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Parks & Gardens

Krasiński Garden (Ogród Krasińskich)

Located in: Śródmieście, at Plac Krasińskich
This garden emerged in the second half of the 17th century, on the area of Jan Dobrogost Krasiński's palace. It was designed by Tylman of Gameren, a prominent architect of the day of King Jan III Sobieski. Today, it boasts some ancient tree specimens, including ginkgo bilobas, caucasian wingnuts, black walnuts and Turkish hazels. At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the garden acted as a summer salon for residents of the northern district, which was largely inhabited by poor Jews. In addition to the plants in the western part of the garden, there is also a partially-preserved Baroque piece of the original palace fence and gate, from the 18th century, which was placed around 1915. Unfortunately, it stands today without the metal wings of the gate, which were destroyed in 1945, but the fact remains that this is one of the few authentic antiques left in Warsaw. On the park's grounds there is a monument to Heroes of the War Under Monte Cassino. In 1965, the garden was added to the official register of antiquities.

The Roof Garden of The University of Warsaw Library (Ogród na dachu Biblioteki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego)

Located in: Powiśle, ulica Dobra 56/66
This is one of the biggest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe, designed by Irena Bajerska and opened on June 12, 2002. The garden spreads over an area of more than 1 hectare. The garden is open to the general public (although it is enclosed) and is the perfect resting place not only for students or researchers, but also for Warsaw residents and tourists. The garden consists of two parts: the upper area is 2,000 m2, and the lower area is 15,000 m2, linked by a fountain of cascading water, where ducks have taken up residence. At the bottom of the garden stand numerous sculptures by Ryszard Stryjecki. Plant-lovers will find much to admire, as they take up much of the space on the roof, and are divided into several sections, distinguished by their colours, scents and 'moods', which give the garden a very unusual composition and energy:
- the 'gold garden' is the northern section; it consists of golden and yellow plants and shrubs, including orange trees, and Norwegian tavula.
- the 'silver garden' is on the eastern side and flourishes with delicate white flowers.
- the 'green garden' is comprised of decorative grass as its base, and bylin shrubs, as well as Sargent trees. The 'green garden' joins the 'business section' of the building to the main street, ulica Dobra. Its decorative elements include seaside plants and Dammer plants.
- the garden entrance leads to a sunlit 'summer house', covered in wildly-growing Aubert.
All the gardens are joined by small paths, bridges and hanging Japanese grapevines, climbing hortensia and five-petal blushing wine plants.
Those looking for a great view of the city will not be disappointed: from the deck, you get a sweeping view of Warsaw, the Vistula river and the Świętokrzyski Bridge. The garden’s visitors can also see directly inside the library through special windows, or the glass roof itself. The garden is open from April to October.

Praski Park (Park Praski)

Located in: Praga, ulica Ratuszowa
This park was set up between 1865-1871, based on a project by Jan Dobrowolski, and originally stood over 30 hectares. The park is much smaller today, since the city's Zoological Garden has been here since 1928, and encompasses most of the grounds. From the aleja Solidarności side of the zoo, visitors can see the popular 'miśki' (brown bears), who have had their own playground since 1952, placed just outside the zoo right on the street, making it a highlight for children, and a sight of great interest for passers-by. Nearby is a giraffe sculpture from 1981, which was given as a gift to the children of Warsaw. In the park, there is also a statue of writer Eliza Orzeszkowa, which was sculpted by Henryk Kuna in 1938. Praski Park is one of the most modern parks on this side of the Vistula river, and in the summers, it becomes a centre of entertainment and culture, attracting huge audiences.

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