The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum (Zamek Krolewski w Warszawie - Muzeum)#4 in Best Things To Do in Warsaw
One of Old Town's most recognizable buildings is The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum. This former royal residence and administrative center, which was bombed during World War II and reconstructed in the '70s and '80s, now houses an impressive collection of Oriental rugs, coins and paintings (including two by Rembrandt). Travelers can also tour the former apartments of Polish royals like King Stanislaus Augustus and Prince Joseph Poniatowski.
Past visitors described this castle as "excellent" and "surprisingly awesome," adding that its refurbishment is so well-done that the structure looks original. Additionally, many appreciated the property's less crowded atmosphere and low entry fees, and some suggest paying an extra 5 Polish zloty (or about $1.50) to rent an audio guide.
The Royal Castle sits less than 2 miles northeast of downtown Warsaw by the Stare Miasto tram and bus depot. Parking in the Old Town area is limited, so relying on public transportation to reach the museum is recommended. Operating hours vary by season, but tours are generally available Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 or 6 p.m. Monday tours are offered between May and September. Tickets include access to most of the property's exhibits, restrooms and two on-site eateries, and cost 30 Polish zloty ($8.50) for adults and 1 Polish zloty (about 50 cents) for kids 15 and younger. Family passes are also available for 15 Polish zloty ($4) per person. Select exhibits (such as the Oriental rugs room and Prince Joseph Poniatowski's former apartment) cost extra to tour. Entrance fees are waived for travelers with Warsaw Pass cards and those who visit on Sundays. Check out the castle's website to find out more.
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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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