Warsaw Warnings and Dangers
Sitting upon the beautiful Vistula River sits Warsaw, the capital and largest city in Poland. While a popular place to visit, tourists should stay safe and away from some of the local dangers.
In Warsaw, as in most urban areas, there are areas that should be avoided. Parts of the Praga district are dangerous to visit, as are parts of downtown.
There are pickpockets in Warsaw that you’ll want to keep your eye out for. In addition to prowling the bad parts of town, they also hang around on certain bus lines. They’re especially fond of those buses that connect to tourist-heavy streets, like Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street. Be careful and keep your money in a bag that you can plainly see.
If you’re riding around on a bike and you happen to be in one of the less secure parts of town, make sure that you chain it or lock it in some other way. In addition to pickpockets, there are rather bold thieves looking to find an easy target.
While in some countries, jaywalking isn’t taken very seriously by law enforcement, the same isn’t true in Warsaw. The local police are likely to fine you if they see you crossing, regardless of how empty the street is. Regardless of where you cross, make sure you watch traffic. Some drivers occasionally take advantage of the wide roads and fail to yield to pedestrians. Finally, when leaving your car on the street, make sure to leave no valuables in view so that you don’t get robbed.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Warsaw.