Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec is the only horse racing track in Warsaw and an old one: the first race took place in June 1939. Its predecessor was a track closer to the city centre. Maybe hard to believe, but the one in Wyścigi/Mokotów used to be one of the most modern and beautiful tracks in pre-war Europe.
During the war the SS-troops were stationed here and the stables were used as storerooms. Some horses were taken to Germany, some of them were transported to Lublin, a city more to the East of Warsaw.
Today the visit might not be as prestigious as it used to be, it’s nevertheless very interesting to see the “modern” architecture of the track and get to know the newest technological solutions, like for example drones which show you the exact course of the race. While betting, you will also discover an element of the old world – slightly older men very passionate about the winning/losing of “their” horses.
If you’re going to sit in sector A I highly recommend taking a look at Służewiec’s lookbook. There is a dress code! For horse fans, the webpage of Wyścigi posts some bios of riders and a history of the races.