As much a workshop and event space, as a tourist attraction, the Polish Vodka Museum also has a handful of really nice bars and a foundation dedicated to the history of the mighty Polish spirit. Here’s all you need to know about visiting Warsaw’s Polish Vodka Museum.
Polish Vodka Museum
Warsaw actually has two vodka museums, but this one in the Praga district’s Koneser factory complex is actually housed in an old vodka distillery plant and it tackles its subject matter with complete sincerity. And what a history it is, half art and half science, with distinct ingredients and distilling methods. This museum will walk you through the entire story.
Although the Polish Vodka Museum runs its tours in-house, you will often find it included as part of a more far-ranging tour of Warsaw’s Praga district. This is especially useful if the tour includes a hotel pickup, as you will avoid the hassle of trying to locate the museum.
What To See In The Polish Vodka Museum
Polish Vodka Museum entrance
Really, the museum takes in a little bit of everything, from the 15th century roots of modern vodka in the laboratories of early Polish chemists, to the technical processes involved in distillation and the different ingredients. This is a fun and educational way to learn about the country’s history through one of its most famous exports.
In addition to the guided tour, the museum is very contemporary, with interactive elements and, of course, the tour concludes with a tasting session, to personally experience what you have just been learning about. You should come away with a very different understanding of the drink.
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How To Visit The Polish Vodka Museum
Koneser complex main entrance
The Polish Vodka Museum is actually within a former distillery on the regenerated Koneser complex of restaurants, shops, and bars in the Praga district. Here, the famous vodka brands of Luksusowa and Wyborowa were manufactured. The area is still a bit out of the way, but worth visiting all the same.
The closest Metro station is Dworzec Wileński on the M2 line, a 12-minute walk from the museum. Come out of the station onto Targowa. Then walk two blocks passed Białostocka on your left, turning into Ząbkowska (also on your left). After a few minutes, you’ll pass the famous bar W Oparach Absurdu on your right. Continue along Ząbkowska for another 8 minutes or so, until you see the red brick walls around the Koneser Centre (see image above). Enter the complex and veer to the right, where you’ll find the museum.
The Polish Vodka Museum is educational and fully experiential, with a tasting session at the end, and can therefore only be visited as part of a tour. You book a timeslot for these, which has to be strictly observed. In fact, visitors are requested to arrive 15 minutes before the start time, in order to have their tickets verified.
Polish Vodka Museum address: plac Konesera 1 Centrum Praskie Koneser, Warsaw 03-736 Poland
You can book a Vodka Museum tour in advance. There are hourly tours in English, with groups of up to 20 people, during the following opening times:
- Sun / Tue-Thu 12noon-8pm
- Fri / Sat 12noon-9pm
The Museum is closed on Mondays and opening hours may differ on public holidays – check with the Polish Vodka Museum website before visiting.
Prices differ according to which kind of tour you pick:
- Standard Tour: Includes a tasting – 60zł (concessions 50zł)
- Premium Tour: Includes an extended Connoisseur tasting session – 70zł (concessions 60zł)
- VIP Tour: Private tour with a host of extras – 125zł
- Standard Group Ticket: Available when buying a minimum of 10 tickets – 55zł per ticket
- Premium Group Ticket: Available when buying a minimum of 10 tickets – 65zł per ticket
- Night Tour: 135zł
Visitors can also take part in a number of vodka workshops, including Food Pairing With Polish Vodka – see website for details.
Praga District: Across the Vistula river lies the eastern district of Praga, often considered ‘Bohemian Warsaw’. The area is known for bars and nightlife, but it has other attractions, such as the Neon Museum and the Polish Vodka Museum. You’ll also find some of the city’s most unique accommodation, including Arthotel Stalowa 52, design LOFT 22, and Moxy Praga. For food, try the sustainable menu at Michelin listed hub.praga.
Tips For Visiting The Polish Vodka Museum
Polish Vodka Museum
- As this is a guided tour, timeslots must be strictly adhered to and visitors are requested to arrive 15 minutes before the start time in order to have their tickets verified.
- As alcohol is served as part of the experience, you must also bring some form of ID that verifies your age.
- Tours last 60 minutes with an extra 20 minutes or more for tasting, depending on which package you buy.
- Audioguides are available in Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Spanish and Italian.
- Photography is allowed but filming prohibited on the tour.
- Children can visit the museum area under adult supervision but this is discouraged and certain parts of the experience are off limits.
- The museum is good in terms of accessibility, with smooth, flat flooring and plenty of space to move around, and staff have accessibility training.
- There are a couple of very fancy bars onsite, including a terrace view over Koneser, and an upmarket restaurant. The surrounding complex is also full of great places to eat.
- There is an excellent gift shop just inside the main entrance, with different kinds of vodka, obviously, as well as glassware, and the more usual museum paraphernalia.
- Cards are accepted for payments.
- There are lockers and coat hooks just to the right of the main entrance.
- It is possible to experience parts of the museum independently, although this somewhat works against the spirit of the experience.
Where Is This Place Located?Find this location on the Warsaw Visit Google map:
- Open the Warsaw Visit map
- Click on a marker and it will give you the name of the landmark, with a brief description and links for more information and directions. You can pan, scroll, and zoom around the map, or use the + or – buttons in the bottom left of the map to zoom in and out
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side, sorted by category. Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Each category is on a different layer, which can be switched on and off. So you can just see the Hotel or Restaurant pins, for example
- If you are using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location
Map pins are color coded:
- YELLOW: Warsaw Sightseeing
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