
After we had seen "Stalin's Birthday Cake" in Riga, the Academy of Sciences, we were quite curious about the visually quite similar building in Warsaw, the Palace of Culture and Science. For us, the Warsaw Palace of Culture is one of the most impressive buildings of the city, that we wanted to take a closer…