Exploring the Natolin Palace and Natolin's history

The Natolin campus of the College of Europe is part of a 120-hectare historical park and nature reserve – formerly the Royal hunting palace of Natolin – situated in the southern part of Warsaw. This complex, administered by the Natolin European Centre on behalf of the State Treasury, is one of the most spectacular examples of its type dating from the Polish romantic period.

On 19 and 20 September 2017, Natolin students had a unique opportunity to explore the interiors of the Natolin Palace and its surroundings by visiting the place in the company of Professor Richard BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI and by watching a historical movie about the palace and park. The visit was organized by the newly created Natolin Historical Society.

The Natolin Palace is one of the most beautiful 18th century residences in the vicinity of Warsaw and once formed part of the Royal Wilanów estate. Originally a zoological garden belonging to King Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1674 to 1696, what is now the Natolin estate was developed into a farm by King August Mocny II, his successor on the Polish throne.

The Park is now a nature reserve with protected old woodlands and wildlife of special interest. To learn more about the Natolin Palace and the Park, visit this website.