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.
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.
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.