Most of Warsaw was destroyed after the Warsaw Uprising, the largest effort by a resistance movement against Nazi Germany during World War II. After the war, the city was rebuilt. Warsaw remains a thriving city with mosaic-decorated houses, lush city parks, bright neon signs, and world class-restaurants. It’s also home to many activities for kids.
Spending 60 too-short hours in Warsaw with our six-year-old, here’s what we recommend for the whole family.
- Butter masala from Curry Leaf inside Hala Koszyki, a food hall inside an old industrial building.
- Ice cream from Oslo Lody i Kawa, a small ice cream shop with outdoor seating and a neon sign.
- Jagodzianki (Polish blueberry bun) at STOR, a cafe with quality coffee near the Museum of Fryderyk Chopin.
- Pavlova from Soul Kitchen, a nice restaurant with live music.
- Polish borscht (warm beet broth) at Czerwony Wieprz, a Polish restaurant with Soviet-era decorations highlighted in The New York Times’ “36 Hours in Warsaw” guide.
- Bubble tea from Fine Tea, a small tea shop with fun murals on its walls.
- Learning about the rise of neon signs before, during, and after the Soviet presence in Poland at the Neon Museum, a small museum displaying historic neon signs,
- Listen to live music near the Palace of Culture and Science, a reclaimed Soviet skyscraper that once was the world’s tallest clock tower. (With a ticket, you can ride the elevator to the observation deck.)
- Ride waves and waterslides at Suntago, Europe’s largest indoor water park complex.
- Splash in the water by the mermaid statue in the Old Town Market Square, the world’s first reconstruction of a core historic city center after its destruction during World War II.
- Stroll along the Vistula River near the Łazienkowski Bridge, finding city views, music, games, and more.
- Take your kids to Warsaw Family Zone, a public, enclosed playground near the Multimedialny Park Fontain, a large fountain that hosts weekly light shows during the summer.
- Walk along 13th century city walls in the Old Town, the world’s first resurrection of a historic city center after its destruction during World War II.
- Wand through city parks like Łazienki Park, a large park with 18th-century Palace on the Isle and a playground with restrooms and a water area.
- City views from the Warsaw University Library Garden, an extensive rooftop garden open to the public.
- Keret House, the world’s most narrow house.
- Murals in building entryways in the old Warsaw Ghetto, the largest Jewish ghetto in Europe during World War II.
- Quirky art in Praga, a neighborhood east of the Vistula River with art galleries and cafes.
- Warsaw Uprising Monument, a large monument honoring the men and women who tried to take back their home from Nazi Germany. Across the street are colorful Pegasus sculptures.