Summer in Warsaw: events and things to do in Warsaw in August 2020

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Weather in Poland in August

The average monthly temperature in August in Poland is 18,5°C / 65°F, and the average monthly rainfall level is 66 mm.

When you travel in Poland outside the cities in August, you will notice golden cereal fields (mostly rye, wheat, oats) accompanied with red poppies and blue cornflowers. August is the harvest season in Poland. When the crops are already harvested, it’s time to celebrate. The harvest in Poland ends with the festival called in Polish dożynki.

Read more about the weather in Poland in summer and colorful changes in nature you can’t miss.

Shopping Sunday in Poland in August 2020

In August 2020, there is one shopping Sunday in Poland: August 30. Click here to read our post about shopping Sundays in Poland in 2020. Read our post with the list of online stores in Poland delivering groceries to home.

Outdoor events in Warsaw in August 2020

  • Every Saturday in August

Summer piano recitals in the birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola
Location: Chopin Museum and Park, 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw), 2 concerts each Saturday: 12 pm and 3 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum. Detailed concert agenda in English.

“Breakfast Market” / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food in Żoliborz
Location: corner of aleja Wojska Polskiego Street and Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Street food, bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Facebook event in Polish.

26th International Open Air Festival “Jazz at the Old Town” (Jazz na Starówce)
Free jazz concerts each Saturday (7 pm) until the end of August on the stage at the Old Town Market. Click here to read more in English. The Festival runs until August 29.

Free open-air jazz concert in Mokotów 
Location: Park Dreszera (a park between Puławska, Odyńca, Krasickiego, and Ursynowska Streets), free entrance, 5 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Garage sales at Plac Konesera – an event promoting upcycling   
Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 11 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor yoga in Saska Kępa
Location: Lunapark outdoor restaurants and street food bars, Wał Miedzeszyński 407 Street (Saska Kępa), free entrance, 3 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Every Sunday in August

“Breakfast Market” / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food in Mokotów 
Location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Street food, bread, pastries, cheese, sausages, vegan delicatessen, vegetables, fruits, flowers, fish. Facebook event in Polish.

Archaeological Festival in Pruszków, 17 km from Warsaw – history of weaving and fabrics
Location: Museum of Ancient Mazovian Metallurgy (Muzeum Starożytnego Hutnictwa Mazowieckiego), plac Jana Pawła II 2, 05-800 Pruszków, most of the attractions will be located outdoors, in the Museum garden. Free entrance, 11 am – 5 pm. Attractions include reconstruction stations, demonstrations, concerts, workshops for children and adults.  More in English about the museum. Facebook event in Polish.

Summer piano recitals in the birthplace of Frederic Chopin in Żelazowa Wola
Location: Chopin Museum and Park, 96-503 Sochaczew, Żelazowa Wola 15 (60 km from Warsaw), 2 concerts each Sunday: 12 pm and 3 pm. Click here to read our tips in English about visiting the Museum. Detailed concert agenda in English.

Free ‘swing step’ dancing event at Plac Konesera – dance, music and the atmosphere of the 1930s-1950s
Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 3 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

The summer outdoor concerts in Mokotów
Location: Park Morskie Oko, the area next to Pałac Szustra building, Morskie Oko 2 Street (Mokotów), free entrance, 12 pm. In case of bad weather, the concerts take place inside the Pałac Szustra. Facebook event in Polish.

‘JazZamek’ – a concert of jazz music at the medieval castle in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 40 km from the center of Warsaw), 4 pm (the castle opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm), regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Facebook event in Polish. Our tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle.

Summer outdoor Chopin music concerts in Ursynów
Location: Park im. Jana Pawła II, entrance from Romera Street (Ursynów), free entrance, 4 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Every Saturday & Sunday in August

Guided tour of the Wilanów Palace Garden
Location: Wilanów Palace Garden, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street, 1 pm (except August 15), meeting point at the ticket office (small yellow building in the park in front of the palace). Meeting point on a map (a ticket office / kasa muzeum marked as no. 1). Regular tickets to the park 7 PLN, reduced tickets 4 PLN (online tickets). Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor yoga in Ursynów/Kabaty
Location: Park przy Bażantarni, Przy Bażantarni Street (location on Google map), free entrance. Saturday and Sunday, 10 am. Facebook event in Polish.

Archeological picnic at the medieval castle in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 40 km from the center of Warsaw), 11 am – 5 pm (the castle opening hours: 10 am – 8 pm), regular tickets 10 PLN, reduced tickets 5 PLN. Everyday life, as well as war and peace in various historical periods – presentation of old crafts, martial arts, cuisine. Facebook event in PolishOur tips in English on visiting the Czersk Castle.

  • Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in August

“Agro Bazar” in Służewiec – organic food market (Weekendowy Agrobazar Rodzinny)
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street. Friday 2 pm – 6 pm, Saturday 8 am – 6 pm, Sunday 8 am – 6 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

‘Slow Market at the Vistula’ – multicultural street food 
Location: the Vistula Boulevard, “Plac Zabaw” next to a white barge (Barka), close to the Copernicus Science Center, Friday 6 pm – 2 am, Saturday 12 pm – 2 am, Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

  • Every Friday in August

Free Chopin music piano recitals at Plac Konesera 
Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

  • 4 weekends in August: August 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30

Horse Racing at Służewiec Racetrack
Location: Tor Wyścigów Konnych Służewiec, Puławska 266 Street, online tickets (children up to 5 free entrance). Website in English. Facebook event in Polish.

  • August 1

Warsaw Uprising Remembrance Day (Dzień Pamięci Powstania Warszawskiego)
The anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 against the Nazis. At precisely 5 pm all the Warsaw city sirens sound and lots of cars and pedestrians stop to commemorate and contemplate people who died in 1944.

  • August 1 and 2

Japanese weekend at the “Breakfast Market” / Targ Śniadaniowy – an outdoor shopping & street food in Mokotów and Żoliborz
Saturday location: corner of aleja Wojska Polskiego Street and Śmiała Street (Żoliborz), 9 am – 4 pm, free entrance. Sunday location: Skwer Grupy AK “Granat”, corner of Puławska and Woronicza Street (Mokotów), 10 am – 5 pm, free entrance. Attractions include workshops, shows, concerts, Japanese food. Facebook event in Polish.

  • August 2, 23, and 30 (Sundays)

Outdoor Farmers’ Market / Sunday Healthy Food Fair in Ursynów
Location: a parking lot next to Ursynów District Office, Imielin metro station, al. KEN 61 Street (Ursynów), 9 am – 3 pm, free entrance. Regional food, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat products, honey, juices, organic food. Facebook event in Polish.

  • August 8

Night of shooting stars at the medieval castle in Czersk
Location: Czersk Castle (Zamek w Czersku), Plac Tysiąclecia 1, 05-530 Czersk (south of Warsaw, 40 km from Warsaw), 7 pm – 11 pm, online tickets (20 PLN). Attractions include planetarium, workshops for children and adults, telescopes. Facebook event in Polish.

  • August 9 and 16 

Yoga class in Łazienki Royal Garden
Location: Łazienki Royal Garden, 10 am – 11.30 am, click here to check the meeting point (the area next to the Palace on the Isle). Families with children are welcomeFacebook event in Polish and English.

  • August 28-30 

Big Book Festival – an international celebration of reading and writing
Location: 3 locations in Mokotów: Big Book Cafe at Dąbrowskiego 81 Street, Mokotów Cultural Center ‘Centrum Łowicka’ at Łowicka 21 Street and Dąbrowskiego Street, and Dąbrowskiego 51 Street. The festival of books and reading, including events in English. Many special guests, meetings, workshops, and games. More in Polish about the FestivalFacebook event in Polish.

  • August 29 

Holi – festival of colors 
Location: Warsaw University of Technology Stadium (Stadion Syrenki), Batorego 10a Street (Mokotów), 2 pm – 8 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Day trips from Warsaw

Almost 10 hectares of land with educational routes for walks designed to protect the richness of fauna and flora. Attractions include 1 km nature trail, picnic area, small beach, the observation deck, rope park, playground, butterfly meadow with 50:1 scale models of Polish butterfly species, a treetop route dedicated to birds (the whole route is almost 250 m long; the bridges are hung between ten nests, the first of which is 2.5 m high and the last one is over 5 m high).

A visit to the Museum is a unique journey into the past – we are moving to the Polish countryside from the turn of the 19th century and the 20th century. The open-air ethnographic Museum includes village houses, two manors, an inn, an 18th-century church, a craft workshop, a carriage house and a gallery of folk sculpture.

Zegrze Reservoir/Zegrze Lake (called in Polish Jezioro Zegrzyńskie or Zalew Zegrzyński), a man-made lake developed in 1963, located 30 km north of Warsaw, is a very popular place among Warsaw residents for summer getaways. It’s also a popular place for sailing – every summer, around 1500 yachts and sailboats find their place in the marinas on the shores of the Zegrze Lake. You will find there public guarded beaches and you can take a boat cruise on the lake.

The medieval, Gothic castle in Czersk was built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. Although it has been heavily damaged over the centuries, its gothic towers and walls still attract those who love history. There is another reason why it is worth visiting Czersk – great views of the Vistula river valley, space, and relaxing silence. Especially during spring or summertime when it is green all around.

It is not often that you can “visit” swamps… And in addition, walk them dry foot! 40 km from Warsaw you can admire nature and wild swamps on wooden platforms. The place is called “Bagno Całowanie”, it’s a charming destination out of the city for a walk and a close encounter with nature. “Bagno Całowanie” is one of the largest peat bogs in the Warsaw area, located in the Mazovia Landscape Park (Mazowiecki Park Krajobrazowy), in the Vistula valley. The name comes from the nearby village – Całowanie.

Looking for the best photo spots in Poland? You will find them in one of the biggest (over 50 hectares) botanical gardens in Poland – the Arboretum Forest Educational Center in Rogów near Łódź. The Arboretum in Rogów has one of the most valuable plant collections in Europe. It’s “a forest park”, located in the thinned-out area of the forest. You can admire there the collections of trees and shrubs of Central and Eastern Europe, protected, endangered, and rare plants, as well as “experimental” parts of the forest with foreign species and the Alpine Garden – the aplinarium.

The trips are organized by the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in the town of Sochaczew (60 km from Warsaw). Tours are usually organized from April to September / October. They include a guided tour in the outdoor train museum, train travel to the Kampinos Forest, a guided walk in the Kampinos Forest, a picnic and bonfire, trip back to Sochaczew.

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. And it is because of the most beautiful park that surrounds the birthplace and the Museum of Frederic Chopin. 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.

Outdoor swimming pools in Warsaw

Outdoor swimming pool in the city center/Ochota
Location: Ośrodek Inflancka, Inflancka 8 Street. Re-opened from July 1. The pools will be open until August 31, 2020. Opening hours: 9.30 am – 7 pm (in the event of bad weather, the pool will be closed and customers will be notified on Facebook). Attractions include a swimming pool with a 50 m slide, three paddling pools for children with cascades and slides, sports field. Online ticketsWebsite in Polish. Facebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Wola
Location: Park Wodny Moczydło, Górczewska 69/73 Street. Re-opened from July 1 (after a major renovation last year). Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm (in the event of bad weather, the pool will be closed and customers will be notified on Facebook). Attractions include 50 x 20 sqm swimming pool, swimming pool complex (2.8 thousand sqm), including a pool for children with a water playground, slides: kamikaze, anaconda, three-track multislide. Online ticketsWebsite in Polish. Facebook page.

Outdoor swimming pool in Park Śzczęśliwicki in Ochota
Location: Park Śzczęśliwicki, Usypiskowa 18 Street. Re-opened from July 3. Attractions include 25.04 m x 12.52 m sports swimming pool, recreation pool with hydromassage, paddling pool for children, tube slideWebsite in Polish.

Outdoor swimming pool in Powsin (Kabaty Forest)
Location: Park Kultury w Powsinie, Maślaków 1 Street. Re-opened from July 3. 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 shipWebsite in Polish. Facebook page.

Guarded swimming area and beach at the Czerniakowskie Lake in Mokotów
Location: Jeziorko Czerniakowskie, Jeziorna Street (location on Google map). Opened from June 10 until September 15. Opening hours: 9 am – 7 pm. The Czerniakowskie lake is the largest natural water reservoir in Warsaw. Coastline length: 30 m. Website in Polish.

Drive-in and open-air cinemas in Warsaw

Free outdoor cinema  in Wilanów
Location: the area next to Royal Wilanów, Klimczaka 1 Street, every Wednesday in August, 9 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema  in Mokotów
Location: Park Sielecki, Sobieszyńska 35 Street, every Sunday in August, 9 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema in Łazienki Park 
Location: Łazienki Królewskie, Royal Łazienki Park (city center), every Tuesday in August, 9 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema at the Royal Castle
Location: the courtyard of Copper-Roof Palace (Pałac pod Blachą), part of the Royal Castel (city center), every Wednesday in August (8.30 pm), free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema at Plac Konesera – “On Art”
Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), every Monday in August, 7.30 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema at Plac Konesera – culinary films 
Location: Plac (square) KoneseraCentrum Praskie Koneser (Praga), every Wednesday in August, 7 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema in Wola
Location: Park im. Edwarda Szymańskiego, Elekcyjna Street (Wola), every Friday in August, 9 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor cinema in Konstancin
Location: the green area next to Konstancin Cultural Center (Konstanciński Dom Kultury), Mostowa 15 Street, every Friday in August, 9.15 pm, free entrance. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Elektrownia Powiśle – documentary films
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance. Every Tuesday and Saturday, 7.30 pm. Screenings of documentary films featured during “Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival” – the largest documentary film festival in Poland. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Elektrownia Powiśle – “Power is a Woman”
Location: Elektrownia Powiśle shopping center, Elektryczna 2 Street (Powiśle), free entrance. Every Wednesday, 8.30 pm. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Fort 8/Fort Służew
Location: Fort 8, Fort Służew 1b Street (Ursynów), free entrance, 9 pm, August 13, August 27, September 10. Facebook event in Polish.

Free outdoor summer cinema in Saska Kępa
Location: Lunapark outdoor restaurants and street food bars, Wał Miedzeszyński 407 Street (Saska Kępa). Facebook page.

Drive-in cinema in Żerań (Białołęka) next to the Vistula river
Location: Myśliborska 11 Street. Capacity: 100+ cars. Online tickets and repertoire (50 PLN per car). Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 9 pm.

Open-air cinema at SOHO Factory in Praga
Location: SOHO Factory in Praga district, Chono Lulu Bistro & Bar, Mińska 25 Street. Screenings every Wednesday and Friday at 9 pm, free entrance, the number of seats is limited. Facebook event in Polish.

Free open-air cinema in Włochy
Location: a playing field next to the primary school,  Cietrzewia 22a Street. Screenings every Saturday in August at 9.45 pm, free entrance, the number of seats is limited. Facebook event in Polish.

Vistula river cruises & kayaking in the Warsaw area

In recent years, the Wisła river in Warsaw during summertime has been full of cruises, ferries, water trams, kayaks. This year is different on the Vistula river too… This season, not all options are available, but you can still find some interesting ones in Warsaw. Please note that due to the high water level in the Vistula river, some cruises can be temporarily suspended.

Free ferries across the Vistula river
Starting from July 4 (until the end of Setptemebr), there are 3 free ferries:  Cypel Czerniakowski – Saska Kępa, Most Poniatowskiego – Stadion Narodowy, Podzamcze-Fontanny – ZOO. In July and August, they run every day, in September only during weekends. More in English (including a map, timetable).

Cruise on the Zegrze Lake (Jezioro  Zegrzyńskie in Serock, 40 km from Warsaw)
“Albatros” boat leaves from the pier in Serock (location on Google map) for 45-minute recreational cruises on Zegrze Lake. 3 times a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm). Tickets can only be bought from the boat’s captain before the trip (cash only). 15 PLN adults, 10 PLN seniors and children up to 18. More in Polish.

Ferry across the Vistula river near Konstancin 
Prom Gassy-Karczew connects the municipality of Konstancin-Jeziorna and the municipality of Karczew (the route on Google map). On weekdays (until August 31) the ferry operates from 6 am to 8 pm, on Saturdays – from 8 am to 8 pm, and on Sundays and holidays – 9 am – 8 pm. The cost is 3 PLN per person (children up to 7 free). Additionally, bicycle – 2 PLN, motorcycle – 5 PLN, car – 9 PLN. Website in Polish. Facebook page.

Cruises on the Vistula river
Daylight and evening one-hour / 9 km cruises on the boats (glass-covered main deck and sun deck). The lower deck is completely built-up (with huge windows) and safe for little children. Capacity: 12 passengers. Regular ticket: 49 PLN, reduced ticket for children up to 15: 24 PLN (daily cruise), evening cruise – 45 PLN (online tickets). Start and finish at the Vistula Boulevard, close to the Old Town (location on the map). Website in English. Facebook page.

Taxi Wisła – the Vistula river cruises on a traditional wooden boat
The cruise takes about 45 minutes. To order/book Taxi Wisła call them (+48 605143904) or send a message on Facebook. Reduced capacity during covid pandemic: 6 passengers (before it was 12). There is always a set of life vests on board, you don’t need to have your own. Weekend 30 PLN per person, from Monday to Thursday 25 PLN per person, 5 PLN discount for children up to 12. You can pay with a card. Website in Polish.

Kayak rental – kayaking trips along the Vistula River
Various routes are available – different in terms of the length of the trip. The most popular 2-hour trip (11 km) along the Vistula river (“Wawer-Śromieście”) starts at Plaża Romantyczna (“Romantyczna Beach”), Rychnowska Street and finishes in the area of Saska Kępa, Wał Miedzeszyński 399 Street (locations on the maps). 2-person kayak: 90 PLN, 1-person kayak 65 PLN. Life vests are available for adults and children. Online schedule and booking. Website in English. Facebook page.

Rental of canoes and wooden boats in Wilanów (Wilanowskie Lake)
Location: the park of Wilanów Palace, Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16 Street (first you need to buy an entrance ticket to the park). Opening hours: 10 am – 9 pm. The rental is located next to Pompownia building – a pumping station at the Jezioro Wilanowskie Lake. There are available life vests, wooden boats (for 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children; 30 min – 40 PLN, 1 hour 60 PLN, 2 hours 100 PLN) and kayaks (for 2 adults with an additional child seat; 30 min – 20 PLN, 1 hour – 30 PLN, 2 hours – 50 PLN). You can pay with a card. Facebook page.

5 parks to relax in August in Warsaw

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 PolishFacebook 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

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

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.

The Roof Garden has been reopened in May 2020. Opening hours: 8 am – 8 pm, free entrance. Click here to read our tips on visiting the Roof Garden.

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“.

The Gardens of the Royal Castle in Warsaw have been reopened in May 2020. Opening hours from: 10 am – 8 pm, free entrance. Click here to read our tips about visiting the Gardens.

Photo source: City of Warsaw, Kids in the City

The Botanical Garden of the Warsaw University

Beautiful nature at your fingertips in the heart of Warsaw – it sounds like a cheap advertising slogan, but the Garden is really wonderful. It is full of winding alleys, hills, paths among flower beds and hedges, pergolas, corners with fountains and a pond. Secret garden like in a fairy tale. In 1818, the Garden was separated from the Łazienki Royal Park. It is not large and during sunny weekends there are not as many visitors comparing to the neighboring Łazienki Park.

Location: Aleje Ujazdowskie 4 (city center). Opening hours weekends and holidays, in August: 10 am – 8 pm. Opening hours weekdays, in August: 10 am – 8 pm. Regular tickets: 12 PLN, reduced tickets: 6 PLN, children up to 6 years old – free entrance. The limit of the number of visitors: 200 visitors per hour. Our featured story – why it’s worth visiting the Garden.

Photo source: Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

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