The construction of the whole complex Wilanow Palace began in 1677, when the King John III Sobiesky became the owner of the former one-storey residence. He had completely rebuilt the entire building into a luxurious Italian Baroque villa. It was given a new name – Vila Nova. After the king's death there were many owners as well as many changes because nearly every owner had the mansion extended or rebuilt. During the Second World War the Wilanow Palace did not suffer any major damage and several after years of restoration work the monument acquired its original beautiful appearance which you can admire now.
Wilanow Palace is now an interesting place for tourists. Guided tours are offered. The most interesting parts of the palace are, for example, the two-floor Great Entrance Hall, the Dinning Room, the Gallery of Polish Portraits and also a lot of rooms equipped with period furniture. The gallery includes portraits painted on tin or copper plate from the 16th – 19th century. The interior in the Wilanow Palace is richly decorated with mural paintings. It presents a unique sundial from the 17th century with a bas-relief of the god of time. The tour usually begins in front of the main gate, at the Museum of Posters. Make sure you do not miss the orangery, the exhibition of art, and sculptures from the 16th – 19th century. You can have a ride in a boat on the lake, which will be most greatly welcomed by children.