8 reasons to visit Warsaw in 2019

Warsaw is a vibrant, open and friendly city. Perfect for a weekend for single travellers, couples and families, it attracts tourists from around the world with a unique mix of tradition and modernity. It offers excellent entertainment, diverse cuisine, unique historical monuments and lots of greenery. There is always a lot going on in Warsaw: great concerts, extraordinary exhibitions and huge events – find out eight reasons to come to Warsaw in 2019.

1. Star concerts

Pałac Kultury i Nauki, fot. m.st. Warszawa
As every year, Warsaw is waiting with open arms for music fans who will do anything to listen to their favourite artist. Book time now for the Warsaw Orange Festival, at which pop and rock stars from around the world perform. Listen to the best jazz musicians during the free Jazz at the Old Town festival, or choose from performances by artists such as Bon Jovi, PINK, Metallica, White Lies, Backstreet Boys, Phil Collins and Eros Ramazzotti. Check the details here

2. Relaxing by the Vistula

Bulwary Wiślane, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
You won’t find a river like this in other European capitals!
This is because of the clean, natural beaches that attract those who want to just relax or sports enthusiasts. In addition to sunbathing, there are beach volleyball courts, a skimboard track and much more. Beautiful riverside boulevards are a great place for a walk, a bike ride or observing the boats, ferries and water trams that glide along the river. Do you dream of a wild evening with good music and local beer? In the local pubs you will meet many people like you. More…

3. City of Chopin

Koncert chopinowski w Łazienkach Królewskich, fot. m.st. Warszawa
Let yourself be carried away by the music of one of the greatest composers in the world.
With the help of the Chopin in Warsaw smartphone app you will find places in Warsaw connected with the composer and a multimedia museum dedicated to him. Stop at benches that play Fryderyk’s most famous melodies or join one of the daily concerts. Do not miss the free recitals that take place in the beautiful gardens of Royal Łazienki Park as well as during festivals. You will find details here. If you’re really mad about Fryderyk, download the Selfie with Chopin app and take a photo of yourself in one of seven places connected with the composer.

4. Warsaw Praga

Centrum Praskie Koneser, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
See the only part of Warsaw that survived the war relatively unscathed and at the same time one of the coolest districts in Europe.
Here the old mixes with the new. In the well-worn tenement houses you will find atmospheric cafes and clubs. In backyards you will discover dozens of historic chapels and figures of saints decorated by local residents. The climate of the area is enhanced by numerous murals and graffiti, as well as authentic post-industrial architecture, such as the 19th-century Koneser vodka distillery and Soho Factory. Within the factory walls is the modern Museum of Polish Vodka and the Neon Museum dedicated to light advertisements from the 1960s and 1970s. More…

5. Commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising

Koncert Powstańczy, fot. m.st. Warszawa
Take part in the anniversary of the event that influenced the history of the city.
75 years ago, the people of Warsaw took up arms to fight the German occupiers. Every year on this occasion, on 1 August at 5 PM, the sirens roar and the whole city stops for a minute to pay homage to the insurgents. Take part in the commemorations, watch the boat parade on the Vistula River or go to one of the concerts commemorating the heroic battle. You can learn about the history of the greatest uprising in German-occupied Europe by visiting the interactive Warsaw Rising Museum.

6. Tastes of Warsaw

Hala Koszyki, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
Try Warsaw’s cuisine, which is as diverse as the city itself.
Find out how local dishes taste: dumplings made from flour, and traditional Polish soups like flaki, żurek and barszcz. Famous for these dishes are milk bars, where you can still feel the atmosphere of the Communist era. On summer weekends, be sure to go to one of the breakfast markets serving traditional Polish scrambled eggs, sandwiches and treats from abroad. For an evening with friends, go to Hala Koszyki – in the historic market hall you will find dozens of trendy restaurants serving dishes from around the world. Warsaw’s vibrant restaurant scene offers meatless burgers, dozens of Asian and Middle Eastern options, places for vegetarians and plenty of choice for those with a sweet tooth. The tastes of Warsaw will remain in your memory for a long time. More…

7. Winter in Warsaw

Lodowisko na Rynku Starego Miasta, fot. Warszawska Organizacja Turystyczna
Discover Poland’s capital in the winter. This is when the city is lit up by some of the biggest illuminations in Europe. Walking through the streets you will come across fantastical decorations and luminous figures. A whole manor house woven from light decorations can be seen in the Royal Garden of Light in Wilanów. A 30-meter high Christmas tree on Castle Square, colourful nativity scenes in churches and Christmas markets with original Christmas presents all create a unique Christmas atmosphere in Poland. If you prefer more active fun, go to an open-air ice rink or to the PGE National Stadium which has several ice rinks, a curling track, a bumper track and an iceberg. More…

8. Year of Moniuszko

Salonik Moniuszkowski, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
Probably none of your friends have ever experienced this.
Listen to opera arias performed by young artists from around the world during the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition. The festival coincides with the 200th birthday of the composer, the most outstanding Polish composer next to Chopin, and the creator of the national opera. Throughout the year, you can visit the Moniuszko Salon – a temporary museum displaying pictures from performances, set designs and posters, as well as details from the artist’s life. You might be lucky enough to be in the city for one of the concerts under the auspices of UNESCO that are happening during the Year of Moniuszko.