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The capital can be pretty tiring. So anytime you can you should leave it and check out the amazing little towns around Warsaw.

According to the research short but often holidays are more likely to keep you healthy. So stop thinking about the tropics and check out all the interesting places that are located not further than 2 hours drive from Warsaw and are perfect for a weekend trip out of town.









Nowa Sucha and Liw

Magical place. An open air museum with huge grean area in Nowa Sucha is perfect for a picnic day.

What to do:

  • see castle in Liw
  • kayak on river Liwiec
  •  visit open air museum in Nowa Sucha
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Small city 90 km from Warsaw, located at the edge of wilderness of the same name. Used to be a birth place of Polish kings, today – location of the biggest power plant in Poland.

What to do:

  • see a palace in Kozienice
  • visit Royal Springs in the Kozienice’s Wilderness
  • kayak on Radomka river
  • bike to the banks of river Wisla
  • eat the best berry buns in the world! (from June till August)
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Kampinos and Żelazowa Wola

These two towns located at the edge of vast Kampinos National Park are perfect for weekend out of town. Which is why they are full of summer houses. Żelazowa Wola is also best known as the location of Chopin’s mansion.

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What to do

  • hike or bike around Kampinos National Park
  • visit museum in Palmiry
  • visit house of Chopin in Żelazowa Wola
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 Zegrzynskie Lake and Gorge in Zegrzynek

Zegrzyńskie Lake is probably the most popular beach destination around Warsaw, so in summer you should be ready for huge traffic jams. But it is worth it. Just forget crowded beaches around Nieporęt and head for Zegrzynek were you find a beautiful gorge.

  • spend and afternoon at Klub Mila restaurant
  • walk around Gorge in Zegrzynek (Wąwóz Szaniawskiego)
  • rent a yacht and sail around the lake
  • kayak by Narew or Rządza river
  • take a bike trip to the northern banks of the lake
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Valley of river Wkra

Very tranquil place not so far from Warsaw. Perfect if you are looking for a weekend retreat.

What to do

  • kayak on river Wkra
  • fishing!

Read more about kayaking around Warsaw

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Konstancin Jeziorna and beaches at Vistula river

Konstancin Jeziorna is, next to Podkowa Leśna, the most prestigious neighborhood around Warsaw. Old mansions, smooth river Jeziorka, the graduation tower and a spa. Plus proximity to the beach at river Vistula.

What to do

  • take a walk around Kontancin’s street: Sienkiewicza, Żeromskiego, Batorego…
  • visit graduation tower
  • kayak from Piaseczno to Konstancin
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Spala and Inowlodz

This is a great opportunity to visit neighboors at łodzkie voievodship. Spała is a summer capital, a place where all Polish presidents spent their holidays in the twenties. And Inowłodz is one of the oldest towns in Poland.

What to do

  • kayak on river Pilica
  • visit medieval castle and roman church in Inowlodz
  • see Nazi bunker in Konewka
  • see Blue springs
  • walk around Spała and visit a chapel of Presidents

Read more here 

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Kurpie is a beautiful, lushy green land North East from Warsaw. Historically inhabited by free people, masters in hunting and beekeeping.

What to do

  • kayak from Łomża to Nowogród on river Narew
  • visit open air museum in Nowogród and Wach
  • see wooden architecture in Klon
  • hike around Czarnia reserve and see 250 years old pines
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Transparency: This post was created in cooperation with Kozienice Municipality, but the experience and opinions are exclusively ours.

Justyna Dzik

Author Justyna Dzik

Hi there! I am Justyna and my goal is to make you fall in love with Poland. I traveled my country back and forth by bike, car, train, bus... Even a baloon. I advice to independent tourists and guide tours organized by Plan Poland. I am the author of travel blog. Contact me if you need help in organizing your visit.

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  • Stephanie stott says:

    Hi my dad was born in a little village about an hour from Warsaw we used to visit from 1963 onwards we would spend six weeks there his name was feliks fabisiak myself and my sister and niece are going to warsaw late June this year the farm was near the river and we spent our days there we still have family there and are hoping to meet up and return to the place my father was born . He had a hard life but I have never forgot our holidays in Poland hope you can help us x

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