Warsaw’s Vistula

You won’t find a river like this in other European capitals! On the left bank you can enjoy entertainment, eat well and take part in cultural events. The right side of the river is a Natura 2000 area – a habitat for many breeding species of birds threatened with extinction. The clean and well-maintained beaches draw sports enthusiasts and those who love to laze about.

Vistula Boulevards

Bulwary Wiślane, fot. Ewelina Lach

The Vistula Boulevards are a friendly space for everyone, including cyclists. Observation terraces, a mini-beach and food pavilions with dishes from around the world can all be found. An additional attraction are river jetties from where you can take a cruise on the Vistula to admire Warsaw’s panorama from a different perspective.


Plaża Poniatówka, fot. m.st. Warszawa
National Geographic and The Guardian have recognised Warsaw’s beaches as some of the most beautiful urban beaches in the world. They are clean and tidy and they are a hit with locals, visitors and sports enthusiasts. Go to the beach by the Poniatowski bridge for a game of beach volleyball, to the beach at the Płyta Desantu to take a cruise on a traditional wooden boat or to the beach in Saska Kępa to spend an evening with friends by a campfire.

Multimedia Fountain Park

Multimedialny Park Fontann, fot. m.st. Warszawa
The Multimedia Fountain Park is located on the left bank of the Vistula at the foot of the Old Town. Water shows take place every afternoon, and on Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy a laser show with water, light and sound. More…

Skwer I Dywizji Pancernej

Modern Architecture on the Vistula

Muzeum nad Wisłą, fot. Ewelina Lach

You will find two unique places in this area. One is the Museum on the Vistula – the temporary home of the Museum of Modern Art, where you can see exhibitions by Polish and foreign artists. Nearby is the University of Warsaw Library, which has received numerous awards. Be sure to go to the roof garden, which is divided into several parts that differ in design, colour, smell and mood.

Museum of Modern Art, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22
University of Warsaw Library, ul. Dobra 55/66

Copernicus Science Centre

Centrum Nauki Kopernik, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
The centre is a real paradise for science buffs, and not just the youngest ones. You can conduct experiments yourself, watch a show at the Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium and visit the High Voltage Theatre. More…
Close by is the Mermaid statue, the symbol of Warsaw.

ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20

Landing Point

Bulwary Wiślane, fot. m.st. Warszawa
Here you can relax on the beach all day and try various water sports. In the evening, the place turns into a vibrant concert and dance area.

Port Czerniakowski

Ecological walking and cycling path

Ścieżka nad Wisłą, fot. m.st. Warszawa
An ecological path that runs along the right bank of the Vistula awaits nature lovers. You can cycle along it on a Veturilo city bike. Along the way you will see lots of birds and animals, and you can take a break at one of the wild beaches overlooking the city skyline, the Old and New Town and Powiśle.

PGE Narodowy Stadium

PGE Narodowy, fot. Filip Kwiatkowski
The national stadium is the most modern and largest stadium in Poland. Not only football matches are held here, but also concerts with global stars, international conferences, fairs and sporting events. In winter, the stadium turns into the largest winter town in Poland with ice rinks, an ice hill, a curling track and the largest indoor skatepark in the capital. More…

al. ks. J. Poniatowskiego 1

Ferries, cruise boats

Wisła, fot. Warszawska Organizacja Turystyczna

Free ferries run between the Vistula’s banks, which makes crossing a breeze. Of course, only if water levels permit. Get a completely different perspective on Warsaw by taking a water tram ride, and if you have a whole day take a boat trip out of the city.

Natura 2000 area

Zimorodek, fot. m.st. Warszawa
To a large extent, the Vistula has preserved its wild nature, creating picturesque islands that are an essential habitat for endangered bird species. If you’re passionate about ornithology, with a bit of luck you’ll be able to see cormorants, kingfishers and herons in their natural surroundings.
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Pomnik Syrenki, fot. Tomasz Nowak