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Warsaw

Warsaw – the biggest city in Poland, whose population is estimated at around 2,5 mln. It sprawls along the banks of Polish longest river – the Vistula. It is the capital city of Poland, as well as, the leading city of Mazovian Voivodeship.

Warsaw is split into left-bank part, where one can find main cultural institutions, along with the seats of various organizations and the headquarters of local authorities, and into right-bank part with the historic district of Praga. Warsaw is divided into 16 boroughs. There are district head offices, civil registration offices and public assistance offices in each of them.

It is in Warsaw that the paramount government institutions are located: the Sejm, the Senate and the Cabinet. Other institutions present in the capital city of Poland are diplomatic missions including around 70 embassies, as well as, seats of nationwide trade unions along with political, economic, social, artistic and religious organizations. Apart from that, there are numerous non-governmental organizations supporting foreigners. A lot of them gather migrants who throughout promotion of their own culture, work for integration with Polish society.

Warsaw is famous for its numerous monuments, but most of the old buildings were destroyed during World War II, like the Old Town which was bombed. One of the most characteristic buildings in Polish capital is the Palace of Culture and Science. It is a relic of Social realism, an architectural style which has been present in Poland for more than 40 years. Nowadays, the Palace of Culture and Science is the tallest building in Poland, where not only many cultural institutions like cinemas and theatres are located, but also numerous companies and organizations (along with a university and the Polish Academy of Sciences).

Warsaw is the city of many cultures and religions. A lot of organizations gathering migrant communities work here. There are also various places of worship: Catholic churches, Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a mosque. Warsaw is an extremely attractive place for its inhabitants and visitors, full of monuments and charming parks.

Warsaw - what is worth seeing and how much does it cost?

The Old Town

The Old Town, which was nearly completely destroyed during World War II, nowadays we can see rebuilt and restored. This year we celebrate 60th anniversary of the Old Town’s reconstruction. Strolling along narrow streets one can feel the spirit of old Warsaw. The barbican surrounding the Old Town was rebuilt only partially. On the market square there is a statue of the Mermaid, which is also to be seen on the coat of arms of Warsaw.

The Royal Castle

The history of the Royal Castle dates back to the 14th century. During its glory days it was the Polish monarchs’ residence, an administrative and cultural centre of the country, as well as the place where the Sejm gathered. The Nazis blew up the Castle in 1944 and it was not until 1971 that the decision was made to rebuilt it. The reconstructed interior was opened to the public in 1984. Inside the Castle nowadays one can not only visit the Royal Apartments, the Numismatic Cabinet and the Kubicki Arcades, but also see painting exhibitions. In summer concerts take place in the courtyard of the Castle.

Guides and audio guides are available on request (there is an extra charge involved). Available language versions:Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish.

Tickets

Castle Tour

Regular rate  – 22.00 PLN
Reduced rate  –  15.00 PLN
Family ticket (per person)* –  14.00 PLN
Children aged up to 16  – 1.00 PLN
* family with children under 17 years old.

Guided tours on request.
A tour in Polish – 90.00 PLN
A tour in a foreign language – 110.00 PLN
Temporary exhibitions (tour in Polish or in a foreign language) – 100.00 PLN

Guided tours for groups

headsets are mandatory for groups since 1st of October 2010. Antena Audio system (available in the Castle) costs 5.00 PLN per person.

Audio guides

Regular rate – 17.00 PLN
Reduced rate – 12.00 PLN
Group ticket (min. 4 people) – 11.00 PLN (per person)

Available language versions: Polish, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish.

Kubicki Arcades - exhibitions, Historical Lodgings and Historical Tunnel - entrance free of charge.  

The tin-roofed palace, apartment of Prince Joseph Poniatowski and exhibition of oriental carpets

Regular rate  – 14.00 PLN
Reduced rate –  7.00 PLN
Family ticket  –  6.00 PLN (per person)
Children aged up to 16 – 1.00 PLN

The Lanckoroński collection - Rembrandt's paintings, gallery of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts

Regular rate – 20.00 PLN
Reduced rate – 15.00 PLN
Family ticket – 10.00 PLN (per person)
Children aged up to 16 – 1.00 PLN

The Royal Castle - from destruction to reconstruction

Entrance is free of charge.

The Numismatic Cabinet

Regular rate – 13.00 PLN
Reduced rate –  7.00 PLN

Concerts

Regular rate  – 20.00 PLN
Reduced rate – 15.00 PLN
Young musicians' concerts  – 14.00 PLN
www.zamek-krolewski.pl/en

Łazienki Park - Royal Baths

It is one of the biggest parks in Warsaw. The Park along with the Palace on the Isle, the Roman Theatre and the court theatre located in the Old Orangery was a summer residence of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. The park with the buildings was damaged and partly burnt during World War II, but it was partially re-opened to the public in the 60’s.

Entrance to the park is free of charge..

Palace on the Isle - individual sightseeing or in groups up to 25 persons    

Regular rate - 20.00 PLN    
Reduced rate - 15.00 PLN
Thursday, Friday, Saturday – from 5 PM to 6 PM entry free of charge

Old Orangery - individual sightseeing or in groups up to 25 persons    
Regular rate - 10.00 PLN    
Reduced rate - 5.00 PLN

Myślewicki Palace - individual sightseeing or in groups up to 25 persons    
Regular rate - 6.00 PLN    
Reduced rate - 4.00 PLN

Officer Cadets School - entrance is free of charge.

White Pavilion - individual sightseeing or in groups up to 15 persons. Opened during summer season (18.04 – 17.10)

Regular rate - 6.00 PLN    
Reduced rate - 4.00 PLN
On Thursdays admission is free of charge. Only Individual sightseeing is allowed then.
It is possible to buy an all objects’ pass and hire a guide.
Many exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events take place in the Park.
www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl

Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace is one of  few monuments in Warsaw which survived the Second World War unchanged. It is a typical example of Baroque architecture. The Palace is surrounded by a formal garden and a big park stretching until Wilanów Lake. In the Orangery exhibitions take place, and there are some concerts of early music in summer.

Tickets:
The palace is open to visitors all year round, except for the following days: Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday, Corpus Christi Day (30th June), 1st , 2nd , and 11th of November, the second half of December (from 20th  December 2014).

The Palace
Regular rate - 20 PLN
Reduced rate – 15.00 PLN

Royal Theatre
Regular rate -  20.00 PLN
Discount rate - 15.00 PLN
Sunday – free entry, the number of the free entry passes  is limited

The Park
Regular rate – 5 PLN
Reduced rate – 3 PLN

Opening hours of the Palace during summer season( from 28th April until 28th September 2014)
Monday
9:30 AM  – 8:00 PM  (last entrance 7:00 PM)
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM (last entrance 3:00 PM)
Wednesday, Saturday
9:30 AM – 6:00 PM. (last entrance 5:00 PM,
Sunday (free entrance day, individual visits only)
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM (last entrance 5:00 PM)
10/16 Stanisława Kostki Potockiego St
02-958 Warszawa
www.wilanow-palac.pl

The Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science was built in the centre of Warsaw as a gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation. Nowadays headquarters of various companies and institutions are located there, as well as the seat of Polish Academy of Sciences. There are also two excellent concert halls there: The Congress Hall (with 2,880 seats) and the Concert Hall (with 550 seats). Apart from that, in the Palace of Culture and Science one can also find a cinema, a theatre, a post office, museums and libraries. On the 30th floor there is a viewing terrace – access with a valid ticket only. Exhibitions and fairs are also organized in the Palace.

Viewing terrace 'The Thirtieth Floor' is open for public everyday from 9 AM to 6 PM and on Fridays and Sundays from 9 AM to 8 PM starting on 3 May each year.

Admission fees
Regular rate – 18.00 PLN
Reduced rate – 12.00 PLN
Plac Defilad 1, 00-901 Warszawa
http://www.pkin.pl/en/

Powązki Cemetery
Powązki Cemetery is one of the oldest and the most important cemeteries in Poland. It was founded in 1790. Eminent Polish politicians, independence activists, writers, thinkers, artists, physicians and clergymen are buried here.

Open hours:

Powązki Cemetery is opened everyday but the exact opening times depend on the season:
From 7 AM to 20 PM (May - September)
From 7 AM to 19 PM (October)
From 7 AM to 18 PM (November)
From 7 AM to 17 PM (December - April)

Free entrance.

It is possible to hire a guide.
14 Powązkowska St

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at Piłsudski Square, is a place where tributes are paid to the unknown soldiers who died in battles. During a special ceremony in 1925 the body of a nameless soldier was brought from Lviv and buried in the Tomb. The building, blown up during World War II, was restored and now it is the only extant part of the colonnade of the Saxon Palace.
Every Sunday at noon a changing of the guards ceremony takes place in front of the Tomb.
pl. Piłsudskiego

St. John's Archcathedral

It is in this church that many important personages from the world of politics, culture and religions were buried. In 1791 the Oath of the first European constitution - the Constitution of May 3, 1791 – was taken there.
The Archcathedral was restored after World War II.
6 Kanonia St
00-278 Warszawa
Free entry
www.katedra.mkw.pl (Polish only)

Belweder Palace

The name of the Palace comes from Italian words „bel vedere” which mean “beatuful view”. Its history dates back to the 16th century and it  is one of few prestigious buildings in Warsaw that were not blown up during the Second World War. Nowadays it is a residence of the President of the Republic of Poland.

Entry to the Belweder Palace is free of charge.

Exhibition devoted to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the War Order of Virtuti Militari Cabinet, the Belweder Chapel and the reconstructed Office of Marshal Piłsudski (if possible) can be visited there.
The group cannot be bigger than 35 people to guarantee the comfort of sightseeing.

Bookings can be made:

from 8 AM to 4 PM by calling at one of the following telephone numbers: (22) 695 19 53, (22) 695 19 52, 721 800 121 or by sending an

e-mail:  or .

For individual guests tours are organized by the Guides' Tourist Office “Trakt” (22 827 80 68/69) and they take place every last Saturday of the month at 10:30 AM.
Address: 54-56 Belwederska St
www.president.pl

Presidential Palace

It is the biggest palace in Warsaw. The Presidential Palace was reconstructed many times and its contemporary exterior’s look comes from the beginning of the 19th century. It survived the Second World War intact but in 1965 a copy of the statue of the Prince Józef Poniatowski was placed in front of the Palace, because the original  one was destroyed in December 1944. The Palace obtained its name in 1994 when it became the official seat of the President. Nowadays office of the President and other offices are located here.
The Presidential Palace can be visited on the arranged date.
46/48 Krakowskie Przedmieście St
www.president.pl

Ujazdów Castle

It was built by King Sigismund III Vasa. Until the 18th century the building belonged to the Polish kings but in 1784 King Stanisław August Poniatowski donated it  to the Lithuanina Foot Guard Regiment. In 1809 the building was converted into a military hospital and its remains can still be seen today. Although the castle survived the war time, it was torn down in 1954. Not until the 70’s was it rebuilt in the shape it had had originally in the 17th and 18th century.

Websites about Warsaw

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