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 Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)
The Warsaw Old Town Market Square, called Rynek Starego Miasta in Polish, is a centerpiece of the Warsaw Old Town. Visitors stroll through on their way to the Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski), the Great Barbican, and the Marie Curie Museum, or simply enjoy the bustling spot from a café table. Many tours of Warsaw feature the Warsaw Old Town Market Square as an included stop, and the plaza is generally a key destination on hop-on hop-off bus routes.
Things to know before you go
- The square is a must-see destination for travelers interested in history.
- Souvenir shops line the square, making this a good place to pick up mementos.
- Relatively smooth cobblestones mean the square is accessible to some wheelchair users.
How to get there
Located at the city’s historic heart, Warsaw Old Town Market Square can be reached by taxi, on foot, and by tram or bus. The closest public transit station is Stare Miasto (00-309 Warsaw), with tram service (4, 13, 20, 23, 26, T) and bus service (160, 190, 527, N11, N21, N61, N71). Hop-on hop-off tours generally stop near Warsaw Old Town Market Square; if you’re visiting as part of a tour, transportation will be taken care of.
When to get there
Warm weather in June, July, and August make summer a popular time to visit Warsaw, with locals and travelers alike taking advantage of the long days and abundance of sunshine. September brings cooler nights and pleasant conditions that turn chilly in October. While winter can be downright frigid, bundling up for a trip in December means twinkling lights, mulled wine, and the chance to see Warsaw under a sparkling layer of snow.
Visiting the Christmas Market in Warsaw
Christmas markets are a winter tradition in Poland, and one of Warsaw’s finest takes place in Old Town Market Square. Look for vendors selling holiday gifts, mulled wine, and plenty of seasonal treats to eat. An ice skating rink is free to access—skates can be rented on-site—and the surrounding cafés keep customers warm with hearty, cold-weather fare. Christmas lights are also a major highlight of visiting Warsaw in winter, with annual lighting each year on November 30th.
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 Old Town Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta)?
What else should I know about attractions in Warsaw?
- Warsaw Old Town (Stare Miasto)
- St. John's Archcathedral (Archikatedra Sw. Jana)
- Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)
- Warsaw Royal Route (Trakt Królewski)
- 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)