Afterwards we reach Ujazdowskie
Avenue, which has taken its name from a castle on the route. We see a number of
great palaces, good restaurants, parks and the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
Belwederska Street is
distinguished by Belweder,
which has been the residence of several
Polish presidents. Next door we
find the Lazienki Park and in front the Defence Department. Next to the Defence
Department lies the Russian Embassy, and just a quick look at this building is
enough to make you realize, that the Soviet Union had a considerable
interest in Poland.
offers hotels, shops, residential housing from the communist era (absolutely
worth a look).
The last stretch is
Wilanow, where we notice an impressive amount of
modern residential housing. It runs into the park surrounding the Wilanowa
Palace - summer residence of King Jan Sobieski in the 17th century.
We are still at Ujazdowskie
Avenue. Introduction picture: The Chancellery of the Prime Minister, right
in front of the Lazienki Park. The wide pavement in front of the park makes
it an ideal place for manifestations, and frequently Government initiatives
will cause a demonstration. Sometimes the demonstrators will stand here for
days or even weeks with banners and megaphones.
Ujazdowskie Avenue and the Ujazdowskie
Amber Room. One of the more exclusive
restaurants in Warsaw. On a warm summer afternoon you may enjoy a
business-lunch on the terrace.
Along the Lazienka park. When there are no
demonstrations the pavement may be used for a Sunday walk in the open air.
Jozef Pilsudski (1867-1935).
Polish politician and liberator. After many years of work as a political
activist and paramilitary leader Pilsudski in 1918 succeeds in wresting the
power from the German occupiers.
He is subsequently made Naczelnik (leader,
commander, chairman) and he is the head of several successful wars against
Poland's neighbours in the years following WWI. This is where the new Poland's
frontiers are cemented.
Prime Minister 1926-1928 and 1930 after a coup,
but tries not to get involved in everyday politics. He sees his role as a grey
eminence setting out the guidelines.
Declared democrat, but in a difficult situation
surrounded by non-democratic and aggressive neighbours he acts in a not
entirely democratic way.
To many Poles Pilsudski is a kind of demigod, and
generally I recommend that you don't say anything bad about him while Poles are
Belweder. Official Polish state building.
The palace was finished in 1822 and has throughout most of its existence been
used to represent the government.
After independence in 1918 the palace became the
residence of Jozef Pilsudski. Later it became home to the leaders of the
communist party, and from
1989 the presidents of Poland, among others Lech Walesa. The right wing is home
to a collection of different things relating to Pilsudski.
At the present it is difficult
to visit the Palace, and only groups are allowed after previously getting special
Belweder - ***hotel with fair prices and ideal position is home to a small and
ambitious restaurant called Obsessja.
Embassy. A powerful Palace from 1955, built by Russian workers with building
materials from the Soviet Union. A large park and several pavilions are attached
to the embassy complex.
location next to the Defence Department and Belweder has probably been
practical during the communist era, where the Soviet Union exercised a
substantial impact on Polish policy.
entrance to the Embassy is guarded by a couple of police officers.
*****Business hotel close to the centre. The hotel is well equipped and in a
modern style. It often receives heads of states and other VIPs visiting Poland.
The Hotel is
equipped with a brilliant fitness centre, swimming pool, business centre and
conference facilities. They also advertise a rent-a-bike service.
If you have been walking until now, this may be the moment to take bus 116 and
ride the rest of the way to Wilanowa.
picture we notice the roadway, biking road and pavement. At the side villas and
allotment gardens. It continues like this for a few kilometres, afterwards
modern concrete buildings and old communist concrete buildings.
have their own lane, which gives bus transport an advantage during peak hours.
buildings from the 1960s. Slightly falling into decay, but fresh paint on the
front has made spruced them up.
Biking road and a
small stream. That's the last part of the Royal Route.
- This street leads into a huge, new residential area in Wilanowa. The big
building in the background is a new church in progress.
A look into Miasteczko
Wilanow - a huge, new residential area still expanding into the
nearby farmland. At a glance it looks nice, but the uniformity and the broad
streets without any people give an impression of a ghost town.
recreational area by the Miasteczko Wilanow - They have purely and simply
built a beach with a south sea atmosphere, playground and beach bars. The
only thing that it seems to lack is a bit of water.
The crowning glory!
The Royal Route finishes by the Wilanowa
If you have seen everything along the
route, than you have had a day rich on impressions.
Now you just need to take a close look at
the Palace and see the gardens, before you sit down and have a beer or
some food in one of the many pubs around the Palace.
Get a fuller
description in the section Museums and points of interest.