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Warsaw is sometimes surprisingly underrated when it comes to attractive cities | © Kuba Bożanowski / Flickr
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The Best Alternative Ways to Explore Warsaw

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Updated: 14 July 2017
Get off the beaten track with local guides who will show you a different side of the city. From traveling in a retro Fiat 125p to chatting with vendors at the farmers’ market, these five tours will ensure you have an unforgettable time in Warsaw.

Go back in time to the Polish People’s Republic

Do you know what gift Stalin gave Warsaw, or what the reality of ordinary citizens under the Communist rule was? Those who would like to find out should jump on board of the old school Nysa van where the Adventure Warsaw tour guide will provide all the information in engaging and interesting way. The visitors will stop by the most iconic buildings of the previous regime, from the Palace of Culture and Constitution Square to Communist Party House and Ministry of Agriculture. Knowledgable local guides provide the history and the context necessary to not only understand the past, but also the present.

Courtesy of Warsaw Behind the Scenes
Courtesy of Warsaw Behind the Scenes

Discover the history of Jewish Warsaw

Take a seat at the retro Fiat 125p and discover the turbulent history of Polish Jews. Put together by WPT 1313, the tour takes visitors through the most important landmarks, such as the remains of the Ghetto wall, Grzybowski Square, Nożyk Synagogue, and Muranów. Local tour guides offer a great lesson in history, intertwined with anecdotes from everyday life before the war, making for an engaging and educational experience.

Get the perfect shot

See the city from a different point of view during the Polaroid Photo Tour and take home one-of-a-kind souvenir. After a quick crash course in Polaroid photography, the local English-speaking guide provides photography aficionados with vintage cameras and a pack of instant film. Then, the tour takes them to the city’s iconic landmarks. The ability to only takes a few snaps not only stimulates creativity, but also lets visitors see those location in a new light. Friendly guides are always there to give advice on composition and local culture, and after the tour everyone leaves with a set of photos to show friends and family back home.

Polish your cooking

Even though this is not a traditional tour, what’s a better way to experience a city than by getting your hands dirty and stomach full? Polish Your Cooking offers culinary workshops that teach visitors how to make classic Polish dishes. Surely, your loved ones would appreciate a home-made pierogi tasting when you get back.

Foodie’s paradise

Those who prefer eating over chopping and mixing can choose the Food Tour organized by Warsaw Behind the Scenes. The whole experience starts in a pastry shop with a bite of traditional Polish doughnuts. Then, the local guides take foodies through a farmers’ market where they pick up Polish specialities, including pickles, sausages, bread, and smoked fish. The tour ends in one of the restaurants serving żurek and, of course, a generous serving of dumplings.