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Royal Castle

A former royal residence, this stately building is now home to a fine collection of historic artwork and furniture.

The Royal Castle is a grand brick building, regarded in its prime as one of Europe’s greatest royal residences. A careful reconstruction of the 14th-century original, the building now houses the fascinating Castle Museum. Take a tour through the ornate apartments of Poland's last monarch King Stanisław and admire the castle’s exquisite furnishings and artwork.

The castle was established in the 14th century as a stronghold for the dukes of Mazovia and was later expanded in the 17th century to become the royal residence of Poland’s kings. It was home to the tsars and then became the seat of Polish parliament, before being destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising. Although the building you see today is a reconstruction, many of the furnishings inside are original. Notice the round spires decorating both sides of the castle’s brick façade, a common feature in Polish architecture.

Sign up for a Castle Tour, which covers the highlights of the king’s apartments and chambers. Look at the striking ceiling painting in the Great Assembly Hall. Entitled The Disentanglement of Chaos, the painting is a recreation of the original work by Marcello Bacciarelli. The hall’s beautiful gilded stucco work incorporates fragments of the original.

Head to the gorgeous Canaletto Room to see an important collection of 18th-century paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, who was also known as Canaletto. Featuring detailed depictions of Warsaw in the 1700s, these paintings served as important references when the city worked to rebuild its historic monuments and buildings after World War II.

Attend one of the classic music concerts that regularly take place in the castle’s courtyard and Great Ballroom. The concerts are inspired by the chamber music that was once a tradition at the royal court.

The Royal Castle is located on Castle Square at the northern end of Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

Walk here from nearby tram and metro stops. The castle is open daily, but the exact hours vary so it’s best to check schedules before your visit. There is an admission fee.


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Polonia Palace Hotel $82
Polonia Palace Hotel

Polonia Palace Hotel

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    Polonia Palace Hotel is situated just 350 meters from Warszawa Centralna station and 15 minutes from the Złote Tarasy Shopping Centre. Warsaw’s Old Town is only 2 km away.

    Warsaw Marriott Hotel $90
    Warsaw Marriott Hotel

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    Aleje Jerozolimskie 65-79, Warsaw
       
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      Warsaw Marriott Hotel is opposite Central Station and a 2-minute walk from Centrum tram, and 5-minute walk from the metro station. The Palace of Culture and Science is 3 minutes from the hotel on foot. Sightseers will want to visit Old Town Market Place and the Royal Castle, both within a 10-minute cab ride away.

      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw $130
      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

      Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Warsaw

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        Located a block from Piłsudski Square, Warsaw's largest, Hotel Bristol, A Luxury Collection Hotel has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. A great base for exploring the city's historical areas, the hotel is only 10 minutes on foot from the Old Town, and 2 minutes from the Presidential Palace.

        Sofitel Warsaw Victoria $89
        Sofitel Warsaw Victoria

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            Centrally located in Warsaw, this hotel is near Royal Castle, Old Town Square, and St. Kazimierz Church. Additional nearby points of interest include Warsaw Uprising Monument.

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              Located in Nowe Miasto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maria Skłodowska-Curie Museum, Old Town Square, and Warsaw Uprising Monument. Royal Castle and Grand Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Residence St. Andrew's Palace $86
              Residence St. Andrew's Palace

              Residence St. Andrew's Palace

              ul. Chmielna 30, Warsaw
                 
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                Located in Srodmiescie, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Charles de Gaulle Roundabout, Palace of Culture and Science, and National Museum. Lazienki Park and University of Warsaw are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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                ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Old Town

                ibis Warszawa Stare Miasto Old Town

                Muranowska 2, Warsaw
                   
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                  Located in Muranow, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Polonia Stadium and Warsaw Uprising Monument. Old Town Square and Royal Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).