Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum

Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum

Zamek Królewski w Warszawie - Muzeum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Royal Castle in Warsaw (Polish: Zamek Królewski w Warszawie) is a castle residency that formerly served throughout the centuries as the official residence of the Polish monarchs. Initially the complex served as the residence of the Dukes of Masovia, and since the sixteenth century, the seat of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth: the King and Parliament. In its long history the Royal Castle was repeatedly plundered and devastated by the invading Swedish, Brandenburgian, Prussian and Tsarist armies. Burned and looted by the Nazi Germans following the Invasion of Poland in 1939 and almost completely destroyed in 1944 after the failed Warsaw Uprising, the Castle was completely rebuilt and reconstructed. Reconstruction of the castle carried out in 1971–1984 was led by the Civic Committee, responsible for the reconstruction of Warsaw. In 1980, the Royal Castle, together with the Old Town was registered as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Summerasalifestyle
    Malibu, California2,958 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Checking tickets…several times
    Royal palace. Palace and government center back in the day. It was also mostly destroyed during Second World War ( as was much of Warsaw). My ticket for entrance was checked several times before I checked in my backpack. Many many docents everywhere…really curious! Worth the visit
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A pleasant experience
    Very interesting and informational visit. A lot of beautiful exhibits and many unique artifacts. Very useful translation audio guides, many interesting informations. The personnel is a little bit to tense, close to the security guards then to museum hosts. Anyway, a pleasant experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 5, 2023
  • rtdood
    Manchester, United Kingdom225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sheer Grandeur
    Impressive, but as its situated in the old town prepare yourself for lots and lots of tourists! You head into the courtyard, and can purchase a ticket from the admissions desk, before heading over to the entrance and down a staircase to the cloakroom and collect the audio guide. You are recommended to take off bags and coats in the cloakroom, as there are no outside areas to the tour. From here there are signposts to direct you the correct way for the royal tour round the palace. You follow the pathing, logically from room to room, with the audio guide explaining key features such as ornate furniture, artwork and historical context as you go through. Each room is incredibly ornate, but not entirely original due to the extensive damage caused from the Second World War, but has been recreated as accurately as is possible and that certainly fooled me! The throne room and banqueting hall stick out in my memory for sheer grandeur. It took about 1 and a half hours to walk round the rooms with the audio-guide. It is worth noting, you are kept at least a meter away from most objects in each room for good reason, so you'll be needing to zoom your camera if you are looking to get up close. Attempt it yourself and a member of staff situated in each room will tell you otherwise! I made do with wide angle view on my phone as with just so much capture the wide angle lens could do this best, particularly the ceiling paintings! It is worth visiting this attraction, despite the crowds. I would suggest visiting later in the day if the crowds bother you. Admission isn't cheap either but if you want to visit a royal palace, and are unable to visit Kings Jan 3rds Palace then this is the more convenient option. I would also say as a comparison between the 2, this is the smaller palace but comes looking a lot more 'polished'.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 21, 2023
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Madeleine
Austria1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
We went on a Wednesday when entry was free and looking back I'm very glad I didn't spend a penny!! The whole disaster started at the entrance, when the unfriendly staff at the counter gave us the tickets. As we were about to go in, a security guard stopped us and ordered us to take off our jackets. Otherwise we were not allowed to enter the castle! On the tour itself, there were security guards in every room, who monitored and disciplined us at every step, so we couldn't enjoy the tour. You weren't even allowed to go back one room. Overall everyone was so rude and condescending. NEVER AGAIN! DO NOT RECOMMEND!
Written March 29, 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Impressive, but as its situated in the old town prepare yourself for lots and lots of tourists! You head into the courtyard, and can purchase a ticket from the admissions desk, before heading over to the entrance and down a staircase to the cloakroom and collect the audio guide. You are recommended to take off bags and coats in the cloakroom, as there are no outside areas to the tour. From here there are signposts to direct you the correct way for the royal tour round the palace.

You follow the pathing, logically from room to room, with the audio guide explaining key features such as ornate furniture, artwork and historical context as you go through. Each room is incredibly ornate, but not entirely original due to the extensive damage caused from the Second World War, but has been recreated as accurately as is possible and that certainly fooled me! The throne room and banqueting hall stick out in my memory for sheer grandeur. It took about 1 and a half hours to walk round the rooms with the audio-guide.

It is worth noting, you are kept at least a meter away from most objects in each room for good reason, so you'll be needing to zoom your camera if you are looking to get up close. Attempt it yourself and a member of staff situated in each room will tell you otherwise! I made do with wide angle view on my phone as with just so much capture the wide angle lens could do this best, particularly the ceiling paintings!

It is worth visiting this attraction, despite the crowds. I would suggest visiting later in the day if the crowds bother you. Admission isn't cheap either but if you want to visit a royal palace, and are unable to visit Kings Jan 3rds Palace then this is the more convenient option. I would also say as a comparison between the 2, this is the smaller palace but comes looking a lot more 'polished'.
Written December 21, 2023
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is a beautiful place. As Warsaw was almost totally destructed during II World War, it needed to be built from the foundations. But great job was done and it looks really great nowadays. Inside you will find a lot of art masterpieces, definitely worth seeing. It is a must for any visitors in Warsaw. I cannot give five stars though, because of the staff attitude. Smile costs nothing - lesson which most of them should be tought. Visitors are not asking the questions because they are horrible people, they ask them, because they want to learn something...
Written February 4, 2020
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Dear Halcatra, Thank you so much for your review. And we do agree that smile cost nothing. And we are sorry that you had this experience. We will be working on this, and thank you again for the feedback. Constructive criticism is crucial to improvement. All the best from Warsaw and hopefully see you again.
Written October 22, 2020
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Maggie
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We always enjoy going to visit castles and museums, but the Royal Castle by far has to be the worst experience we have had. We luckily went on a Wednesday- which is free admission, but would have been very disappointed to pay anything for this experience. We constantly got asked to show our tickets, even though it was a free admission. The staff were awfully rude, not helpful and did not speak much English at all. When asking the guides for any help, all we got was 'check ticket' and then pointed to a direction... not helpful at all. We spent a good 10 minutes walking around in circles to then get sent to an exit and back round to a cloakroom to take coats off. It was so unorganised and not sign posted very well. The cloakroom was a complete waste of time and staff would just sit there while people were waiting to hand in coats. We must have spent 30 minutes in there when we finally found the route. It was so outdated, boring and the staff were so rigid and rude, that you couldn't ask them for any pictures or any information on the items in the room. It was just a glorified tourist trap and everyone that we saw in there, just walked through and left quickly. Please do not waste your time going, and spend it elsewhere in Warsaw. If you do choose to go, go on Wednesdays and in the morning as there is no queue and free. It is a shame, but the staff need some practice in customer service, the guards need to be more helpful and the castle itself needs to use the money it charges customers on the maintenance and upkeep of the building. Disappointing!!
Written February 4, 2024
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AngelaMarie
Windsor, CT14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The interior of the Castle was very nice, we did the audio guide and one of them kept malfunctioning. However, what should have been a perfectly pleasant tour was ruined by the overbearing security personal who more closely resembled surly prison guides. What promised to be a regal and uplifting experience turned into an oppressive boarding on sinister one. Lots of beautiful treasures, too bad, because we couldn’t wait to get out of there. At one, point, we were sitting quietly in a downstairs rest area with benches when two of the “prison guides” stood staring daggers at us. What a shameful disgrace to have such a National Treasure so poorly served by its employees. Not even the Swiss Guard at the Vatican could compare to these characters.
Written August 9, 2023
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Viktorija B
Riga, Latvia1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Even though the castle itself was probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, with stunning rooms and fantastic paintings, unfortunately the staff absolutely ruined the entire experience. Starting with a mean lady asking one person from our group to leave their backpack in the locker, while letting other tourists enter with even bigger bags on their backs, followed by rude women eyeing us while guarding the exposition rooms. The “cherry on top”: getting literally screamed at by a very angry security guy after asking him nicely where the gift shop is. Also, none of the staff we encountered spoke any other language than Polish. As excited as I was to see the Royal Castle, unfortunately the staff really ruined the impression of it.
Written December 8, 2023
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Vlad C
Bucharest, Romania66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is right in the hear of old town and deserves a visit. People talk about Versailles castle but I liked this one better. It has some unique stuff and it is very tasteful and not over the top. A great way to fill in a couple of hours.
Written January 29, 2020
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Hentonn
Warsaw, Poland1,729 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The castel was official residence of the Polish kings. Sometimes was robbed by the invadors. During the partitions of Poland in 19th century majority of the collections were taken to Russia. Some things returned to Poland after the WW1. The castle was in flames in September 1939. Polish people were trying to salvage the most precious art collections. During the occupation many things were dismantled and taken away to Germany. In October 1939 Hitler issued the order to blow up the castle. It was blasted by German sappers in September 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising. Reconstructed very precisely, some original things returned to its interiors. Nice apartments, beautiful sculpurtes, Canaletto, Lanckoronski collections with two Rembrand's paintings. Constitution of 3 May 1791, the first one in Europe. Audioguide recomended. The castle as a part of Old Town is on the UNESCO list as 'an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century'.
Written January 11, 2020
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Drum_Davey
Glasgow, UK249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
This is one of my favourite castles that I’ve visited in quite a while. Once you get used to the one way system and get through the beginning with the large cloakroom then the tour with the audio guide becomes very enjoyable.

Each room has lots of interesting history with incredible pictures and portraits on the wall. You could easily spend a couple hours exploring
Written January 2, 2023
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Dear Drum_Davey, what a joy to read such a review! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! So looking forward to seeing you soon! All the best, have a wonderful 2023 year!
Written January 5, 2023
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Cristinel
Romania200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Very interesting and informational visit. A lot of beautiful exhibits and many unique artifacts. Very useful translation audio guides, many interesting informations. The personnel is a little bit to tense, close to the security guards then to museum hosts. Anyway, a pleasant experience.
Written December 5, 2023
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