The Wilanów palace, together with its garden, is one of the most beautiful objects of its type in Poland. Baroque palace and the meticulously designed surrounding gardens, situated at the end of the Royal Road and built for the king John III Sobieski, are filled with Polish as well as European culture. Wilanów hosts many exhibitions and concerts, including the International Summer Early Music Academy. The Wilanów palace also houses one Poland’s first ever museums, established in 1805.
Royal Baths or Łazienki Królewskie is the largest park in the centre of Warsaw. Łazienki are situated halfway down the Royal Road, between Royal Castle and Wilanów. On the area of 76 hectares one may find over 40 points of interest and numerous historic buildings, designed by the king Stanisław August Poniatowski’s in-court architects. Palace on the Isle, Roman Theatre, Myśliwiecki Palace or Chopin Monument are just a small selection. Łazienki Królewskie host various cultural and entertainment events, displays and exhibitions, including Royal Collections of portraits, coins, paintings and sculptures.
The Royal Castle, located in the very heart of Warsaw, is the last seat of Polish monarchs. Its history goes as far as the 14th century, when the Great Tower was built. The majority of work dates back to the late 16 and 17 centuries. Despite of numerous adversities, including the partitions of Poland and almost complete destruction during World War II, the Royal Castle is still open to the public. Various exhibitions and works of art can be seen either individually or with a guide, with plenty of language options to choose from.
Warsaw Uprising Museum is located just 3 kilometres from the Royal Castle. The museum commemorates the members of Warsaw Uprising, pictures the day-to-day life in the polish resistance army and its fight with the enemy. Warsaw Uprising Museum is filled with history. More than 1,500 photographs and 1,000 exhibits of the time, numerous displays, including a full-scale B-24 Liberator bomber plane replica and a piece of Warsaw sewer system, often used by the underground army. There is a number of interactive and multimedia elements underlining the tragic events of this period.
Palace of Culture and Science (pol. Pałac Kultury i Nauki) in Warsaw is just a 30-minute walk from the Royal Castle. The Palace was built in 3 years by 3,500 Russian workers as a gift from Joseph Stalin. Since it was finished in 1955 is has been the tallest building in Poland, its spire reaches 237 metres and the viewing terrace on the 30 floor (114m.) allows you to admire Warsaw from above. The Palace of Culture and Science has 3288 rooms, including Congress Hall which seats 3,000 people, a museum of technology, a museum of evolution and a swimming pool. In year 2000 a second-largest tower clock in Europe was AddOrUpdateed to the building. Each of its 4 faces has 6 metres in diameter.
Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw is a place striving to popularise science. Visitors can learn and discover for themselves the laws governing our universe as well as learn more about them as human beings. In the Copernicus Science Centre everyone can perform various experiments on their own while having an amazing time. One may find here such thematic sections, such as Bzzz!, designed with young children in mind, Lightzone, 3D Planetarium or the world’s first Robothic Theatre. Visitors of legal age may take part in an “after hours” theme evenings, which take place once a month. Copernicus Science Centre is surrounded by Discoverers’ Park, created together by engineers, artists and landscape designers. Centre may be visited individually or with a larger group.
National Stadium – being a rather new building it is a special place in modern Warsaw. Built to host UEFA EURO 2012 in place of 10th Anniversary Stadium, which, up until the early work for the new stadium, functioned as a marketplace, famous also amongst tourists. Today the stadium works as an ultramodern sports and business centre opened for visitors, with five different tours available.
Saxon Garden and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – a perfect place for walks in Warsaw on a sunny day. The monument, which is a tomb commemorating soldiers who gave their lives for the country, is located in Piłsudski Square. The first memorial was built in 1921 and today it is a three-arched arcade which remained of Saxon Palace. In the area in front of the memorial numerous celebrations are held during national holidays in Poland. Past the Tomb lies the picturesque Saxon Garden, which was the first park in Warsaw opened to the public. The park is also one of the oldest parks in Poland.
Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw – established in 2005. To this day the museum have collected over 200 exhibits of modern art by both Polish and foreign artists. Temporarily, the museum is located in a replacement building near the Palace of Culture and Science, while waiting for a new seat to be finished.
Museum of the History of Polish Jews – it is a new, ultramodern cultural museum on the map of Warsaw. The idea to create the museum dates back to 1995 and it was finally opened a decade later, in 2005. The Museum is a meeting point for anyone who would like to learn more about Jewish history and culture. With eight permanent exhibitions visitors get a closer look at Jewish heritage, from the Middle age up to this day. Apart from the tour of the building, the museum offers a variety of trips exemplifying the influence of Jewish legacy in Warsaw.
Museum of Technology and Planetarium – they are both located in the Palace of Culture and Science. The main themes of exhibitions are physics, transport, (…) printing machines, mining, metallurgy, radio engineering, telecommunication, IT solutions, renewable energy, home appliances, astronomy and astronautics. The museum has its own Planetarium where astronomic lectures are given.
Frédéric Chopin Museum – with seat in Ostrogski Palace. The founder of the museum, Frédéric Chopin Institute, began collecting exhibits as early as 1943. Today, the museum has over 5,000 of them. The Chopin museum itself was opened in 1955. Among museum collections there are numerous manuscripts, printouts, iconographic sets and other Frédéric Chopin memorabilia.
Żelazowa Wola – a small village approximately 53 kilometres from Warsaw. It is a birthplace of Frédéric Chopin. Today it is a modern division of Frédéric Chopin Museum. Each year tourists form all over the world visit Chopin’s birthplace and Żelazowa Wola Park. The museum was modernised in 2010. A vast number of exhibits was replaced with a tale. An audio-guide takes you through both the house and the park.
Museum in Nieborów and Arkadia – located 80 kilometres from Warsaw. The museum was established in 1945 and it consists of Radziwił family estate, that is: a palace with a garden in Nieborów and a Romantic garden in Arkadia. Inside the Palace one may visit 17th and 19th century interiors exhibitions with statues, paintings, graphics, furniture, bronze, porcelain and glass crafts, silver clattery, clocks, fabrics and abundant library collections. Both Nieborów and Arkadia parks are full of stylish and green park-like areas.
Modlin fortress – 40 kilometres outside Warsaw. It is one of the largest and best preserved fortresses in Poland and a unique one in Europe. The Modlin fortress was built in 1806 on the command of Napoleon Bonaparte. Its location, where rivers Vistula, Narew and Wkra meet, made it a strategic and important military position for the years to follow. Today, apart from being open to the public, Modlin holds various trainings, museum lectures and open-air events.