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Go to the beach on the Vistula

There are loads of places to relax in Warsaw and new ones are still being created, but the Vistula’s natural beaches are the most popular. Recognised by National Geographic as some of the most beautiful city beaches in the world, they tempt with soft sand and lush greenery. In July and August, the four most popular beaches offer sun loungers and sports equipment for rent. Choose the one you want to enjoy the sun, play badminton or just have a good time with friends.

Poniatówka beach

Located under the historic Prince Józef Poniatowski Bridge near the PGE National Stadium, this is the most popular beach in Warsaw. Go there if you like a relaxed atmosphere and evening parties under the open sky.

Plaża Poniatówka, fot. m. st. Warszawa
  • relax not just on the sand, but also on the wooden terrace
  • cook on ready-made barbeques, and order seasonal dishes, original cocktails, lunches and desserts in the nearby beach pavilion
  • rent sun loungers, badminton rackets or canoes (only on weekends), and on Sunday practice free Tai-Chi, Tabata high intensity training or Nordic walking
  • play volleyball or beach football or exercise in the calisthenics zone
  • nearby is an educational playground and a natural riparian forest. Running through it is a cycling and recreational path over 20 km long.
  • it is only on this beach that you can drink alcohol legally
  • take a free ferry to the other side of the Vistula, from where you can go on a river cruise aboard a traditional wooden craft or a motorboat.

Rusałka beach

This beach with a view of the Old Town is located near Warsaw Zoo. Go there if you like sports or dancing.

Plaża Rusałka, fot. m. st. Warszawa
  • the free Wilga ferry runs to the beach (from the marina near the Multimedia Fountain Park)
  • rent badminton rackets and sun loungers
  • play beach volleyball on one of the courts, slide on the skimboard track or train in the exercise zone. On Sundays, you can do yoga or take an exercise class with weights.
  • cook out in the open at specially prepared barbeques
  • at the local beach clubs have a drink, try ice-cream cocktails, and in the evening go crazy on the dance floor
  • children will definitely enjoy the rope park, the playground with a mini water park, wicker gazebos or a trip to the nearby zoo
  • take a wooden gondola cruise on the Vistula

Saska beach

It stretches out near Łazienkowski Bridge in a place that was once an island, and is now part of Saska Kępa, one of the most beautiful districts of Warsaw. Arrive on foot, or by ferry if you love wild nature and peace.

Plaża Saska, fot. Ryszard Podkowa
  • rent badminton rackets or sun loungers
  • grill something delicious on the ready-made barbeques
  • at 17.30 sail away on a canoe down the Vistula (you have to book it earlier)
  • when you get tired of the silence, visit Plażówka Saska, where you can relax on the sand or terrace, eat fried fish or watch a show or a movie at the open-air cinema. And there is the water play area and a huge sandpit for children. A long forest path will lead you there – under the Łazienkowski Bridge, past an elegant restaurant and you will be there.
  • A few hundred meters down the river you will find two outdoor pools
  • on weekends behind the pools there is a street food market. Also, a culture café in a real circus tent, a skimboarding track, a boxing ring, a ping-pong table and a mini golf course await you.
  • the free Słonka ferry will take you to the Czerniakowski Promontory

Beach near Płyta Desantu (the Assault Plate)

The small beach at the entrance to Czerniakowski Port which provides shelter to vessels on the Vistula. A narrow strait separates it from the bustling Czerniakowski Promontory, which you can get to by a cycle and foot bridge over the port gate.

Cypel Czerniakowski, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
  • visit one of the nearby gastrobars, eat something tasty or have a drink
  • from here you can go on a Vistula cruise. On board a barge, a motorboat or a punt, eat dinner and watch the Warsaw skyline at sunset. In the port you can also rent a small motorboat.
  • next to the beach there is a free paddle tennis court, and in the back of the promontory 10 professional beach volleyball courts with full facilities, a restaurant, a bar and a sauna
  • a free ferry will take you across to the peaceful, cosy Saska beach
  • you can also take a walk along the 5 kilometres of boulevards. There, you will find numerous cafés, restaurants on moored barges, a place to play pétanque, an outdoor gym as well as playgrounds. At weekend, there are concerts, performances and other outdoor events.

Żoliborz beach

The beach can be found in a secluded place at the end of the Vistula boulevards, 10 minutes away from the Gdański Bridge. Surrounded by spreading trees, it provides a lot of shade on sunny days and overlooks the natural bank of the Vistula. During the day, it is ideal for a family picnic, while in the evening it becomes a place for entertainment.

Plaża Żoliborz, fot. m. st. Warszawa
  • rent badminton rackets or sun loungers
  • cook out in the open at specially prepared barbeques
  • children will enjoy the playground with swings and a slide
  • at the beach bar, try Jamaican grilled dishes and have a fruit cocktail, and in the evenings the dance music will warm you up
  • in the sports club nearby you can play tennis or hit some balls at the golf range

Mini-beaches on General Smith Patton Boulevard

This is a place for those who want to relax on a sun lounger while visiting the attractions on the Vistula. The mini-beaches are in the central section of the boulevards next to restaurants and the starting point of river cruises, and they offer views of the wild side of the river. If you want to work on your tan or show off your new beach outfit, this is the place for you.

Miniplaża na bulwarach wiślanych, fot. m. st. Warszawa
  • you can rent sun loungers there and use the showers
  • you can see open-air exhibitions about the Vistula, and the nearby Museum on the Vistula offers exhibitions of Polish contemporary art and movies in the summer cinema
  • children will jump to their heart’s content on nearby trampolines or splash about in the sprinklers
  • eat in one of the nearby restaurants offering dishes from as far away as California
  • under the Świętokrzyskie bridge, you will find a professional outdoor gym and a mini skate park
  • at the double-decker barge anchored nearby you can order a cruise on a motorboat or a traditional boat. On the barge, enjoy Spanish tapas, and in the evening go crazy on the dance floor.

Other barges offering river cruises, snacks and drinks are also permanently anchored at the boulevards. In the evenings, they turn into lively night spots.

Other beaches on the Vistula

Further from the centre are 2 beaches, between which a free ferry operates on weekends

  • From the Romantic beach in the Wawer district at weekends at 12.00 you can take a canoe for free down the river to Rusałka beach,
  • At Zawady beach in Wilanów you can easily see wild birds from the nearby reserve, and if you look carefully you can find the shells of freshwater mussels

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