The Royal Castle in Warsaw - Museum

Plac Zamkowy 4, Warsaw

4.5

The Royal Castle locally known as Zamek Krolewski is more a palace than a castle. It dates back to the 14th century when a tower and wooden buildings stood here in place of it.
The wooden building changed into a Castle of its current form at the end of the 16th century by Zygmunt the Third Emperor.
Later the castle was enlarged several times with towers by various kings. Wladyslaw Fourth ordred the construction of Wladyslawowska Tower. During the Second World War the Germans blew up the castle.
The reconstruction of the old Royal castle started to restore the original looks. A lot of original details can still be seen by visitors.
Inside the castle you can see the most beautiful and richly decorated Ballroom with columns, mirrors and chandeliers. Another impressive room is the Throne room with the royal throne standing in the middle.

The castle can be reached by buses 125, 170, 190, 307, 512 or trams 13, 23, 26, 32.

The entrance ticket costs 20 zloty or 5 USD. Addmission is free on Sundays.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    11:00 - 16:00

  • Mon

    10:00 - 18:00

  • Tue

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Wed

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Thu

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Fri

    10:00 - 16:00

  • Sat

    10:00 - 16:00

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Reviews

  • Darren Smith

    5
    - 31 August 2018 -

    a great classic European castle with lots of artwork and traditional furniture on display. lots of classical work to see and will keep you entertained for many hours. The architecture was my personal favourite and the courtyard at the entrance is very grand if you do not want to go inside the museum.

  • Daniel Pinnock

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    Very impressive, even more so when it was fully rebuilt from scratch after the bombings in the war. Very luxurious with excellent reproduction or replacement decor. The art collections are equally impressive also. Well worth a visit to round off any historical trip to Warsaw.

  • Craig Isherwood

    5
    - 16 August 2018 -

    We went on Wednesday because you get to do a shorter tour but for free. It is incredible to think that this place had been completely destroyed during the war. It has been restored beautifully with amazing attention to detail. There was also the treat of being able to see some Rembrandt paintings! A must see if you're in Warsaw

  • Radosław Genew

    2
    - 15 August 2018 -

    Not that much to see there, since a lot of the original furnishings were stolen during the occupation of Poland. Only several rooms have been adequately restored to a state resembling what it looked like when they were in use and they are interesting. Most of the halls are still empty. Needs a lot more restoration work and finding more of the lost furnishings, to be worthwhile. In the meantime at least a couple of wax figures or mannequins in historical clothing would have broken up the monotony of the empty halls and corridors - alas, looks like nobody thought of that. Also, I don't see why they call it a "castle". Big windows on the outer facade, not much defensive features to be seen anywhere - looks like a palace to me.

  • Vishwanath Patil

    5
    - 26 July 2018 -

    This castle is awesome located in the old town, it was rebuilt after the old castle destroyed during the second world war. It is luxurious, well maintained and lots to see. Walk / Stroll though the different rooms and appreciate the art and grandeur, they have been decorated / restored in accordance with the past splendor. Impressive paintings with still some original pieces. It is worth getting the audio guide to better understand each place. The multimedia presentation next to cloak room summarizes the history of the castle (destruction and restoration) and must not be missed. Highly recommended!

  • chris schlesselman

    5
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Really fun experience. I loved the basement where you learn about the different stages of the castle's existence.

  • jacky chan

    5
    - 08 July 2018 -

    The Royal Castle is amazing a museum. The history, the development of Poland and Warsaw can be seen there. This castle is very big and luxurious. I was interested in European history after I had visited to this museum! There was a map showed how Poland's territory was changed after the wars. I was surprised that the original territory of Poland was very huge!

  • Wima Brahmantya

    5
    - 24 June 2018 -

    Despite of the historical and the gorgeous interior of the castle, I'll always mark this castle in my heart. It's the special place for me that I was given a chance to speak up about peace and promote my hometown Blitar.

  • Ramunė Vaičiulytė

    5
    - 26 May 2018 -

    If you have something common with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, you must visit this castle also. OK, Wawel is more amazing, but here works better team, which organize perfect educational activities and exhibition projects. Also they have very rich collections in expositions and friendly service. One more thing what I like about this castle is that Polish people showed that they are great nation: castle was bombed as all the city, but Polish people woke up it from the ground.

  • Christian Schmiedecke

    5
    - 04 April 2018 -

    The castle was rebuilt in its entirety after it had been completely destroyed in WW2. You can take a stroll through a variety of rooms that have been decorated to give an impression of their former splendor. Some pieces are originals that survived the destruction, others have been recreated. Perfect examples of fine craftsmanship. Don't miss the permanent exhibition next to the cloakroom that shows the castle's history, its destruction and restoration in a multimedia presentation.

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