Warsaw is the capital and largest city in all of Poland, and it should come as no surprise that it is also one of the most photogenic. Many decades of history are at play within the city’s confines, and the modern era has led to a boom of modernist architecture. From the stunning renaissance palaces to gorgeous gardens, and soaring skyscrapers, Warsaw has almost everything for the travelling photographer. Warsaw is a city of a noble history, where, in 1944, the populace rose against Nazi occupation. Again Warsaw struggled through much of the post-war years with Soviet oppression. To say Warsaw’s history is rock would be a massive understatement. Today Warsaw is home to a proud people whose city still bears many of the scars of this bygone era, but like all scars, they add character. Explore with us these top photo spots for your next photographic adventure in the beautiful Central European capital of Warsaw, Poland.


Top Warsaw Photo Locations


1. Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science - Photo by Shawn M Kent

As Warsaw photographic landmarks go, few are as imposing as The Palace of Culture and Science. This massive building has a definitive Societ styling to its appearance and is a landmark 1950s-built palace of arts & culture. Inside can be found a theater, sports field & 30th-floor terrace. This photo spot is one of the best in Warsaw, and photographers should stop and take pictures of it, and then go inside to take pictures of the city of Warsaw from atop the terrace.

2. Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace - Photo by Jose Francisco Del Valle Mojica

Wilanów Palace is one of only a few historic royal palaces that survived Poland’s partitions and both World Wars. Today it serves as a reminder of the culture of the Polish state as it was before the misfortunes of the 18th century. The Palace is immensly photogenic and opulent both inside and out. A hundred different shooting angles can be found in the stunning gardens that surround it and it is without a doubt one of Poland’s most important monuments. The Palace’s museum, established in 1805, is a repository of the country’s royal and artistic heritage. Photographer’s should take the time to visit and wander the grounds.

3. Warsaw Uprising Monument

Warsaw Uprising Monument - Photo by Spens03

A moving sculpture near the Supreme Court of Poland dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. The artist is Wincenty Kućma who completed the work with architect Jacek Budyn in 1989. The monument is on the southern side of Krasiński Square and about 10 metres tall. It is considered locally one of the most important monuments in all of Warsaw. This photo location should be visited by any visitor to the city.

4. Old Town and the Warsaw Barbican

Warsaw Barbican - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

The Warsaw Barbican (Polish: barbakan warszawski) is a barbican (semicircular fortified outpost) separating the Old and New towns of Warsaw. It is one of few remaining relics of the complex network of historic fortifications that once encircled the city. Any travelling photographer would be remiss to miss shooting this medieval structure, and at the right time of day, the brick towers can give some pretty dramatic results. This part of Warsaw, Poland is not to be missed.

5. POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

This beautiful modernist glass covered museum is a delight to photograph. The museum itself has many interactive exhibits dedicated to the history of Polish Jews. But from a photography perspective the exterior is as imposing as it is beautiful. A fanstastic photo spot.

6. Old Town Market Place

Old Town Market Place - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

Few parts of Old Town Warsaw are as great to photograph as the Old Town Market Place. Situated in the heart of the Old Town district, this medieval market square bustles with people, pigeons, and photo opportunities. Tragically the square was systematically destroyed by the Germans following the uprising, however the people of Poland persevered and rebuilt this iconic Warsaw landmark.

7. Łazienki Palace

Łazienki Palace - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

If you’re looking for the picture perfect postcard style shot of Poland, well than this is it. The famous Palace on the Isle is a classicist palace in Łazienki Park, the city’s largest park, occupying over 76 hectares of the city center. This 18th-century summer palace is surrounded by gardens with an orangery, lavish rooms & art collections. The palace is quite photogenic from the back on a calm summers evening, the lake has a glass like surface perfect for reflecting the palace in photographs. A delight to visit and shoot for any wayward shutter bug.

8. Castle Square from St. Anne's Church

Castle Square from St. Anne's Church - Photo by Shawn M. Kent

Speaking of postcard photo spots, if you google Warsaw, this is the view you will probably discover. This a view of New Town as seen from the top of a spire in St. Anne’s Church. This vantage point is a popular one with tourists and photographers alike because of the expansive views it provides of Warsaw. For a small fee, visitors can ascend the stairs to the top of the Church’s bell tower and photograph to their hearts content. A great place to shoot from and a spectacular view of the “New” part of Warsaw, Poland that was built in the 15th century.

9. University of Warsaw Library

University of Warsaw Library - Photo by Shawn M Kent

Architecturally stunning, the exterior of the University of Warsaw Library is a sight to behold on its own. Modernist architecture and creeping foliage make this one of the best buildings to photograph in Warsaw. Plus it has an amazing garden rooftop that offers incredible views over the cityscape. Definitely worth a visit for the photographer during their stay in Warsaw.

10. Tram Tracks in Gdański Bridge

View of the Tram Tracks in Gdański Bridge - Photo by Jarko

Suprisingly photogenic, these Tram tracks have a historic feel to them. The wooden decked tram can be found inside the Gdański Bridge.  This unusual photo location makes a wonderful shooting spot in Warsaw, especially at night.

Conclusion

Truth be told, this post only scratches the surface of the myriad photo opportunities that Warsaw, Poland has to offer. Travelling photographers visiting Central Europe are well advised to add a visit to Warsaw to their Photography destinations. We hope you enjoyed our picks for the top pic spots in Warsaw, and we’d love to hear if you agree with our selections. Did we pick your favorites, did we miss some. Let us know in the comments, or better yet, add your own favourite Warsaw Photo Location below for a chance to win prizes in our PIXEO Photo Challenge! You can also explore the rest of Europe and discover the world’s best photo spots on the PIXEO Map for free!

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