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.
Praga District, Warszawa, Poland
The streets of this once-disreputable enclave are framed by 19th-century tenements and former warehouses that provide insight into prewar, precommunist Warsaw. Today, the area is becoming a hipster hot spot. Wander past the war-scarred facades to see old markets and churches interspersed with mural-painted courtyards, quirky museums, and chic eateries (bonus: prices are lower than in central Warsaw).
Praga features on many Warsaw sightseeing itineraries, from walking and biking tours that also stop by Old Town, to excursions showcasing the city’s historic side. Explore Praga and other quarters by retro minibus; unravel its WWII- and Soviet-era history by vintage car; or sample its cuisine or nightlife on a food or bar-hopping jaunt.
Discover the Dark Side of Warsaw in Praga District by Retro Bus
$25.62 per adult
Really brilliant experience, well worth the money
Paweł, our English speaking tour guide was absolutely brilliant. He was very knowledgable story teller. My husband and I had a great time learning about history of Warsaw. We really enjoyed the trip, which was educational but also fun. Great value for money, would definitely recommend it to anyone who visits Warsaw.
Iwona_F, Jun 2022
Things to know before you go
- With its turbulent past and creative vibe, Praga appeals to art, architecture, and history buffs.
- Many of Praga’s bars and art spaces lack street frontages or signs.
How to get there
Praga is across the Vistula River from Warsaw’s Old Town—just walk across the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge from Castle Square (plac Zamkowy). Convenient transport hubs include Warszawa Stadion train station and Dworzec Wileński subway and bus station. If you’re driving from central Warsaw, take the Świętokrzyski Bridge, which leads directly into Praga.
When to get there
Praga tends to be busiest with both visitors and locals in late morning. The district’s galleries, restaurants, and shops are generally open all day; while its bars and clubs draw revelers till late, making it something of a party hub—especially on weekends.
The History of Praga
Reminders of WWII are numerous in Praga. Many streets are still riddled with 75-year-old bullet holes, and punctuated by candlelit shrines to the Virgin Mary that were built as street chapels during the Nazi occupation. The district is the backdrop to scenes in the award-winning WWII movie The Pianist.
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