Private 4h Tour in Warsaw Old Town

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Warsaw, Warsaw

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

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Get to know the capital and largest city of Poland as a knowledgeable guide takes you on a walk through the heart of Warsaw. Full of contrasts and memories, the charming Old Town and dynamic New Town offer a look at the city's long and storied past throughout this private tour.
Meet your guide by the Sigismund's Column, a monument to the Polish king who made Warsaw the nation's capital, and learn about the devastation of the city during World War II and its reconstruction once the war was over. Your walk takes you to sights of the Old Town like the historic Royal Castle, where you get a look at the life of kings and of the inhabitants of Warsaw in past centuries.
Next, continue to the Krasinski Palace, the Supreme Court building, and the monument to the Warsaw Uprising. The tour shows you also the Grand Theatre, the National Opera, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, finishing with a short walk through the Royal Route before you part ways with your guide to see the city on your own.

What's Included

Professional local guide

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 1 - 120

Additional Info

  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

King Sigismund's Column (Kolumna Zygmunta)
Sigismund's Column is the oldest public memorial in Warsaw, but it is not in its original location. It was moved when the axis of Krakowskie Przedmieście Street was changed in the 19th century and again after World War II during the development of the WZ route. On September 2, 1944, the column was brought down by German troops. The reconstruction of the statue and the column itself was completed in 1949. Earlier columns are exhibited next to the walls of the King's Castle (as seen from the direction of the WZ route). The column is one of the city's key symbols, yielding only to the Mermaid, which is the most recognizable symbol of Poland's capital city.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Old Town
Old Town — the city was founded at a spot on the river that was conducive to trade — on the main route between the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. Wealthy tradesmen and craftsmen took up residence here, which supported the rapid growth of the settlement. The face of the city changed over the centuries: wooden structures destroyed in fires were replaced by masonry tenement houses and earthen ramparts were replaced by stone walls. A town hall was built in 1429 (which no longer exists), along with a parish church (currently the Cathedral of St. John), defensive towers and a barbican. But 1944 brought near total destruction as 90 percent of the Old Town area was razed to the ground. The reconstruction took many years, and ended with a place on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Royal Castle gained royal-residence status in the 16th century, when the Masovia region joined the Crown. Destroyed multiple times (during the Deluge, and the annexation of Poland), it was repeatedly rebuilt and stood until the beginning of World War II, when it was bombed in the first days of the conflict and almost completely destroyed by fire. Some of its priceless works of art were, luckily, carried out of the building in time, and subsequently hidden. However, the remaining works were plundered and, in 1944, the castle was blown up in retaliation for the Warsaw Uprising. The decision to reconstruct the castle was made much later, in 1971. Work was financed in most part thanks to the generosity of the community. The site was opened to visitors in 1984. It was later placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, as an example of a successful, faithful reconstruction of an historic structure.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)
The Barbican, previously a strategic part of the city's defensive walls, today attracts painters exhibiting their work and musicians helping visitors enjoy their walks around the Old Town. It was built in 1548, as part of approximately 4,000 feet of defensive ramparts. From May to October there is an interesting exhibition inside the Barbican's walls with historical photos of Warsaw and models of the defensive lines and towers (no longer in existence). By comparing the photos and old plans with the Old Town's current shape, you can easily imagine what the Barbican looked like in the past, and what the heart of Warsaw would be like had it not been for the destruction of the war.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Monument to the Warsaw Uprising Fighters
The Monument of the Warsaw Uprising depicts groups of insurgents during battle. The Warsaw Uprising, which ended in defeat and the death of 200,000 Poles, was one of the bloodiest and most painful moments in the modern history of Poland and Warsaw.
Krasiński Palace (Palace of the Republic) was initially a residence of Jan Krasiński, the Prefect of Warsaw. It currently hosts special collections for the National Library. The palace is regarded as Warsaw's most enchanting Baroque structure. Its many reliefs are inspired by antique works. The park behind the palace is an excellent place for a walk and a bit of relaxation. This was initially one of the first such sites available to all of the city's residents, regardless of their social status. The green building next to the palace and across the street is the recently-built seat of the Supreme Court.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ulica Miodowa
Miodowa Street is a narrow street, full of life and lined with ancient, luxurious residences. Number 24 (on the left of the street) used to host the Collegium Nobilium — the first school for the young of the ruling elite. It currently houses the Academy of Theatre. Number 17 (on the left) is the residence of the Primate of Poland — the Palace of Warsaw's Archbishops, erected in the 18th century. Number 16 (on the right) is Warsaw's only Eastern Catholic Church. Pac Palace, housing the Ministry of Health, is next to the Primate's residence. Another building worth taking a peek at is the Church of the Capuchins. The right side of its altar features the heart of Jan III Sobieski (its founder). Further on, you can enjoy a view of the Monument of Warsaw's Heroes, commonly called the Monument of Nike.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Plac Teatralny
The Theatre Square is bordered on its right by the Late Baroque Blank Palace. Behind this is Jabłonowski Palace, which used to function as the city hall before World War II. The building was razed to the ground during the war, and rebuilt in the 1990s. However, only the façade and the clock tower remain from its original design. Don't forget to walk through the gate under the tower to see the foundations lain in the 19th century. The Grand Theatre is a huge, Classicist building facing Jabłonowski Palace. It is the seat of the National Opera and the National Theatre. Its opera stage is one of the largest in Europe. Enchanting interiors, featuring cut glass chandeliers, a spacious foyer with columns and impressive floor tiling can all be seen if you attend a performance. Theatre Square ends with the Petrykus Tenement House, erected in 1821, which houses multiple restaurants and clubs, highly valued by Warsaw citizens.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


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