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.
Warsaw Royal Castle (Zamek Krolewski)
Pl. Zamkowy 4, Warsaw, 00-277
See the Royal Castle, one of the top attractions in Warsaw, on most tours of the city, including via hop-on hop-off bus tours. Get beyond the gardens and exterior on an interior tour of the royal architecture. Tours of Royal Castle generally include the king’s apartments and chambers, though additional tickets are needed for some areas. Among other highlights: the Numismatic Cabinet, full of coins and medallions, and Tin-Roofed Palace, replete with tapestries and decorative art.
Things to Know Before You Go
Warsaw Royal Castle is a great stop for history buffs and art lovers.
Museum entry is free on Wednesday; some exhibits are free to visit at any time.
The Royal Castle is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
The Royal Castle is usually included as a stop on a Warsaw hop-on hop-off tour. The closest tram stop is Stare Miasto (The Old Town), served by lines 4, 13, 20, and 26; nearby bus stops include Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) and Stare Miasto (The Old Town). Bike sharing stations are also located nearby.
When to Get There
The Warsaw Royal Castle is open daily (except for some holidays), but hours vary by season. Free-to-access gardens are open year-round, though only the Lower Garden is open in winter. While admission to the Royal Castle is free on Wednesday, Numismatic Cabinet is closed on that day. Final entry is one hour before close.
Visiting Special Areas in the Warsaw Royal Castle
In addition to the main castle, there are two areas that require additional tickets. The Numismatic Cabinet (closed on Wednesday) features a permanent exhibition of coins, medals, and banknotes. Housing the collection of Oriental carpets and the apartment of Prince Joseph Poniatowski, the Tin-Roofed Palace holds tapestries, decorative arts, and other works drawn from Europe and Asia.
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