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Parks & Gardens


Skaryszewski Park



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Located in: Praga, aleja Zieleniecka
This massive park was originally established between 1906-1922, on 58 hectares of land, on the old Kamionek area of Saska Kępa; it was designed by Franciszek Szanior. He created it as an urban park centre for recreation and refreshment. Hills, artificial waterfall and sparkling lakes – along with the rich and colourful horticultural surroundings – make this one of the most unusual places in Warsaw. It boasts several interesting sculptures from the 20th century, such as a bust of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. It also has a number of relaxing and fun summer activities, such as canoeing and sailing on Kamionkowskie Lake (Jeziorko Kamionkowskie), or roller-blading and cycling along its wide boulevards. On summer evenings, concerts and film festivals are organized and in February, on the Stanisław August Boulevard side of the park, there is a re-enactment of the 1831 war, staged by a group of Poles and Europeans, which attracts a huge audience. For the weary requiring refreshment the 'Pub Under the Trout' (Pub 'Pod Pstrągiem') and the Misianka Cafe await. Skaryszewski Park is the 2009 winner of the 4th Poland's Best Park competition.

Ujazdowski Park



Located in: Śródmieście, Aleje Ujazdowskie
Created at the end of the 19th century based on a project by Franciszek Szanior, the park's landscape was extremely fashionable and stylish for its time. The characteristic features of the design include a fluidity of line which links the park with its water elements: its pond is the most interesting of all of these, as it consists of a fountain cascading over rocks, and a stunning viewing area. There is also a lovely stone bridge over the channel, an innovative item that was designed by William Lindley. Another unusual attraction is the antique scale from 1912, which attracts numerous visitors, and monuments include an 1892 sculpture of Gladiator Pius Weloński, and a memorial to Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Morskie Oko Park



Located in: Mokotów, ulica Puławska
This park is located in old Mokotów, and is situated both under and over a buttress. The grounds were originally a romantic garden/palace complex, designed in the 18th century for Izabela Czartoryska Lubomirska. In the 19th century, it was bought by Franciszek Szuster (hence the name of the palace on the grounds – Szustra Palace/Pałac Szustra). The only buildings to have survived World War II were the Mauretański House and the Gothic House (also called Gołębniki House), both of which may be found at the very edge of Puławska Street. Every day at 5 pm, the Mokotowska March is played from the Gothic House, in memory of the Warsaw Uprising; on the building itself is an information board explaining the history of the song. Since both the park and its palace were completely destroyed during World War II, the entire area had to be rebuilt during the 1960's. The Szustra Palace is now the headquarters of the Warsaw Musical Society named for Stanisław Moniuszko (Warszawskie Towarzystwo Muzyczne im. Stanisława Moniuszki), which is where they often play small concerts and solo recitals.
The park's name ('Marine Eye'), dates from the time that a clay pit was being dug and it filled up with water; the small lake is in the most north-western part of the park. According to urban legend, a tank from the war is lying at the bottom of the lake – and although other objects and vehicles have been found in the water by divers, their searches have never turned up a tank...

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