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Wilanów is a district of Warsaw. It is most known for the eponymous baroque royal residence and park, which is a tourist favourite due to its unique beauty. Apart from the palace and park, the rest of the district is mostly low-rise upscalish residential developments and supporting infrastructure. A large part of the district's area remains undeveloped, providing good recreation grounds for walking, biking or picnicing.

The original name of the settlement was Milanów, but it was renamed by the King Jan III Sobieski inspired by a French descriptive phrase Villa Nova. Wilanów is further divided into Kępa Zawadowska, Zawady, Miasteczko Wilanów and Powsinek.

Get in[edit]

  • The two streets that lead to Wilanów are: ul. Powsińska-ul. Wiertnicza and al. Wilanowska (not ul. Wilanowska which is in Śródmieście), which earlier merges with ul. Sobieskiego. They intersect right in front of the Palace and merge into ul. Przyczółkowa, which leads to the Park of Culture in Powsin, the Botanical Garden and to Konstancin-Jeziorna.
  • There are no trams or metro in Wilanów. The bus terminus closest to the Palace is called Wilanów. Another bus terminus Sadyba (in Mokotów) is also in close proximity.
  • The Park of Culture and the Botanical Garden are far away from the Palace and can be reached from bus termini Powsin - Park Kultury and Ogród Botaniczny respectively, or if you prefer to take a walk, take the M to Kabaty (in Ursynów) and then walk through the Kabacki Forest.


Wilanów Palace on an afternoon in spring.
  • Wilanów Palace (Pałac w Wilanowie), ul. Stanisława Kostki-Potockiego 10/16 +48 22 842 81 01. 10:30AM - 6PM, last admission 5PM. Wilanów Palace is tucked away in the romantic surroundings of the royal gardens. Its an ideal place to take a date or just to relax, but be forewarned that there are a few ponds and lakes along the walking paths that are infested with mosquitoes, so be wise and protect yourself or your date with bug repellent. The interior of the palace has been converted into an art museum. Free on Sundays.
  • Poster Museum (Muzeum Plakatu), ul. Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 +48 22 842 48 48fax: +48 22 842 26 06, e-mail: . The Poster Museum is for you if you're interested in seeing cool posters by the likes of Rafał Oblinski, a Polish artisan who made a big splash across the world by making posters for the New York Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and numerous American magazines.

In Powsin[edit]

  • The Park of Culture. On the edge of the Kabacki Forest (Las Kabacki). Many sports venues including an swimming pool. Walk or cycle through the forest (although the latter is now illegal!) to Metro Kabaty.
  • Botanical Garden (Ogród Botaniczny). ul. Prawdziwka 2. Actually, next to the Park of Culture, although there is another bus terminus (see above). No pets allowed.


  • Polish People's Movement History Museum (Muzeum Historii Polskiego Ruchu Ludowego), al. Wilanowska 204. The building in which it is situated, called The Yellow Inn (Żółta Karczma) is probably a lot more interesting than the museum itself.


  • The Royal Road ends here, but you could do it backwards.




  • A hot chocolate at Cafe Wedel near Wilanow Palace.



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