A Mother and Daughter Visit Warsaw

Every year, my mother and I travel together and try to do something special together. We try to visit a new place (usually with a religious twist) and explore it. Last year, because I wasn’t able to come back and stay with her, we weren’t able to go.

luggage in Warsaw

She didn’t have to worry though because all that meant was that this year, we were going to have to step it up a notch and visit not one, but three countries! That’s right, three!

Warsaw building

Our first stop was to visit Warsaw, the capital of Poland and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  Located pretty much on the other side of Poland from my hometown (a cute little place called Żagań) it wasn’t too big of a distance for us. Moreover, we actually started in Gdańsk, so it didn’t take us too long to get there. The ride through the polish countryside was lovely; we both completely recommend it. We took Polski Bus for just 10 zł each.

Warsaw streets

Once we arrived, we thought it was time to explore the city properly and grab ourselves a nice cup of coffee (keep reading to find out more about this).

Where to Stay

We stayed at the GreenWood Hostel Airport at Lechnicka 23. The place was really nice and definitely worth the money. I had access to Wi-Fi for my work and my mom felt more than comfortable to relax in the place. We definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a cost-efficient place to stay in the city.

Greenwood Hostel

We met two people; one Polish and one Australian. We exchanged some travel notes and stories, whilst the Australian guy did a little (read: a lot) of complaining about Polish coffee. Poor Polish Coffee.

Getting our Coffee Kick

Before we get into the juicy bits of where to go when you visit Warsaw and what to see, we want to first tell you about the coffee theme we’ve tied into this trip. We’re not caffeine addicts (well, maybe I am a little), but we thought we would inject a bit of momentum into our trip by checking out coffee in each of the places we visit.

WakeUp coffee in Warsaw

For Warsaw, we thought it would be nice to visit WakeUp Coffee. I tried an Americano with whipped cream, whilst my mom went with a somewhat exotic Coconut latte with whipped cream and coconut flakes. I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed (maybe the Australian guy was a little right).

WakeUp coffee in Warsaw

My mom though… She gave her coconut wonder a 4/5, saying that it was a lovely afternoon drink, but maybe not a rise and shiner.

Royal Castle

After coffee, it was time to head out in search of what Warsaw had to offer. The first item on our list was the Royal Castle. First thoughts, it’s massive… and red. Yup, the whole place is made of bricks (well obviously not everything, but there’s a lot of red here).

Royal Castle

During the 17th century, it was said to have been one of the most opulent and luxurious residences in the whole of Europe, and it kind of shows. Most of the place has had 18th century period décor installed to make it look more historical.

Warsaw castle

Just check out the Great Assembly Hall or the Great Apartment, both of which are prime examples of this.

Wilanów Palace

You’ve visited the castle, now it’s time to visit the palace. Dating back to 1677, Wilanów Palace is just a little bit older than the Royal Castle. We also thought that it looked a bit more ornate from the outside. Just like the Royal Castle, Wilanów Palace is home to an incredible entrance hall, whose original fittings were reinstalled after World War 2.

Warsaw city

Palace of Culture & Science

For some, this building is incredible. Looking at it from the outside, it seems akin to a monolith looking over the city and keeping watch.


Having originally been ‘gift of friendship’ from the Soviet Union in the 1950s, the 231m tall building is home to multiple museums, a congress hall, and a cinema. If you’re interested in seeing the Polish capital from a high vantage point, then why not head to the top of the building and look out over it from the 30th-floor Observation terrace?

Warsaw city center

Locals aren’t really very fond of the building and think it’s somewhat garish due to the huge number of sculptures along its parapets. Because of this, it has been dubbed the ‘Elephant in Lacy Underwear’.

Warszawa Wschodnia

Once we finished with the Royal Castle, we headed over to visit the Warszawa Wschodnia. This huge, modern restaurant complex is one of the things about Warsaw which shows how far it has come from the Royal Castle décor of the 18th century. The place is fantastic, with its name actually coming from a neon sign found at the nearby train station. Head here if you’re hungry, or just looking for a look at modern Poland. Overall, a must if you visit Warsaw.

Old Town Square

The Old Town Square is beautiful. Lined with historic buildings and incredible architecture. It was a great place to relax for a whole.

Old Town, Warsaw

We did think that it was a little busy, though.  You’ll find Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic and Neoclassical architecture here. Make sure that you don’t miss it!

A Quick but Lovely Stay

It was great to visit Warsaw for the short time that we did. Whilst the old town area was pretty busy and packed with people when we headed out of that area it seemed like everyone had disappeared. It was almost like we were in a different city. If you’re going to leave the old town and go large distances, we recommend moving around the city by taking an Uber as it’s cheaper than the local metro system. This is especially true if you’re going to head over to Wilanów Palace.

Agness and her mom at the Warsaw airport

Another thing we noticed was that photography wasn’t particularly liked in the city. A lot of people got a little annoyed when we tried to take pictures. If you’re going to do it, make sure to ask before you pull your camera (or your phone) out of your bag.

Where else in Warsaw do you think is worth visiting?


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20 thoughts on “A Mother and Daughter Visit Warsaw”

  1. Pooja @lostinprettyeurope

    Warsaw is a great weekend break city! What a lovely weather in Warsaw when you were there. You and your mother look so happy – a mother-daughter trip once a year sounds like a great idea!

  2. I love the hostel tip… I used to stay in hostels a lot when younger but wondered how it would be staying in them as a mum, and we always like to bring my mum with me too! You’ve given me the courage to sod age and go hostelling again :-)

    1. It does sound nice, Leanne! There are many royal families in Poland, but they are not official and thus, have no power.;)

  3. Victoria @TheBritishBerliner

    Awww! ‘So nice that you got to spend some time with your mum!

    I went to Warsaw for the very first time in 2015, and I liked it very much! The Old Town was awesome and the Chopin Museum was really cool. In fact, there are benches all over the city that play music when you sit on them!

    I also liked the Jewish Museum which was very interesting. I was also told about a community on the other side of the river, so I went there. I wanted to take a river cruise, but I was in Warsaw in October, and they weren’t sailing any more. I had a great time walking on the river-side myself though!

    I know a lot of people find Warsaw bland, but that isn’t the case at all!

  4. Doreen Pendgracs

    Agness, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful visit to Warsaw with your mother with all of us! I had no idea that Warsaw was such a picturesque place. I look forward to reading about your next adventure!

  5. It looks that you had so much fun! I love travelling with my mum:) I need to take her to Warsaw too, it is one of my favorite European cities. One of my favorite spots that I recommend to everyone who is going to Warsaw is one of the best bars there – Bubbles Bar. It is a champagne bar with specialties from all over the world. They have delicious “bubbles” as well as food and the atmosphere inside is so unique :) I am sure that my mum will love it too!

    1. We had lots of fun together, Annika! I hope you get to go somewhere with your mum and enjoy those precious moments! ;)

  6. My visit there was pretty quick too but you’re absolutely right about how the Old Town Square is a MUST visit :) Also chiming in with what the others are saying down here in the comments section, I think it’s really nice that you travel with your mom!

  7. Warsaw is so great! As a person who have been living here for over 10 years I can recommend you tasting some of the polish nightlife. The best place to do this is New Orleans Club. What is interesting, is that it is not only a nightclub but also an elegant restaurant so you party there all night long without worrying about getting hungry.

  8. I love backpacking in Warszawa even as a tourist. Even after living in this city for a few years, it changes all the time and more backpacking is excellent. So far, my favourite dzielnicas are Praga and Bielany. I haven’t heard of Wake Cup coffee but I will check it out soon. Stay safe. Jonny

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