Every winter in Poland, one of Europe's loveliest palaces and its park transform themselves into an enchanted realm. Hundreds of thousands of Poles watch the spectacle. Because the country is quite far to the east in the Central European time zone, it's already dark in the afternoon.
150,000 lights illuminate Wilanów Palace. In its 300-year history, the palace has seen a lot, including the lavish summer fêtes of King Augustus the Strong, the partitions of Poland, two World Wars and communism. Now it is being renovated, but at peresent the real attraction is in the palace park: a huge maze of lights.