An autumn weekend in Warsaw, Poland

There are places where I feel different than anywhere else. Places that are unique and full of magic. There is a kind of genius loci that gives these spaces a specific atmosphere and makes me want to stay there longer to feel these vibes. I have such feelings every time I visit Łazienki Park in Warsaw and the pre-war tenement house, which is located nearby, on Plac Unii Lubelskiej. This time we went there during one fall weekend when everything was covered with fog.

The Royal Promenade in Łazienki Park in autumn (Łazienki Królewskie jesienią), Warsaw, Poland

The Royal Promenade (Promenada królewska) in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The Temple of the Sybil (Świątynia Sybilli), autumn in Łazienki Park (Łazienki Królewskie jesienią), Warsaw, Poland

The Temple of the Sybil (Świątynia Sybilli), Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

An autumn trip to Warsaw, Poland

Some say that this time when the golden autumn has passed and winter has not yet begun, it is the most gloomy and depressing time of the year. The end of autumn, when the trees are already bare, birds fly away and the days are shorter and shorter.

Wet streets, drizzling rain, black silhouettes of ravens and crows. Sleepy mornings when, instead of a blue sky, there is a gray shroud of fog that looks as if someone hid the world behind the curtain. Is it possible to like this time of year?

The Chopin Statue (Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina w Warszawie jesienią) in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The Chopin Statue (Pomnik Fryderyka Chopina) in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The last autumn leaves, Łazienki Park (Park Łazienkowski), Warsaw, Poland

The last autumn leaves, Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

Łazienki Park in November (Łazienki Królewskie w listopadzie), Warsaw, Poland

Łazienki Park (Łazienki Królewskie) in November, Warsaw, Poland

I admit to you that in the past I hated late autumn, and this gray world, when the last leaves had fallen, seemed to me extremely sad. Everything changed when I went on a weekend trip to Warsaw.

A thick mist accompanied us from the very morning when we left Gliwice until the last evening in Warsaw. My beloved Łazieki Park (check also: Łazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland) and all those places I know looked completely different in autumn. There was something magical and mystical in this gray shroud of fog, bare trees, and rain-wet alleys. It was so quiet and nostalgic, peaceful and… beautiful.

The Old Orangery (Stara Pomarańczarnia) in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The Old Orangery (Stara Pomarańczarnia) in Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The building of the Old Orangery in Łazienki Park houses the Royal Theater (Teatr Królewski) and the Polish Sculpture Gallery (Galeria Rzeźby Polskiej)

The building of the Old Orangery in Łazienki Park houses the Royal Theater and the Polish Sculpture Gallery

In front of the Old Orangery in Łazienki Park, there is the Dutch Garden (Ogród Holenderski) with amazing stone statues

In front of the Old Orangery, there is the Dutch Garden (Ogród Holenderski) with amazing stone statues

I’ve learned to see beauty in this time of the year which I hated so much. I’ve learned to see colors that have been around me all the time but I have not noticed them before. What’s more, I realized that gray can be very charming. I looked at this late-autumn world from a slightly different perspective and know what? I liked it. Really. So if someone would ask me if it is worth visiting Warsaw in November or December, I would say yes. Definitely yes!

The Palace on the Water (Pałac na Wodzie) in autumn, Łazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland

The stone bridge over the canal leads to the Palace on the Water (Pałac na Wodzie), the most visited building in Łazienki Park, Warsaw

The modernist tenement house at Bagatela 15, Plac Unii Lubelskiej, Warsaw, Poland

The modernist tenement house at Bagatela 15, Plac Unii Lubelskiej, Warsaw, Poland

Plac Unii Lubelskiej on a misty autumn evening, Warsaw, Poland

Plac Unii Lubelskiej seen from the apartment where I stayed in Warsaw

The unusual place to stay in Warsaw, Poland

Łazienki Park is the place that has an amazing atmosphere. Whenever I walk here, I think about what this beautiful pre-war Warsaw looked like. The city that has been almost completely destroyed and razed to the ground.

There are not many buildings in Warsaw that survived the Second World War. One of them is the tenement house at the corner of Bagatela, near the Łazienki Park. That’s where we stayed during our weekend trip and where we always stay whenever we visit Warsaw. It’s a unique place with an amazing atmosphere.

The unusual apartment in the pre-war tenement house in Warsaw, Poland

The unusual apartment in the pre-war tenement house in Warsaw, Poland

The unusual interior design in Warsaw, Poland

The unique interior design and gravel on the floor make this place one of a kind

The inner courtyard of the tenement house on Plac Unii Lubelskiej, Warsaw, Poland

The view from the inner courtyard of the tenement house

Each apartment in this pre-war building is one of a kind. Sand on the floor, gravel in the living room, golden stains on the walls and bizarre structures under the ceiling. All this is the work of the architect who has a truly incredible fantasy and tries to restore the splendor of this Warsaw tenement house, creating extraordinary spaces that you will not see anywhere else.

That's how the tenement at the corner of Bagatela in Warsaw looked before the war

That’s how the tenement at the corner of Bagatela in Warsaw looked before the war

This building suffered a lot. It was partially demolished in the post-war period. These wounds and scars are not hidden, they are clearly visible. And I think that’s what makes this place so special. Here you can feel the spirit of Warsaw better than anywhere. However, it is not just about the building but about people: the architect who creates this place, residents, guests. This is not an ordinary Airbnb. It’s a kind of microcosm where everything is different, unconventional and limited only by the imagination.

The bizarre constructions under the ceiling, Amfilada Bagatela, Warszawa

The bizarre constructions under the ceiling are truly extraordinary

The crazy Airbnb in Warsaw, Poland with sand on the floor

Some rooms have sand on the floor, so you can feel a bit like on the beach while still in the center of Warsaw

Amfilada Bagatela, an unusual place to organize an event in Warsaw

Amfilada Bagatela in Warsaw is the place where extraordinary events are often organized

The unusual place for playing billiards in Warsaw, Amfilada Bagatela on Plac Unii Lubelskiej

In Amfilada Bagatela you can also play billiards

Amfilada Bagatela, an amazing place to organize an event in Warsaw

In the house, there are many mannequins that create the unique atmosphere of this place

The crazy Airbnb in a tenement house on Plac Unii Lubelskiej in Warsaw, Poland

This place is a real paradise for artists, photographers and all people who love to create

The flat where we stayed was really cool. There was a private library with art books and photo albums, so something just for me! The apartment was decorated with paintings and unusual antique items that created a unique atmosphere of this place. The view from its windows was also amazing. It was nice to look at Plac Unii Lubelskiej at dawn, drinking the morning coffee. Seeing all these historic buildings, looking at passers-by, watching the trams gliding in the fog.

The crazy Airbnb with sand on the floor, Warsaw, Poland

Living in the apartment with sand on the floor is a really interesting experience

This unusual interior design is the work of the architect who creates not only in Warsaw but also in Vienna, Austria

This unusual interior design is the work of the architect who creates not only in Warsaw but also in Vienna, Austria

Some people asked me on Instagram where exactly these pictures were taken. If you are also interested in this, check out the apartment ‘Desert in the city’ and the Amfilada Bagatela, the places from my photos. In this building, there are also many other accommodations in a different budget. You can even sleep in a tent if you like. It’s a really crazy place that will surprise everyone.

Plac Unii Lubelskiej, Warsaw, Poland

Plac Unii Lubelskiej, Warsaw, Poland

On the day we were leaving the fog disappeared and the sun was shining on Plac Unii Lubelskiej. Everything suddenly looked completely different. Beautiful, cheerful, but not with this amazing atmosphere that was before. It was time to go back home.

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  15 comments for “An autumn weekend in Warsaw, Poland

  1. Shane Prather
    December 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    That fog makes for amazing pictures! Especially in the autumn season… mystical/spooky all at once!

    Love love love!

    • December 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      I love taking pictures in the fog. What is bad weather for others is ideal for me 🙂 I was lucky that during my weekend trip to Warsaw was such a typical autumn weather. Maybe in the sun, the world seems more beautiful but the lens likes foggy days 🙂

  2. December 5, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Your photos are beautiful! They give a really unique feel to Warsaw. Hopefully I can visit the city one day!

  3. December 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    What lovely pictures you have got there. I really want to visit Poland but I have always thought of visiting the country during summers. But now I guess I need to change my plan and totally plan it for autumn. I am so intrigued by the pictures.

    • December 6, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Shreya, I think the best time to visit Poland is golden autumn. That is September or October, then it is really nice and still quite warm 🙂

  4. December 5, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    I have a soft spot for Poland. I try to visit once a year but yet to go in Autumn. Reading through your article, I’ll have to go in Autumn soon it looks amazing. Thank you for sharing recommendations.

    • December 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I’m sure you’ll like Poland in the fall. In my opinion, this is one of the best moments to visit my country. But if I would advise something, I recommend September or October, then it is much warmer and the days are longer.

  5. December 6, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    It seems like a magical time of the year to visit! That looks like such a unique place to stay too. I’m not sure if I would love or hate the sand though!

    • December 7, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      This sand on the floor is actually quite a controversial thing and I guess there are people who will love this idea and there will be those who are quite skeptical. I liked it because I could experience something completely different. I could feel a bit like on the beach and I liked it a lot.

  6. December 7, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Gorgeous Autumn Photos, really gives a different perspective on Warsaw!

    • December 7, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you, Chelsie. I am glad that you like the pictures 🙂

  7. December 7, 2018 at 11:52 am

    The design of the place you stayed looks so cool! It’s like a museum with a modern touch.

    The late autumn time is a bit gloomy but you make me believe it is also a great time to go out and photograph. The fog makes for some cool pictures!

    • December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

      Museum with a modern touch… You’re right! Actually, it looks a bit like that. When it comes to late autumn, I’ve learned that this is the perfect time to take pictures. Although sometimes it seems that it makes no sense to take the camera because it is gray and gloomy, then it turns out that the photos are more interesting than if the weather was nice.

  8. December 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Really good shots… I rarely say that I love the misty weather.
    You have really beautiful colors, how do you achieve that? Lightroom filters?
    Also, what is it shot with?