Up the River Down the River Tour
The one of a kind tour invites you to take a bicycle ride with us along Vistula river banks. Feel the light breeze of moisture wind bringing a scent of water when riding in the beautiful sceneries. Take the unique tour to discover spots hidden in the river surroundings, bounded with its history and connected with its flow. An experience only available through Warsaw Paths.
Discover the Vistula river secrets on bike. Follow its current or go against it while seeking hidden places on both of the river banks. While still in the heart of the capital city, feel the call of the wild and adventure that cannot be distorted even by rush hour. Learn how the city evolved and revolved around the Vistula and how they both lived in a very symbiosis.
The Vistula River intersects Warsaw, making up two independent organisms united in one town at this 28 kilometres long part of the river. The right bank of the river is home to Praga, which contrary to the left river bank survived World War II without major damage. The left side is home to the City Center, Old Town, Mokotow and Zoliborz.
The Vistula is a wild river with limited regulation. A few dikes have been built, but the delta is seen as a buffer-zone towards the actual town, and when the water level rises it sometimes threatens the express road along the river. This also means that we don’t see a lot of constructions along the bank.
It usually takes 2-3 hours to complete the full circle and visit all the places of interest. Should you feel tired, we can cut it shorter or quicker if you wish.
- Points of Interest: 17 stops
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Availability: Mon-Sun, 9 am-8 pm
- Transportation: By Bycycle (We will provide adult size one for you)
- Price: €15/person
Tour’s Main Attractions
Former Water Chamber
This is one of the oldest and most valuable buildings on the right-bank of Warsaw; it’s also called the House of Columns. Built and designed by Antonio Corazzi between 1824-1825, it was for the City Department of Bridges. The building was situated at the entrance to the boat bridge, which was used to cross to the other side of the Vistula River, and it was here that tolls were paid.
The National Stadium in Warsaw was built for the European Football Championship UEFA EURO 2012™ in place of the former 10th-Anniversary Stadium. It is located close to the Old Town and city centre. It is well visible from many places in Warsaw, being especially attractive from the side of the Zamkowy Square.
The Roof Garden of The University of Warsaw Library
This is one of the biggest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe, designed by Irena Bajerska and opened on June 12, 2002. The garden spreads over an area of more than 1 hectare. The garden is open to the general public (although it is enclosed) and is the perfect resting place not only for students or researchers, but also for Warsaw residents and tourists.
Multimedia Fountain Park
The Fountain Park is located near the Old Town and the Vistula. Up to 30 thousand litres of water a minute stream out of 367 nozzles. The streams are lit with colourful light from nearly 300 LED reflectors. In time intervals, impressive laser animations appear on the mist from nebulised water. In front of spectators’ eyes, the Mermaid climbs down the monument, swims under the Świętokrzyski Bridge and hits the town in a Warszawa car.