In Poland, they say ‘Cudze chwalicie, swego nie znacie’. It can be translated as ‘The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’ but the precise meaning of this proverb is that people rave about sights abroad while they are not familiar with their own country’s attractions.
Łazienki Królewskie, a green oasis in the center of Warsaw
I must admit that even though I’m a Pole I know Vienna better than Warsaw because I used to live in the Austrian capital. I walked so many times around the gardens of Schönbrunn, Belvedere, Volksgarten, but I have never been to Łazienki Park in Warsaw before.
Everyone said that this place is really beautiful and it’s a must-see, but each time I was in Warsaw I was always in a hurry and had a little time for sightseeing… until the last weekend when I could finally feel like a tourist there. Luckily the apartment Bagatela 14 where we were staying was located near Łazienki so we often walked around the park admiring beautiful gardens and architectural gems.
Łazienki Królewskie is a favorite place for walks and an oasis of green in the center of Warsaw where one can rest watching nature and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. This park-and-palace complex was a summer residence of King Stanisław August and nowadays performs a variety of functions: it’s a museum, a place of cultural, scientific and entertainment events and, due to the summer concerts that take place at the foot of the world’s most famous monument of Fryderyk Chopin, also an important place for music lovers.
Top 20 things to see in Łazienki Park, Warsaw:
1. The Palace on the Isle
2. The Amphitheatre
3. The White House
4. The Myślewicki Palace
5. Fryderyk Chopin Monument
6. The Royal Garden
7. The Romantic Garden
8. The Modernist Garden
9. The Chinese Garden
10. The Old Orangery
11. The Royal Theatre
12. Jan III Sobieski Monument
13. The New Orangery
14. The Temple of Sybilla
15. The Egyptian Temple
16. Henryk Sienkiewicz Monument
17. The Officer Cadets School
18. The Old Guardhouse
19. The New Guardhouse
20. The Hermitage
How to get to Łazienki Park in Warsaw?
By bus (116, 166, 180) to Łazienki Królewskie or by tram (4, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 31 or 35) to Plac Unii Lubelskiej and walk 400 m down Bagatela street.
Łazienki Park, Poland – was it worth visiting?
The thing that thrilled me most was a lovely view of the Palace on the Isle, also called the Łazienki Palace or the Palace on the Water. I must say that when I was admiring this beautiful architectural gem I felt really proud that it is my country, my heritage, my history… I mean the gardens of Schönbrunn and the panorama of Vienna seen from Gloriette might be marvelous, but nothing compares to the feeling that you are at home.
When I was younger I used to say that I am a citizen of the world and I could live anywhere, no matter in which country, on which continent but the more I travel the more I realize that my country is the place where I belong. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to explore new places and l admit I’ve got a gypsy soul, but every time I come back to Poland, I hear my language, I see such beautiful places like Łazienki Park, the truth is that I just feel as happy as anywhere else.
If you ever will be in the Polish capital don’t forget to visit Łazienki Park. It’s one of the top attractions, and in my opinion the most beautiful place in the city. Tip: The best day to visit Łazienki is Sunday, because from May to September at 12 noon and 4 p.m. free outdoor Chopin concerts take place there. Your city break in Warsaw just won’t be complete without seeing it.
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Wow so much to do in 1 single park. Quite amazing. The pictures look gorgeous and the place looks very serene.
It’s true, many gems are hidden among the gardens.
Muszę tam pojechać koniecznie, przekonałaś mnie 🙂
Warto! Dla mnie było to duże przeżycie, bo tyle razy widziało się ten park na zdjęciach, a pomnik Chopina każde dziecko zna chociażby ze szkolnych podręczników… Cieszę się, że w końcu udało mi się zobaczyć to wszystko na żywo.
Bylam jako nastolatka na wycieczce w Warszawie i bardzo ponure wrazenie na mnie wywarla. Malo zieleni, sam beton i kurz. Wrocilam chora do domu na wsi 🙂 Twoje zdjecia sa jednak tak piekne, urzekajace, ze mialabym ochote tam wrocic, choc powiedzialam sobie wtedy – nigdy wiecej – 😀 Chyba jednak kiedys sprobuje, moze akurat cos sie zmienilo 🙂
Ja też ostatnio się rozchorowałam w Warszawie i pokrzyżowało mi to trochę plany. Myślałam, że wyjdzie z tego taki mini przewodnik po atrakcjach miasta, a wyszło jak wyszło… i są tylko Łazienki 🙂
This place is so pretty, I wouldn’t have thought it was in the middle of Warsaw. It looks like it can be in a very quiet area, in the countryside. I find it great for a nice relaxing stroll. We do have the same saying in Romania, about the green grass, that is funny 🙂
It is so true. I find that I know a lot more about places outside of Canada than my own country. I would love to visit Warsaw someday. Lazienki Park looks like it would be a great day trip.
This post has beautiful photographs. i especially liked the walkway photograph.
Hehehehhee … we really liked the look Attractions others more beautiful, it is because they promote tourist attractions in their country with a very beautiful picture. But the actual sights in our country is not inferior to the tourist attractions of other countries.
That park is beautiful and actually it reminds me a bit of Schonbrunn just because of the style of architecture. I plan on going to Poland in the next couple of years so I will be sure to stop here.
Palace on water looks amazing. It looks like quite a refreshing and fun place… Nature and history in one. Lovely.
Charming place, Lazienki park, looks so calm and tranquil. You are true about the ‘Grass being green on the other side”, part, I need to see so much of my own country which is so vast and has so many unknown treasures.
What a charming place to visit and also I must say that your photos are STUNNING too. I am always trying to see places near to where I live, it’s true that we often don’t bother with what is on our own doorsteps, and that’s such a shame, as you have highlighted here! Karen
The park is gorgeous! I always put parks at the top of my list whenever I visit new places, so maybe that’s why I am so fascinated with your shots of Łazienki Park 😀 Poland is so close, yet I’ve never been. I should definitely rectify that.
I like parks too, it’s nice to take a break and relax there after sightseeing the city.
you have a very mesmerizing post, and photos are pinteresting! This park is perfect for photoshoots.
Thank you, Blair! 🙂
There is so much to do in this park! Definitely saving for future visits. I can very much agree that people know more about what is happening in other cities than what is happening in their own. it’s easy to forget the lovely characteristics that make our hometowns so unique. Lovely photographs as always Ewa.
My grandfather was from Poland and I would love nothing more than to visit his birthplace. Stunning photos.
WOW. the photos I have been googling regarding Warsaw do not do it justice. These are amazing. I have yet to visit Poland, mainly because it is so far away, but I may have to change my plans shortly.
I would definitely love to see the Romantic Garden. It sounds spectacular.
Hi, I want the following information; How does one fly from Delhi to Warsaw and then onwards to this great looking place.I am sure there would be other great places in Warsaw other than this one. It is an amazing piece of landscape and your camera has done wonders.
Oh yes, there more nice looking places to visit, not only Łazienki Park. Warsaw was completely destroyed by the war so the old town is quite small, but still very charming and worth seeing. Krakowskie Przedmieście street and the Palace of Culture and Science is also a must-see, but if you are interested in parks there is another great park-and-palace complex in Warsaw, Wilanów Park. I haven’t been there yet but I saw the pictures and it looks amazing.
Love this post! Love the place. It seems very stately and romantic all at the same time. Everything is so elegant!