2 days in Warsaw – Places to visit in Warsaw in 2 days

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Warsaw is the ideal city if you are planning a short break abroad as it is a cool city with nice food and nice atmosphere. It doesn’t matter when are you planning your 2 days in Warsaw as the city is always nice at any time of the year.

We spent 48 hours in Warsaw without planning anything and we end up loving this gorgeous capital. If it is your first time in Poland, Warsaw is the perfect city where to start a magical trip around Eastern Europe. Warsaw is easy to reach from the main airports in Europe, cheap flight and the central position, make the Polish Capital one of the best short break in Europe.

If you are planning a winter city break you should see our top list of places to visit.


2 days in Warsaw

Landscape of Warsaw at Night - What to visit in Warsaw in 2 days

If you want to plan your short trip to Warsaw you can see our detailed plan with things you can’t miss during your 2 days in Warsaw.

You will be surprised by the many things this city can offer, starting from the beautiful old town and ending in one of the newest building, the Copernicus Science Centre. All the most important sightseeing in Warsaw are located in the city centre and you can easily reach it by walk. This is our list of the best 15 places to visit in Warsaw in 2 days.

  • Warsaw Old Town
  • Lazienki Park
  • Palace on the Isle
  • Palace of Culture and Science 
  • Fryderyk Chopin Museum
  • Chopin Monument
  • Old Town Market Place
  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Castle Square
  • Sigismund’s Column
  • Presidential Palace
  • Warsaw Barbican
  • Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

Is Warsaw worth visiting?

Spring in Warsaw - Summer in Warsaw - Gardens of Warsaw in 2 days

Absolutely yes. We had such a great time visiting Warsaw, discovering the narrow streets of the old town. The people were lovely and the city is beautiful and mainly cheap. Win-win. You can spend either 2 or 3 days in Warsaw and enjoy the Polish Capital.

All the cities in the world got something different and beautiful to roam, for us, Warsaw was a discovery as we didn’t expect to like it so much. It’s worth to visit especially if you are interested in the art and culture of a different country.



Day 1 – Visit Warsaw in 2 days

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  • Warsaw Old Town
  • Lazienki Park
  • Palace on the Isle
  • Palace of Culture and Science 
  • Fryderyk Chopin Museum
  • Chopin Monument


Warsaw Old Town 

Main square of Warsaw - Poland

The heart of the city centre is the incredibly beautiful Old Town of Warsaw. The gorgeous houses around the ancient wall and many people walking through. The core of this area is the Old Market Place where you can find many cafes and restaurants. If you are visiting the Old Town during lunchtime you can grab some food in the little shop where the food is delicious.


Tours of the Old Town of Warsaw

Warsaw is ideal to discover through the cheap tours. From the classic Hop-on Hop-off Red bus, that will cost you just 17 euro, to the Sightseeing Segway Tour of the city for 47 Euro for 3 Hours. Other tours that we might suggest are the 3 hours bike guided tour of the city for 22 euro and the old retro tour in a fiat 125p through the streets of Warsaw.


Lazienki Park

Warsaw Gardens - Guide of Warsaw in 2 days

Considered the largest park in Warsaw, the Lazienki Park needs to be on your list of things to see in Warsaw in 2 days. While walking around the park you will see the Royal Palace as well, which you can visit it for only 25 PLN ($6). If you are looking for the ideal place where you can relax this is the perfect place. Check for a guided tour of Lazienski Park and the awesome park.

Palace on the Isle

Lizienki Palace - Warsaw - Poland

Pałac Na Wyspie is the real name of this place. A fairytale palace on the water. IT is also known as Bath Place. The structure will remember you some of the historical building of the English town of Bath. The park is open every day until 9 pm, the palace instead is open six days a week, except on Mondays.

During summertime, it opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm, while on Fridays opens at 10 am and closes at 8 pm. Fridays the admission is free. In winter, the palace opens at 9 am and close at 4 pm. 

Palace of Culture and Science – Warsaw sightseeing

Best Attractions of Warsaw - Poland

If you don’t know what to see in Warsaw in 2 days, you should buy the tickets for the Palace of Culture and Science. From the top of this building, you will be able to see all the city. The same view that you can have from the SkyGarden in London or the Tower Eiffel in Paris. It’s worth paying that money and enjoying the beautiful view of Warsaw from the top.

You can book here your ticket and avoid any queues.

Did you know that you can combine the ticket of the Palace of Culture and Science with a private Warsaw city tour? Yes, you can. Book here and save some time while travelling.

Fryderyk Chopin Museum

If you are spending 2 days in Warsaw you need to visit Chopin Museums. For sure you know who is he but just in case you don’t, Chopin was a Polish composer of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for a solo piano.
While walking around Warsaw you will see many benches where if you sit music will start play. What kind of music is it? You can imagine. As you are in Warsaw, the notes of the composer will play around the city. 

The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday and it is closed on Monday. From 11 am until 8 pm you can visit the Chopin Museum.


If you want to save some time you can book the tickets here which includes 2 hours of a walking tour of Chopin’s life.

Or, you can get a different ticket which includes Chopin Museum and a musical city tour.

Both tours are well organized and worth to do.


Chopin Monument

As you might understood Chopin is an important figure in Warsaw. In Warsaw, you can find Chopin Statue in the upper part of Lazienki Park. If you are visiting the park during your Warsaw itinerary you need to visit the statue as well.

What does it represent? If you have a look you will see the connection between Chopin and nature and with his closed eyes and extended hand you can imagine that he is playing an invisible piano.

If you are lucky enough during your itinerary, there are many free concerts taking place in the late afternoon at the Chopin Statue. We were so lucky, visiting Warsaw in Autumn to be on time for a concert, the music and the nature surrounding you are worth a visit.


Day 2 – Warsaw in 2 days

  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Castle Square
  • Sigismund’s Column
  • Presidential Palace
  • Warsaw Barbican
  • Monument to the Ghetto Heroes


Copernicus Science Centre

Copernicus was a Renaissance astronomer and mathematician who define a model of the universe that places the Sun rather than Earth at the centre of the universe.

Who doesn’t love science? Or even the fact that there are amazing things that you can learn every day. I didn’t know the existence of this centre when we were in Warsaw for 2 days. Guess what? We went in and explore the beautiful planetarium with all the funny activities that they offer.

Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews

If you are thinking about what to do in Warsaw in 2 days, you should check out the Polin Museum and the history behind the Polish Jews. The Polin Museum, today, presents the history over 1000 years of the Polish Jews.

If you want to visit the museum we highly recommend to book the ticket here.

The first time we have been to Warsaw for 2 days we couldn’t make it as there were no more tickets available and we didn’t plan it in advance. But, then we purchased online and we experienced the history of the Polish Jews. 

Castle Square – What to do in Warsaw in two days

In your Warsaw 2 days itinerary, you will pass many times in the middle of this square. It is located in front of the Royal Castle and usually, is the meeting point of many tourists and walking tours. 

Click here to have a free walking tour of Warsaw!

Yes, it is free and you will be able to get confident with the city first. 

Sigismund’s Column

Sigmund Column and view of Warsaw at the sunset

Once you will be in the Castle Square you will notice a huge column in the middle. This column was built in honour of King Sigismund who moved the Capital of Poland from Krakow to Warsaw.

Today it is considered one of the most famous landmarks in the city for its history.

Presidential Palace – Places to see in Warsaw

If you are spending only 48 hours in Warsaw you should plan in advance for your visit to the Presidential Palace. The entrance is free of charge but it takes places in organized group with a guide.

The inside of the Palace is amazing and you will love it as soon as you will see the main Hall. As it is a Presidential Palace you can imagine how many rooms there are and if you are organizing your trip to Warsaw for two days we suggest you plan your visit with a guide.

Warsaw Barbican

Warsaw old town / Barbican and city wall

Located between the Old Town and New Town, Warsaw Barbican is today a touristic attraction. With its charm and history, the Warsaw Barbican was a medieval defence which protected the northern entrance to the city 

This place is perfect for taking pictures as well, especially if you are going during the sunset. 

Monument to the Ghetto Heroes

If you are spending 2 days in Warsaw you need to visit the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes which commemorate the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II. Located close to the Polin Museums this monument is easy to reach, even by walk. It is a significant symbol in the city and you can’t miss to visit it. (Skip the queue at the Polin Museum).

The ghetto of Warsaw is an iconic area of Warsaw, well known for history. Today is a place to visit absolutely to understand the real stories behind, the heroes and the people that will remain in the memory of the entire World. There are many tours taking place, showing you the area and the history. We have selected some of the best for you.

4 hours Jewish Ghetto Group Tour
Private Tour of the Ghetto for 3/4 Hours
Ghetto walking tour with pick-up from your hotel

Day trips from Warsaw

You can easily organize a day trip from Warsaw without any problem. You can get around Poland by bus or if you feel more comfortable you can always rent a car and have a fantastic road trip.

Lodz – Warsaw day trips

From Warsaw, you can organize many day trips and be able to discover a bit around. If you plan in advance your journey you will be able to find a lot of deals for less than $10. 

The cheapest way we found was by bus. With only 1h and 50 minutes, you can reach Lodz from Warsaw. The price for one way ticket to Lodz with Flixbus is $2 which means that a return ticket will cost you less than $5. Amazing right?

You have the opportunity to discover another city outisde Warsaw in only one day. 

Krakow

If you are in Poland you can’t miss going to Krakow. If you are planning in advance your trip to Poland, we suggest you spend 2 days in Warsaw and at least 2 days in Krakow to be able to visit the most important sightseeing and maybe Auschwitz.

By bus from Warsaw to Krakow, the journey is around 4h and 30 minutes and it will cost you $7 one way.

If you want to discover a bit more about Krakow this is the cheapest and easiest way to reach it from Warsaw. 


Day trips from Warsaw to Auschwitz

It might be not for everyone, but if you are in Krakow and you want to fell the history of what happened to the Jewish during World War II.

If you are interested you can book here the full-day guided tour.

If you don’t fell to go don’t do it as during your visit you will feel everything that happened inside Auschwitz. 

TravelTips

  • In the city centre, they do speak English so don’t worry about it. 
  • A beer will cost you less than $1 which is great
  • Try the local food as it is delicious
  • Book a free walking tour Warsaw to familiarize with the city
  • Have some cash with you as sometimes it will be hard to pay by card
  • Check from which airport are you flying from
  • Check the weather in advance as sometimes during autumn it can be very hot
  • Plan your trip in advance and try to organize a day trip to Warsaw
  • Consider the Warsaw Pass


Getting around Warsaw

Strolling around Warsaw is very easy, you can reach all the most important sightseeing by walk. We used the tram only to reach our accommodation so you can understand that it is very easy to get around Warsaw.

You can buy the ticket from the small shops close to the main train station and for 24 hours unlimited use of public transport the cost is 15.00 PLN which is $3.80. In your 2 days in Warsaw, you will see how cheap life is, starting from a simple public transport ticket ending to have dinner and paying less than $20 for two people. 

How to reach the airport

Be aware that there are two airports in Warsaw: Warsaw Chopin Airport and Warsaw Modlin Airport. 

Warsaw Chopin Aiport is the largest and busiest international airport located 10 km away from the city centre. Modlin Airport is the secondary airport serving Warsaw and it is also an international airport and it is mainly served by low-cost airlines.  Both airports are easy to reach.

From the Chopin Airport of Warsaw, you can get a private group transfer for just 40 Euro. Check this out. Or it can be more adventurous if you will be picked up by an old Communist Van – Nysa 522 for just 99 euro for Group.

Where to stay in Warsaw

Warsaw restaurants of the city - Best guide of Warsaw in 2 days

Warsaw is a cheap city and you can easily find accommodation. We stayed in Airbnb not far away from the city centre and we paid less then £70 for two night for a whole house. 

If you are looking for budget accommodation the ideal is Airbnb or you can check the Hostel World website. (Check how to gain over 25$ with our code Airbnb)

Novotel Warszawa Centrum and Intercontinental Warsaw are the perfect options if you are looking for a luxury trip to Warsaw. Both are located in the heart of the city centre with a gorgeous view of the city. You can book here the ideal accommodation.

What to see in Warsaw in 2 days

Warsaw city centre transport guide

Warsaw is a lovely city, perfect for a short city break in Europe. If you don’t know where to go in winter or spring check out the flight to Warsaw and discover the Polish colony.

If it is your first time in Poland, Warsaw is the ideal city where to start with. Are you planning a short city break in Europe? Warsaw in 2 days is the ideal escape to spend a couple of days off of your routine.

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1 comment

Danial (Dan On The Road) October 5, 2019 - 5:59 pm

I absolutely love the idea of the musical benches, which is a fitting tribute to great man himself – Chopin.

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