Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów (Muzeum Palacu Króla Jana III w Wilanowie)#8 in Best Things To Do in Warsaw
Warsaw is home to many historic structures (think: The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and Old Town), but only a few buildings are exactly as they were before World War II, and this museum is one of them. The former palace of King John Sobieski III, a baroque-style property built in 1677, now welcomes visitors to explore its royal apartments, chapel, library and galleries. And surrounding the museum are manicured gardens filled with rose bushes, lemon trees, tulip bulbs and other colorful plants.
Visitors describe the Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów as a "pretty palace" with "beautiful and great art." Many also rave about the property's gardens, though a few say some of the palace's rooms could do with fewer paintings. Nature enthusiasts should consider visiting in spring when the museum's flowers are in bloom.
To get to the Museum of King Jan III's Palace – located in Wilanów Królewski, about 7 miles southeast of central Warsaw – travelers can drive and park for free in the on-site lot or take one of multiple bus lines to the Wilanów stop. Garden access costs 5 Polish zloty ($1.50) per adult and 1 Polish zloty (less than 50 cents) for kids ages 7 to 16, while palace tickets cost 20 Polish zloty ($5.50) for adults and 1 Polish zloty for each child. Admissions are waived on Thursdays.
The palace is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 or 6 p.m., depending on the day and season, while the gardens open at 9 a.m. Closing hours for the gardens vary by month. Guided tours and access to facilities like restrooms and a cafe are covered by all entrance fees. Purchase tickets on the museum's ticket page, and for more information about the palace and gardens, visit the attraction's website.
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#1 Old Town (Stare Miasto)
Warsaw's central Old Town neighborhood is one of the city's most popular areas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This historic district, which was rebuilt after bombings from World War II destroyed most of it, is filled with restaurants, art galleries, shops and cafes housed in structures designed to replicate the region's former 14th- to 18th-century buildings. Old Town is also where attractions like The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum and the King Zygmunt III Waza Column, among other landmarks, reside.
Travelers love Old Town's lively atmosphere and charming buildings, adding that the neighborhood is a prime spot for shopping, people-watching and getting your caffeine fix. However, the area is often packed with tourists, so expect higher prices at the restaurants lining the square. If you don't want to rub elbows with other visitors, consider arriving early (before 10 a.m.).
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