Warsaw audio tour: Wilanów Palace: Legacy of King Jan III Sobieski

Wilanów Palace: Legacy of King Jan III Sobieski

Walking Tour

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75 mins
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2mi

About the Tour

Wilanów Palace is Poland's "Little Versailles", the home of its greatest King, Jan III Sobieski, a legendary man of many virtues, talents and interests.

Classically educated, he was a writer, a formidable warrior, a leader, statesman, gardener, and patron of the arts, science and culture. He was a man who loved his family, God and country and sought peace to develop and uplift his people during his golden era.

Yet when peace was threatened, he was a man with a talent for war.

For the next 60 minutes, we will explore the Palace complex together, learn its story and reveal secrets discovered by archaeologists and researchers only a few years ago. There is so much to know about the early history of Wilanów, its majestic landscape, its artistry and deep symbolism, and the legendary battle that shaped European history and established King Jan as a truly heroic figure; the man that embodies the spirit of the Polish nation and inspires his people today.

King Jan loved nature, which is why he built his home here, away from busy Warsaw's Royal Palace. Come to know for yourself the natural beauty he cared about so much; walk the paths he walked, see what he saw as we look out over the landscapes he loved, cherished and celebrated during his life.

To see images from the tour please go to this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/a7VMJjNHeWiueHfy6

Tour Producer

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Lloyd De Jongh

Born and raised in Cape Town, I've visited 30 countries and 200 cities. After 11 years in amazing Dubai I am now resident in incredible Warsaw, Poland. I'm both a certified South Africa and Poland tourism specialist, a PADI rescue diver, an ex-bodyguard, a decent photographer, have TripAdvisor Level 6 and Google Local Guides Level 9 status. I'm a certified commercial drone pilot in Poland and a licensed tour guide in South Africa.

Poland is now my home, I love learning and sharing its stories.

I speak English, Afrikaans, German, passable Flemish and Dutch, and now learning Polish.

Major Landmarks

  • Wilanów Palace Courtyard

  • Gardens and Park. Eagle Column

  • Roman Bridge

  • Akademos' Grove

  • Chinese Pagoda

  • Potocki Mausoleum

  • The Island

Directions to Starting Point

We start in front of St Anne's church in Wilanów. It stands just outside the Royal Palace. Buy a 5 PLN ticket at the ticket office or the vending machines at the garden entrance.

Start GPS: 52.166105° 21.086548°
End GPS: 52.165938° 21.090354°

If you're coming from central Warsaw, the area near Złote Tarasy mall, the Palace of Culture and Science or Warsaw Central Station, take the #519 bus (15 stops) at the main bus/train station, from the lane closest to the mall.

Other buses on the same route are #131 (20 stops) and #200 (23 stops).

There should be a bus every 15 minutes. The journey will be ~32 minutes and cost PLN4.40 - a 75-minute ticket will suffice.

From the Wilanów stop, next to the Wilanów cemetery, cross the street to reach the Palace complex. The starting point is left of the Palace.

The same bus stop will return you to Warsaw. Uber is also a good option.

For detailed public transport info use https://jakdojade.pl/warszawa/trasa/ to get info on all your public transport options.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Wilanów Palace Courtyard, Royal Gardens and Landscape Parks. Eagle Column, Roman Bridge, Chinese Pagoda, Akademos' Grove, Potocki Mausoleum, The Island

Best time of day

Access to the courtyard of the palace is free of charge from 9 a.m. - until the closing time of the park.

The palace itself opens at 9.30am. In winter it is best to start by 2pm at latest to end before it becomes too dark for photos or further sightseeing.

Last entry is as early as 3pm, and as late as 5pm or even 9.30pm. Close is as early as 4pm and as late as 10pm. Please check the web link below for the times. They vary by day and season.

Various holidays, maintenance or public events can cause potential interruptions to parts of the route. Check their official web site to be sure. This link is to their opening hours and visitor notices:

http://www.wilanow-palac.art.pl/opening_hours.html

The palace is closed for visitors on the following days: Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, Corpus Christi Day, 15th August, 1st November, from 16th December 2019 until 12th January 2020.

Online bookings:

http://www.wilanow-palac.art.pl/ticket_booking.html

Precautions

Please stick to the route, even though shortcuts may be possible. In winter the ground can become very wet, slippery and muddy. Going off the path can result in you ending up ankle deep in freezing water or mud.

In autumn and winter Poland is rather cold, with temperatures approaching 0° C / 32 °F or lower. Wear warm clothes, gloves, a scarf and a cap. In summer it can rain unexpectedly, so check the weather in advance and prepare accordingly.

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