So today I was guiding a tour of Polish tourists from another town. As we were climbing the stairway to the roof of the University Library to see the gardens it started raining. Fortunately it stopped quiet quickly but it got me thinking: what are the best activities in rainy Warsaw.
I would recommend one of these:
1. Go to a museum There are three new, modern and really spectacular museums in Warsaw: Centrum Kopernik (museum of science where you can experiment yourself, check out their site, it is as modern as the place itself), Chopin Museum (where you can listen to his music in special cabins, smell his favorite smell of violets, learn about the women of his life and visit a splendid palace-castle while you are there) and The Museum of the Warsaw Uprising (postindustrial space with a modern exposition that brings the viewer back in time, you can also see a 3D reconstruction of pre-war Warsaw). Seems like an obvious choice? Well, I guess it is. Whenever a drop of rain falls in Warsaw, a queue starts forming in front of all of these museums.
2. Go to a different museum – how about Dom Spotkań z Historią (History Meeting House located on the Royal Rout, close to the University, where you can see free interactive expositions about the history of the City? There is also a great cafe and a bookstore). If you like at least 3 of these things: castles, old paintings, marble, teapots, Turkish carpets, jewelry, old coins and medals, velvet, waxed wood you will enjoy the Royal Castle. If you like modern art you will definitely like Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej (Center for Contemporary Art) also placed in a formal royal residence with a park and a wonderful view over the garden, or Zachęta (in the city center). They both have good temporary expositions. There is also the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is waiting for a new building close to the Palace of Culture.
3. Don’t go to a museum Hang out in bars. I think the best place to do this are the pavilions on the back of Nowy Swiat. Close to the palm tree, first gate to the right. Smoke a shisha, drink a beer, have some vodka (not at the same time, please! that would be a drink called UBoot), eat some sushi or a falafel, drink a beer and so on and so on… 🙂 Here’s a map
4. Go shopping Most people go to Zlote Tarasy, the shopping center close to the main train station (Warszawa Centralna). I don’t like being indoors all the time, so I would prefer the shops along Marszałkowska street (H&M, C&A, Pull&Bear and so on). You can go from one to another without getting wet thanks to a roof hanging over the street. In Wars&Sawa shopping center there is also a cafe with a great view on the Palace of Culture.
5. Get wet! Go to the pool. I really recommend Warszawianka Wodny Park (Aqua park which is a bit costly but well worth the money. There is an olimplic swimming pool, recreational pool with slides, a false river, a waterfall, Russian banyas a cold chamber with snow and a spa center.
Anyway, I hope there will be only sunny days, and you won’t need this list.
What would you put on your list of best activities for rainy days?