Museum of Romanticism in Opinogóra, Poland

The very interesting and charming Museum of Romanticism is located in small village Opinogóra Górna in Ciechanów County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. It lies approximately 7 kilometres north-east of Ciechanów and 100 km north of Warsaw. The Museum was open in 1961 in a small Neo-Gothic castle from the early nineteenth century, which had once belonged to the Krasinski family. 
The most famous representative of the family was Zygmunt Krasinski (1812-1859), the playwright and poet. It was the leading representative of Polish romantic dramaturgy. His best-known work is "Nie-Boska Komedia" ("The Undivine Comedy"), written in 1835, in which Krasinski challenges the romantic myths of love, fame and idyllic happiness.
Museum of Romanticism is situated in an English park created in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The four buildings comprise the Museum of Romanticism's Romantic Architectural Complex: the Castle from the first half of the nineteenth century, the Gardener's House from the second half of the nineteenth century, the House with Arcades and a newly erected manor house. The Museum collects memorabilia relating to the history of the Krasiński family.  It also houses the Centre for Studies of the Napoleonic Era.
Most charming building in the museum complex is Castle - situated on a hill in a landscaped park. The construction of the castle started in 1828 and the building was finished in 1843. It was probably designed by a Henryk Marconi - an Italian architect who spent most of his life in Poland. He designed many buildings in Warsaw, e.g. the Great Fountain in the Saxon Garden and many palaces by the Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street.
Before 1843 the castle was extended from the north with two big chambers. In 1894 the castle was restored and repainted. Again it was rebuilt in 1912. By the time of first and second world war castle was destroyed. It was rebuilt from 1958 to 1960 eliminating some of the changes made in a second half of the 19th century. The castle houses the Museum and displays period interiors, decorative art objects and a variety of romantic souvenirs.
In the park, you can visit the church with Zygmunt Krasiński's burial crypt, as well as those of his parents and children. There is also a newly erected manor house, built in 2008, based on a century-old design by Józef Gałęzowski, housing the 'Polish Romanticism' exhibition.
It's a very interesting and charming place, located away from the main roads. You can spend a whole day there, or connect trip to Opinogóra with a visit to Castle of the Dukes of Mazovia in Ciechanów (read more).

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One night in Wrocław

Old Town Square - Historic Centre of Wrocław
Wrocław - the city on the banks of the River Oder, is the historical capital of Lower Silesia. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland. At various times in history, it has been part of the Kingdom of Poland, Bohemia, Hungary, the Austrian Empire, Prussia and Germany. Today Wrocław is the fourth-largest city in Poland and it is the capital of Lower Silesian Voivodeship. 
Old Town Square
Wroclaw looks like a city built on water. Located on the Oder River, the city is unique in that it has 12 islands and 112 bridges. Wroclaw's water node has complicated structure. It includes the 3 main riverbeds of Odra and a lot of channels which are located in the centre of town. It is the largest in Poland and one of Europe's largest system of waterways and hydraulic structures, located in the metropolitan area. That’s why Wrocław is also called the Venice of the North. 
University Square
Wrocław is the city of dwarves. The streets, squares and backyards of Wrocław are inhabited by largely more than 300 dwarves. They are very friendly and they like being photographed (see: "There is no freedom without dwarves". The story of Wrocław’s dwarfs).
University Square
The very heart of the city attracts visitors with its Old Town Square, Odra river waterfront and Ostrów Tumski ("Cathedral Island" - the oldest part of the city of Wrocław). In Wroclaw, there are many interesting places to see (e.g. Old Town Square, Centennial Hall). Magnificent architecture, interesting museums, charming cafes are just a few reasons to visit this city. 
Main Edifice of the University of Wrocław
Tourists and visitors can choose a lot of interesting events. They can immerse in culture and art for the whole day – from visiting galleries and museums, participating in concerts and spectacles to having fun during street-art events. In 2016, the city was the European Capital of Culture and the World Book Capital (read more: Wrocław - The Meeting Place). 
University Square
Wrocław is in third place in the ranking of the most attractive cities to live in Poland. The city was also among the one hundred best places to live in the international ranking "Quality of Living", published by the consulting firm Mercer. 
University Square
Wrocław is one of the undisputed highlights of Poland and one of Eastern Europe’s top tourist destinations. Norman Davies, an outstanding researcher of European history, has hailed the city “a flower of Europe”.  
Old Town Hall

Wandering through the streets of Szentendre, Hungary

Szentendre is a small charming town on the Danube River, 19 kilometres north of Budapest, Hungary. Its name literally means "Saint Andrew". Szentendre is, framed in a picturesque, wonderful natural setting with the winding river, nearby hills and mountains. The city is known for an 18th-century Baroque townscape with well-preserved houses and churches. 
Like most towns along the Danube Bend, Szentendre was home first to the Celts and then the Romans, who built an important border fortress here called Wolf's Castle (Ulcisia Castra). The Magyars arrived late in the 9th century and established a colony here and by the 14th century, Szentendre was a prosperous estate under the supervision of the royal castle at Visegrád (read more at Visegrád - "cloud castle" in Hungary). 
The Turks in the 15-16th century destroyed the town. It was rebuilt in Baroque style in the 17th century and has preserved the townscape since then. 
From the middle of the 18th century, Szentendre became a flourishing town thanks to grape and wine production, handicraft and commerce. The floods and fires led to its decline but  Szentendre but remained a tranquil small town. 
In the 19th century, Szentendre's delightful location began to attract day-trippers and painters from Budapest. In 1926 the Art Colony (Művésztelep) was founded, providing a new “home” for the artists. 
Baroque downtown and mosaic‐like small buildings and cheerful, sparkling colours ‐ grabbed more and more painters. In the 60., small museums were opened to the public exhibiting the works of artists connected to the town. 
The town has been known for its art and artists ever since. There are many museums and contemporary galleries representing the rich traditions of the visual art. Szentendre has a Beautiful Danube bank, nice narrow cobblestone covered streets, good restaurants, beautiful temples and nice Mediterranean atmosphere. 
Szentendre is a popular place among Hungarian and foreign tourists as well.  It is definitely city must-see in while you visit in Hungary.

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