With three days in Warsaw, not only can tour the city’s highlights and enjoy a wealth of food, beer, and vodka, you’ll also have enough time to spend a day at a nearby World War II site. Here’s how to make the most of three days in the Polish capital.
Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)
A moving memorial to victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre, the Katyn Museum is housed in the 19th-century Warsaw Citadel that was commissioned by Tsar Nicolas I to house Russian troops. Personal effects, documentation, and portraits evoke the Second World War tragedy, while an audio guide fills in missing pieces of history.
Open Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm
Powsinska 13, Warsaw, 02-920
Small but impactful, Katyn Museum is a window into a tragic period of Polish history. The museum is free to enter, and while most signs are in Polish, audio guides are available to rent in various languages. Exhibits include many items excavated from mass graves on the site of the Katyn massacre, so the museum may not be appropriate for all children.
Things to know before you go
- The museum is an important stop for history buffs interested in the Second World War.
- Guided tours of the Katyn Museum can be arranged in advance.
- The Katyn Museum is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to get there
The Katyn Museum is located at Jana Jezioranskiego 4, a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) walk from the Warsaw Old Town. A nearby tram stop, Park Traugutta 4, is served by lines 1, 4, 6, 18, 23, 28, 41, and 75. If you’re coming from Old Town to the Katyn Museum, it’s possible to use the Bulwar Karskiego, a car-free path that follows the Vistula River.
When to get there
Open Wednesday through Sunday, the Katyn Museum is rarely crowded. If you’re planning to rent an audio guide, the self-guided tour generally takes around 45 minutes. Since there’s plenty to see in the surrounding Warsaw Citadel, however, it’s worth setting aside plenty of time to explore the historic cannons, tunnels, and art gallery.
More World War II Sites in Warsaw
History lovers will find lots to see in Warsaw, which has a handful of wartime sites. The Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) remembers the local struggle against German occupation, while the Mausoleum of Struggle and Martyrdom is built inside a former Gestapo headquarters. Throughout the city look for Second World War Monuments; among the most moving is the Maly Powstaniec, which is dedicated to children who fought in the Warsaw Uprising.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the nearest attractions to Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)?
Attractions near Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie):
What else should I know about attractions in Warsaw?
- Wilanow Palace (Museum of King Jan III)
- Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)
- Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)
- Museum of Life Under Communism (Muzeum Zycia w PRL)
- Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)
- Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania)
- Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)
- St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)
- Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)
- Warsaw Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)