Royal Castle and the Old Town

the heart of polish capital city

Warsaw’s Old Town is the finest and most picturesque part of the city. It was built between 12th and 13th century and it is surrounded by 14th century fortification walls. It played a major role in Poland’s history and cultural life since the beginning of its existence, and continues to do so even today.

Wilanow Palace

called little Versailles

Wilanow Palace used to be a royal residence located in the Wilanów district, Warsaw. Wilanów Palace survived Poland's partitions and both World Wars, and so serves as a reminder of the culture of the Polish state as it was before the misfortunes of the 18th century.

It is one of Poland's most important monuments. The Palace's museum, established in 1805, is a repository of the country's royal and artistic heritage. The palace and park in Wilanów hosts cultural events and concerts.

Palace on the Isle and Royal Baths summer residence of the last Polish king

Royal Baths is the largest park in Warsaw occupying 76 hectares of the city center.

The park-and-palace complex lies in Warsaw's central district on Ujazdów Avenue, which is part of the "Royal Route" linking the Royal Castle with Wilanów Palace to the south.

Originally designed in the 17th century as a baths park, hence the name, for nobleman Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski. In the 18th century Łazienki had been transformed by Poland's King Stanisław August into a setting for palaces, villas, classicist follies, and monuments.

Krakowskie Przedmiescie

the begining of the Royal Route

Krakowskie Przedmiescie is one of the best known and most prestigious streets of Poland's capital, surrounded by historic palaces, churches and manor-houses. Krakowskie Przedmieście forms the northernmost part of Warsaw's Royal Route, and links the Old Town and Royal Castle, with some of the most notable institutions in Warsaw, including – proceeding southward – the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University, and the Polish Academy of Sciences headquartered in the Staszic Palace atthe very bottom of Krakowskie Przedmieście.

Hidden treasures of the past

Back alleys spared from the modernism

Warsaw is a good example of the city in which architecture is more of a living matter rather than a solid shell of the town. Basically, we have three groups of buildings in Warsaw, those that; somehow survived the destruction of war, were rebuilt or repaired after the war and those modern buildings replacing  historical urban plan. In order to understand the nature of this town we need to take a stroll down the back alleys. Some buildings give a statement of the past and tell you the story of the city, which was reborn like a phoenix.

...and a lot more

Jewish Warsaw

Relics of Jewish culture

The first word that comes to mind is "Holocaust" as the Warsaw's Ghetto was the biggest one of all ghettos in Nazi occupied Europe. Yet it's not the only chapter of Jewish history in Warsaw. There were over 340 thousands of Jews living in Warsaw in the spring of World War Two. Thus, there are relics of Jewish heritage that weren't destroyed, silent witnesses of passed centuries.

Therefore, the Ghetto would be the most significant one. We are also qualified to provide guiding services in Treblinka.

Secret Warsaw

taking that extra step...

...to understand the spirit of this town. Sometimes you need to get off the well-beaten path to investigate theories behind all those old tales and legends.

Some of those seem to be true, at least partialy, some are definitely right or wrong. Nevertheless, we know about a lot of skeletons in Warsaw's closet. If you are eager to know the dark side of this town, we can help you out.

Museums

and old churches

 

We know that it might sound boring, but why don't give it a chance? Warsaw offers a wide range of those, from Archeological Museum to Modern Art Museum. If you want a see through the history of Poland there is National Museum, Warsaw Uprising, Royal Castle and another royal residences. Every one of those has an admission free day, if that helps. Please inquire if you need help or a guide.

Old churches also have story to tell. There are three cathedrals of Roman-Catholic Church in Warsaw, as well as Russian Orthodox, Augsburg Evangelical, vice-cathedral, historical synagogue, Polish-Catholic cathedral, and so on... all dressed in original baroque, neo-classicism or some accents of genuine gothic architecture. It is easier to appreciate these treasures of the past, if you get to know a little bit about them.

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