The Royal Palace of Wilanow is one of the few Polish residences to have survived the partitions of Poland and the many wars in which the country suffered irreparable losses.
Founded over three hundred years ago by King Jan III Sobieski, who saved Europe from the Turks at Vienna (1683), it was designed by Augustyn Locci, the king's architect, who combined in his design the elements of the old Polish manor house style with that of the Italian baroque villa. Its murals and painted or stuccoed ceilings, its sculptures adorning the facades bespoke the King's glory. Jan III Sobieski filled the palace with his invaluable collections of Dutch, French and Italian works of art and handicraft but those are not there any more.
After the King's death in 1696 the palace was inherited by his sons and, even later, owned by the Polish aristocratic families of the Sieniawskis, the Czartoryskis and the Lubomirskis, all of whom contributed some alterations to the interiors. In 1799, Stanislaw Kostka Potocki, an outstanding figure of the Polish Enlightenment, set up a museum in memory of Jan III Sobieski and also created an art gallery in the Palace. He collected paintings by Polish and foreign artists, antique statues and works of art and Chinese and Japanese art. His family continued to expand the museum collections throughout the 19th century. The last private owners of the Palace were the Branicki family.
Although plundered by the Nazis, the Palace of Wilanow was one of the few residences remaining in Warsaw after the war.
Taken over by the state and completely restored, it is now a branch of the National Museum in Warsaw. The second floor of the Palace now houses a gallery of the 16th-19th century Polish portrait painting.
daily, except Tuesdays - 9.30-16
15 June-15 Sept. - Wed. - 9.30-18
Sun. - 9.30-19
Last admission -17.30
Groups: number of tickets limited, book in advance.
After a tour of the Palace, take a walk around the charming Palace gardens descending in terraces down to the lake. See the garden sculptures, the Chinese pagoda, the 'Roman' bridge, and, in summer, enjoy the views from the gondola. The new layout of the gardens has now been completed and is just superb with the plants arranged so as to form royal symbols. If you are lucky to visit here in late April, you can admire the magnolias in front of the Palace in blossom just then.
But don't walk too far - the view from the end of the path is really shocking after the idyllic park scenery: the tall chimneys of Siekierki - the Warsaw electric power station.
The Park is a venue of the Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Academy of Ancient Music.
Opening hours: from 9.30 till dusk.
Admission free on Thursdays.
Wilanow was originally built by king Jan III of the Sabieski Family in 1677-1680 as his royal residence. It was modelled in an Italian influence, hence it's original name, VILLA NOVA...or the Polish, Wilanow. (pronounced VEE-LA'-NUV) Augustyn Locci was the king's architect for the palace design. It is said that Jan was the king who broke the Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683 and saved Europe from Islam. Some personal items belonging to the king and his beloved Marysieska can be found within the castle.
Extensive work is taking place at the exterior of the palace, but the imperfect appearance serves as an interesting study in restoration.
Please visit my Travelogue to view the GARDENS
This is the palace from the backside- the side of the garden. It looks totally beautiful and really old, as you are walking through the king`s gardens you really don`t feel that you live in the XXI century!
You can tour both the gardens and the palace. Here`s some info on the tours:
Palace tours: In groups with a Polish guide admission 18 zl. Reduced 9 zl. Guided tours in - ENGL, FRA, GER, RUS, ESP - up to 5 pers 120 zl person group, from 6 to 35 pers 24 zl per person. TIP! The token attached to your ticket indicates your allotted time of entry into the Palace so if you are late you might not get in with another group!
The Gardens: Admission with no guide. 4 zl. Reduced 2,5 zl. Free entry on Thursday.
After the Palace and its garden you could visit the Poster Museum which is situated at the right side of the entrance gate (Open 10.00. - 16.00. Closed on Mondays) and the Neo-Baroque church of St. Ann (to the left of the Palace). It`s really pretty inside- my cousin`s wedding was there and she has some pretty amazing pictures! :)
The entrance to the gardens is in the left corner of the courtyard. These are splendid gardens which have matured and been restyled over several centuries. They give visitors an opportunity to appreciate many different forms of horticulture, and to compare them in one location. The Baroque garden in the French - Italian style is situated centrally. The English - Chinese Romantic garden covers the area to the south of the Palace and the English park is in the north. A pathway runs between a small lake and perfectly ranked trees. Sculptures, monuments, garden pavilions, neatly laid out flowerbeds and walkways make it an idyllic and peaceful place for all visitors.
The Wilanow Palace is amazingly pretty. It was built for Jan III Sobieski, the Polish king famous for saving Poland and Vienna from the Turks in XVI cantury. In the castle you will find beautiful rooms and lots of trophys the king brought back to Poland from the war- so you will see Polish art as well as the Turkish! The picture was taken from the front of the castle, but the more beautiful view you get while walking in the pretty gardens in the back- there are fountines, little pounds, benches, paths and pretty trees, plants and flowers there. You can take tour both of the Palace and the garden- you will love it so much!
Royal Gardens of Wilanow, 9 am - dusk, Thursday = FREE ENTRANCE
The gardens surrounding the royal residence are n the baroque style decorated with statues of antique gods made in the 18th century. Italian, French, Englisha nd Chinese style horticulture is represented. There is a lower terrace which has high hedges creating picturesque lanes leading to the Wilanow Lake.
DON'T MISS THE POSTER MUSEUM ON THE GARDEN GROUNDS
Open from 10 - 4 Closed on Monday.
We enjoyed a smaller exhibit in a wonderful Greek Revival building in the gardens. Poles are known for their wonderful posters...especially around the war years. This was a great exhibit space. Long and spacious...plenty of display area.
Wilanow palace in Warsaw. It's from 17th century, a summer residence of king Jan III Sobieski.
An interesting museum inside, a nice park with a large pond behind it.
Tip: hire a guide if you're visiting the museum. It's more fun.
On the far southern edge of the Warsaw city limits is Wilanow, the summer residence for Jan III Sobieski, the Polish King remembered best for leading a cavalry charge that broke the Ottoman siege of Vienna in 1683. Sobieski acquired the land for his palace in 1677 and set about building a lavash palace for his French wife modeled after Versailles.
Unfortunately the museum inside the palace was closed for renovations during my visit, so I had to be content with walking around the palace grounds and seeing it from the outside.
This grand palace in the southeast of Warsaw was built in the 17th century for King Jan Sobieski, who led the allied Polish-German-Austrian forces to victory against the Turks at Vienna 1683. This beautiful two-winged building is richly decorated with sculptures and frescoes. The Palace Interior and the gardens can be visited, and there is also a collection of polish paintings.
The separate mausoleum, standing in park of Wilanow, is example of neo – gothic style and was designed by Henryk Marconi in 1823 – 1826.
Potocki were former owners of Wilanow palace. Other owners were buried in nearby St. Anne’s church.
It was quite strange to see mausoleum as a separate object in a park between Wilonow church and palace.
The construction of palace started in baroque times – 1676 in order of King Jan III Sobieski. Place is called as one of the most beautiful examples of Polish baroque and also “Versailles of Poland”.
During Second World War it was damaged, but fully renovated till 1962. One of owners of palace Stanislaw Potocki created here an art museum (1805) that is known as earliest created museum in Poland.
There is a park near palace, but as it was March, it was under heavy renovation and not opened to public.
The palace is looking great, and I would like to revisit this place someday in sunny and hot time.
Polish Versailles is the second name of Wilanov. This great complex was founded by King Jan III Sobessky – winner over Turks in war near Vienn. Later baroque palace belonged to famous families, that were playing an importnt part in the history of the country.
We went to Wilanow with Ewa [evaanna] and her husband. It lies about 10km to the south of Warsaw. The palace belonged to Jan III Sobieski. We didn't have to pay to get into the grounds as there is a lot of archaeological excavation going on throughout the area.
The palace itself is very ornate with many statues and carvings on the exterior. In the garden are landscaped flower beds, a hedge hiding a group of statues, an exhibition in the old orangery, and a walk down to the river. Many areas were roped off and paths blocked because of the digging.
It's a nice place to spend some time- or have wedding photos taken.
The palace is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 9.39 am - 4.30 pm
On Sunday from 10.30 am - 4.30 pm. Saturdays are free.
Just outside the main entrance to Wilanow Palace is the sizeable Tomb of Stanislaw Kostka Potocki. As you might have guessed, this is the final resting place of Stanislaw Kostka Potocki, the originator of the Wilanow museum and Minister of Religious Professions and Public Enlightenment who contributed to the development of many research and cultural institutions, including the University of Warsaw.