With three days in Warsaw, not only can tour the city’s highlights and enjoy a wealth of food, beer, and vodka, you’ll also have enough time to spend a day at a nearby World War II site. Here’s how to make the most of three days in the Polish capital.
Visitors can explore the Wilanow Palace independently, choosing admission alone or to pay a small extra fee for an audio-guide for navigation and to hear background on the palace’s history and treasures. Equally, the palace features on many Warsaw tours, which typically provide convenient return transportation to the out-of-town sight and free time for an audio-guided tour. Other options include combos that incorporate an audio-guide tour and a visit to a second attraction, such as the Palace of Culture and Science. Alternatively, opt to prebook entrance and an audio-guide online to save time when you’re in Warsaw.
Beautiful palace day trip
Excellent as expected how ever the staff at the palace was very rude with my boyfriend when it wanted go back in to room to look again see it because there was large group in that room and she pushed him out the door to the exit ... watch out for staff at the Palace
Stephanie_B, Sep 2020
Things to know before you go
- The Wilanow Palace is a must-visit for history and architecture buffs.
- The palace’s ground floor and gardens are wheelchair-accessible, but its upper level is not.
- Lockers for coats and bags are available free of charge.
- Strollers need to be stored in a designated space before entering.
- Separate tickets for the gardens can be purchased from ticket machines at the entrance.
How to get there
The easiest way to reach Wilanow from Warsaw is on a tour that includes round-trip transportation. The best alternative options are buses or cabs—although the latter just take almost as long as the former. The #116 and #180 bus lines run to Wilanow from Warsaw Old Town, as does the #519 from ul. Marszałkowska. A parking lot with paid parking is located a short stroll from the palace.
When to get there
The Wilanow Palace is open Monday-Friday year-round, but it’s worth double-check opening hours before visiting. The palace has extended hours between April-October, and Last admissions are an hour before closing. The palace closes for Easter, Christmas, and Polish holidays. The palace park generally closes around sunset.
Must-Sees at the Wilanow Palace
The Wilanow Palace hosts priceless artworks, including masterpieces such as Madonna and Child by Peter Paul Rubens. Other treasures include the fresco-coated King’s Bedroom, where Jan III held meetings in bed, and the freestanding bathtub of noblewoman Izabela Lubomirska who owned Wilanow in the 18th century. Be sure to stroll around the park to admire its manicured baroque gardens, tree-lined avenues, and lake nature reserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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