Warsaw at War

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Basic Information
Short Description
A tour about the history of the capital during the Second World War. We will answer questions about the occupation, the resistance movement and finally how Warsaw was destroyed during the bloody Warsaw Uprising - an event that defines the capital to this day.
Total time
English, Spanish (check the booking calendar for availability)
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Zygmunt’s Column on the Castle Square. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella.Go to map
Ending point
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
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Imagine a city that had almost 1,4 million people before World War II. Six years later, its ruins were inhabited by only several thousand survivors. Imagine a city that fought against the occupiers from the very first till the very last day. Imagine a city where every street, every corner, every courtyard has a wartime story to tell. 

First, there was 1939 and the German and Soviet invasions. Then, years of occupation. In 1940, the Germans created the largest ghetto in occupied Europe here, which razed to the ground in 1943 after the crushing of the Jewish uprising. A year later, the city was again in flames– this time because of the Polish national uprising of 1944. After 63 days of heavy urban fighting, it was crushed while the Red Army stood idle on the other side of the Vistula River. When they finally crossed over, the city and its people were no more.

Enter a world of unimaginable terror and brutality. Understand people’s eagerness to fight back. Feel the grave meaning of the decisions they had to make. Listen to stories of bravery and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal, but also of daily life under the occupation. Enter a different world – the world of Warsaw at war.

During the tour you will see: 

  • Zygmunt’s Column

  • Monument of the Little Insurgent

  • Warsaw Uprising Monument

  • Ghetto boundary marker

  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

  • … and much more!

The exact tour route can vary depending on the guide.

Meeting Point
Zygmunt’s Column on the Castle Square. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.

Jacek: The Witty Wizard of Warsaw

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 month ago

Jacek from the Walkable free tour in Warsaw is a tour guide extraordinaire! With his razor-sharp wit and encyclopedic knowledge, the tour flew by in a whirlwind of fascinating facts and witty banter. His English is flawless, his explanations crystal clear, and he doesn’t even need a microphone to command the group. I learned a plethora of interesting facts in the ‘Warsaw at War’ tour. However, the only downside is that Jacek didn’t waver from his script, which means I’ll need to go on another tour with him to discover more about the other areas and aspects of Warsaw. If you’re lucky enough to join one of his tours, be prepared to have your mind blown and your funny bone tickled.. it was brilliant. Thank you!


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Rated 4.0 out of 5
8 months ago

Andrzej is very prepared guide.

Something I want to point out and I find this in almost every guided tour, is that there are so many numbers you hear (dates, percentages, people) that at the end of the tour you don’t really remember much. I don’t know if there is something that can be fixed. but, that’s my feedback.

Mirko Rossi

Varsovis en guerra

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Muy bueno


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