As Warsaw develops into a trendy modern city, there’s no shortage of adventurous activities cropping up. If the city’s hidden bars, best fine dining restaurants and coolest museums aren’t enough, then this list is for you – here’s our pick of the most exhilarating things to do in the Polish capital.
While Poland may not yet have reached the heights of New Zealand for adventure sports, FlySpot has an indoor diving centre on the edge of Warsaw at Mory. Here you don skydiving gear, are given a briefing, and then head into a wind tunnel. In this vacuum, you fly up and down with your well trained guide. It’s just like being in the air, without the nerves or the parachute! Afterwards you get videos and photos of your dive and can enjoy a cold beer at the bar.
Wspólna Droga 1, Mory, Warsaw, Poland, +48 698 626 500
Paintball in an old factory
Not for the faint-hearted, paintball offers the chance to shoot your best friends (or enemies) with pellets of coloured paint. Rules are observed so you don’t get too close, and there are a series of games to play during the session. Labsektor paintball also takes place in an old factory to add to the atmosphere. One last thing – be careful where you aim those shots as they can really hurt, so try not to aim for heads, faces or genitals.
ul. Zabraniecka 82, Warszawa, Poland, +48 515 172 468
Escape from a locked room
For those puzzle solving thrillseekers, how would you feel being locked in a room and trying to escape? With a series of themes and options, Room Escape Warsaw offers a chance to pits your wits in order to simply get back into the real world. There are two venues in Warsaw in what is fast becoming an exhilarating day out, with many twists.
Śniadeckich Street 1/15 , Warsaw City Center, Poland, +48 503 966 012
There will be no time for nerves with this activity, as you’ll have the joy of meeting around 20 people in 90 minutes! You’ll have just a few minutes to impress each date, before moving to another table (males) or waiting for your next date to arrive at your table (females). The event could lead to something special, but go in confident and dress to impress. It’s organised once a month via Warsaw Social (on Facebook) or on their website.
Another truly thrilling activity in the Polish capital is the chance to go bungee jumping. Local company Jumping organise the activity in the city’s Wola district. You’ll be jumping from a height of 90 metres (295 feet) from the top of a custom-made metal tower. Instructors Mario and Magda are very experienced to ensure you enjoy a successful and adrenalin pumping bungee jump. You can get one bungee jump from 130 złotych (USD$39) and you just pay extra for your photos and videos.
Aleja Prymasa Tysiąclecia 103, Warszawa, Poland, +48 507 053 191
Skiing at Górka Szczęśliwicka
How can you go skiing in a city that has no mountains? Warsaw worked out a way with its very own ski resort, known as Górka Szczęśliwicka. The downhill slope is covered with Dentix mats which cover a huge surface area of almost 10,000 sq. metres (107,639 sq. feet). There is a ski lift which can bring over 2,000 people per hour during the busy season. The top of the hill is 75 metres (246 feet) above ground level and offers great views of the city.
Drawska 22, Warszawa, Poland, +48 22 162 73 00
In front of the country’s national stadium sits an impressive go-karting arena called Kartingowy Narodowy, where you can test your racing skills against your friends in a compact and tight course. The venue is outdoors so may not operate in adverse weather conditions, so you should check in advance. After the event, you can get a record of the winners and losers and enjoy a snack or non-alcoholic drink in the cafe next to the course. Visitors are welcome to watch and a driving licence is not needed.
Al Ks J Poniatowskiego 1, PGE Narodowy, Warszawa, Poland, +48 22 290 56 33
Polish vodka tour
Think you can handle your strong alcohol? It’s harder than you think! Find out whether you’re up to the challenge with local company Eat Polska on a Polish Vodka Tour, and test how much vodka you can really drink. Whatever you do, remember to line your stomach with food beforehand – the Polish can really drink vodka hard , and indeed claim that they and not Russia invented it.
Testing your aim
It doesn’t get much more extreme than this experience, where you’ll be holding a real gun and opening fire at PM Shooter. It’s perfectly safe and well organised as you shoot at your target. For obvious reasons, you must sign a disclaimer form before entering the shooting area, and must wear earplugs and safety glasses when shooting. As a souvenir, you get to take away your target card which shows just how good or bad your aim is.
Wojnicka 2, Warszawa, Poland, +48 22 493 45 93