Wilanow Palace – a royal palace located in the Wilanow district in Warsaw of Poland – Part 1

Poland is a country located in Central Europe. It has a long Baltic Sea coastline. It is bordered by:
• Belarus
• Czech Republic
• Germany
• Lithuania
• Russia
• Slovakia
• Ukraine

Wilanow Palace is a royal palace that is located in the Wilanow district in Warsaw.

Overview of Wilanow Palace

• Wilanow Palace survived the time of Poland’s partitions and both World Wars.
• This palace has preserved its authentic historical qualities.
• It is also one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.
• The palace and park in Wilanow is also a place for cultural events and concerts.
These include:
– Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden
– The International Summer Early Music Academy
• The palace has been a member of the international association of European Royal Residences since 2006.
• Wilanow Palace was built for the Polish king John III Sobieski.
• This was built in the last quarter of the 17th century.
• It was later enlarged by other owners.
• It represents the characteristic type of baroque suburban residence.
• The building falls in between the entrance court and the garden.
• Its architecture is original.
• It is a merger of European art with old Polish building traditions.
• Upon its elevations and in the palace interiors antique symbols glorify the Sobieski family.
• They expose the military triumphs of the king.
• After the death of John III Sobieski in 1696, the palace was owned by his sons.
• This was then later owned by the famous magnate families Sieniawskis, Czartoryskis, Lubomirskis, Potockis and Branicki family of the Korczak coat of arms.
• In 1720, the property was purchased by Polish stateswoman El?bieta Sieniawska.
• He enlarged the palace.
• Between 1730 and 1733 it was a residence of Augustus II the Strong.
• He was also a king of Poland.
• After his death the property came to Sieniawska’s daughter Maria Zofia Czartoryska.
• Every owner changed the interiors of the palace, as well as the gardens and grounds.
• In 1778 the estate was inherited by Izabela Lubomirska, called The Blue Marquise.
• She refurbished some of the interiors in the neoclassical style in between 1792–1793.
• She got build a corps de garde, a kitchen building and a bathroom building under the supervision of Szymon Bogumil Zug.
• In the year 1805 the owner Stanislaw Kostka Potocki made a museum in a part of the palace.
• This was one of the first public museums in Poland.

Design of Wilanow Palace

Exterior structure
• The structure was designed by Augustyn Wincenty Locci.
• The architecture of the palace is a unique example of different building traditions.
This is reminiscent of
• Polish aristocratic mansions with side towers
• the Italian suburban villa
• French palaces entre cour et jardin
• Two oblong wings on each side of the cour d’honneur

Best time to visit / climate

• The climate is mostly temperate throughout the country.
• The climate is oceanic in the north and west.
• It becomes gradually warmer and continental towards the south and east.
• Summers are generally warm.
• It is with average temperatures between 18 °C (64 °F) and 30 °C (86.0 °F).
• Winters are rather cold.
• There are with average temperatures around 3 °C (37.4 °F) in the northwest and 6 °C (21 °F) in the northeast.
• Precipitation falls throughout the year.
• The warmest region in Poland is Lower Silesian that is located in south-western Poland.

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How to get to Poland?

1. By plane
• Most of Europe’s major airlines fly to and from Poland.
• Poland’s national carriers are LOT Polish Airlines.
• There are also a number of low cost airlines that fly to Poland. These include:
– WizzAir
– EasyJet
– Germanwings
– Norwegian
– Ryanair
There are also direct flights from United States and Canada. LOT operates direct flights from:
– Toronto
– New York
– Chicago
– Non-direct flights from other cities
International airlines fly mainly to Warsaw (WAW). Other major airports in Poland are:
– Krakow
– Katowice
– Gdask
– Pozna
– Wrocaw
– Szczecin
– Rzeszow
– Bydgoszcz
A new terminal has been opened at the Warsaw Chopin airport which will significantly increase the airport’s capacity.

2. By Train
Direct connections with:
• Berlin
• Amsterdam, via Koeln, Hannover
• Kiev via Lviv
• Vienna
• Prague
• Moscow

3. By Car
You can enter Poland by one of many roads linking Poland with the neighboring countries.

4. By Bus
There are many international bus lines that connect major Polish cities.
• Voyager
• Eurolines
• Ecolines
• PolskiBus.com
• Simple Express

5. By Boat
• From Sweden
– Ystad by Unity Line
– Karlskrona by Stena Line
– Nynashamn
– Visby
– Ystad by Polferries

• From Denmark
– Copenhagen
– Bornholm

• From Finland
– Helsinki by Finnlines

• From Germany
– Rostock by Finnlines

6. By Yacht
There are more and more ports along Polish coast. Bigger marinas are located in:
– Szczecin
– Eba
– Hel
– Gdynia
– Gdask

7. By plane
– Polish national carrier LOT has daily connections.
– These are between the biggest cities with a hub in Warsaw.

8. By train
– In Poland, the national railway carriers are PKP InterCity and Przewozy Regionalne.
– There are few local carriers that belong to voivod ships or major cities.
– Train tickets are quite economical.
There are new InterCity routes such as:
• Warsaw – Katowice
• Warsaw – Krakow
• Warsaw – Pozna
• Pozna – Szczecin
Train types
• E-IC (ExpressInterCity) / EC (EuroCity) / Ex (Express)
• TLK (Twoje Linie Kolejowe)
• RE (RegioEkspress)
• IR (InterRegio)
• REGIO / Osobowy
• Podmiejski
• Narrow gauge

Some Travel Books on Poland

Poland Lonely Planet Poland Poland: A Unique Country & Its People

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.in
Hotels at staypoland.com
Hotels at travelpoland.com

Blogs / Sites about Poland

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at owarsaw.eu
blogs at wilanow-palac.pl
blogs at pbase.com

Images and photos of Poland

Images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at pbase.com
images at tripadvisor.com

Videos of Poland

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