Royal Castle Warsaw is an exceptional copy of the original red-brick castle; which was destroyed by the Germans in WWII. The very first version of the castle was actually a wooden stronghold dating back to the 14th century built for the dukes of Mazovia and since then it has been the residence of Polish kings in addition to being the home of the president and also the seat of parliament.
Back in the 17th century Royal Castle Warsaw was one of the most splendid royal palaces in Europe and today; it is filled with authentic furniture from that period and many original works of art.
Reconstruction of the castle did not start until 1971 and took 13 years to complete at immense cost with the majority of the funds having been donated from exiled Poles. During the reconstruction, bricks and rubble from the original structure were used.
The highlights of the tour are the Great Apartments; which includes the Great Assembly Hall and lavishly decorated Throne Room and the King’s Apartments.
Within the King’s Apartments is the Canaletto Room where you will find 22 paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, an Italian urban landscape painter who was known in Poland as Canaletto. This room also houses the Lanckoroński Collection; which includes two portraits painted by Rembrandt.
The King’s Apartments are adorned with many paintings depicting famous Polish events which hang alongside maps depicting a golden time when Poland stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea.
During the tour, you will also visit the chapel with an urn containing the heart of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish hero.
As is the case with many castles in Poland, there is a ghost story. In this case we have a White Lady who appears from time to time in some of the castle halls. Legend states that her appearance is linked to imminent danger.
The French Baroque Royal Gardens are delightful and can be found at the rear of the castle near the river.
Explore the history of Warsaw on this historical private guided tour of Old and New Town. Visit some of the most famous landmarks in the city, including the Royal Castle, the Holy Cross Church and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. You will get also some tips about the local food, drinks, and souvenirs.
Learn the facts and legends of the capital city Warsaw on a private walking tour of the highlights and main attractions. Only a few people know that Warsaw was the most important city for the economy of Poland in the modern era and we truly believe that it’s one of the most unique places on earth.
Admire the Nicolaus Copernicus Monument and the Holy Cross Church, before you continue to the University of Warsaw. Enjoy a slightly longer stop at Pilsudski Square, previously Victory Square, where you can take the time to reflect upon the unique Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Discover the charm of Warsaw Old Town, destroyed during the war but rebuilt in the beautiful Baroque style of architecture. Follow your friendly expert guide to nice Main Market Square, go through the Castle Square finally reach great Royal Castle, where the Polish monarchs lived from 1596 to 1795.
Finally, enter the Royal Castle and admire the gorgeous apartments of former kings. It’s the best way to compare how times have changed through the capital of Poland from late Medieval Times to nowadays, as a center of economics, science, business and developments – Book tickets.