Find a free day

galeria faras_7In the capital, many respected places of culture can be visited gratis on certain days. On Tuesdays for instance, you can visit the permanent exhibitions of the National Museum without having to pay. These exhibitions feature works of medieval, Nubian, and 19th century European art. On Thursdays you can go to Zachęta for free, the biggest contemporary art gallery in Poland. This gallery chiefly hosts exhibitions presenting the newest art from Poland and abroad. On Sundays you can check out the Royal Castle and its many spectacular rooms adorned with 16th century art. Some museums are always free of charge. The Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture is open from Sunday to Saturday. It is located in a very pleasant park where sculptures from its collection are on display. The exhibitions hosted by this museum show various works (not only sculptures) by contemporary Polish and foreign artists.

Here are a few other popular Warsaw highlights you can visit for free:

  1. Wilanow Palace – Free on Thursdays
  2. Warsaw Uprising Museum – Free on Sundays
  3. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum – Free on Sundays
  4. The Krolikarnia – Free on Thursdays
  5. Museum of Modern Art – Free all week
  6. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews – Free all week

Know where to find your entertainment

kino-iluzjon-fot-mikolaj-zacharow-reporter enThose who enjoy cultural entertainment will be happy to learn that it can be found for free in many forms. From May to September, on every Sunday two open-air concerts with music by Chopin can be enjoyed in the capital. Cinemas are also notably inexpensive. To start with, check out Iluzjon, a recently renovated cinema located in a pretty 1950s building. During the summer, Filmowa Stolica is an annual city-wide festival of free outdoor movie screenings across around ten Warsaw parks. There’s at least one screening every night for three months – perfect for Warsaw’s warm summer evenings.

If dancing is your thing, you might want to check out the Tango Café dance that is held every Tuesday. This weekly tango event is organized by a dance school named Steps4Salsa. Tango Café lasts from 22:00 until 24:00 and features an instructor who can show you some steps. In the winter, free ice skating rinks can be found all over Warsaw, and the one in the Old Town Market Place is especially enjoyable.

Take a free ride

veturilo-warszawa-fot-mariusz-grzelak-reporterOn European Car Free Day held on 22nd September, you can go on city buses, trams, tube trains etc. for free. From March to November, you can also ride a city bike without paying for it. During this part of the year Veturilo, the public bicycle system in Warsaw, rents out its two-wheelers. If you register with the system, which costs 10 pln, you can rent a city bike for 20 minutes free of charge. Once registered, you’re entitled to an unlimited amount of free 20-minute rides.

 

 

Ferry your way around town

tramwaj-wodny-warszawa-fot-darek-nowak-reporterIf you feel like going on a ferry ride across the Vistula River in Warsaw, you can do so if your timing is right. From May to September four free ferries named Pliszka, Słonka, Wilga and Turkawka, sail across different parts of the Vistula and connecting the two banks of the river as it passes through Warsaw. The ferries travel as follows:

  • ØPliszka – between Poniatowski Bridge and National Stadium
  • ØSłonka – between Czerniakowski Peninsula and the Saska Kępa district
  • ØWilga – between the foot of the Royal Castle and Warsaw Zoo
  • ØTurkawka – between the Nowodwory district and the town of Łomianki
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