Are you a photography fan? Do you want to go to the best places to take the most beautiful pictures in Warsaw? Want to practice your skills in different light conditions and different landscapes not leaving the city? Warsaw Local knows the city very well and loves photography so we’ve checked all of them and chose some best photography spots in Warsaw for you.
We understand the fun of photography is discovering this spots yourself, however some people live in Warsaw for one year and never discover some of this spots. This article is aim to help those that might only be visiting the city for only a few days or a weekend make the most of their time.
Finding the locations: Under each location we share address, the name of the closest bus or tram stop and the GPS coordinates if needed. If you are new to the city then we highly recommend checking out the free public transport website/app called Jakdojade. It tells you how to find the closest bus, tram or metro stop and how long your wait will be. We have an article about it here: Jakdojade Explained
The Gdański Bridge is a steel bridge which is 406.5 m long and 17 m wide, across the Vistula river in Warsaw, Poland.
It has two levels – the upper one serves road transport for cars, buses and trucks with four road lanes and a sidewalk. On the lower part operate trams with two tracks, and also it has a sidewalk and a cycling path.
In June 2014 the neon words „Nice to see you” were placed on the southern side of the bridge. The neon is one of the top 5 most posted landscapes on Instagram with #warsaw.
A lot of picturesque staircases lead up to the tram level and they are one of the most popular spot for wedding photography. Take a walk around these stairs because they are great a all different angles.
Address: Most Gdański 01, 00-001, Warsaw (open in Google Maps)
Closest Metro/Tram: Most Gdański 01
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.261054 Long: 21.010536
If you find yourself in Warsaw on the rainy or cold day but you still want to practice some photography. The ‘Hala Gwardii’ market hall is a place for you. It is building with a lot of history and character, but is today an international food court with lots of interesting subjects.
Trade Hall ‘Hala Gwardii’ was constructed in 1899-1901. Until its destruction during Warsaw Uprising in 1944 it was the largest trade center in Warsaw.
After second world war it was rebuild and came back to the ownership of the city. At that time a big sport’s club was opened there and it was especially famous because of its boxing section. It even hosted a European boxing championship in 1953. That’s why still today you can find a boxing ring there.
Reopened in September 2017 it became the most trendy place for Warsaw foodies. There is a food market with regional products (vspices, fruits, bread, meat, cheeses) and a lot of food selling points offering food from all over the world (brasilian, indian, Italian and much more).
Address: Hala Gwardii, plac Żelaznej Bramy 1, 00-001 Warszawa (open in Google Maps)
Closest Metro/Tram: Hala Mirowska 04
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.239225 Long: 20.999407
Skaryszewski Park is an monumental, urban park located in Saska Kępa, Warsaw. The park was designed and opened in 1905. This park is interesting in all different seasons. Obviously it is beautiful in summer, but it also has its own charm in winter too.
Skaryszewski Park is situated on the right bank of Vistula River. It occupies 58 ha, an area formerly made of meadows and pastures which previously belonged to the village of Skaryszewin the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1929, during the interwar period, the park was named after Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a famous polish pianist, composer, and politician who contributed significantly to Poland’s independence. Paderewski’s name, removed after World War II for political reason, was finally restored in 1980. Varsovians, especially the young ones, usually call the park “Skaryszak”.
In 2009 Skaryszewski Park won the 1st place for the most beautiful park in Poland and 3rd place for the most beautiful park in Europe.
It has to offer a big range of landscapes worth a shot: wide alleys originally designed for horse drawn carriages, beautiful green hills, waterfall , beautiful monuments, 3 lakes and in the spring time – blossoming flowerbeds.
It also offers many relaxing and fun things to do in the summer, such as canoeing on Kamionkowskie Lake or rollerskating and cycling along its big boulevards. In the summer in the evenings many concerts and film festivals are organized inside the park.
When you go there – take some nuts with you as the park is home for many beautiful squirrels who will be happy to pose for you in exchange for a small meal.
It is located 6,1km from Central station just by the national stadium. The entrance to the park is located in front of the stadium so you can get two interesting photography spots at once as the National Stadium is worth a shot as well.
Located on the eastern part of the river, in Saska Kępa district the park is very easy to get to by many trams and buses as it is situated just across the river from the city center.
Address: aleja Waszyngtona, 00-999, Warszawa (open in Google Maps)
Closest Metro/Tram: Berezyńska 01
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.242052 Long: 21.054391
Bell Tower at St. Anna’s Church
This spot is perfect especially for the photographers travelling with the telephoto lens or a wide lens. From this tower you can see most of the major landmarks and lots of postcard ready scenes.
For those with very little time in the city we would recommend this as a top place to visit.
To enjoy a stunning panorama of the Old Town you will need to walk up 150 stone stairs so make sure you take a snack before meeting this challenge. For this reason the tower is not disability friendly.
The tower with a big bell on the top belongs to one of the oldest churches in Warsaw – Church of St. Anne. Built in the second half of the 15th century, the beautiful Gothic church was destroyed many times. In 1515 it was destroyed in a fire down, and in its place a new, bigger church was completed. At the end of the 16th century next to the church a tall bell tower was placed, which today serves as a viewing point.
From the viewing terrace you will be able to take pictures of the different landscapes on each side. On the western side you will catch the skyscraper ‘The Spire’ and the view of the business buildings in Warsaw, on the north you will see the colorful houses of old town, red royal castle and the castle square always full of people while on the eastern side you will see the white-red National Stadium.
Viewing Platform Opening Hours:
May to October:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 21:00
Saturday – Sunday 11:00 – 22:00
October – May:
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday – Sunday 11:00 – 18:00
Ticket prices from June 1, 2017:
– Standard admission: PLN 6
The tower is located in the heart of old town, just by the Royal Castle, 2.8km from the Central Station.
Address: Krakowskie Przedmieście 68, 00-322, Warszawa
Closest Metro/Tram: Old Town 01
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.246774 Long: 21.014872
Warsaw University of Technology
If you are a fan of architecture photography this building from both – inside and outside offers a lot of good angles and details to shoot.
The building is connected with some great piece of history – Warsaw’s University of Technology is one of the oldest technical schools in Poland. It was opened in year 1915 and it was the very first university in Poland to be able to teach in Polish language.
Built in the renaissance style a courtyard designed in the middle of the building is covered with a colourful stained glass which makes the inside of the building very bright.
A lot of corridors, arches, staircases and long hallways make you fell like you are in magical school of Hogwarts. This is the place where only your imagination is a limit.
Opening Times: It is a University so it is opened in the Times that students have classes but it is safe to say it is opened everyday from 9:00 to 19:00.
The building is located very centrally you can easily walk there from Central Station as it is 1,2km away.
Address: Politechniki, 1, 00-661 Warszawa
Closest Metro/Tram: Politechniki 02
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.222361 Long: 21.008009
Warsaw University Library Roof-top Garden
This ultra modern library building was opened in December in year 1999. The main attraction of this spot are the huge rooftop gardens, which offer a nice view of the city skyscrapers and Vistula river with the National Stadium.
The gardens cover an area of more than 1 hectare which makes it one of the largest and roof gardens in Europe.
The garden is created by two parts: the upper area which covers 2,000 m2 and the lower area which is 15,000 m2. Both parts are connected by a fountain of cascading water.
If you enjoy nature photography you will enjoy this place as there are numerous plants, flowers and ducks on both parts of the garden to photograph. All that without having to leave the city.
In the lower garden you can find granite sculptures which can be photographed with a nice, green background. In the upper part of the garden you can find a viewing area which gives you a nice wide view of the Vistula river and the national stadium.
May – September: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-8 pm
April and October: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-6 pm
November – March: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-3 pm
Address: Dobra 56/66, 00-312 Warszawa (open in Google Maps)
Closest Metro/Tram: Biblioteka Uniwersytecka 01
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.243129 Long: 21.023580
Wilanów Palace is one of the most significant baroque polish royal palace located in the Wilanów district inside the city of Warsaw. Wilanów Palace survived two partitions of Poland and two World Wars. It is an example of polish culture as it was before the bad events of the 18th, 19th and 20th century.
It was designed and built for polish King Jan III Sobieski at the very end of the 17th century. It represents a combination of a traditional Polish palace with an Italian rural villa and a hint of French chateau.
The two-level garden surrounds the whole Palace on all four sides and it connects an elegant Baroque garden with a romantic English park. The eastern part of the gardens is surrounded by a lake where you can rent a boat to discover the park from the side of the water. The garden is decorated with sculptures, fountains and flower compositions.
The Palace is closed for visitors in the first half of January, Good Friday, Good Saturday and Easter Sunday, Corpus Christi, August 15th, November 1st.
14th January – 31st March, 16th October – 15th December: Monday, Wednesday – Sunday 9.30 am – 4 pm (last entrance for visitors at 3 pm)
1st April – 15th October: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday 9.30 am – 6 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30 am – 4 pm (last entrance for visitors one hous before closing)
1st January – 12th March, 28th October – 31st December: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
13th-31st March, 16th-27th October: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 6 pm
April: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 8 pm
May, August: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 9 pm
June, July: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 10 pm
1st August – 15th October: Monday – Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Last entrance for visitors 30 minutes before closing
regular – 20 PLN, reduced – 15 PLN
on Thursdays admission free
regular – 5 PLN, reduced – 3 PLN
on Thursdays admission free
Address: Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16, 02-958, Warszawa (Open in Google Maps)
Closest Metro/Tram: Wilanów 01
GPS coordinates: Lat: 52.165175 Long: 21.090508
In this article we tried to focus on the most popular locations for people visiting the city of a short amount of time. If you have the opportunity to visit Warsaw for longer or if you’re just searching for something more urban then check out our Warsaw Street Art Map were you can find a contrast of locations different to those showcased in this article.
Did we miss your favorite Warsaw Photography spot off the list? Share your knowledge below in the comment section and help those visiting make the most of their time here.