Łazienki Park (Park Łazienkowski)
Located in: Śródmieście, ulica Agrykoli 1
This is the biggest and most beautiful park in Warsaw, and one of the loveliest palace/ park locations in all of Europe.
Łazienki Park, the favoured residence of Polish royalty, was constructed between 1774-1784, at the command of King Stanisław August Poniatowski. It stands over 76 hectares, and combines elements of a traditional French garden within the landscape of a classically English park. This is the centre of numerous natural, cultural and scientific events and sources of entertainment, and is a much-loved place for residents and tourists alike to stroll.
Major highlights during the summer months include sailing around the Palace pond in a gondola, feeding the lazily swimming carp, and watching the park's peacocks freely wander about the grounds. Definitely make time to see the amphitheater (situated at the southern pond, not too far from the Palace itself), modeled on an antique theater, which retains the original feature of separating the Palace observers from the audience, who watched the action on the stage from the other side of the water. One of the most popular places in the park is the Fryderyk Chopin Monument. Between May and September, at the foot of Chopin's statue, free concerts are given at the weekends, which showcase the works of the world's greatest composers.
Park in Wilanów (Park w Wilanowie)
Located in: Wilanów, ulica Stanisława Kostki Potockiego 10/16
One of the finest examples of antique Baroque in Europe. The park emerged in the second half of the 17th century as an important aspect of Wilanów Palace, and was completely reconstructed in the 1950's, designed by Gerard Ciołek. It encompasses two sweeping gardens (occupying a total land surface of 45 hectares), and is scattered with ancient brick walls, and on a main part of the Palace, a set of stairs opens up to the main hall. The garden itself embraces numerous different styles in design: a stylish Baroque garden with traditional roses, an English-inspired landscape and some Chinese influences. There is also a lake, offering an unparallelled view of the buildings and the grounds. The park is much-loved by Warsaw residents and is a favourite place to stroll; it is also visited by tourists, looking for a place to relax. Every summer, in July and August, intimate and exquisite concerts are held on the rose garden terrace.
Saski Garden (Ogród Saski)
Loacted in: Śródmieście, ul. Marszałkowska, entered through ul. Królewska
This is one of the oldest public parks in Poland: it was built between 1713-1745, for King August II, on the base of a pre-existing palace. One of the former palace's surviving columns is now the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which eternally burns, under the careful and constant guard of Representatives of the Polish Army Batallion. Sculptures of mythical figures are a highlight of Saxon Garden, and the choices include gods and goddesses of the seasons, sciences, arts and abstract concepts such as justice. The fountain was created in 1852; today, a new illumination system draws the attention of evening passers-by to the calming water. Take note of the garden sun-dial, which dates from 1863.