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Royal Castle in Warsaw

A gem of Warsaw and one of the most distinctive historical tourist attractions in Poland, a popular museum and a place where modern festivals and culture forums are held – that is the Royal Castle in Warsaw. It had been the seat of kings and a place where sessions of the Sejm (Lower House of Parliament) had been held for many centuries. However, this unique historical building was destroyed during the Second World War. Several decades later, the castle was reborn from ruins and ashes like the legendary phoenix, becoming a symbol of the unbreakable relationship between the past and future of Poland.

What can you see there?

Currently, completely restored, the Royal Castle is one of the most popular museums in the Polish capital, which collects paintings by the finest painters, old furniture, a numismatic collection, an extensive collection of Eastern carpets and European tapestries. The main expositions are held in castle's rooms with wonderful ornaments that deserve as much attention as the collections themselves. The most popular and the most frequently visited castle's rooms are: the Oval Gallery, the Knights’ Hall, the Marble Room, the Throne Room, the Great Assembly Hall, the Great Hall and the castle's chapel.

Its interior was accurately restored to the times of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. It includes a large number of original pieces of furniture, ornaments and art items collected earlier in various museums across Poland and abroad. In the Canaletto room more than 20 canvases of that famous Venetian painter are on display, paintings that graced the walls of the Royal Castle several centuries ago. During wartime, the canvases were taken out to Germany but in 1984 they were returned to Poland and took their rightful place in the renovated castle. Paintings by Rembrandt and various graphic works present a great value of the museum collection.

Zamek Królewski w Warszawie from Castles.today on Vimeo.

Opening hours of the Royal Castle in Warsaw:

October – April: from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Tuesday – Saturday), from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (Sunday);
May – September: from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Monday– Saturday), from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (Sunday) & from 10 am to 8 pm Thursdays