Warsaw. Łazienki Park. Palace on the Water. It is located on an artificial island and is connected to the mainland by two bridges. Above the entrance to the building bears an inscription in Latin from the eighteenth century, in the form of rebus (you have to read one word from the first line, the second word from the second line, the third from the first, the fourth from the second, etc.): "This house hates sadness, loves peace, offers a bath, recommends idyllic life and wishes to host kind-hearted people." And on sculptured are sphinxes - symbols of intelligence and bodily pleasures. It is no coincidence that these two features are combined in the Palace of the Polish king Stanisław August Poniatowski. Well, he received the crown due to his very close relationship with the Tsarina Catherine. He competed for the favor of the Tsarina with the British Ambassador, but as ambassador wrote in a letter to his superiors in the United Kingdom: "A man of my age can be a very good friend, but a lousy lover, because my scepter no longer exercises regimes." So, race to bed of Tsarina won virtuous, 23 year old Stanisław, who after years admitted: "...strict upbringing protected me from all licentious relations, then (...) all sorts of minor coincidence (...) seemed to keep me whole for her which later disposed of my fate."
Warsaw. Łazienki Park. In the Palace on the Water took place in the days of King Stanisław - Thursday Dinners. Inspired by the Parisian literary salons of the most prominent Polish intellectuals meeting with a modest mutton roast and a bottle of wine. The king usually drank only water, sustained conversation by 4 - 5 hours, and when he asked to give dried plums, it was known that the dinner party is ending. Some liveliness brought to the history of the palace the famous Giacomo Casanova, who tried to get a job as a royal secretary. He even managed to sneak in favor of the king - when on the court appeared, with the troupe of Italian, a ballerina, which Casanova once seduced. The dancer did not forget of abandon and old humiliation and because currently she was the mistress of a wealthy magnate, she has led to a duel of the two rivals. The gentlemen shot at the same time (they should do it according to randomly selected order) - breaking all the rules of honor and because the fights were banned in Poland, Casanova lost favor of the king, and went to the Czech Republic. For the rest of his life with pride remembered not the Polish king, but the nobleman with whom he dueled, and where he treated wounded finger.
Warsaw. Old Town. Kanonia Street 18. The history of the street dates back to the fifteenth century, when in this area was established the first parish cemetery in Warsaw. After raising the rank of a nearby church, given the surrounding lands to 13 monks to they built their houses there. The plots were narrow at 6 meters and 30 meters deep. One of the later owners from the eighteenth century, built a house with a facade narrower than 2 meters. Because the real estate tax was paying depending on the width of the facade on the main street, the smart investor built a house in the shape of a wedge. In this way, in Warsaw, is the narrowest house in Europe.
Wilanów. Royal palace. Built in the seventeenth century, for one of the greatest Polish kings - Jan III Sobieski. Originally the palace was called Villa Nuova, what later make Polish sounding - Wilanów, was the site of a rare event in history - the marriage from love in the royal family. Jan Sobieski and Maria Kazimiera married after a few years of mutual correspondence and clandestine meetings, as the future queen was married. Their mutual hot feelings continue to amaze in the correspondence. The King: "...and now I'm kissing starting from face, all the pretties and mostly little fly, spider and beautiful legs". In confirmation of the truth of feelings contained in the letters, have to be mentioned that they had 13 children, and when the old king stepped away from politics - she watched him by his bed at night, woke him up when he fell asleep on the table at his favorite card game and personally checked whether his chamber is warm enough. After the death of the king - still beautiful, 56 year old Marysieńka settled in Rome, where first she was a very close friend of Pope Innocent and next Pope Clement, she nearly dissuaded from taking the papal tiara.
Warsaw. Little Insurgent Monument. It commemorates the youngest participants of the tragic uprising against Germans in 1944. Monument was designed after the war but for political reasons, was possible to build it only after 40 years. Today, on the one hand it is a favorite patriotic picture front of which take a photograph school trips from all over Poland, on the other hand, it raises the question - what we think of today when we see a child in Africa with a Kalashnikov in his hand? And who has right when officially on the pedestal placed a plaque with popular insurgency song "Warsaw children, we are going into battle"? When the scouts stand front of the monument as honor guards? And next in opposition - a group of young artists unofficially bedecked the statue in colorful balloons, in hand they put plastic water pistol and provocatively they asked whether it is the monument to the heroism of children or to the cruelty of adults? And when pose the next confession: "I do not know why, but always when I see the Little Insurgent, it makes me want to scream. Maybe I'm weird, but the child - white, black or brown - sent to fight for the case of adults seems to me a symbol of the ultimate disgrace to society, which not only can not protect him, but ale uses him to its the dirtiest goals.
Sightseeing of Museum in Wilanów, Chopin Museum, Palace on the Water, Warsaw Uprising Museum, Museum of the History of Polish Jews (all museums with audio-guide system).
Transportation from anywhere in Warsaw directly to all locations on the tour route in the same car.
Your journey by comfortable car (1-4 persons: Mercedes E or Volvo S80; 4-6 persons: Mercedes Viano or VW Multivan; 7-15 persons: Mercedes Sprinter) will start from anywhere in Warsaw, at time which you will choose.
For 9 hours you ride by the same car to all interesting places in Warsaw and you get to know them with our guide and independently sightsee exhibitions in museums with audio-guide system.
After completion of Warsaw Tour, our qualified driver takes you to any place in Warsaw.
1. Warsaw. Monument to the Murdered in the East, UmschlagPlatz, Tomb of Anielewicz, Miła Street, Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto and Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Pawiak prison, Próżna Street, Nożyków Synagogue and Church of All Saints, Ghetto Wall, Palace of Culture and Arts, Museum of Warsaw Uprising, MDM magic social realism, Square of Union of Lublin, Szuch Avenue, Monument of Chopin, Belvedere, Council of Ministers Building, Palace in Wilanów, Ujazdowski Castle, Palace on the Water, Sejm, Ujazdowskie Avenues (house of the Giants, embassies), Church of St. Alexander, Three Crosses Square, Monument of De Gaulle, Palm, Communist PUWP Party Headquarters, Poniatowski Bridge (National Museum, Museum of the Polish Army), National Stadium, St. Florian Cathedral,Zoo - bears on the catwalk, Praga Folk Music Group Monument, Orthodox church, Ząbkowska Street, Brzeska Street, Vodka Factory "Koneser", Royal Castle, Sigismund's Column, Church of St. Anne, Monument of Kiliński, Old Town Square, Gnojna Mountain, Monument to the Little Insurgent, Barbican, Warsaw Uprising Monument, entrance to the canal (place of escape the insurgents), Krasiński Palace, Supreme Court, Miodowa Street, College Nobilium (Drama School), Archbishops Palace, Capuchin Church, City Hall and Słowacki Monument, Grand Theater, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Zachęta Gallery, Presidential Palace, Warsaw University, Copernicus Monument, Palace of Staszic, Church of St. Cross, Chopin Museum.
a/ Museum of the Warsaw Uprising - audio-guide in 24 languages (English, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Georgian, Hebrew, German, Bahasa Indonesia, Macedonian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, Polish, Ukrainian).Time 2 hours.
b/ Chopin Museum - audio-guide in 2 languages (English and Polish). Time 1 hour.
c/ Palace Museum in Wilanów - audio-guide in 5 languages (Polish, English, German, French, Spanish). Time 1 hour.
d/ Museum in Palace on the Water - audio-guide (Polish, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, German). Time 30 minutes.
e/ Museum of the History of Polish Jews - audio-guide in 3 languages (Polish, English, Hebrew). Time 1 hour.
The total duration of the tour: 9 hours.