Places to see in Warsaw: Wilanów Palace

Wilanów Palace (Polish: Pałac w Wilanowie) is a royal palace located in the Wilanów district and is one of the most important monuments of Polish culture.

The palace and park in Wilanów is not only a priceless testimony to the splendor of Poland in the past, but also a place for cultural events and concerts, including Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Old Music Academy. Wilanów Palace was built for the Polish king John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century and later was enlarged by other owners. It represents the characteristic type of baroque suburban residence built entre cour et jardin (between the entrance court and the garden). Its architecture is original – a merger of European art with old Polish building traditions.

In the year 1805 the owner Stanisław Kostka Potocki made a museum in a part of the palace, one of the first public museums in Poland. Besides European and Oriental art, the central part of the palace displayed a commemoration of king John III Sobieski and the glorious national past. The palace was damaged by Germans forces in World War II, but it was not demolished after the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. After the war, the palace was renovated, and most of the collection stolen by Germany was repatriated. In 1962 it was reopened to the public.

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Places to see in Warsaw: Ujazdów Castle

Ujazdów Castle (Polish: Zamek Ujazdowski) is a castle in the historic Ujazdów district, between Ujazdów Park (ark Ujazdowski) and the Royal Baths Park (Łazienki Królewskie).

The first castle on the spot was erected by the Dukes of Masovia as early as the 13th century. Since then it had a very volatile history. After World War II the building was to be rebuilt as the Central Military House. However, the works did not start as the walls of the castle were demolished by the Communist authorities of Poland. In 1975 however, the works on reconstruction of the castle to its 18th century design started.

The castle currently houses Centre for Contemporary Art (since 1981), with some permanent and temporary exhibitions, concerts, shows and creative workshops. The centre also develops unique art programs that correlated with the reconstruction and organization of the Ujazdów Castle architectural spaces. The Centre of Contemporary Art currently realizes about 500 projects a year.


Distances to Warsaw

To make the decision to go to Warsaw somewhat easier (or not), here are the driving distances to Mannheim from a couple of European cities (more or less nearby):

  • Zurich, Switzerland — 1320 km
  • Minsk, Belorussia — 555 km
  • Brussels, Belgium — 1320 km
  • Helsinki, Finland — 1055 km (via ferry)
  • Paris, France — 1585 km
  • Berlin, Germany — 575 km
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands — 1215 km
  • Prague, Czech Republic — 675 km
  • Milan, Italy — 1545 km
  • Vienna, Austria — 680 km
  • Bratislava, Slovakia — 670 km
  • Copenhagen, Denmark — 1000 km (via ferry)
  • Budapest, Hungary — 868 km
  • Moscow, Russia — 1255 km
  • Gothenberg, Sweden — 1150 km (via ferry)

Places to see in Warsaw: Palace on the Water

The Palace on the Water (Polish: Pałac na Wodzie), also called the Łazienki Palace (Pałac Łazienkowski) is a Neoclassical palace in Warsaw’s Royal Baths Park. Itwas built in the 17th century by Tylman van Gameren for Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski. Between 1772 and 1793 it was remodeled by Domenico Merlini for King Stanisław August Poniatowski, who made it his residence.

The palace’s furniture and paintings belong to the Classicist style. The building is dominated by an attika supported by columns, and featuring statues of mythological figures.

The palace stands on an artificial island in Łazienki Lake, and is connected to the rest of the park by two arcaded bridges. The long Łazienki Lake is divided by the palace into two parts, a smaller northern lake and a larger southern one.


Czy znasz polski?

Since the VTES European Championship 2015 is taking placing in Warsaw, Poland in a few weeks, it’s time to learn some of the more important phrases commonly needed in a game of VTES w języku polskim:

  • Jestesmy sojusznikami.” — “We are allies.
  • Nigdy nie lamie deal’i.” — “I never break deals.
  • To nie bedzie przeciwko Tobie.” — “This won’t be against you.
  • Bleed’uje Cie za osiem, na +2 stealth’a.” — “I bleed you for eight, with +2 stealth.
  • Prosze, nie atakuj mnie.” — “Please don’t rush me.
  • Przerzuce bleed’a do mojego prey’a.” — “I bounce the bleed to my prey.
  • Gdzie jest Edge?” — “Where is the Edge?
  • Jestem za.” — “I vote in favor.
  • Jestem przeciw.” — “I vote against.
  • Przejdźmy od słów do czynów. Chciałem powiedzieć kilka słów.” — “Let’s move from words to deeds. I wanted to say a fewwords.

.. and most importantly:

  • Czy mówisz po angielsku?” — “Do you speak English?

If you know more valuable bits and pieces of VTES lingo w języku polskim, please feel free to comment. And please include the English translation, too!!


Places to see in Warsaw: Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science (Polish: Pałac Kultury i Nauki) in Warsaw is the tallest building in Poland. The building was originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki imienia Józefa Stalina), but in the wake of destalinization the dedication to Stalin was revoked.

As the city’s most visible landmark, the building was controversial from its inception. Many Poles initially hated the building because they considered it to be a symbol of Soviet domination, and at least some of that negative feeling persists until today. Some have also argued that, regardless of its political connotations, the building destroyed the aesthetic balance of the old city and imposed dissonance with other buildings.

However, over time, and especially in recent years, Warsaw has acquired a number of other skyscrapers of comparable height, so that the Palace now fits somewhat more harmoniously into the city skyline. Furthermore, since Soviet domination over Poland ended in 1989, the negative symbolism of the building has much diminished. Four 6.3-meter clock faces were added to the top of the building in 2000, making it briefly the tallest, and now the world’s second-tallest, clock tower.


VTES European Championship 2015 Schedule

The VTES European Championship 2015 is going to take place from August 27th to 30th, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. The location of the tournament is the

Warsaw Plaza Hotel
Łączyny Street 5
02-820 Warsaw
Poland

As in the past years these days will see five major VTES Constructed tournaments, starting with the Last Chance Qualifier and ending with final EC Championship tournament on Sunday. The rough schedule for the event looks like this:

  • 27 August 2015 -– Thursday
    • Welcome Party (starting at 8 PM)
  • 28 August 2015 –- Friday
    • Last Chance Qualifier tournament
    • Nations Cup tournament
  • 29 August 2015 –- Saturday
    • EC Day 1 (qualification) tournament
    • Silence of Death format tournament
  • 30 August 2015 -– Sunday
    • EC Day 2 (championship) tournament
    • First Chance Qualifier tournament

The schedule for the invidual tournament days are always the following:

  • 8:00 – Sign-ups
  • 11:00-13:00 – 1st round
  • 14:00-16:00 – 2nd round
  • 17:00-19:00 – 3rd round
  • 20:00-22:00 – Final

You can find more information on the event, accommodations, travel, etc. on the official VTES EC 2015 website. In addition there’s an Facebook page for the EC 2015.