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Castle Square

Dominated by a towering column and the beautiful façade of the Royal Castle, this grand square is an ideal starting point for exploring Warsaw’s Old Town.

Castle Square, also known as Plac Zamkowy, is one of the most historic squares in Warsaw. This cobbled square has been the site of numerous demonstrations, speeches, executions and other important public events throughout the city’s often tumultuous history. Although much of the square and the handsome buildings that surround it are post-World War II reconstructions, the site exudes a rich sense of history. People-watch, find a spot to enjoy lunch and explore the interesting attractions dotted around the square.

This triangular plaza is a good first stop when touring the sites of Warsaw’s Old Town. Hire one of the carriages parked here for tours around this historic district.

Check out the towering 72-foot (22-meter) statue at the center of the square, called the Kolumna Zygmunt. The statue depicts King Zygmunt III Waza who moved the country’s capital to Warsaw from Kraków in the 17th century, a decision that is understandably important to the city’s residents. It’s said that if the sword held by the king’s statue falls, so too will Warsaw. The original column was destroyed in 1944. See its remains near the castle walls.

Turn to the east side of the square to see the brick façade of the Royal Castle. The original 14th-century castle was destroyed in 1944, but many of the artworks and furnishings inside are originals. Don’t miss the Canaletto Room, which houses a collection of 18th-century paintings of the city. Look for the two Rembrandt paintings in the castle’s Lanckoroński Collection.

The square is the site of numerous outdoor exhibitions, ad campaigns and other public events throughout the year. If you visit during the holiday season, purchase handmade gifts and sip a hot drink as you wander around Warsaw's Christmas Market. This charming annual event features colorful lights and holiday decorations, along with vendors selling seasonal treats and Christmas-themed souvenirs.

Find Castle Square on the south side of the city’s Old Town at the northern end of Krakowskie Przedmiescie. It’s within walking distance of tram and metro stops.


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Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw $162
Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42-44, Warsaw, Masovia
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 22 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 26 minutes.

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace $61
    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    Residence St. Andrew's Palace

    ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw, Masovia
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Technology, Palace of Culture and Science, and University of Warsaw. Copernicus Science Centre and Royal Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centrum Station is 5 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 11 minutes.

      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria $83
      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

      Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

      Krolewska 11, Warsaw, Masovia
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Warsaw hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Zacheta and University of Warsaw. Royal Castle and Copernicus Science Centre are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 18 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 23 minutes.

        Castle Inn $56
        Castle Inn

        Castle Inn

        Swietojanska 2, Warsaw, Masovia
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St. John's Cathedral, Royal Castle, and Old Town Market Place. Old Town Square and University of Warsaw are also within 15 minutes. Warsaw Gdanska Station is 23 minutes by foot and Centrum Station is 28 minutes.

          InterContinental Warsaw $118
          InterContinental Warsaw

          InterContinental Warsaw

          Emilii Plater 49, Warsaw, Masovia
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Srodmiescie, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Warsaw Uprising Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Warsaw Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and Centrum Station is 10 minutes.

            Novotel Warszawa Centrum $56
            Novotel Warszawa Centrum

            Novotel Warszawa Centrum

            ul. Marszalkowska 94/98, Warsaw, Masovia
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Srodmiescie, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Warsaw Fotoplastikon and Palace of Culture and Science. University of Warsaw and Copernicus Science Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Centrum Station is only a 4-minute walk and Warsaw Central Station is 9 minutes.

              Raffles Europejski Warsaw $232
              Raffles Europejski Warsaw

              Raffles Europejski Warsaw

              Ul. Krakowskie Przedmiescie, 13 - 00-071, Warsaw, Warsaw
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Centrum Station is 21 minutes by foot and Warsaw Central Station is 26 minutes.

                Hotel Bellotto $128
                Hotel Bellotto

                Hotel Bellotto

                ul. Senatorska 13/15, Warsaw, Mazowieckie
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Caricature and Royal Castle. Old Town Market Place and Old Town Square are also within 10 minutes. Centrum Station is 24 minutes by foot and Warsaw Gdanska Station is 24 minutes.