If you would ask me, where the heart of Warsaw is, I would surely say that it is Łazienki Park.
One of the biggest parks in Europe that is situated in the city’s center. For Varsowian’s it’s an outstanding walking area to rest from the hustle and bustle of the city. The walks start usually by the Frederic Chopin Monument – the world wide known composer. If you visit on Sunday at 12.00 or at 16.00 (from May till end of September) – you will be able to listen to the live concert of Chopin music. You can sit on a bench, but you can bring a pled and listen to the music lying on the grass with your eyes closed.
Walking to the main point of Łazienki is Łazienki Palace -don’t forget to look around for squirrels. If you are early enough, they will run to you for a nut. Don’t be afraid. They are almost tame.
Second name of Łazienki Palace is Palace on the Isle. It’s called like that because it is surrounded by water. It was last kings of Poland – Stanislaw Augusts – property. At the moment it’s a museum where you can learn how the king lived, what his art-taste was and admire his picture gallery of artists from all over Europe: Italy, France, England, the Netherlands, Poland etc.
Do not forget to take something to feed the ducks. They are waiting by the pond in front of the palace. And don’t forget your photo camera – may be you will be able to enjoy the show of a peacock. In the spring male peacocks dance with their tails wide open to attract the attention of their females. They will “dance” for you too.
A walk through the park will take about an hour. After that – to take rest – enjoy a cup of coffee in the Cafe or have a dinner in the Belvedere Restaurant.
Created in the late 19th century, this attractively laid-out park includes quirky contemporary sculptures such as the giant metal Giraffe by Władysław Frycza, and a concrete enclosure that’s home to three brown bears Tatra, Mała and Sabina. Park Praski is the oldest park in Warsaw. It is located in the Praga Północ district.
Park Warsaw Uprising:
Approximately 50.000 inhabitants of Warsaw, both civilians and fighters, killed during the Warsaw Uprising, are buried here, their resting places marked in mass graves and monuments. There are also the graves of Polish soldiers killed throughout the war (including the September 1939 defensive campaign), and also a mass grave for 6588 Jews killed in the Warsaw Ghetto.
This cemetery is the most famous of all of Warsaw’s burial grounds. Powązki is the final resting place of a number of great Poles. This cemetery, named after the neighborhood in the Wola district where it is located, is the most famous of all of Warsaw’s burial grounds. It covers an area of 44 hectares – making it as large as the Vatican City. The cemetery was established in 1790, and designed by Dominik Merlini, the royal architect to King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Powązki Cemetery is the final resting place of a number of great Poles. Despite suffering heavily during World War II, it is a rich museum of Warsaw’s history as well as a real treasure of sculpture and the so-called small architecture, and boasts great works of art from the neoclassic period, the Secession period and contemporary art. All of the cemetery grounds are deemed a national monument, and are under strict supervision of the monument protection office.
Park Morksie Oko:
Something of a green oasis between the busy roads of Pulawska, Spacerowa and Belwederska (Mokotow district). The park has a couple of lakes and is a great place to relax, go for a jog, sit on a bench or take a stroll. The Promenada-Morskie Oko Park is a municipal park complex shaped on the basis of a suburban residence from the 17th century of Izabela Lubomirska nee Czartoryska, comprising a historical palace and garden complex and a post-war park, “Morskie Oko”.
Park Romualda Traugutta:
Romuald Traugutt Park was built in 1925 in the area of the former fortress and Citadel. It was designed by Leon Danielewicz and Stanislaw Zaroda-Zycienski. The park and gardens commemorate death of general Romuald Traugutt. He was a leader of the January Uprising, and his execution took place here. Lawn areas, gardens and sculptures are some of the attractions. Of partcular interest for visitors of this park is the sculpture Motherhood. It was created in 1902 by a famous Polish sculptor Waclaw Szymanowski.
Park Pole Mokotowskie:
Park Józef Piłsudski (Pole Mokotowskie) is a large park complex near the center of Warsaw, separating three districts – Mokotów, Ochota and Śródmieście. Administratively, most of the field is in Ochota. Before World War II, over 200 hectares of the Mokotowskie Field was functioning as an airport, a large area included, gardens and there was also a horse racing track (later moved to Służewiec).
Park Skaryszewski I.J. Paderewski:
Skaryszew Park (Polish name: Park Skaryszewski in. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego), dedicated to the Polish composer and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski, is a historical landscape park in the Warsaw district of Praga Południe. It was placed under monument protection in 1973. With a size of 58 hectares, it is one of the most important parks in Warsaw. In contrast to the historical inner city parks in Warsaw, the use in Skaryszew Park is more liberal; so cycling, roller skating and sunbathing are allowed.
Orthodox Synagogue Nozyk:
The Nożyk Synagogue is the only surviving prewar Jewish house of prayer in Warsaw. It was built in 1898 – 1902 and was restored after World War II. At present, the synagogue serves as the Warsaw Jewish community’s key meeting point; it is primarily a place of prayer, but also a unique monument.
The word Wola means “willingness” in Polish. It has traditionally been the industrial district of Warsaw but this is now changing as it is rapidly becoming the commercial center of the city. Large, busy Wola is the city’s modern business center, with skyscrapers like the Warsaw Spire. Wola is a district in western Warsaw, formerly the village of Wielka Wola, incorporated into Warsaw in 1916. An area with traditions reaching back to the early 19th century, it is slowly changing into an office and residential district. Several museums are located in Wola.
Opened to the public in 1727 Saski Park (Saxon Garden) ranks as one of the oldest public parks in the world, and was originally designed in a “French style”, before being changed to follow English aesthetics in the 19th century. The park’s highlights include a sundial dating from 1863 and the tomb of the unknown soldier (the only surviving part of the Palace). Although wrecked by Nazi miscreants in 1944 many of trees in the park survived, and it’s possible to find ones dating from a quarter of a millennium ago. An empire style fountain designed by Marconi in 1855 stands close to the bottom corner of the park, and other points of interest include a memorial honouring Warsaw residents killed during WWII, and a statue of Stefan Starzyński, the city’s mayor at the outbreak of WWII who was later to become another statistic of Dachau concentration camp.
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