Dive headlong into Warsaw’s fascinating history and discover the stories and legends of the city’s iconic Royal Route.
- Explore the bohemian neighbourhood of Praga, an artsy district that’s been reborn after years of negligence.
- See how post-industrial buildings are now being used by artists and performers.
- Sample traditional Warsaw delicacies like tatar and pyzy and flaki — once-popular treats at the buzzing bazaars.
- Travel in time from the 19th century through the communist era and into modern Warsaw.
- Step into the hidden world of tenement houses, for which Praga is famous.
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- Adults Older than 12 years old
- Children From 6 to 11 years old
- Infants Up to 5 years old
Discover the Praga District
In Warsaw, it’s not the Wild West — it’s the Wild East! Discover the most fascinating neighbourhood in the city, the Praga District, on the hipster east bank of the Vistula River. Meet the locals who live here, learn about the area’s fascinating history and taste the most delicious local food in the city, all with a local by your side.
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Local impact — How you will help the local community by joining this tour:
- You visit Wedel Chocolate shop to sample their marvelous drinking chocolate, and the Wedel company has very responsible fair trade practices and a great CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program through which they support local NGOs in Warsaw.
- You will also walk through an area that hosts the Warsaw Street Art Doping Festival and view some amazing murals. By viewing the art, you will show interest in the medium and ensure continued support for the festival in the future.
- As part of this tour, you have a meal in Pyzy and Flaki Gorace, where our business will not only help the owners continue the operation of this multi-generation family-owned restaurant, but you will also help the chef continue to participate in the Polskie Skarby Kulinarne program, which aims to rediscover, maintain, and protect Polish culinary heritage.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, local food samples (appetiser, lunch) and drinks (hot chocolate, orangeade, shot of local vodka)
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, items of a personal nature, transportation to and from the meeting and end points, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 4 hours
- Meeting point: In front of Pijalnia Czekolady E. Wedel (Chocolate shop in little white building) Jana Zamoyskiego 36, Rogatka, 03-801 Warszawa. Google maps link.
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- Starting time: 2.00 pm
- Ending point: Wybrzeze Szczecinskie (along the river and well-connected with Old Town and the metro)
Praga is a district with a unique, wild spirit. Once multicultural, with Polish, Jewish, and Russian citizens living together, it managed to survive WWII but was then left neglected for years.
The neighbourhood has since been rediscovered by artists, and now Praga is a district of alternative clubs, street art projects, little cafés run by people with passion, and old citizens who still meet in the courtyards of their tenement houses.
During this Warsaw tour, you’ll see how history is coexisting with modern life in Praga, and how old habits are helping to retain the spirit of the neighbourhood.
Once you find yourself at the meeting point, you will sense the sweet, inviting aroma. That is because we start our tour in front of the oldest chocolate factory in Poland. Ideal souvenirs for your loved ones can be found right here! We’ll stop for a cup of hot, dense chocolate to keep our energy levels up for the day ahead.
Walking into the most historical parts of the district, you’ll spot little pieces of art: murals, statues, and even art projects done by children from the neighbourhood. Praga has become a place where artists can find their own space to create — and on this Warsaw tour, we’ll tell you the stories of a few of them.
As we explore, you’ll see remnants of the past and the multicultural character of the Praga district: the Polish-Russian spirit distilling factory, former Jewish bathhouse and their hall of residence, and the domes of the Orthodox church next to the pinnacles of the Catholic cathedral.
We’ll also travel in time from the oldest tenement houses on Zabkowska Street that retain their 19th-century charm, through to the longest block of flats in Warsaw featuring typical architecture from the communist period, to the post-industrial buildings that have been converted into uptown lofts and new investments around Port Praski.
We’ll stroll down Zabkowska Street, the main artery of old Praga, with houses that date back 150 years. This street is unique in Warsaw, as most of the historical architecture on the left riverbank was destroyed by the Nazis after the Warsaw Uprising. But here in Praga, the authentic spirit of pre-war life can still be seen.
It’s an area that’s full of neighbourhood stories, tastes of the old days, and preserved backyards of tenement houses — which have become a real treasure of Praga. Decades ago, each of them — with their own gardens, little chapels, and benches all around — had buzzing life inside. Few still remain as they originally did, but we’re going to explore the most interesting ones.
From time to time, we will stop to grab some tasty local specialities. You’ll learn why some treats are served in jars, and you’ll have a chance to try traditional Polish tatar, as well as pyzy and flaki. We’ll wash it down with a sip of Polish vodka or Oranzada, a sweet drink beloved by children from the ‘80s.
One very important part of Praga’s past was the bazaars. There are plenty of stories about the times when you couldn’t find anything in the shops in Poland — but you could find everything in Rozyckiego Market. While sniffing around for “illegal meat,” you could hear about what was going on in the world beyond, and, tired after hunting, you could then have your jar filled with hot flaki. As you ate, you could enjoy the sounds of Praga’s folk bands — or sing along with them. We’ll pass by Rozyckiego Market and the monument to Praga’s folk bands, and you’ll learn about this part of Praga’s soul.
We’ll finish our walk in a great panoramic spot of Warsaw Old Town. From here you can, by foot, head back to the city centre or enjoy the nightlife on the riverbank.
Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mr. Andrew D. from United Kingdom travelled on 30 May 2017:
An amazing tour that exceeded expectations! It was really easy to find the guide at the tram stop. She did a great job sharing unique perspectives about life in Warsaw and created a carefully curated experience to help me better understand “Warsaw’s Wild Side.” If you come to Warsaw, this is the first tour you must do! Oh – and the food was absolutely the best! When I come back to Warsaw – I would most certainly do this tour again.