Warsaw parks and gardens: discover green Warsaw and enjoy the beauty of nature
1. The Royal Łazienki Park
The huge park surrounding the summer residence of the last Polish king. A must-see on your Warsaw bucket list! It can be crowded during weekends but it’s also big enough to have a quiet walk in less popular parts of the garden. Amazing during each season – kids can collect chestnuts and colorful leaves during fall, build a snowman and ride a sled during wintertime, observe squirrels in spring, and lie on the grass in summer. Animals that you can observe in the Łazienki Park include peacocks, squirrels, pigeons, ducks. And if it starts raining you can hide in one of the galleries and museums in Łazienki, eg. the Palace on the Isle.
Covid lockdown info: the Łazienki Park and Museums have been reopened in May 2020. Click here to read our post about the new opening hours of the Łazienki park and the museums and about the visiting rules.
2. The Botanical Garden in Powsin
Great destination, especially during weekends – for a longer trip – to recharge your batteries by experiencing nature. The Garden is located in Powsin, in the suburbs of Warsaw – between Wilanów and Konstancin. You will find there a vegetable garden and orchard – lots of fun for city people to see “live” pumpkin, beetroot, dill or an apple on a tree. Kids will enjoy the “Collection of Polish flora” which includes mountain plants and mini-mountains / hills. There are short trails (marked as in the real Polish mountains) and peaks with an interesting view for children. Climbing is not difficult, and the little hikers have great satisfaction. The Garden offers many photo opportunities (azaleas, roses, fruit trees blooming, colorful leaves during fall).
Covid lockdown info: the Botanical Garden in Powsin has been reopened in May 2020. Click here to read our post about the new opening hours of the Powsin Garden and about the visiting rules.
3. The Gardens of the Royal Castle
It doesn’t happen often that a new garden appears on the city map, especially right in its heart. But Warsaw is special in many ways. And that’s the case of the Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Although the reconstruction of the Royal Castle was completed in 1984, it was only in 2015 that the Castle’s historical upper garden was open. May 2019 marks a significant milestone in the history of Polish capital – the lower garden of the Royal Castle was open to the public, finalizing the after-war reconstruction of Warsaw’s Old Town. The uniqueness of Warsaw has been recognized by UNESCO that placed the Historic Centre of Warsaw on its list of World Heritage Sites as “an outstanding example of a near-total reconstruction of a span of history covering the 13th to the 20th century (…) after more than 85% of Warsaw’s historic center was destroyed by Nazi troops in August 1944“.
Covid lockdown info: the Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw have been reopened in May 2020. Click here to read our post about the new opening hours of the Gardens and the visiting rules.
Photo source: City of Warsaw, Kids in the City
4. The Garden on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Center
A relatively small garden (more like a green viewing platform) on the rooftop of the Copernicus Science Centre (Powiśle district), overlooking the Vistula river and the Old Town. The Garden has been reopened in May 2020. Opening hours of the Garden, May-August: 10 am – 8 pm. The Garden is closed on Mondays. Entrance through a ramp from the southern part of the building. Free entrance.
Photo source: www.kopernik.org.pl
5. The Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski)
A green oasis in the heart of Warsaw, some of the trees are 250-years-old! Just a few steps from busy Marszałkowska Street and the Old Town. You can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in the Garden. There is a 24-hour guard post (2 soldiers who change every hour – children will love it!).
The Saxon Garden (Ogród Saski) dates back to the early 18th century. It was a baroque garden in the French style, a first public park in Warsaw, located next to the royal Saxon Palace (Pałac Saski). The Palace was blown up by the Nazis in 1944. The Garden was renovated, and now you can admire 21 baroque statues along the main avenue of the Garden, the fountain from the middle of the nineteenth century, and a sundial.
6. The Roof Garden of the Warsaw University Library
The Garden is located on the roof of the University of Warsaw Library (Powiśle district) and is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe. From the top, you will have a wonderful view of Warsaw, including the Vistula river and the Palace of Culture and Science. The library Garden has two parts: the upper garden on the roof and the lower garden where you will find the ponds, the fountain, and the granite sculptures.
Covid lockdown info: the Roof Garden has been reopened in May 2020. Click here to read our post about the opening hours of the Garden and the visiting rules.
7. The Park of the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace in Wilanów
The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów in Warsaw is a baroque summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski and his wife, Queen Maria Kazimiera. It’s a huge park (45 hectares!) with gardens of different styles (Baroque, English landscape garden, rose garden, Anglo-Chinese garden) as well as Wilanowskie Lake, and lots of beautiful nature.
Covid lockdown info: the Park in Wilanów has been reopened in May 2020. Click here to read our post about the opening hours of the Park and the visiting rules.
Photos by Julia Dobrzańska, The Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów
8. The Skaryszewski Park
The Skaryszewski Park is located in the Praga district. It was created in 1905. It’s one of the largest parks in Warsaw (smaller than Łazienki Garden and Pole Mokotowskie). The Park is unique because of a beautiful Kamionkowskie lake (kayak rentals are available). The Kamionkowskie Lake used to be a part of the Vistula river (today’s area of Skaryszewski Park and Saska Kępa used to be an island, and then a peninsula). In the Park, it is allowed to have a picnic or play on the grass. The Park alleys are suitable for biking or roller skating.
Covid lockdown info: the Skaryszewski Park is opened. Click here to read our post about the Park.
9. The Park in the birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola
Whether you love classical music and Frederic Chopin compositions or not, the Żelazowa Wola village is the must on your “to visit list” in Poland (it’s just 55 km from Warsaw). And it is because of the most beautiful park that surrounds the birthplace and the Museum of Frederic Chopin. The most fabulous and delightful park. In Poland, there are for sure bigger parks, but the one in Żelazowa Wola seems just perfect. The park was developed in 1932-1939 and renovated for the 2010 Chopin Year Celebrations (200th birth anniversary). Is has new paths, benches, bridges (the Utrata river flows through the park), ponds, pergolas – everything very elegant and modern, but modern in a good way – that brings comfort and is visually unobtrusive. Also, this is not a regular park – everywhere you can hear Chopin’s music, played quietly from BOSE speakers hidden all over the park in bushes, grass or ivy.
Covid lockdown info: the Park in Żelazowa Wola has been reopened in May 2020. Read our featured story: Birthplace of Frederic Chopin: the perfect destination for a weekend trip.
10. The Park in Powsin / Park Kultury w Powsinie
The Park in Powsin (Park Kultury w Powsinie) is a popular place for rest and recreation in the southern part of Warsaw (not to be confused with the botanical garden in Powsin which is adjacent to the Park). The Park together with the Kabaty Forest (Las Kabacki) have been a great place for family weekend trips for years.
Within the Park, on an area of 50 hectares, there is an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, sports equipment rental, cross-country ski rental, playing fields, amphitheater, tourist houses to rent, sauna, the gym, billiards, bowling alley, outdoor gyms, playgrounds.
Outdoor swimming pool in the Powsin Park – re-opened from July 3, 2020. Opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Attractions include the main pool (25 m x 12.5 m) equipped with a spiral slide 25 m long, paddling pool for children, a water playground with water attractions, playground in the shape of a ship.
Location of the Park: Park Kultury w Powsinie, Maślaków 1 Street (location on Google map). Website in Polish. Facebook page. The Park’s map. The Park can be reached by bike or Veturilo bike, bus number 519 (from Dworzec Centralny / Railway Central Station) or by car. Opening hours: 8 am – 10 pm. Free entrance to the Park, you need to buy tickets to a swimming pool, tennis courts, etc.
Photo source: Park Kultury w Powsinie
11. The Szczęśliwicki Park in Ochota / Park Szczęśliwicki
Park Szczęśliwicki – the biggest (30 ha) park in Ochota district. In addition to playgrounds and an outdoor swimming pool, you’ll find something completely special there – in the center of the park, there is the highest hill in Warsaw, a 152 m slope with all the ski facilities! This is the only year-round ski slope in Warsaw and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship (the ski slop is expected to be re-opened in September).
Now on Górka Szczęśliwicka, you can use “Alpine Coaster” (gravity slide / zjeżdżalnia grawitacyjna / kolejka górska). It’s open every day 10 am – 8 pm, tickets: 8 PLN, location in the park: Drawska 22 Street (Facebook page).
Outdoor swimming pool in the Szczęśliwicki Park
- The pool is re-opened from July 3, 2020. Attractions include 25.04 m x 12.52 m sports swimming pool, recreation pool with hydromassage, paddling pool for children, tube slide.
- Location: Park Śzczęśliwicki, Usypiskowa 18 Street (location on Google map). Website in Polish.
- Opening hours of the swimming pool: 9 am – 7 pm (until August 31), 10 am – 6 pm (September 1-15).
- Regular ticket 22 PLN, reduced ticket 11 PLN, family ticket 1+2 35 PLN, family ticket 2+2 45 PLN (children up to 4 free entrance).
- The number of people in the facility may not exceed 350 people (two times less than in previous years).
- In case of bad weather, the pool will be closed.
Photos source: www.osir-ochota.home.pl, www.aktywnawarszawa.waw.pl, Kids in the City
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