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Guide to Warsaw Outdoors

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Often misrepresented as a dour, gloomy city filled with endless concrete apartments constructed by the Soviets, Warsaw is actually a very green city with beautiful Neo-classical and Baroque architecture. Around 18 percent of its 518 sq km is given over to public parks and green spaces for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here’s where to kick back in Warsaw.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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8 Places

Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens, Parks, Art Museums

Old Town

Historic Walking Areas

Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow

History Museums, Military Museums, Art Museums

Saxon Gardens

Gardens

Copernicus Science Centre

Speciality Museums

Multimedia Fountain Park

Fountains

Botanical Gardens (Ogrod Botaniczny)

Gardens

Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sasha H's City Tips

  • In restaurants, tips are generally about 10 percent of the total bill. Don’t add the tip on to a credit card, but leave it as cash on the table.
  • The Warsaw Pass offers one-, two-, or three-day packages that include entry into most of the main attractions, including the Copernicus Science Center and the gardens at Wilanów.
  • Warsaw has one metro line, which runs between Młociny and Kabaty,; the stops between Ursynów and Bielany are of most use to tourists.
  • Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Gardens, Parks, Art Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Lazienki Park is a haven for Warsaw residents. Its 78 hectares of formal landscaping feature water gardens scattered with follies and lakes, an amphitheater, and memorials to Polish heroes (including an Art Deco monument to Fryderyk Chopin). Peacocks roam free, Baroque palaces peek from between the trees, and colonnaded bridges reflect off the lakes. In the late 18th century, Poland’s last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, lived in considerable style in his ornate Palace on the Isle, with his mistress installed in the (relatively) cozy White House nearby. But despite all the architectural grandeur, this really is a locals’ park, and most weekend see picnicking families and young couples lost in each other.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Occasional chamber orchestra concerts are held in Łazienki Park’s court theater.
    • The Belvedere restaurant makes for a wonderful experience, but it is essential to book ahead and dress up.
    • Other historic buildings to seek out while exploring the park include the Baroque court theater and the swanky Belvedere restaurant, which started life as a glass-and-wrought-iron orangery for the Royal Family’s delectation.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful and quiet park 16/10/2018
    • Silence 12/10/2018
    • Lazienki Krolewskie w Warszawie
    Address:
    Agrykola 1
    Warsaw 00-460
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 504 243 783
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Old Town
    Historic Walking Areas
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    Sasha H Says:

    Warsaw’s historic Stare Miasto (Old Town) is a joy to wander through on a sunny day. It's crammed with ornate Baroque churches, narrow alleys, gabled townhouses, and sweeping piazzas protected by thick bastion walls. Largely annihilated during World War II, Stare Miasto was reconstructed in the 1970s under Soviet rule, and it's now UNESCO listed thanks to its painstaking architectural restoration. The heart of the Stare Miasto is the vast Rynek Starego Miasta, a medieval market square that is today lined with brightly painted Baroque buildings which house hotels, cozy restaurants, and bars selling local beers.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride from Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) to explore the Old Town and the area around the Royal Castle.
    • The warlike Syrenka Mermaid Statue stands on the edge of Rynek Starego Miasta. She is the mythical protector of Warsaw (but frankly didn’t do a great job in the last world war!).
    • Most days, there’s a tourist-orientated market held here with stalls selling painted eggs, glassware, and amber jewelry.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Guide to the past 19/10/2018
    • Beautiful old Town 19/10/2018
    • Old Town
    Phone:
    +48 22 355 51 70
    Other:
  • Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow
    History Museums, Military Museums, Art Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Located at the southern end of the Royal Route, the fairytale Baroque palace of Wilanów was built in the 18th century as one of the most opulent royal palaces in Europe. Today, it is open for tours of its grand apartments and peerless decorative arts collections — but equally inviting are the 45 hectares of delightfully landscaped gardens. The grounds have recently been restored to their bygone grandeur and encompass intricate plantings, whimsical fountains, and sweeping parkland designed in the informal ‘English’ style that was popular at the turn of the 19th century. Treasures tucked away among the lakes, bridges, and follies include a rose garden (a spectacular place to witness in spring) and a tranquil Chinese garden filled with rare oriental trees.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The palace gardens are open daily from 9am until dusk. Entrance is free on Thursday.
    • Themed walks around the Wilanów gardens are available in English and Polish.
    • Takes buses E2, 117, or 130 from Warsaw city center to Wilanów.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just beautiful 19/10/2018
    • Very nice Polish culture and history 13/10/2018
    • Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanow
    Address:
    Stanislawa Kostki Potockiego 10/16
    Warsaw 02-958
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 544 27 00
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Mon
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Wed - Sat
    9:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
  • Saxon Gardens
    Gardens
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    Sasha H Says:

    Saski Park opened to the hoi polloi in 1727, making it one of the oldest public parks in Europe. It originally formed part of the royal estates surrounding the Saski Palace, which was built in the early 18th century for King August II. Unfortunately, the palace was destroyed during World War II, and the only remnant of the ornate mansion is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a marble mausoleum that contains an eternal flame guarded by soldiers from the Polish armed forces. The gardens occupy a peaceful 15.5-hectare space filled with wooded walks, ornamental fountains, carp-filled lakes, and statues of mythological gods and legendary creatures.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Saski Park (Saxon Gardens) is open daily all year around.
    • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains soil from 14 European battlefields upon which Polish soldiers have lost their lives.
    • The ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place at the tomb, every Sunday at midday.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Autumn gift 19/10/2018
    • Lovely little park to sit and unwind in 16/10/2018
    • Saxon Gardens
    Address:
    Corner ul. Marszalkowska and ul. Krolewska
    Warsaw
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 277 42 00
    Other:
  • Copernicus Science Centre
    Speciality Museums
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    Sasha H Says:

    Behind the Copernicus Science Center, Discovery Park runs alongside the River Vistula and up to Świętokrzyski Bridge. In addition to play areas for kids, the park is dotted with wacky sculptures and interactive sound installations. In summer, it is the venue for open-air movies and astronomy sessions, as well as all manner of sporting activities, including pilates classes. Two ramps link the park to the eco-gardens on the roof of the Science Center, making for one of the newest and most unusual green spaces in the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Discovery Park is open daily all year around. The garden on the rooftop is open daily (May–Aug 10am–8pm; Sept–Oct 10am–5pm). Admission to both is free.
    • Don't miss the roof of the Science Center — it offers a fantastic view of Warsaw, the River Vistula, and the impressive (national football stadium.
    • There’s another rooftop garden atop the Warsaw University Library nearby.
    • In summer, you can hire sun loungers, books and games at the park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Challenge your 10 year old self again, great for kids 19/10/2018
    • Intereating but too overcrowded! 17/10/2018
    • Copernicus Science Centre
    Address:
    Wybrzeze Kosciuszkowskie 20
    Warsaw 00-390
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 596 41 00
    Other:
  • Multimedia Fountain Park
    Fountains
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    Sasha H Says:

    A short walk from the Royal Castle, Multimedia Fountain Park is a popular youth hangout by day, and on summer nights it draws crowds with its whimsical dancing fountains. Multi-colored water jets and laser beams flash, whirl and leap across the skies in time to much-loved tunes by anyone from Chopin to Madonna.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • From May through September shows are staged Sunday to Thursday at 4pm and 9.30pm (fountains only) and on Fridays and Saturdays at 9.30pm (the full multi-media show).
    • Multimedia Fountain Park located in Podzamcze, a five-minute walk north of the Old Town.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular fountain-show 22/09/2018
    • multicolored dancing fountains 31/08/2018
    • Multimedia Fountain Park
    Address:
    I Dywizji Pancernej Square
    Rybaki
    Warsaw 00-221
    Poland
    Other:
  • Botanical Gardens (Ogrod Botaniczny)
    Gardens
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    Sasha H Says:

    Best visited in summer for the spectacular and multi-colored profusion of roses, Warsaw’s botanical gardens have been part of the university since 1818. Like much of the city, the gardens were destroyed by Nazi bombing in World War II and were only revived in 1987, after extensive renovation of the pathways and greenhouses. Today, they are a delightful repository of Polish trees and plants, with terraces that overlook the River Vistula. Pines, acers and japonica vie for attention with saltmarsh plants from the sand dunes of Poland’s Baltic coast, while the greenhouses are planted with palms, cacti, and tropical fruits.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Botanical Gardens are at Aleje Ujazdowskie 4.
    • The annual rose festival takes place in the gardens in July.
    • If you are of an artistic nature, take paper and paint with you to capture the beauty of your surroundings on a sunny afternoon.
    • Opening hours are April through October, Mon–Fri 9am–8pm, and Sat–Sun 10am–8pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice botanical garden 31/07/2018
    • Botanical Garden, Beautiful Walk 02/06/2018
    • Botanical Gardens (Ogrod Botaniczny)
    Address:
    ul. Prawdziwka 2
    Powsin
    Warsaw 02-973
    Poland
    Phone:
    +48 22 648 38 56
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Other:
  • Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sasha H Says:

    Devised by the tourist office to follow the route of Polish kings from the Royal Castle to Wilanów Palace (11 km to the south), the Royal Route (Trakt Królewski in Polish) cleverly links the best of Warsaw's attractions. The walk cuts a pedestrianized swathe through the city from Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) past the Royal Castle to Wilanów. Along the way it encompasses: Krakowskie Przedmieście and Nowy Świat, Warsaw’s swankiest streets; the lovely churches of St Anne and the Holy Cross, where Chopin’s heart is entombed; numerous splendid palaces; and many monuments to Poland’s great and good. The most impressive section is between the Royal Castle and the bizarre artificial palm tree on the De Gaulle roundabout, which is around a mile’s walk and is easily accomplished in 45 minutes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Łazienki Park and its delicious Baroque palaces are also easily accessible on foot. They lie about 20 minutes further south of the De Gaulle roundabout.
    • From Łazienki Park, several buses go to Wilanów Palace, including E2, 117 and 130.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 368 things to do in Warsaw
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely area 19/10/2018
    • Lovely and beautiful square 18/10/2018
    • Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy)
    Address:
    Junction ul. Miodowa and Krakowskie Przedmiescie
    Warsaw
    Poland
    Other:
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