Virtual tours of museums, cities and places of natural beauty have been around for a while now, often being little more than an additional novelty to the overall visitor experience (nothing beats visiting in person), however, in times of nation-wide museum closures and mass self-isolation, these have become the only option to view some of the best sights that Warsaw, and the country, has to offer.
Thankfully, we've done all the work for you and compiled a list of some top tours you can begin within the next few minutes. No need to get out of your pyjamas or house gear and boot up - you're just a click or two away from enjoying some in-depth 360° experiences. See below for some of the best virtual tours on offer.
SELF-GUIDED VIRTUAL TOURS AROUND WARSAW
The Royal Castle in Warsaw
Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw Rising Museum
POLIN Museum of the history of Polish Jews
Museum of the Earth
For those of you that can speak Polish, or perhaps you're using this self-isolation to learn or improve your language skills (well done, it ain't easy!), the following venues are currently holding regular lectures and even museum tours which are streamed via Facebook Live. Unfortunately, there is no English option available. Check out their profiles for the latest events:
LIVE ONLINE GUIDED TOURS & LECTURES IN WARSAW
Warsaw Rising Museum
Zachęta - National Gallery of Art
Copernicus Science Centre
VIRTUAL TOURS AROUND POLAND
If you're impressed by some of the virtual tours on offer in Warsaw, you may be delighted to learn that there are many more available highlighting top sightseeing spots across the entire country, and not only in museums, but whole city landscapes providing unique 360° views.
The best site to peruse virtual museum visits is www.e-muzeum.eu, containing a rich list of venues you can pick from their easy to navigate map. Just choose your language option from the menu, zoom in on your city of choice, click on a museum, and begin your virtual museum visit.
Sometimes, outdoor tours may be more in line with your personal tastes, and if you've been indoors for so long at home, it might be a great idea to see the entire country with the freedom of a bird's-eye view, with full resolution 360° imagery from vantage points, drones, all the way down to street level shots providing some inspiring perspectives. Wirtualnykraj.pl and Visit Poland have a collection of 500+ virtual tours you can join, so you can spend days on this site alone, perhaps planning your trip in advance, or simply enjoying what you may have missed out on during a previous trip. It's not every day you get to see some of Poland's top sights from above, or in such detail, so give it a try and you may be surprised with just how much you enjoy it.