We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: ul. Nowomiejska, Warsaw 00-272, Poland
Phone Number:
+48 22 531 38 02
10:00 - 19:00
Open now
See all hours
Tue - Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Fee: Yes

Sixteenth-century fortress, forming part of the medieval fortifications...

Sixteenth-century fortress, forming part of the medieval fortifications around the city of Warsaw, used to guard the northern entrance to the city, the Novomeijska Gate.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
USD 38.79*
and up
Afternoon Warsaw City Tour
More Info
USD 239.38*
and up
Warsaw City Tours by Car
More Info
USD 38.79*
and up
Morning Warsaw City Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 590 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 70
  • 103
    Very good
  • 33
  • 5
  • 0
Beautiful, peaceful stroll

This is a simple but beautiful area to walk around and enter the Old Town. The architecture and building is wonderfully preserved and offers lovely photo opportunities. It's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aimée N
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

590 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 211: English reviews
Moscow, Russia
Level Contributor
117 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The charming red Barbican (1540), located between the Old Town and the New one, was a fortified outpost. It had the form of a three-level semicircular bastion surrounded by a deep moat. Unfortunately, during WW II, particularly in 1939 (Siege of Warsaw) and in 1944 (Warsaw Uprising), the Barbican was largely destroyed. It was rebuilt after the war (1952-1954). In... More 

Thank Ana C
Level Contributor
823 reviews
633 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The brickwork on this outstanding structure is marvellous, both the extent and the grandeur. Like most of the city's architecture it was destroyed in the war. Rebuilt in the early 1950s from surviving plans, it is now a great draw. One of the last remaining examples of the comprehensive ring of fortifications around the city, it illustrates wonderfully the sturdiness... More 

Thank permia
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5,761 reviews
1,674 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,123 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The amazing thing about visiting the Warsaw Barbican is the fact that although this part of town looks ancient it was in fact reconstructed post WW2 as after the Warsaw uprising in 1944 the whole of this area and the Old Town were systematically blown up by the German army. The wall's,tower's,gate and walkways are superb to just wonder around... More 

Thank Neil K
Level Contributor
36 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a simple but beautiful area to walk around and enter the Old Town. The architecture and building is wonderfully preserved and offers lovely photo opportunities. It's location hosts a few small restaurants and cafes, and often some local sellers. It is definitely worth a stroll around, although there is not much else to do.

Thank Aimée N
Bucharest, Romania
Level Contributor
1,246 reviews
1,004 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Warsaw Barbican may not be a decorated building, looking rather simple and imposing (being a milotary buildng after all), but it remains a beautiful and enigmatic spot for a day or a night walk and as well if you want to buy any hand-made souvenirs, as there are street artists most of the time there.

1 Thank menq
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
209 reviews
133 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Barbican is interesting, particularly since so much of Warsaw was destroyed during the war and was rebuilt afterwards. What makes this more interesting are the stories that go with it describing how it was used as part of the city defences. To hear these, go on one of the free walking tours of the Old Town.

1 Thank Davo60
Seoul, South Korea
Level Contributor
468 reviews
312 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I was walking around, found a kind of fortress wall. Then followed toward center, it was Barbakan. Unexpected place where I could feel like in the middle of middle age.

Thank Hee_Sung_K
Newport South Wales
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Barbican itself is quite basic. Just a well protected entry between the old town and the new Town. BUT... it is worth knowing that prices drop as soon as you leave the Old Town. We walked out of the Old town into the "New Town" and found a coffee shop just about 80 metres down the road on the... More 

3 Thank Brynthebike
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
80 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Again off the 'Old Town' it is a magical area and so many wee streets for you to visit with unknown around the corner and this is one of them - you can walk along the wall and take pics etc fascinating to take in the whole experience

Thank Caroline672013
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
146 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth visiting, as it is close to many other places that tourists visit and has important historic features. It is also beautiful architecturally.

Thank Jenni025

Travellers who viewed Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) also viewed

Warsaw, Mazovia Province

Been to Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski)? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Warsaw Barbican (Barbakan Warszawski) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?