Where to go for a day trip from Warsaw

Looking to escape the noise and chaos of the city? Here are a few ways to escape Warsaw on a day trip and see sides of the region many visitors miss.

Please note that the restrictions in Poland are changing – from March 20, shopping malls, hotels, swimming pools, cinemas, theaters, museums, ski slopes are closed. Some of the indoor places may be closed.

Kampinos Forest near Warsaw: 350 km of hiking trails

The Kampinos Forest (Puszcza Kampinoska) is located right next to the northwestern border of Warsaw. Most of its area is protected within the Kampinoski National Park (Kampinoski Park Narodowy). This is very unique on a global scale – the national park borders on the capital of the state! 

Visitors can enjoy here 350 km of hiking trails, a 200 km long bicycle trail, horse trails, 10 educational paths, 19 parking lots, and 12 rest areas located on the edge of the park. 

How to get to the Kampinos Forest?

  • Location on Google map.
  • BY CAR. A drive to the Kampinos Forest from the center of Warsaw takes about 30-60 minutes. And from such districts as Bielany or Żoliborz, a drive takes about 10 minutes.
  • BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT. You can go to the Kampinos Forest from Warsaw by public bus (110, 150, 210, 250, 714, 719, 800, 850). Most buses to the Kampinos Forest run from the vicinity of the Metro Młociny stop but also from the Metro Marymont or Metro Księcia Janusza stops. Please visit the website of Warsaw Public Transport for timetables, connections, tickets, fees.

Read more in our new post on the website, including detailed description of selected hiking trails (e.g. starting point, where to leave a car) and our tips: National parks in Poland: Kampinos Forest near Warsaw.

Nature reserves on the Vistula River (Wyspy Świderskie and Wyspy Zawadowskie), south of Warsaw

These are nature reserves located south of Warsaw (from the Wilanów district to the town of Konstancin on one side of the Vistula and from the Wawer district to the towns of Józefów and Otwock on the other side of the Vistula). They include islands, shoals, sandbanks, and the waters of the Vistula River. It is a nesting and feeding place for rare bird species and a refuge for water-related animals.

Usually, a very large area to walk and play with kids – depends on the water level. When the water level in the Vistula is low, the beach grows large. In the afternoons and evenings, the inhabitants of Warsaw visit this area because of the beautiful sunsets. Photographers are drawn to the vast panorama of Warsaw’s skyscrapers.

How to get there by public transport:
By car, you can get there to various places near the Vistula, on both sides of it. Here are some examples of locations on the Google map:

A walk over the swamps: Bagno Całowanie, 40 km from Warsaw

It is not often that you can “visit” swamps… And in addition, walk them dry foot! 40 km from Warsaw you can admire nature and wild swamps on wooden platforms. The place is called “Bagno Całowanie”, it’s a charming destination out of the city for a walk and a close encounter with nature.

“Bagno Całowanie” is one of the largest peat bogs in the Warsaw area, located in the Mazovia Landscape Park (Mazowiecki Park Krajobrazowy), about 40 km south-east of Warsaw, in the Vistula valley. The name comes from the nearby village – Całowanie.

There is a 500-meter educational trail (wooden walking platforms dedicated to tourists), including an 8-meter observation tower for birdwatchers. You can also walk on your own outside the marked path.

This place has been known for years to nature researchers as a refuge for endangered animal species and a habitat for valuable flora (it’s a special protection area). In addition to natural values, the area also has archaeological significance. On one of the dunes, numerous traces of the ice age reindeer hunters were found. These are the oldest traces of settlement in the Mazovia region, dating back to 13 thousand years ago.

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car.
  • Bagno Całowanie on Google map and 360° view photos.

Medieval castle ruins in Czersk, 40 km from Warsaw

The medieval, Gothic castle in Czersk was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. Although it has been heavily damaged over the centuries, its gothic towers and walls still attract those who love history. There is another reason why it is worth visiting Czersk – great views of the Vistula river valley, space, and relaxing silence. Especially during spring and summertime when it is green all around.
Czersk (40 km south of Warsaw), a charming village surrounded by orchards on the high Vistula embankment, was once the capital of Mazovia and the seat of the Mazovian dukes.

Do not expect to visit the castle chambers and museum exhibits in Czersk. What you will find there are 3 towers you can climb and castle walls. However, it’s worth visiting – thanks to the combination of atmosphere of a medieval castle and breathtaking views of the green surroundings.

  • The castle is located in the village of Czersk, 40 km south of Warsaw.
  • The most convenient way to get there is by car. Castle in Czersk on Google map and 360° view photos.
  • The courtyard of the castle is open to visitors, the towers remain closed. Therefore, tickets are cheaper – the cost of the ticket for all visitors is 5 PLN (free admission on Mondays). Children up to 4 free entrance.
  • Opening hours: January – February 10 am – 3 pm (closed on Mondays). March 10 am – 5 pm. April 10 am -6 pm. May  – August 10 am – 8 pm. September 10 am – 6 pm. October 10 am – 5 pm. November – December 10 am – 3 pm (closed on Mondays).

Botanical Garden in Powsin, 17 km from Warsaw

The Garden is open to visitors. 

The Botanical Garden of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin (south of Warsaw, between Wilanów and Konstancin) is a huge park with nice walking paths: roughly half of it is taken, according to the map, by “useful and ornamental plants”, the second part (arboretum) is “a collection of woody plants”, where the azaleas are the most popular among visitors (they bloom in the spring). There are many opportunities to have amazing photo sessions, eg. cherry blossom, including Japanese sakura, the national collection of varieties of roses or Japanese and many others.
Great destination, especially during weekends – for a longer trip – to recharge your batteries by experiencing nature. You will find there a vegetable garden and orchard – lots of fun for city people to see “live” pumpkin, beetroot, dill or an apple on a tree. Kids will enjoy the “Collection of Polish flora” which includes mountain plants and mini-mountains / hills. There are short trails (marked as in the real Polish mountains) and peaks with an interesting view for children. Climbing is not difficult, and the little hikers have great satisfaction.
  • The Garden is located in the village of Powsin, 17 km south of Warsaw.
  • The most convenient way to get there is by car, by bike or by bus. The Garden on Google map.
  • Regular tickets: 16 PLN. Reduced tickets: 12 PLN (eg. students, seniors 65+, disabled people). Children up to 5 years old – free entrance. Family tickets 2 adults + children: 40 PLN. Parking lot fee: 7 PLN. You can pay with card.
  • Our feature story about the Botanical Garden in Powsin and tips on visiting the Garden.

A walk in the forest, a wooden footbridge over the swamps, and a ferry across the Vistula River, 40 km from Warsaw

Walk in the woods and crossing over the swamps dry feet – educational nature trail (Goździkowe Bagno) in the Masovian Landscape Park, 40 km from Warsaw.

Do you want to go for a walk in the forest, are you looking for peace, quiet, and contact with nature? One of the attractions of the Masovian Landscape Park (Mazowiecki Park Krajobrazowy) is Goździkowe Bagnoan educational trail, a wooden footbridge on which you can walk over the swamps.

  • The Goździkowe Bagno is located 40 km south-east of Warsaw. The most convenient way to get there is by car (the location on Google map and photos). You can also get there by train (to Celestynów train stop).
  • And a bonus for those who live on the left side of the Vistula and will have to cross the river -you can take a ferrynear Konstancin. The ferry crossing is open from April to November. Prom Gassy-Karczew connects the municipality of Konstancin-Jeziorna and the municipality of Karczew (the route on Google map). The ferry runs from April until November 25. On weekdays the ferry operates from 6 am, on Saturdays – from 8 am, and on Sundays and holidays – from 9 am. The ferry runs until 7 pm (until September 30), until 6.30 pm (October 1-14), until 6 pm (October 15-26), until 5 pm (October 27 – November 25). The cost is 3 PLN per person (children up to 7 free). Additionally, bicycle – 2 PLN, motorcycle – 5 PLN, car – 9 PLN. Website in PolishFacebook page.

A place to have a walk and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of city life – Konstancin town, 20 km from Warsaw

Konstancin-Jeziorna (Konstancin for short) is a town located 20 km south of the center of Warsaw, on the Jeziorka river. It is the only health resort / a spa town in the immediate vicinity of Warsaw – Konstancin has a distinctive microclimate associated with the surrounding pine forests and natural deposits of healing waters.

The central place of Konstancin is the Park Zdrojowy, nicely renovated and revitalized in 2012. The park is friendly to children in prams, there are two playgrounds (for younger and older children). You will find there lots of alleys, paths, benches, a wooden footbridge with viewpoints leading through the pool. The park is worth visiting also outside the weekend, during the week it is extremely calm and pleasant there.

The graduation tower (Tężnia Solankowa, also known as a thorn house) is a unique place located in the park. It is an open-air ‘inhalatorium’ – a huge natural inhaler. It’s a wooden structure, covered with blackthorn branches that were originally used in the production of salt. Over time, however, it was noticed that the air around them had healing properties. The air around the Graduation Tower creates a specific microclimate similar to the climate that we can enjoy at the seaside.
You can walk around it and inhale or sit on a bench outside or inside the graduation tower. Inside, in the courtyard of the graduation tower, there is a so-called ‘mushroom/grzybek‘ that throws out microscopic droplets that are supposed to soothe our body. To enter the tower area you need to buy a ticket (a regular ticket 12 PLN, a reduced ticket 7 PLN, a family ticket 2+2 30 PLN, children up to 3 free entrance). More in Polish about the tower, including when it is worth using and who should avoid it. In April 2021, the tower is open every day, 10 am – 7 pm.

Photo source: www.uzdrowisko-konstancin.pl

Educational park in the Wkra river valley in Pomiechówek, 40 km from Warsaw

Almost 10 hectares of land with educational routes for walks designed to protect the richness of fauna and flora. Attractions include 1 km nature trail, picnic area, small beach, the observation deck, rope park, playground, butterfly meadow with 50:1 scale models of Polish butterfly species, a treetop route dedicated to birds (the whole route is almost 250 m long; the bridges are hung between ten nests, the first of which is 2.5 m high and the last one is over 5 m high).

  • Information about the winter season: The treetop walk, lookout tower and rope park are now closed (opening in spring). Butterfly and dragonfly models are taken off. The park area is open to the public, so you can walk in the park.
  • The most convenient way to get there is by car. Paid parking lots at Nasielska Street and Szkolna Street.
  • The Park on Google map.
  • The park is an open and free area, however, you have to pay, for example, for a parking lot, a rope park, entrance to the observation tower, and a walk in the treetops.
  • The park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 11 am – 6 pm, Saturday-Sunday 10 am – 7 pm.
  • Website in PolishFacebook page.

Photo source: Dolina Wkry w Pomiechówku

Palace and Garden in Nieborów, Romantic Garden in Arkadia, Museum in Łowicz featuring the most famous Polish folk pattern, 80 km from Warsaw

The baroque palace and 2 historic parks (managed by the National Museum in Warsaw) are located an hour’s drive west of Warsaw, on the way to Łódź – nice chillout spot for a weekend outing and a picnic, a combination of history and nature.

The park in Arkadia village
An English-style romantic garden (established in 1778) in the village of Arkadia is one of the few sentimental and romantic gardens in Europe that survived in a slightly changed form. You will find there numerous references to the art and architecture of antiquity and the Middle Ages, as well as folk culture. So do not be surprised by the Temple of Diana, Roman aqueduct and circus, Gothic house, or some ‘artificial’ ruin.

The park and the palace in Nieborów village
The palace in Nieborów is one of the few buildings in Poland that has preserved intact collections of art and interior design dating back to the 18th century. The palace is surrounded by a French-style garden.
The Nieborów palace and park have been a popular filming location for many Polish films and series for years.
The village of Nieborów is located on the edge of the Bolimów Landscape Park (Bolimowski Park Krajobrazowy) with walking and cycling trails, so take your bikes!

Łowicz town – famous of traditional Polish floral and striped folk pattern
And if you still have some time and energy, you can visit the ethnographic museum in the city of Łowicz – the historic capital of the region. The museum exhibits, among others, traditional costumes, embroidery designs, Łowicz colorful folk paper cuttings (wycinanki łowickie).
In the garden next to the museum building, there is a mini-skansen – an outdoor museum with wooden houses.

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car (Park in Nieborów’s location on Google map and Park in Arkadia’s location on Google map). Please note that the park in the village of Arkadia and the park and the palace in the village of Nieborów are 5 kilometers away from each other.
  • Nieborów Palace opening hours. March 2 – April 11, 2021: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 3.30 pm (free entrance on Tuesday). April 12 – September 30, 2021: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5.30 pm (free entrance on Monday). October 1 – November 30, 2021: Monday – Sunday 10 am – 3.30 pm (free entrance on Monday).
  • Tickets: Nieborów Park & Arkadia Park 28 PLN, Palace in Nieborów 20 PLN. Children up to 7 free entrance; reduced tickets for students aged 7-26: 1 PLN.
  • Nieborów & Arkadia: website in EnglishFacebook page.
  • Łowicz’s location on Google map.
  • Tickets: Łowicz Museum 15 PLN regular ticket, 10 PLN reduced ticket, outdoor museum 9 PLN regular ticket, 7 PLN reduced ticket. The fee for a guide in English – 150 PLN.
  • The Museum in Łowicz: website in Polish, Facebook page.

Photo source: Muzeum w Nieborowie i Arkadii, Muzeum w Łowiczu

Open-air Museum of the Mazovian Countryside in Sierpc, 120 km from Warsaw

A visit to the Museum is a unique journey into the past – we are moving to the Polish countryside from the turn of the 19th century and the 20th century. The open-air ethnographic Museum includes village houses, two manors, an inn, an 18th-century church, a craft workshop, a carriage house and a gallery of folk sculpture.

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car.
  • Museum in Sierpc Google map and 360° view photos.
  • A modern hotel (Hotel Skansen) has been built next to the Museum, nicely blended into the atmosphere of the place (it’s a good option to have a lunch/break at the hotel restaurant).
  • The Museum grounds are extensive – it is worth putting on comfortable shoes.
  • Online tickets (regular ticket 18 PLN, reduced ticket 14 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance).
  • Website in Polish, info in English, Facebook page.

Photo source: Muzeum Wsi Mazowieckiej w Sierpcu, Kids in the City

The Park and Museum in the birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, 55 km from Warsaw

Whether you love classical music and Frederic Chopin compositions or not, the Żelazowa Wola village is the must on your “to visit list” in Poland (it’s just 55 km from Warsaw). And it is because of the most beautiful park that surrounds the birthplace and the Museum of Frederic Chopin. In Poland, there are for sure bigger parks, but the one in Żelazowa Wola seems just perfect. The park was developed in 1932-1939 and renovated for the 2010 Chopin Year Celebrations (200th birth anniversary). Is has new paths, benches, bridges (the Utrata river flows through the park), ponds, pergolas – everything very elegant and modern, but modern in a good way – that brings comfort and is visually unobtrusive. Also, this is not a regular park – everywhere you can hear Chopin’s music, played quietly from BOSE speakers hidden all over the park in bushes, grass or ivy.

Photo sources: Wild Warsaw, Zamek Czersk, Rogów Arboretum, Stacja Muzeum, Kids in the City

Zalesie Górne village, outdoor & water attractions in a landscape park, 25 km from Warsaw

The park is expected to open in spring 2021

Zalesie Górne is a village located in Piaseczno County, in the Chojnów Landscape Park by the ponds, 25 km from Warsaw.
Attractions – located close to each other – include wake park, rope park, outdoor swimming pool, pedal boat rental, Dzielnica Filmowa amusement park – it is a combination of an outdoor film & cartoon museum, playground, forest, and picnic area (a collection includes several dozen of the most famous movie and cartoon cars and motorcycles; replicas of robots from popular film productions; monster trucks, giant mushrooms, dinosaurs).

Photo source: Planeta Zalesie / Dzielnica Filmowa

Zegrze Lake, 30 km from Warsaw

Zegrze Reservoir/Zegrze Lake (called in Polish Jezioro Zegrzyńskie or Zalew Zegrzyński), a man-made lake developed in 1963, located 30 km north of Warsaw, is a very popular place among Warsaw residents for summer getaways. The most convenient way to get there is by car (Zegrze on Google map).
It’s also a popular place for sailing – every summer, around 1500 yachts and sailboats find their place in the marinas on the shores of the Zegrze Lake.Public guarded beaches in the Zegrze area:
Boat cruise on the Zegrze Lake (Jezioro  Zegrzyńskie in Serock, 40 km from Warsaw)
“Albatros” boat leaves from the pier in Serock (location on Google map) for 45-minute recreational cruises on Zegrze Lake. 3 times a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm). Tickets can only be bought from the boat’s captain before the trip (cash only). 15 PLN adults, 10 PLN seniors and children up to 18. More in Polish.

One of the biggest botanical gardens in Poland – 100 km from Warsaw

Looking for the best photo spots in Poland? You will find them in one of the biggest botanical gardens in Poland – the Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów near Łódź (100 km from Warsaw) which has been reopened on May 15.

The Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów – established in 1923 – is one of the biggest (over 50 hectares) botanical gardens in Poland, run by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The Arboretum in Rogów has also one of the most valuable plant collections in Europe. It’s “a forest park”, located in the thinned-out area of the forest. You can admire there the collections of trees and shrubs of Central and Eastern Europe, protected, endangered, and rare plants, as well as “experimental” parts of the forest with foreign species and the Alpine Garden – the aplinarium.

Spring in the Arboretum is ruled by the colors of blooming flowers. Green dominates here in summer. Autumn welcomes with the beauty of the fall colors. The most popular time to visit the Arboretum is the blooming of azaleas and rhododendrons (May and June) and maple leaves in fall foliage colors (October). It is worth visiting the Arboretum on a weekday or Saturday, on Sunday it is usually the most crowded. As usual, the best option is to visit early in the morning.

Click here to read our post on visiting the Botanical Garden & Arboretum in Rogów.

Retro train trip for tourists – narrow-gauge train

The trips are expected to run again in April 2021

The trips are organized by the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in the town of Sochaczew (about 60 km from Warsaw). Tours are usually organized from April to September / October. Location: Muzeum Kolei Wąskotorowej, Licealna 18 Street, 96-500 Sochaczew, the Museum’s location on Google map. Agenda: 9.50 am – guided tour in the outdoor train museum, 10.30 am – train travel to the Kampinos Forest, 11.45 am – a guided walk in the Kampinos Forest, 12.34 pm – a picnic and bonfire, 2.14 pm – 3.20 pm – trip back to Sochaczew. You can buy tickets online (regular ticket – 29 PLN, reduced ticket for children – 23 PLN, ticket without seat reservation for children up to 4 – 9 PLN). More in English about the retro train trips.

Magiczne Ogrody / Magic Garden – a fairytale theme park, 140 km from Warsaw

The park is expected to open in spring 2021

Magiczne Ogrody/Magic Garden is a theme park located south-east of Warsaw, near the charming and popular with tourists town of Kazimierz Dolny.
The park covers several hectares with designed greenery, flowers, trees, streams, waterfalls, and of course attractions for children – fairytale zones with mysterious inhabitants.
Attractions in the park are intended for children of all age groups. There are only two age-restricted zones: the newest attraction, a treetop route, available for children 4+ with a parent, or 8+; and the mysterious Mroczysko zone – available only to children 6+.

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car (Magiczne Ogrody’s location on Google map). Please note that it’s located 140 km/about a 2-hour drive from Warsaw, to spend there a few hours you need to leave early in the morning.
  • Online tickets: children up to 100 cm high 5 PLN, regular ticket 58 PLN, reduced ticket (children up to 14, seniors 60+) 48 PLN, a family ticket for 3 people 140 PLN, a family ticket for 4 people 189 PLN.
  • Website in Polish, Facebook page.

Photo source: Magiczne Ogrody

Underground caves and blue springs, 100 km from Warsaw 

Both tourist attractions – the caves in the former mine and the reserve with unusual springs and 75 species of birds – are only 7 km away.

Underground tourist route “Groty Nagórzyckie

  • The caves are a remnant of an underground quartz mine from the 18th century. The 30-minute tourist route includes corridors, alleys, and rooms.
  • The caves are located 100 km south-west of Warsaw, in the area of Tomaszów Mazowiecki town. The most convenient way to get there is by car (the location on Google map). You can also get there by train (to Tomaszów Mazowiecki) and from Tomaszów by a public bus no. 2 or by bicycle path.
  • A walk along the underground route is only possible with a guide. The group may have a maximum of 25 people. Visiting every half an hour, you can buy tickets online for the hour of your choice (regular ticket 9 PLN, reduced ticket 7 PLN).
  • Opening hours: April 1 – October 15: 10 am – 6 pm; October 16 – March 31: Tuesday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 4 pm; on Mondays the route is closed.
  • Website in PolishFacebook page.

The Blue Springs nature reserve “Niebieskie Źródła

  • A beautiful swamp landscape, with many birds, wild nature, and alleys, located in the Pilica river valley. The main attractions of this place are the blue springs and 75 species of birds. Pure water from limestone springs breaks the sand from the bottom, which when seen through the water surface has a unique blue-green color which depends on the weather conditions. In addition, you can observe pulsating mini geysers made of sand thrown by the spring water.
  • The springs are located 100 km south-west of Warsaw, in the area of Tomaszów Mazowiecki town, 7 km from the caves (Groty Nagórzyckie). The most convenient way to get there is by car (the location on Google map).
  • Website in Polish.

Photo source: www.groty.mck-tm.pl, www.skansenpilicy.pl

Pumpkin farms in the Warsaw area

The pumpkin farms are usually open from mid-September until end of October.

Pumpkin farm in Powsin, south of Warsaw

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car (the farm’s location on Google map). By bus: bus line 710 from Metro Kabaty or 139 from Metro Wilanowska. Address: Przyczółkowa 2k Street, 02-968 Warszawa.
  • Open every day until October 31: 9 am – 6 pm.
  • Admission: adults 20 PLN, children 20 PLN, children up to 1 free entrance. You can pay by credit card.
  • This year, the farm area has been enlarged three times.
  • Additional attractions include a mini and petting zoo – alpacas, geese, ducks, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats (you can bring carrots and green leaves to feed rabbits and goats); photo on the tractor; straw maze; swings.
  • You can buy coffee, lemonade, waffles (gofry). There are food trucks at the weekend.
  • Website, Facebook.

Pumpkin farm ‘Dynioland’ in Wieliszew, north of Warsaw

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car (the farm’s location on Google map). Address: Willowa 341/1 Street, 05-135 Wieliszew.
  • Open to groups during the weekdays, individual visitors only on weekends: 11 am – 6 pm.
  • Admission: 10 PLN, children up to 2 free entrance. Cash only.
  • Additional attractions include a mini zoo – chickens, ducks, geese, pentarks, rabbits, lamb; straw maze; straw mini-zoo; visiting the garden (herb and vegetable corner) and the field; a place for a barbecue/fireplace.
  • You can buy pumpkin soup, cakes, juices, lemonades.
  • Website, Facebook.

Pumpkin farm in Wilanów/Zawady

  • The most convenient way to get there is by car (the farm’s location on Google map). Address: Syta 139 Street.
  • Open every weekend of October: 10 am – 5 pm.
  • Admission: 10 PLN per person (children up to 1 free entrance).
  • Additional attractions include a mini zoo (goats, chickens, ducks, goose). Every weekend there are pumpkin carving workshops (15 PLN) and florist workshops with the use of pumpkins (30 PLN).
  • The farm offers pumpkin soup, pumpkin pancakes, muffins, pumpkin cake, and root tea.
  • Payment only in cash.
  • Facebook.

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