July 2022 in Warsaw: ideas and tips for making the most of your summer in Warsaw

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Changes in the Paid Parking Zone in Warsaw

  • From August 15, 2022. Increase in prices for parking in a paid zone by approx. 15%. From August 15, the first hour of parking will cost PLN 4.5, the second – PLN 5.4, the third – PLN 6.4, and the fourth and each subsequent hour – PLN 4.5.
  • From August 15, 2022. End of the obligation to put a paper parking ticket behind the car window for parking in a paid zone. The obligation to mark the car with information about the use of mobile payment applications has also been ended.
  • From January 2, 2023. New areas in the Praga-Północ and Mokotów districts will be included in the paid parking zone in Warsaw. In the Praga district, the area of plac Hallera will be included in the paid parking zone. In the Mokotów district, the areas up to the line of Różana Street and Gagarina Street will be included in the paid parking zone.
  • Current map of the Paid Parking Zone in Warsaw.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in July – OUTDOOR

Famous outdoor piano recitals in the Łazienki Royal Park
Location: Royal Łazienki Garden, the area next to the Chopin Monument, closer entrance – from Aleje Ujazdowskie Street. The exact location of recitals on Google Map. Famous outdoor piano recitals of Chopin music in the Łazienki Royal Park are back from May 15, after a two-year pandemic break. Next to the monument of Fryderyk Chopin, in the park, there is a piano on which Chopin’s music is played by award-winning pianists from Poland and abroad. Every Sunday until September 25, 2 concerts: 12 pm and 4 pm. Free entrance. Our tips in English on visiting the Łazienki Royal Park.

Food PopUp on the Vistula Boulevards 
Location: Bulwar Flotylli Wiślanej – the Vistula Boulevards, the area between “Pomost 511” and “Fala” clubs (location on Google map). The event runs from June 10, 2022, until the end of summer – every weekend (Friday 6 pm – 2 am, Saturday 2 pm – 2 am, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm). Facebook page.

“Nocny Market” street food in Wola
Location: Nocny Market, Towarowa 3 Street (Wola). Open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. “The Night Market” is located on the platforms of the closed railway station. Facebook page.

The “Breakfast Market” in Żoliborz, Mokotów, and Bielany / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food
Every Saturday in Żoliborz, location: al. Wojska Polskiego 1 Street, corner of Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm. Every Sunday in Mokotów: location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm. Free entrance. Starting from summer 2022 – a new location in Bielany – green area next to the Bielany District Office, Urząd Dzielnicy Bielany, Stefana Żeromskiego 29 Street, 10 am – 3 pm, selected Sundays. Street food, ice cream, bread, pastries, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, etc. Facebook page. Please note that due to the weather conditions, some of the outdoor events may be canceled last minute (it’s recommended to check their Facebook events for information before heading out).

Donutting on a dry ski slope 
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka hill, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Location on Google map. A fun outdoor seasonal (open from May) attraction for children aged 3+ and adults, available on a dry ski slope (Górka Szczęśliwicka, the highest hill in Warsaw, 152 m), in the Ochota district of Warsaw. Polish name: pontony zjazdoweOn hot days, a water mist is turned on on the slope. Besides donutting, you can also enjoy there an Alpine Coaster, playgrounds, and an outdoor swimming pool in the Szczęśliwicki Park where the hill is located. Opening hours, Monday-Sunday: 1 pm – 7 pm. 1 run – 5 PLN, 3 runs – 12 PLN. It is recommended to use helmets. More in Polish.

Alpine Coaster in Warsaw’s Ochota district
Location: Górka Szczęśliwicka hill, Park Szczęśliwicki, Drawska 22 Street (Ochota). Location on Google map. You can enjoy it during the spring-summer season on Górka Szczęśliwicka (the highest hill in Warsaw, 152 m), in Park Szczęśliwicki – the biggest park in the Ochota district of Warsaw. Polish name: kolejka grawitacyjna. The gravity slide has two seats. Speed up to 36 km/h, route length over 700 m. Opening hours, Monday-Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm. Price of the slide, 1 point per 1 slide: 1 point 9 PLN, 2 points 15 PLN, 6 points 38 PLN. A slide of 2 people equals 2 points. Minimum age for children: 3 years. Children younger than 8 years old may use the gravity slide only when accompanied by an older person over 8 years old. The gravity slide may be closed in case of rainfall. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Summer shows at Multimedia Fountain Park
Location: Multimedia Fountain Park (Multimedialny Park Fontann), a fountain complex located in between the Old Town/New Town area and the Vistula river, location on Google map, free entrance. After a two-year break, the special shows at the Fountain park are back in 2022. Multimedia show (music, lights, water, laser) each Friday and Saturday until September 30: 9.30 pm (July), 9 pm (August), 8.30 pm (September). Our tips in English about the fountain park.

Gondola, canoes, and wooden boats in Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów (Wilanowskie Lake)
Location: the park of Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (first you need to buy an entrance ticket to the park). Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building in the park – a pumping station at the Jezioro Wilanowskie Lake. There are available life vests, wooden boats (for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children; 30 min – 40 PLN, 1 hour 60 PLN, 2 hours 100 PLN) and kayaks (for 2 adults with an additional child seat; 30 min – 20 PLN, 1 hour – 30 PLN, 2 hours – 50 PLN). 30-minute gondola rides every hour (up to 12 people). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Selected weekends. Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street (Ursynów), online tickets. Regular online ticket – 12 PLN. Regular ticket bought at the box office on the day of the event – 16 PLN. For children up to 18 – free admission, the free ticket must be collected at the ticket office. Website in English.

Free yoga by the Vistula River
Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Pattona (location on Google map), part of the Boulevard close to the Copernicus Science Center (Powiśle), free entrance, 10 am. Facebook event in Polish. The event runs throughout the summer and until the end of September.

Chess by the Vistula River – free event
Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Pattona (location on Google map), part of the Boulevard close to the Copernicus Science Center (Powiśle), free entrance, 3 pm – 8 pm. The rules are simple: come and play chess. Free admission for everyone, regardless of the chess level – there are chess instructors on-site who will teach you to play chess from scratch. Facebook event in Polish. Selected Saturdays until September 24.

Rollerblades by the Vistula River – free event
Location: the Vistula Boulevard, Bulwar Pattona (location on Google map), part of the Boulevard close to the Copernicus Science Center (Powiśle), free entrance, 3 pm – 5 pm (children aged up to 14), 6 pm – 8 pm (youth and adults). All about rollerblades – for those who are already skating and for those who want to learn. Facebook event in Polish. Selected Saturdays until September 24.

Fruits and vegetables picking in the Warsaw area 
You will find some options for the upcoming weeks in the Mazowieckie region on this website (myzbieramy.pl). Please note that you need to contact a selected orchard/garden/farm to book a slot in most cases. The most popular fruits include strawberries, raspberries, honeyberries (jagoda kamczacka), sweet cherries, sour cherries, and finally apples. Some farms offer vegetable picking too. Most options usually appear in July.

Shopping in “Rysiny” – family farm in Białołęka
Location: Gospodarstwo Rysiny, Smugowa 30 B Street (Białołęka). Open Monday-Saturday. Family farm on the outskirts of Warsaw, where you can buy seasonal fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Historical picnic at the medieval castle ruins in Czersk
Every weekend in  July and August. Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (40 km south of Warsaw). Everyday life in various historical periods – presentation of old crafts, martial arts, cuisine, tournaments, workshops. Our tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle.

A summer weekend walk in the center of Warsaw: Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat Streets a car-free zone (every weekend in the summer)
Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat streets change every weekend in the summer into a car-free zone, accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists. It is part of the so-called Royal Route, a historic part of Warsaw (starting from the roundabout with a palm tree – Rondo de Gaulle’a to Castle Square).

Warsaw Zoo
Location: Ratuszowa 1/3 Street (Praga), opening hours in July-September: weekdays 9 am – 6 pm, weekends & public holidays 9 am – 7 pm. The last admission is one hour before the Zoo closes. Online ticketsThe Zoo is open every day, including all public holidays! Website in English.

Relax in one of many Warsaw parks
After long months of autumn and winter, Warsaw is bursting with intense green! The city comes alive with trees and flowers blooming wherever you look. In addition to the famous Łazienki Park (which we recommend visiting outside the weekend to avoid crowds), we recommend a walk in the Gardens of the Royal Castle, a historic park – Ogród Krasińskich in the city center or the Szczęśliwicki Park in Ochota where the outdoor swimming pool will be open in summer. It’s also fun to visit two roof gardens in Warsaw, in the Powiśle district: the roof garden of the Warsaw University Library and a small garden on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Center. You can read our tips about 15 parks in Warsaw worth visiting in our post: Discover green Warsaw: charming parks and gardens in the Warsaw area to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Ideas for things to do in Warsaw in July – INDOOR

For more ideas for things to do INDOOR in Warsaw, please read our post that includes the list of ideas for fun (indoor!) activities for a bad weather day in Warsaw: Indoor things to do in Warsaw.

Explore Warsaw with our list of museums and galleries in Warsaw by district – there’s one to suit every interest and many of them are free to visit.

Eating out in one of Warsaw’s indoor food halls (and a bonus – summer outdoor seating!)
Are you going out for lunch with a group of friends or family, but everyone wants something different? Sounds familiar? Food halls will settle restaurant selection fights. They offer a wide variety of ethnic cuisines and local restaurant concepts. A great solution for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a group – everyone orders from a different restaurant and eats at a common table. Click here to read our post featuring 6 food halls in Warsaw (a new food hall, opened in June 2022 – Fabryka PZO Food Hall, Elektrownia Powiśle, Hala Gwardii, Hala Koszyki, Browary Warszawskie – Warsaw Breweries, Fabryka Norblina).

An exhibition of a railway model made of Lego bricks
Until September 18. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), the exhibition is open every day except for Mondays, 10 am – 6 pm). Admission to the exhibition is included in the entrance ticket to the museum (no additional fee). A railway model made of nearly a quarter of a million Lego bricks. The model showing the city will include, among others residential and service buildings, railway stations and green areas with trees and shrubs. There will also be numerous inhabitants of this city. The city will be entwined by railway tracks on which model trains will run. These are constructions built completely from scratch without instructions, only on the basis of photos. The Museum website in English. More in Polish about the exhibition.

A new exhibition for children in Białołęka – thirteen models of dinosaurs
Until August 27. Location: Galeria Północna shopping center, Światowida 17 Street (Białołęka), the ground floor, free entrance. The exhibition includes thirteen realistic models of dinosaurs (including Allosaurus, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Volcanodonand) and a sandbox to play in which a prehistoric skeleton is buried. More in Polish about the Exhibition.

A new permanent exhibition in the Asia and Pacific Museum “Journeys to the East”
 Location: Muzeum Azji i Pacyfiku, Solec 24 Street (Powiśle), Tuesday – Sundy 10 am – 6 pm. The Exhibition runs from June 2022. More in English about the Exhibition.

Marc Chagall – a new temporary exhibition at The National Museum
Location: The National Museum in Warsaw (Muzeum Narodowe), Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Street (city center). The Exhibition runs until July 24, 2022 and presents 14 of Marc Chagall’s works on paper. More in English about the Exhibition.

A new exhibition: The multisensory exhibition “Retro Warsaw”
Location: Fabryka Norblina, Art-Box Experience, Żelazna 51/53 Street (Wola), level 2+, 10 am – 9 pm, online tickets (children under 5 years old free entrance). The exhibition is based on digitally reconstructed archival materials. Visitors are taken back to Warsaw from 100 years ago – full of bustle, music, and colors of the interwar period. Thanks to the pioneering 360-screen immersive projection system, viewers can literally immerse themselves in the everyday life of interwar Warsaw, and feel its rhythm, unique atmosphere, and color. Time of the visit: 40+ minutes. More in English about the Exhibition.

A temporary exhibition at the Museum for Children (Muzeum dla Dzieci) – “Here and There” exhibition about traveling
Until December 31. Location: The Museum for Children is located in the city center (Kredytowa 1 Street). The same building and entrance as the Ethnographic Museum (Muzeum Etnograficzne). Location on Google map. Opening hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 am – 7 pm, Thursday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Tickets: To visit the exhibition, you need to buy entry tickets to the Ethnographic Museum which houses the Museum for Children. Regular ticket: 14 PLN. Reduced ticket: 7 PLN (students and seniors). Children up to 7 years old free entrance. Free entrance: every Thursday. More in English in our post about visiting the Museum for Children in Warsaw.

An exhibition of buildings and models made of LEGO bricks
Until July 27. Location: Galeria Mokotów shopping mall, Wołoska 12 Street (Mokotów). Location on Google map. Location of the Exhibition on the map of a shopping center. Entrance and ticket office: Level 1 (Poziom 1), next to the EOBUWIE store. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10 am – 10 pm, Sunday 10 am – 8 pm (including trade ban Sundays). Online tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the ticket office before entering the Exhibition (you can pay by card). There is a measure in the form of a brick at the ticket offices, at a height of 95 cm. If the child fits under the block, he/she enters free of charge. The exhibition covers two floors. The Exhibition includes a playing zone where children can build with LEGO or LEGO Duplo bricks. Information for parents – the exit from the exhibition is through the LEGO store;) More in Polish about the Exhibition. Facebook page in Polish.

Cosmos Discovery – Space Exhibition 
Until August 21. Location: Muzeum Nowa Praga, Jagiellońska 82A Street (Praga), Location on Google map. Open every day 9 am – 8 pm. Tickets are to be purchased on-site or online. Children up to 6 free entrance. The exhibition shows the development of space flights from the first historical attempts up to today’s missions. It features 200+ original objects from the United States, Russia, and Poland. The Exhibition’s Museum website in PolishFacebook page in Polish. There are 2 versions of the audio guide: one intended mainly for adult visitors and high school students. The second version is simplified and fun in the form of a boy-astronaut conversation, this version is suitable for children under the age of 14. Both versions of the audio guide are also available in English.

Visit to The Foreign Languages Library (Obcojęzyczna) – the biggest library in Warsaw offering books in foreign languages
Location: Nowaka-Jeziorańskiego 24 Street (Praga), Gocław Cultural Center (Terminal Kultury Gocław). Location on Google map. All are welcome! Summer opening hours until August 31: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 2 pm – 7 pm;  Thursday, Friday 11 am – 4 pm. It’s the biggest library in Warsaw offering books in different foreign languages. It has over 50,000 books, audiobooks, and films, including books for children and teenagers. Most of their collection is in English but there are also books in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian. Facebook page in Polish & English. Website in Polish and EnglishIn every district of Warsaw, there are libraries that are available to everyone (including foreigners), free for everyone. Just come, sign up and borrow books! Many of Warsaw’s libraries offer books not only in Polish but also in other languages – books for both adults and childrenHow to check where libraries are located and which library in Warsaw provides books in foreign languages? There is an easy way to do that! An interactive map of Warsaw has been developed, by clicking on your district you can check the addresses of libraries that borrow books in foreign languages. Click here to explore the interactive map of foreign language libraries in Warsaw (by districts, a map available in Polish, English, Russian).

Visit to the Chopin Museum in Warsaw and piano recitals
Every Saturday & Sunday in July. Location: Frederic Chopin Museum (Muzeum Fryderyka Chopina), Okólnik 1 Street (Powiśle). Two concerts every Saturday and Sunday: 1 pm and 2 pm. Online tickets (regular tickets 28 PLN, reduced tickets 14 PLN). The concert ticket also entitles you to visit the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. The concert lasts only 30 minutes – it’s a great opportunity to introduce children to classical music. Our tips about visiting the Museum. Our feature story about the Museum: You don’t need to leave Warsaw to visit the nineteenth-century Paris salons.

Chopin music piano recitals
Every day at 7 pm. Location: Fryderyk Concert Hall, Podwale 15 Street (the old town), 7 pm, online tickets. The recitals feature Fryderyk Chopin’s most famous compositions. Facebook page in English and Polish. Website in English.

Free DIY wood projects for children – Carpentry workshop in the center of Warsaw
Location: The carpentry shop “FabLab Wbijaj!” is located in the center of Warsaw at Stara 4 Street, (location on Google map (at the bottom of the slope, entrance from Boleść 2 Street), in the area of the playground of the Warsaw Family Zone (Warszawska Strefa Rodziny), in the vicinity of the Multimedia Fountain Park. Free entrance. The carpentry workshop “FabLab Wbijaj!” is a space dedicated to everyone who wants to learn about carpentry and recycling. The workshop is a municipal institution financed by the Warsaw authorities and all classes are free of charge. There are several fully equipped workshop stations, tools, and support from professionals who will show you how to use the available tools and how to do it safely. The carpentry shop has been adapted to work with children – lower stations, smaller hammers, lighter drills. The type of work performed is adapted to the age and level of advancement of children. Classes are family-friendly, the entire DIY process takes place under the supervision of an instructor, and parents are asked to assist children. Free pre-prepared kits to construct their own wooden toys (e.g. plane, horse, boat) are prepared for children. Of course, children can take home a toy they made with their own hands. Registrations are made only for organized groups. Families do not have to sign up. What time can you come to the workshop? The workshop is open every day. A schedule (grafik in Polish) is published weekly on the website. Classes for individuals (in Polish: Zajęcia dla osób indywidualnych) indicate slots when you can come to the workshop with your kids. It happens that all positions in the carpentry shop are occupied. What can you do waiting for your turn? While waiting, you can take advantage of the attractions of the Warsaw Family Zone where the carpentry shop is located. There is a playground, swings, slides, a playing field. Another option is a walk in the Multimedia Fountain Park or the Old Town. Website in PolishFacebook, Instagram.

Indoor mini zoo/petting zoo  
Location: Mini Zoo, Kolorowa 19/156 Street, poziom/level -1 (Ursus), Thursday, June 16: 10 am – 6 pm, Friday, June 17: 11 am – 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19: 10 am – 6 pm. At the Mini Zoo, you can feed and stroke the animals. The visits take place in the company of a Mini ZOO employee who will show and teach how to deal with animals. The Mini Zoo is located in the indoor heated room; tickets are available for purchase on-site, and no reservation is required. Facebook pageWebsite in Polish.

An idea for a hot or rainy day: Planetarium in Copernicus Science Center
Location: the Planetarium building next to Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Street (Powiśle), online tickets. The Planetarium screens films for adults and kids of different ages – some for 3+ audiences, and some shows for teenagers (2D and 3D screenings). All the screenings can also be viewed in the English audio version with headphones (and some in Ukrainian or Russian). Admission to the Planetarium is only for children over 3 years old. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Planetarium.

Outdoor swimming pools & water parks in the Warsaw area

Outdoor swimming pools in Warsaw usually reopen for a new season in the first weeks of June and operate until the end of August.

Outdoor swimming pools in the city center
Location: Ośrodek Inflancka, Inflancka 8 Street (city center), location on Google map. Open from July 1 until August 31. 10 am – 8 pm (in July), 10 am – 7 pm (in August). Outdoor attractions include swimming pools with a 50 m water slide and a 14 m family slide. The paddling pools have two slides for the youngest children. There is also a sports field and two playgrounds in the sports center. Pricing (free entrance for children up to 4 years old). Normal and discounted tickets can only be purchased online (it is not possible to purchase this type of ticket at the box office). Family tickets can only be purchased at the reception desk in the main building of the Inflancka Center (entrance to the indoor swimming pool), family tickets are not available online. In the event of bad weather, the pool will be closed and customers will be notified on Facebook. Website in Polish. Facebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Wola
Location: Park Wodny Moczydło, Górczewska 69/73 Street. Open from June 15, 2022, until the end of August: 9 am – 7 pm (in the event of bad weather, the pool will be closed and customers will be notified on Facebook). Attractions include a 50 x 20 sqm swimming pool, swimming pool complex (2.8 thousand sqm), including a pool for children with a water playground, slides: kamikaze, anaconda, and three-track multi-slide. Website in Polish. Facebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Ochota
Location: Park Szczęśliwicki, Usypiskowa 18 Street. Open from June 18, 2022, until August 31: 9 am – 7 pm. Attractions include a 25.04 m x 12.52 m sports swimming pool, recreation pool with hydromassage, paddling pool for children, tube slideWebsite in PolishFacebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Powsin (Kabaty Forest)
Location: Park Kultury w Powsinie, Maślaków 1 Street. Open from June 15, 2022, until September 4: 10 am – 9 pm (June, July), 10 am – 8 pm (August), 10 am – 7 pm (September). Attractions include the main pool (25 m x 12.5 m) equipped with a spiral slide 25 m long, a paddling pool for children, a water playground with water attractions, playground in the shape of a shipWebsite in Polish. Facebook page.

Guarded swimming area and beach at the Czerniakowskie Lake in Mokotów
Location: Jeziorko Czerniakowskie, Jeziorna 4 Street (location on Google map). Open from June 5, 2022: 9 am – 7 pm. Coastline length: 30 m. On hot days, it is worth knowing that in Warsaw there is a lake with a guarded beach. And the coolest thing – you don’t have to go far – the beach is in Mokotów! The lake in Polish is called “Jeziorko Czerniakowskie” and is the largest natural water reservoir in Warsaw. It is a water nature reserve – a protected area. The beach and swimming area are located on the side of Jeziorna Street. There are lifeguards on the beach and the water is regularly tested. In winter, the beach is a popular winter swimming place in Warsaw. Please note that due to its convenient location and small size, the beach is often crowded – especially during weekends and holidays. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Praga
Location: Baseny Błękit, Wał Miedzeszyński 407 Street (Praga/Saska Kępa). Location on Google mapThe swimming pool is located in the vicinity of the cultural and gastronomic complex – Lunapark. Information about the opening for the new season will be announced soon. Children up to 4 free entrance. Tickets: children up to 4 free entrance; reduced ticket for children 4+, students, seniors 65+ 18 PLN. Facebook page.

“Wodny Park Warszawianka” – water park in Mokotów
Location: Wodny Park Warszawianka, Dominika Merliniego 4 Street, 02-511 Warszawa (location on Google map). 4 km from the city center (in the Mokotów district). The recreational part of the Water Park includes a recreational and swimming pool with a maximum depth of 1.40 m, a paddling pool for children with an elephant-shaped slide, an artificial river, pipe-shaped slides (45 and 72 meters long) with separate landing pads, an open slide inside the swimming pool hall (15 meters long), outdoor year-round heated pool, connected to the main pool hall. The sports part of the Water Park includes 50-meter “Olympic” swimming pool with 10 lanes. Website in EnglishFacebook page.

Water Park in Zalesie – outdoor water park, 25 km from Warsaw
Location: Park Wodny Zalesie, Wczasowa 1 Street, 05-540 Zalesie Górne (location on Google map). Open from July 1, 2022. Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (every day). The water park is located in Zalesie Górne – a village in Piaseczno County, in the Chojnów Landscape Park by the ponds, 25 km from Warsaw. Other attractions of the area include an amusement park, wake park, and pedal boat rental (more in English in our post). Outdoor pools consist of a swimming pool 145 cm deep, and a 45 cm deep water play area with a playground consisting of 3 large slides for adults and children over 140 cm. In this zone, there is also an octopus slide for smaller children. Little children can play in a spray area with spray fountains. Website in English.

“Park of Poland – Suntago” – indoor & outdoor water park, 60 km south-west of Warsaw
Location: Park of Poland – Suntago, Nowy Świat 1 Street, 96-300 Wręcza (location on Google map). The largest indoor water park in Europe, including 18 pools with a total surface of 3500 square meters (a tropical pool, a thermal pool, and a giant wave pool). Website in EnglishFacebook page.

“Park of Poland – Suntago” – indoor & outdoor water park, 60 km south-west of Warsaw
Location: Hotel Warszawianka, Jachranka 77, 05-140 Jachranka (location on Google map). 40 km from Warsaw. The Aquapark is open to people who are not hotel guests. The Aquapark of the Warszawianka Hotel includes a sports swimming pool (20 meters long and 5 meters wide, water temperature 28°C), hot tubes (water temperature 35°C), recreational swimming pool in the shape of an island, wild river, waterfall, geysers with a water temperature of 31°C, paddling pool for children with a slide and a water umbrella, 90-meter slide (intended for guests over 7 years of age). Hotel Warszawianka is located picturesquely by the Zegrze Reservoir. In the summer season, there is a beach (open to people who are not hotel guests) with a beach bar where you can rent water sports equipment (e.g. SUP, scooters, etc.). More in Polish. Info in English about opening hours, prices, etc. Website in EnglishFacebook page. Instagram.

“Termy Mszczonów” – thermal pools, 50 km south-west of Warsaw
Location: Termy Mszczonów, Warszawska 52 Street, 96-320 Mszczonów (location on Google map). Five thermal pools with water with a temperature of 26-34°C, water drawn from a depth of over 1600 m. Other attractions include water slides, saunas, a salt cave, beach volleyball courts, and a playground for children. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Find out more in our post: Water Parks in Poland.

Vistula river cruises & kayaking in the Warsaw area

Please note that due to weather conditions or the water level in the Vistula river, some cruises can be temporarily suspended. It’s recommended to check the website/Facebook page of a cruise provider before heading out.

1.5-hour cruises on the Vistula River
Guided cruises on the 80-passenger “Loewentin” ship from 1892, taking place on the Warsaw section of the Vistula, lasting 1.5 hours. The cruise schedule is updated several days in advance on the website, where you can buy tickets online for the cruise of your choice. Children up to 6 years of age go for free. The cruises start and end at the “Barka Warszawska” (location on Google map) on the Jan Karski boulevard near the Royal Castle, between the Gdańsk Bridge and the Śląsko-Dąbrowski Bridge. The cruises take place between the Gdański and Siekierkowski bridges. Website in English.

All-day cruises to Serock near Warsaw, to Zegrzyńskie Lake
Trips take place on Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 to September 25, and additionally on May 2 and June 17. The 98-seater “Zefir” boat departs at 9 am from the marina at the Żerański Channel/Żerań (near the Cementownia 02 stop, location on Google map), and at 12.30 pm arrives in Serock to set off for Warsaw at 2.30 pm. The cruise ends around 6 pm. More in English (including a map, and timetable). Online tickets.

Free ferries across the Vistula river
Starting from May 1, 2022 until September, there are 3 free ferries:  Cypel Czerniakowski – Saska Kępa, Most Poniatowskiego – Stadion Narodowy, Podzamcze-Fontanny – ZOO. May 1 to June 30 and September 1-25: ferries run on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays (additionally on weekdays on May 2 and June 17). From July 1 to August 31, ferries run daily. More in English (including a map, and timetable).

Gondola, canoes, and wooden boats in Park of the King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów (Wilanowskie Lake)
Location: the park of Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (first you need to buy an entrance ticket to the park). Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building in the park – a pumping station at the Jezioro Wilanowskie Lake. There are available life vests, wooden boats (for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children; 30 min – 40 PLN, 1 hour 60 PLN, 2 hours 100 PLN) and kayaks (for 2 adults with an additional child seat; 30 min – 20 PLN, 1 hour – 30 PLN, 2 hours – 50 PLN). 30-minutes gondola rides every hour (up to 12 people). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

Taxi Wisła – the Vistula river cruises on a traditional wooden 12-seater boat
“Taxi Wisła” offers (from May till October) one-hour cruises, crossings to the other side of the Vistula, and further trips for individuals and groups. To order/book Taxi Wisła: +48 605143904, kontakt@taxiwisla.waw.pl, or send a message on Facebook. There is a set of life vests on board. You can pay with a card. Website in Polish.

Ferry across the Vistula river near the town of Konstancin (transport of people, bicycles, cars)
Prom Gassy-Karczew connects the municipality of Konstancin-Jeziorna and the municipality of Karczew (the route on Google map). On weekdays the ferry operates from 6 am to 8 pm, on Saturdays – from 8 am to 8 pm, and on Sundays and holidays – 9 am – 8 pm. The cost is 3 PLN per person (children up to 7 free). Additionally, bicycle – 2 PLN, motorcycle – 5 PLN, car – 9 PLN. Cash only. Website in Polish. Facebook pageThe ferry has reopened for a new season on April 22, 2022.

Kayak and canoe rental – kayaking trips along the Vistula River
Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip (from 1,5-hour trip to weekend trips). The most popular 1,5-hour trip (10 km) along the Vistula river starts at Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”) in Wawer and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa (location on the map, details), 2-person kayak for this trip: 95 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. To order kayaks: biuro@nakajak.com, +48796188809. Website in PolishFacebook page.

Kayak rental – kayaking trips along the Vistula River
Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip. The most popular 2-hour trip (11 km) along the Vistula river (“Wawer-Śromieście”) starts near Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”), Rychnowska Street and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa, Wał Miedzeszyński 399 Street (locations on the maps, details in English), 2-person kayak for this trip: 95 PLN, 1-person kayak 65 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Online schedule and bookingWebsite in EnglishFacebook page.

Kayak rental – kayaking trips along the Świder River
Świder is a picturesque winding river near Warsaw, it flows into the Vistula River on the border of the towns of Józefów and Otwock. Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip (from 2-hour trip to weekend trips). 2-person kayak: 90 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Kayak rental is called “Przystań Emów”, contact them to book a kayak: + 48 607 582 757, przystan@emow.plWebsite in PolishFacebook page.

Cruises on the Vistula river
Daylight and evening one-hour / 9 km cruises on the boats (glass-covered main deck and sun deck). The lower deck is completely built-up (with huge windows) and safe for little children. Regular ticket: 49 PLN, reduced ticket for children up to 15: 24 PLN (daily cruise), evening cruise – 45 PLN (online tickets). Start and finish at the Vistula Boulevard, close to the Old Town (location on the map). In May and June, sightseeing cruises are organized on weekends and on selected days during the week (depending on weather and relevant demand). You can also arrange a private cruise. Website in English. Facebook page.

Kayak rental in Park Skaryszewski
Location: Park Skaryszewski, Aleja Zieleniecka 2 Street (Praga). The Skaryszewski Park – one of the largest parks in Warsaw – is located in the Praga district. You will find there a Kamionkowskie Lake which used to be a part of the Vistula river (today’s area of Skaryszewski Park and Saska Kępa used to be an island, and then a peninsula). The Lake is located within the Skaryszewski Park, swimming in the lake is not allowed. Kayak rentals are available at the restaurant on the lakeside called “Przystań” (opened for a new season from April 29, 2022). Life jackets for kids are available. Website in PolishFacebook page. Our tips in English about the Skaryszewski Park.

Ideas for day trips from Warsaw

Looking to escape the noise of the city? Searching for an idea for a one-day trip outside Warsaw? The weekend is approaching and you are wondering what to do in such nice weather?;)

Our post features 20+ ideas and ways to escape Warsaw on a day trip and see sides of the region many visitors miss. Our recommendations are diverse – the Kampinos Forest with 350 km of hiking trails, nature reserves on the Vistula River close to Wilanów, wild swamps with wooden walking platforms, medieval castle ruins, two botanical gardens, a treetop route in an educational park, historic parks, open-air museum of the Mazovian countryside (with a modern hotel if you would like to come for the whole weekend), the park and museum in the birthplace of Frederic Chopin, wake park, outdoor film & cartoon museumretro train trip, a fairytale theme park.

Find out more in our post: Day trips from Warsaw (how to get there, opening hours, tickets info, photos).

Events in Warsaw in July

Free open-air jazz concerts – 28th International Open Air Festival “Jazz at the Old Town” (Jazz na Starówce)
Every Saturday in July & August. Free jazz concerts each Saturday (7 pm) until the end of August on the stage at the Old Town Market. Click here to read more in English. The Festival runs from July 2 until August 27, 2022.

Free open-air concerts of classical, jazz, folk music in Łazienki Park – “Sphere of Silence” Music Festival (Festiwal Strefa Ciszy)
Every Saturday & Sunday from July 2 until July 24. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, free entrance, 10 am – 8.30 pm. Classical, jazz, folk music concerts on several stages simultaneously. Concerts dedicated to families with children: yellow stage, next to Stara Kordegarda building: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm. The Festival website in English. Facebook page in Polish.

Free open-air jazz concerts in Mokotów 
Every Saturday in July (starting from July 9) & August. Location: Park Dreszera, Odyńca 2 Street, a park between Puławska, Odyńca, Krasickiego, and Ursynowska Streets (Mokotów), free entrance, 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Free open-air concerts of classical and jazz music in Mokotów
Every Sunday in July & August. Location: Park Morskie Oko, the area next to Pałac Szustra building, Morskie Oko 2 Street (Mokotów), free entrance, 12 pm. In case of bad weather, the concerts take place inside the Pałac Szustra. Facebook event in Polish.

The free outdoor dancing event – Boogie / Swing / Rock and Roll – lessons, live music, workshops, competitions
Every Sunday in July. Location: Plac (square) Konesera, Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 4 pm – 7.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free open-air concerts in Bielany
Every Friday in July. Location: Stawy Brustmana (Bielany / Wawrzyszewclick here to check the location on a Google map), free entrance, 6 pm. July 1 – Italian and South American music, July 8 – Music of the Iberian Peninsula, July 15 – Themes of popular, classical, and film music, July 22 – The most beautiful tango in the world, July 29 – Polish folk music. In the case of rain, the concert will take place in Bielany Cultural Center, Goldoniego 1 Street. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor yoga in a park in Ursynów/Kabaty
Every Saturday in July & August. Location: Park przy Bażantarni, Przy Bażantarni Street (location on Google map), 10 am, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free shows of circus artists
Selected Saturdays in July & August. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), Scena pod Kominem, 5.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish. July 2, 9, 16, August 6, 13, 27.

Outdoor jazz concert at the medieval castle ruins in Czersk
Every Sunday in  July. Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (40 km south of Warsaw), 4 pm. Our tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle. Facebook event in Polish.

31st Mozart Festival in Warsaw
Until July 10. Performances and concerts will take place in the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warszawska Opera Kameralna), al. Solidarności 76b Street (Muranów/city center). Detailed agenda in Polish. More in English.

International Street Art Festival (Międzynarodowy Festiwal Sztuka Ulicy)
July 1-3. Different locations in Warsaw: New Town Market / Rynek Nowego Miasta (old town), Szczęśliwicki Park (Ochota), Plac Defilad (city center), free entrance, performances of street theaters from different countries. Facebook event in PolishMore in English about the Festival program.

The Music Gardens Festival – opera and ballet (Festiwal Ogrody Muzyczne)  
July 1-31. Location: Grochowska 272 Street, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra Concert Hall (Praga). Live concerts and screenings – featuring classical music, ballet, and opera. Online tickets. Detailed agenda in Polish. More in English about the Festival.

Outdoor event – Welcome Summer – Wianki event (Wreaths)
July 2. Location: Park Kępa Potocka, entrance from the intersection of Podleśna and Gwiaździsta streets (Bielany), 4 pm – 10 pm, free entrance. Attractions include wreath-weaving workshops, games, arts & crafts workshops, and concerts. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor karaoke event in Ursynów
July 2. Location: ‘Lasek Brzozowy‘ Park, Lanciego Street, Metro Natolin, free entrance, 4 am – 9 pm. Everyone will have a chance to perform. The gastronomic zone and attractions for children will make good family fun. Facebook event in Polish.

Weekend with Mexico at the “Breakfast Market” / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food in Mokotów and Żoliborz
July 2-3. Saturday location: corner of aleja Wojska Polskiego Street and Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Sunday location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Attractions include Mexican food, music, games, contests. Breakfast Market is a weekend picnic where you can buy local, international, and organic food. Facebook event in Polish.

“Breakfast Market” in Bielany / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food
July 3. Location: a green area next to the Bielany District Office (Urząd Dzielnicy Bielany), Stefana Żeromskiego 29 Street (Bielany), 10 am – 3 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Outdoor exhibition of vintage vehicles
July 3. Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 12 pm, free entrance. You will be able to see vehicles produced before 1939 in Warsaw and many other automotive icons. Facebook event in Polish.

Sunday Yoga in Łazienki Royal Garden
July 3. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcome. There is no need to sign up. Facebook event in Polish and English.

‘Warsaw Summer Jazz Days’ Festival
July 7-10. Jazz concerts (artists from all over the world) at Klub Stodoła, Batorego 10 Street (Mokotów), one of the oldest jazz festivals in Poland, online tickets. Click here to read the program in Polish.

Czech Day – a cultural event dedicated to the Czech Republic
July 8. Location: Plac Defilad (a square next to the Palace of Culture), 7 pm, free entrance. Concerts, meeting with Czech authors. Facebook event in Polish.

Fair of slow fashion, accessories, design
July 9-10. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Railway Modeling Fair (Giełda Modeli Kolejowych)
July 10. Location: Warsaw Railway Museum (Stacja Muzeum), Towarowa 3 Street (Wola), 10 am – 2 pm (the Museum is open 10 am – 6 pm). A chance to buy model railways and trains and meet railway modeling enthusiasts. During the event reduced tickets for everyone (7 PLN, children up to 7 free entrance). The Museum website in EnglishFacebook event in Polish.

Vintage Fair – fair of second-hand clothes, accessories, jewelry, design, vinyls
July 16-17. Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Dobra 42 Street (Powiśle), free entrance, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm, Sunday 11 am – 7 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Sunday Yoga in Łazienki Royal Garden
July 17. Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcome. There is no need to sign up. Facebook event in Polish and English.

Fair of fashion, accessories, cosmetics
July 17. Location: Centrum Praskie Koneser (Praga Koneser Center), Plac Konesera (Praga), 11 am – 6 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Animatsuri – Warsaw Festival of Japanese Culture
July 22-24. Location: Centrum Konferencyjno-Szkoleniowe (Conference Center), Bobrowiecka 9 Street (Mokotów). The Festival focuses on Japanese pop culture. Website in Polish, Facebook event in Polish, tickets.

‘Wege Festiwal‘ – fair of vegan and vegetarian food and other products
July 29-31. Location: Pasaż Wiecha Street, at the back of the “Wars Sawa Junior” shopping center, Marszałkowska 104 Street (city center), free entrance, Friday 1 pm – 9 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 9 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Weather in Poland in July

July is a month characterized by hot weather and warm nights in Poland. The average monthly temperature in July in Poland is 19°C / 66°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 89 mm. July is the warmest month in Poland, also in July, the highest rainfall is recorded. There is a Polish proverb about July: “W lipcowym skwarze w Polsce jak na Saharze” (In the heat of July in Poland it is like the Sahara).

The name of the month in Polish (lipiec) comes from linden trees blooming at that time (lipa in Polish). In Poland, many park avenues were planted with lindens. There is a reason for this – these trees provide shade on hot days and are famous for their relaxing properties. It is also worth buying linden products for the winter – linden tea (herbata lipowa) gives many health benefits and linden honey (miód lipowy) – no need to advertise!

Read more about the weather in Poland in summer and the colorful changes in nature you can’t miss.

Trade ban Sundays in Poland in July 2022

In July 2022, there is no shopping Sunday in Poland. The next shopping Sunday is on August 28Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

How to help Ukraine

“What is needed” – a website with information on the needs of collection points for Ukrainian refugees in Warsaw

The website (https://copotrzeba.pl) contains information on several collection points in Warsaw (including Wola, Ursynów, Mokotów, railway stations, Żoliborz, Bemowo) along with detailed, updated information on what is currently most needed.

A collection point (a tent) next to the Consulate of Ukraine in the Mokotów district

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7 am – 5 pm, opening hours on weekends published in the open Group on Facebook. Location: a tent next to the Consulate of Ukraine, Malczewskiego 17 Street (Mokotów). List of currently needed things (including sandwiches, milk, sweets, bananas, water, juice, apples, tea).

‘Donate a classroom’ local Warsaw initiative – volunteers needed!

Please visit this open Facebook group in English to learn more about the ‘Donate a classroom’ local Warsaw initiative to support Ukrainian refugee children in Warsaw with education (the project is run by Pines Forest School). Volunteers needed!

Online grocery shopping for the Polish Red Cross warehouse

The products that are needed for Ukraine and for Ukrainian refugees in Poland change and will change in the coming months. The Polish Red Cross, in cooperation with the online store (applauding for the sponsor of this aid platform – online grocery store: https://koszyk365.pl), has created an online store where you can buy products for Ukrainians. 

The process is simple and similar to shopping in an online store. Go to the website: www.razemdlaukrainy.pl (available in English and Polish), select products from the list (food, cosmetics, etc.) and make payment. All purchased products will be transported to the Polish Red Cross warehouse, from where they will be then handed over by the Polish Red Cross to those in need.

Where to make an online money donation
Making a donation might seem like a drop in the bucket, but it’s a good place to start. Below are some Polish organizations working to help Ukrainians.

Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna – PAH) is one of the largest Polish NGOs, carrying out support projects in Ukraine since 2014. They give aid to the people of Ukraine who have to flee their homes and their volunteers are now working at Polish-Ukrainian border crossings (they distribute food, hot drinks, hygienic articles, diapers, blankets; provide information, help in finding transport to Poland). Website in English, Facebook.
You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://www.siepomaga.pl/pah-ukraina.

Polish Red Cross (Polski Czerwony Krzyż – PCK). Within five days of the beginning of the war, over 1,600 people were taken care of by rescuers and volunteers of the Polish Red Cross.
Payments to help Ukraine organized by the Polish Red Cross can be made to the account: 16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060, transfer entitled “UKRAINE”. IBAN: PL16 1160 2202 0000 0002 7718 3060. BIC/S.W.I.F.T.: BIGBPLPWXXX. Transfer entitled “UKRAINE”.

An NGO run by Ukrainians living in Warsaw (Fundacja Nasz Wybór / Ukraiński Dom), established in 2014. More in Polish about the Foundation. The collected funds are transferred to Ukrainian humanitarian aid organizations. You can support these activities by making an online donation here: https://pomagam.pl/solidarnizukraina (website in Polish, Ukrainian, English).

More in our post: How to help Ukraine.

Summer camps & summer programs in Warsaw

Check out our guide to summer camps and summer programs in Warsaw. You will find there 10+ offers of summer camps/summer programs in different districts of Warsaw. You will find something for 1-year-old children and for teenagers too!

All the listed places are open and friendly to international families, including kids who don’t speak Polish – all teachers and instructors speak English and many of the summer programs are run in English.

Subscribe to the Kids in the City weekly Newsletter in English – each Thursday you will receive an email with the list of family-friendly events in Warsaw for the upcoming weekend:


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