With me you will see great contrasts of pre-war Warsaw, districts kept in socialistic-realistic style and recently constructed modern downtown called sometimes Warsaw Manhattan. And what about Warsaw Prague? This is how we call part of Warsaw on the right bank of the Vistula river, where a traditional bazaar still functions and where the famous film "The Pianist" by Polanski was made.
After the Warsaw city tour (where you can admire palaces and pavilions, drive along Royal Route, walk in the Old Town - a site on the UNESCO cultural heritage list - see the houses where Madame Curie was born and where Chopin lived) - and after lunch, we will drive to the suburbs of Warsaw to visit the interior of Wilanow Palace built in the 17th century by king Sobieski who defeated the Turks in the battle of Vienna. Later belonging to aristocrat families, the palace became one of the very first museums in Poland.
This splendid Baroque palace (often called Polish Versailles) survived all wars, so you can still see its original interiors and stroll in its charming park in English and Italian style.
Instead of visiting the Palace you have the option to visit Royal Castle, which although rebuilt in '70, shows a lot of miraculously saved original paintings, furniture and objects of art. This is where Polish kings lived, where sessions of Parliament took place, and where now you can see Rembrandt's paintings and other precious masterpieces.
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