I’ve wanted to write this post for a really long time. It’s unbelievable that I have so many articles on my blog about places from all over the world but I still haven’t published anything about my hometown! I finally managed to gather the most amazing things to do in Rzeszow Poland. Trust me- there is no other guide like this on the Internet. I’ve been living in Rzeszow (or around) for many years, so I will give you insider tips and places that you won’t find in the guidebooks.
Rzeszow is the capital of Podkarpackie Province. Located in southeastern Poland, it’s bordering with Ukraine and Slovakia. Being a part of so-called ‘Poland B’, Rzeszow is still not touristy, however, it’s changing really fast. It is in the top 3 fastest growing cities in Poland, developing faster than the famous Krakow or Wroclaw.
How To Get To Rzeszow?
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Rzeszow is well communicated with other parts of the country, so you won’t have any problems with getting to the city.
Here’s the map of places in Rzeszow that you can find in this post:
Take A Walk Around Rzeszow Main Square
Rzeszow’s Main Square is quite small compared to those in Krakow or Wroclaw, however, it’s still worth visiting. In the center of it, you can see the statue of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish national hero.
There’s also a well next to it that has become a famous meeting point for the locals.
If you want to have a drink or eat something, there are plenty of awesome restaurants on the Main Square: including:
- Wesele with traditional Polish cuisine
- Zenshei sushi with Japanese food
- Stary Browar Rzeszowski where you can taste Rzeszow craft beer
- Česká Hospoda with Czech food
- Krowarzywa with vegan food
- … and more
Visit Rzeszow Underground Tourist Route
It’s the best tourist attraction in Rzeszow. Located below the main square, Underground Tourist Route is where you can get to know the history of the city.
The most important part of it is definitely Jewish history. Before World War II, the majority of Rzeszow’s citizens were Jewish. The city was even called “The Little Jerusalem”. Sadly, after the war only 250 of them were left…
Jews never came back to Rzeszow and right now the city is quite ethnically homogeneous.
Play With Parrots At Papugarnia
If you are traveling with a family, one of the best things to do in Rzeszow with kids is visiting Papugarnia!
It’s located in Galeria Rzeszow. You can hand-feed the parrots, play with them and take some awesome photos.
Walk Through Aleja Pod Kasztanami (The Chestnut Trees Avenue)
Because of the proximity to other tourist attractions in Rzeszow, Aleja pod Kasztanami is worth seeing by everyone, not only architecture lovers.
It’s where you can see the historic villas surrounded by the high trees. Aleja Pod Kasztanami is probably the most Instagrammable place in Rzeszow.
There is also a Multimedia Fountain nearby but it’s summer-only activity.
Visit Museum Of Bedtime Cartoons
It’s the only museum like this in Poland. If you are traveling with kids, seeing the collection of Bedtime Cartoons is one of the best things to do in Rzeszow.
See The Colorful Rainbow Bridge
There are 29 bridges in Rzeszow but Most Narutowicza is definitely the most colorful. It looks beautiful both during the day and at night.
Rzeszow is still very conservative that’s why don’t mistake these colors with the sign of LGTBQ support. As the president of the city says, he agreed on the rainbow to make sure young people will like it.
Go To The Famous 3 Maja Street
It’s arguably the most famous street in Rzeszow. Being car-free, it’s perfect to walk and feel the vibe of the city.
The street is quite short. It begins with Rzeszow’ Parish Church and ends up with the Aleja Lubomirskich and Aleja pod Kasztanami. While walking, you will pass a statue of a guy holding a guitar. It’s Tadeusz Nalepa – the famous Polish musician.
Be sure to stop for a coffee and cake at “Niebieskie Migdaly”. They serve the best pastries in the city with rolada bezowo-czekoladowa being my favorite.
In the summer, go to Lody u Myszki at the end of 3 Maja Street. You can get there the best ice-creams in Rzeszow, don’t be discouraged by a long queue! It’s definitely worth waiting to try these home-made goodies.
Rent A Pedal Boat At Bulwary Nad Wislokiem
Bulwary nad Wislokiem is one of the most picturesque places in Rzeszow for a long walk. On Lesna 1f there is a water equipment rental, where you can get a pedal boat to see the city from a little bit different perspective.
If you are traveling to Rzeszow with kids, there is a big outdoor playground nearby, some restaurants, and bars, so you can easily spend the entire day there.
Watch Rzeszow’s Best Sport Teams
When it comes to sports, Rzeszow is famous for 2 fields:
- volleyball – Resovia Rzeszow
- speedway – Stal Rzeszow
Both teams are among the best in Poland.
See The Famous Monument of the Revolutionary Deed
I am not sure if any citizen of Rzeszow knows the actual name of the Big P*ssy, which is the Monument of the Revolutionary Deed (Pomnik Czynu Rewolucyjnego). Everyone call this landmark of Rzeszow Wielka C*pa which literally means the Big P*ssy or the Giant Vagina.
Why? Just take a look at this monument and everything will be clear…
The Big P*ssy is huge and it’s located in the heart of the city, close to Galeria Rzeszow and the main bus and train stations.
Go To The City Beach [summer only]
If you are looking for the things to do in Rzeszow in the summer, head to Zwirownia.
It’s the only city beach so far. You may swim in the cool water or simply sunbathe on the beach.
Visit Chocolate Factory
Coco de Mer is our most recent discovery in Rzeszow! Located a bit outside the city center, it’s a wonderful place to go in Rzeszow with a family.
They not only produce their own chocolate that you can eat or drink but there is also a huge playground inside the factory. Check their Facebook page for the current info about the opening hours and chocolate workshops.
Have Some Fun
If you are looking for some indoor places where you can have fun, visit Kula Club. It’s an entertainment center with billiards, bowling, disco, and more.
The other fun place like this is Galaktyka.
Take A Day Trip To Lancut
Located just 15 minutes driving from Rzeszow, the castle in Lancut is a hidden gem of Poland.
It’s surrounded by the beautiful park, so you can easily spend the entire day in the town, sightseeing and walking around.
Where To Travel Next?
After you are done with all the things to do in Rzeszow, consider taking a trip to the Bieszczady Mountains. This beautiful, unspoiled area is located in the same province as Rzeszow.
The city is also a perfect getaway for traveling to Ukraine. Lviv is located just 170 / 105 miles kilometers from Rzeszow. You can easily get there by bus or train.
Where To Stay In Rzeszow?
Comparing to other cities in Poland and Europe in general, Rzeszow is cheap. You will get the highest standard of rooms and services at bargain prices. That’s one of the many reasons why it’s worth to travel to Rzeszow.
Luxury Hotels In Rzeszow
The three best hotels in Rzeszow are Bristol (located on the market square), Grand Hotel (just a few steps from the main square), and Hotel Rzeszow (located inside the shopping mall in the city center).
I’ve been staying at all of them and to be honest, I’d choose Bristol or Hotel Rzeszow next time.
If you want to reach all the tourist attractions in Rzeszow on foot, choose Bristol. And if you want to be close to the shops, restaurants, cinema, go for Hotel Rzeszow.
There is one other place worth mentioning here: Apart Hotel 12. They offer comfortable apartments, next to Hala Podpromie, a short walk from the main square. There are a cafe and restaurant in the same building. I love going there because everything in this place is outstanding: from the service to cleanliness and the standard of food.
Budget Hotels In Rzeszow
Hotel Fryderyk is one of the most popular, mid-priced hotels in Rzeszow. It’s located less than 10 minutes walking from the market square.
If you prefer staying at the apartment, choose Retro Apartments. The stylish room and shared kitchen will be enough to make your stay comfortable.
Those traveling by car may like Park Apartment. It has private parking, however, it’s quite far from the city center.
One of the cheapest places to stay in Rzeszow is Albatros Noclegi. If your budget is really tight, it may be the right accommodation for you.
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