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.
Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)
Krakowskie Przedmiescie, Warsaw
Noteworthy sights line the Royal Way, including the Royal Castle, Krasiński Palace and Garden, the Presidential Palace, Pilsudski Square, Kazimierzowski Palace, Ujazdowski Castle, and Wilanów Palace. With so much to see, it’s worth taking your time to explore, whether you’re following the Royal Way on a hop-on hop-off bus tour; joining a walking tour; or riding a bike. Most tours of historic Warsaw include some portion of the Royal Way, while others focus exclusively on the historic road and adjacent sites.
Things to know before you go
- The Royal Way is a must-see for history and architecture buffs.
- The most densely packed sites are between Castle Square and Rondo de Gaulle, a stretch that can be covered in roughly 30 minutes of walking.
- If you’re exploring the Royal Way without a guide, keep in mind that the route has multiple turns.
How to get there
Located at Plac Zamkowy 4, the Royal Castle is the starting point for the Royal Way. Nearby public transit stops, Stare Miasto 1 and Stare Miasto 2, are served by trams (lines 4, 13, 20, 23, 26, T) and buses (160, 190, 527, N11, N21, N61, N71). Hop-on hop-off buses in Warsaw generally include stops at the Royal Castle and at other sites along the Royal Way.
When to get there
Warm weather in June, July, and August makes the summer a popular time to visit Warsaw. Exploring the Royal Way at that time means plenty of open-air cafes and strolling crowds. During the December holiday season, a festive atmosphere takes over the historic center, which is decked with a twinkling display of holiday lights.
Visiting Royal Residences in Warsaw
Generations of royals bedded down in the three residences that line the Royal Way in Warsaw. At the northern end of the route, the Royal Castle has a gleaming ballroom, rich paintings, and a senate chamber where Poland’s first constitution was ratified. Set in the middle of Royal Baths Park, the neoclassical Palace on the Isle holds magnificent art within a maze of elegant rooms. Marking the southern end of the Royal Way, Wilanów Palace is the grandest of the three—it’s easy to see why the site is sometimes called the “Polish Versailles.”
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)?
What else should I know about attractions in Warsaw?
- 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)
- Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki)
- Warsaw Jewish Ghetto (Getto Zydowskie)
- Warsaw Uprising Museum (Muzeum Powstania)
- Museum of Life Under Communism (Muzeum Zycia w PRL)
- Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katyńskie)
- Wilanow Palace (Museum of King Jan III)