The Warsaw Castle/ Zamek Królewski
Castle Square Old Town Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
The Warsaw Castle/ Zamek Królewski Reviews
its main asset: its history May 12, 2015
The Royal Castle in Warsaw, may not be as grand as the Chateau de Chambord in France, but it is by no means less! In fact, it is enveloped with an exquisite history; the very asset of Royal Castle Warsaw that set it aside from the rest of the medieval abodes in Europe if not in the world! For the Polish Royal Families, this castle was their home and pride for hundreds of years when Poland's form of government was still a monarchy.
The Warsaw Castle or Polish Zamek Królewski's complicated history is what makes this structure interesting to visit than for the intricate and gaudy interior. Its dominant posture in the Castle Square tells a lot about how 'she' withstood the cruelty of mankind. First, occupiers from the western side ransacked 'her,' took all the pricey possessions, and eventually, destroyed. Reconstructions were done, but then again this home for Polish royalty were once again burgled. Many groups of other nations meddled and barged in which gave me the impression that Poland, in general, must be a very valuable territory in Eastern Europe. Then the arrival of Hitler and his dominion in WWII bombed and burned the entire city including the castle. This throne-home left into ashes and rubble for a while. When the war was over, plans to spruce it up but then there were long arguments whether or not to rebuild the castle. Finally, the tedious process of its full reconstruction began in the early '70s. I was amazed and impressed to learn that funds for the reconstruction project were pitch in by (concerned) local citizens!
I like visiting monuments that are an embodiment of struggle and redemption. It gives me hope that anything that has been broken or ruined when remade; it turns out even more beautiful! No, I haven't seen the Chateau de Chambord in France, (Hehehe) but then again for now, I am satisfied with the Warsaw Royal Castle!
The following rooms was part of the tour we took part:
Old Audience Room, Canchetto Room, Great Assembly Room, Marble Room, Knight’s Room, and The Throne Room. I suggest renting an audio guide to understand the significance of each room or the exhibits.
Summer Season (May 2nd – September 30th, 2015):
Monday – Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (FREE ENTRANCE)
regular rate – 23.00 pln (US$ 6.00)
reduced rate – 15.00 pln (US$ 4.00)
Guides are available.
*For accurate opening hours and fees; please refer to the Castle's website: https://www.zamek-krolewski.pl/en/your-visit
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