Warsaw – Belweder Palace


Just south of Warsaw city center is the neoclassical palace Belweder dating back to the 1600s and which throughout history has had various royalty and nobility. After the first world war, when Poland once again became an independent state under the leadership of the national hero Marshal Jozef Pilsudski (1867-1935), he placed his office in the palace. After Poland surrendered to the Germans in September 1939, Hitler made a brief visit to the palace to look at Pilsudski’s study. During the second world war, the palace was rebuilt and was intended to become the Nazi general governor Hans Frank’s workplace/residence. Frank, however, never came to use the palace for this purpose because he placed his office in the castle of Wawel in Krakow. The palace miraculously escaped destruction during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2022).

Location: 52°12'47.15"N 21°01'38.40"E

Get there: Tram.

My comment:

The Palace remains an official residence at the disposal of the Polish presidents. It is also used as a guesthouse for foreign guests invited to Poland by the Polish state.

Follow up in books: O´Connor, Garry: The Butcher of Poland: Hitler’s Lawyer Hans Frank (2013).