Castle Square – Old Town

Monument & Heritage Check location

A popular meeting point for locals and tourists, the Castle Square lays in front of the Royal Castle, the former official residence of many Polish rulers. The column at the center of this triangularly shaped square celebrates King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 moved Poland’s capital from Cracow to Warsaw. It is a Corinthian column 22 meter-high that includes the king’s statue, commissioned by his son Wladyslaw IV in 1644.

The cobbled square, surrounded by beautiful and colorful historic townhouses, was a place of festivities but also public executions and is now the site of numerous outdoors exhibitions, and other public events throughout the year.

Dominated by the façade of the Royal Castle, the square has witnessed many important historical moments in Poland’s history, including riots, massacres of civilians and the outbreak of the January uprising of 1863. Now, besides the multiple cafés and restaurants, it is possible to participate in rallies, watch concerts and breakdancing performances.

Contacts & Details

Plac Zamkowy 05-077 Warszawa