What are the best ways to stay cool on hot summer days in Warsaw, Poland? Many landlocked Europeans flock to the sea during the warm months of summer. However, when hot days strike in the city where does everyone go?
Great Activities for Hot Summer Days in Warsaw Poland
This guide will offer some great ways to chill on days when it’s hard to beat the heat!
Po Wiśle River Cruise
Sight-seeing on the Vistula River is one of the top activities in Warsaw, and for good reason. Grab a seat on the upper deck and enjoy an hour-long cruise aboard the Po Wiśle. While cruising, savor the river breezes while enjoying views of Warsaw’s most famous attractions.
You’ll also get to see the unique riverside forest, local wildlife, and all the bustling riverfront activity. The price of the cruise even comes with free coffee, tea, and snacks. We don’t know about you, but anytime we can sight-see and comfortably relax at the same time, it’s a #1 attraction in our book! Tours are offered several times throughout the day and they even offer a sunset cruise.
Park Wodny Moczydło
New for summer 2019, Warsaw’s latest water park attraction is Park Wodny Moczydło. After a significant renovation, the park opens this summer which includes an outdoor swimming pool, playground, volleyball and basketball courts. The Warsaw Active Sports Center is located at ul. Górczewska 69/73. The price is 25 PLN for the whole day and 17 PLN after 4 p.m.
Vistula Riverfront and Beaches
In recent years, the city of Warsaw has really developed the Vistula riverfront making it an attractive, popular place for people to spend their time. On hot days, many flocks to the Vistula, the largest and longest river in Poland. Along the river, you can find sandy beaches, shady forests, and cafes to enjoy a cold drink.
Many locals also come to the river to crack open a beer after work or during the weekend. Renting bikes through Warsaw’s free bicycle rental system is also a great way to get around on hot summer days.
Vistula Riverfront and City Splash Pads
Along the Vistula River Boulevard, there’s a great public splash pad where families come to jump and play in the water. There are also water-play parks in these locations:
- The Arkadia Mall
- European Square Plaza, Wola district
- The Royal Wilanow Mall, Wilanow
- Across the street from Temple of Divine Providence, Wilanow
All splash pads are free of charge.
Outdoor Public Swimming Pools
One of the best ways to survive a heat wave in Warsaw is enjoying the city’s outdoor swimming pools! Three of the best community pools include Szczęśliwicki Park, Culture Park in Powsin, and the Inflancka Center.
Royal Łazienki Park
Even on the busiest of days, you’ll always be able to find a quiet, shady corner in Royal Łazienki Park. When it’s hot, consider giving your legs a break by taking a leisurely boat cruise. Tours on the manmade lake begin at the sundial in front of the Palace on the Island.
The wooden row boats are beautifully made and offer a shady break from the sun. Consider visiting the park on a Thursday when you can get free admission for the museums and palaces.
Kayaking at Wilanów Palace
Behind the gardens of the Wilanów Palace, visitors can find Wilanowskie Lake. Located on a pier next to the Pump House, there is a rental agency to hire canoes to enjoy a canoe trip on the lake. Rentals are available from 10 a.m. to dusk and cost 30 PLN for 60 minutes, or 20 PLN for 30 minutes. Consider visiting on a Thursday when the palace is free of charge.
If touring with young kids, there are many free splash pads around the Wilanów neighborhood to cool off too. One is located across from the Temple of Divine Providence and another in the public playground and free trampoline park next to the mall on ul. Klimczaka 1. (Near the Dunkin’ Donuts.)
Palace of Culture and Science
Head to the open-air viewing terrace on the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science Building. From the ground floor, the terrace can be reached in only 19 seconds by a very fast elevator. The terrace offers spectacular 360-degree views of Warsaw, Poland. There’s also a cafe to enjoy a cool drink while savoring the breezes while at the top.
Website: tourist zone observation deck