In nothern side of the viewpoint terrace in the Rydz-Smigly Park there is the gate in my picture with inscription "Ogrodki Teatralne" which means the courtyard theatres. There is a pub/restaurant with a stage behind the gate in so-called the Frascati Gardens (Ogrody Frascati).
Various both private and state-owned theatre groups from both Poland and abroad show off there staging short (up to one hour; free) plays on each Saturady and Sunday in summer (at 7 pm). These spectacles often full of music and good laugh attract many locals and are part of the annual summer (May to September) Courtyard Theatres Competition.
The idea of courtyard theaters in Warsaw originates from 19th century when Warsaw was incorporated to the Russian Empire and after the defeat of anti-tzar January Uprising 1863 all Polish theaters were closed. The courtyard theatres staging plays outdoors on yards of cafes and beer-houses were natural Polish reply to the tzarist ban.
Warsaw has two botanical gardens: the older one, which belongs to the university, situated in Aleje Ujazdowskie next to the Lazienki Park and a very recently set up garden belonging to the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and situated in Powsin. I have not been to the university one for a long time even though I could see the characteristic dome of its astronomical observatory nearly every day on my way to work. We live not too far from the other one though and yesterday, when we finally took a long walk there, I couldn't help wondering why we had not done that sooner. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and must look really lovely in the spring but even in early August they made a faerie of colours and shapes that only nature can invent. Here and there you could also see sculptures, esp. in the greenhouses where the plants of southern Asia and the Pacific surrounded sculptures of Indonesian gods and goddesses. The place is charming on weekdays when the crowds are not there, but, if you want peace and quiet, you may be disappointed as all the lawn mowers seem to be in action then. Even so, you can always find a secluded alley and sit down on one of the numerous benches to have a rest or read a book. The gardens are still being developed so I'd rather not describe them in full. One of the parts that we found interesting was set up as a garden on a rocky mountainside, displaying the flora of the Polish Tatra and other mountains. There is a cafeteria near the garden gate but it probably opens only at the weekends.
Admission: weekdays: 6 PLN, concessions - 4 PLN; weekends - 8 PLN, concessions - 4 PLN
Address: 2, Prawdziwka St
To get there, take bus 139 from Wilanowska Undeground Station or from Wilanów
Sightseeing in Krakowskie Przedmiescie, you may not even suspect the existence of this romantic walk just a few paces away. It's worth your while turning at the Bristol Hotel and taking a walk down Karowa Street. You will soon come to a hundred-year-old viaduct specially built in the past for carts transporting the city sewage down to the river. Though constructed for purely practical purposes, the viaduct is very ornate with sculptures by Stefan Szyller and Jan Woydyga and beautiful art deco candelabra all along it and affords a lovely view over the area of Warsaw known as Powisle, i.e. a district by the river. The viaduct was recently closed for restoration so I couldn't take a proper picture. If you have time to spare, go down and stroll in the lovely park below the escarpment. Years ago, when the trees were not so tall, it was a place where you could admire the Kazimierzowski Palace high up above them. You can go back as you came or walk to the right and return to the Royal Route climbing the steep Obozna St. On your right you will pass the university buildings. This is the main university campus, well-worth visiting. You can enter it through the gate in Obozna St., walk around and, leaving by the main gate, get back to Krakowskie Przedmiescie. For more information on the university see my Things to Do tip.
Warsaw has 2 botanical gardens and this one at Powsin is the largest in Poland but it is can also be slightly more difficult to reach, but it is well worth the effort. The gardens first opened in the 1970’s as a place of research and education but were not open to the public until 1990. They cover an area of 40 hectares which may be extended in the future. There over 7000 species of with different areas and themes including hothouses that contain decorative plants, ornamental gardens and endangered species. The gardens are slightly cheaper to enter during the week, when there are gardeners working and students visiting, but because of the size of the gardens there is plenty of room to find somewhere quiet to sit and take in the views. The gardens are open from the beginning of April to the end of October. The gardens can be reached by the #139 bus, that stops outside, but be careful to keep a sharp eye for the entrance. The address for the gardens is 02-973 WARSZAWA 76 - ul. Prawdziwka 2.
This is just one of the pleasant gardens in the northern part of Warsaw (Zoliborz and Bielany). Warsaw has many parks and Zoliborz is considered the most "green" district of the town.
Nice for walking, jogging or cycling. Some do sunbathe in summer there. Some come for fishing, or to feed the ducks or simply to drink beer in one of the beer gardens there.
Not only ducks but cormorants and gulls flock here in winters. People do cross country skiing on the frozen pond, in the surrounding park and the nearby Bielany forest.
For more pictures and informations go to my Warsaw Travelogue ****************************************************
Botanical Garden - Center for Biological Diversity Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Poland
Perfect idea for the relaxing day by rainbow of flowers, bushes, trees, butterflies and ....piano music. I'm just back, mhmmmm....... ADRES: 02-973 WARSZAWA 76 ul. Prawdziwka 2 15 km from the Centrum of Warsaw
The Botanical Garden is open for public visitors every day workdays: 10:00 - 18:00 Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 Entrance fee : * Saturday & Sunday - regular single ticket - 7,00 PLN * Saturday & Sunday - reduced single ticket - 5,00 PLN (for pupils, students, pensioners). * workday except 2 May and 27 May o regular single ticket – 6,00 PLN o reduced single ticket - 4,00 PLN * children below the age of 6 - entrance free
These kind of Gardens are quite original... You don't have to water plants but plants water you!!! Just choose your favourite fertilizer (Zywiec, Lech,...) and enjoy the view and the music.
Popular in summer of course...
You could find some refreshing Beer Gardens: around the Palace of Culture (Cinema side), along Freta street straight on after leaving the Old Town by Barbakan door or along Chmielna street, etc. Just follow your thirst...
When you have had enough of the hubbub of Warsaw and crave for a moment of peace, you can find it even in the city centre. Just a stone's throw from the busy Nowy Swiat and Plac Trzech Krzyzy, you have this little park going down the encarpment. To reach it, walk down Ksiazeca St till you come to a pond, with a rotunda and a spring trickling from a spout there. There used to be ducks on the pond but I haven't seen them this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they migrated to a quieter place, like Mazury. I would if I were them. For, quiet as this place may seem, there is a lot of traffic in the street behind me as I take this photo.
P.S. The ducks are there again: a whole family with five or six young ones. I saw them yesterday on my way back from work.
The gardens along street side in front of the Palace of Culture and Science are a very soothing and picturesque place to pause and think and just enjoy being alive. There are many parks, one of which I’ll cover in more detail, but this centrally located park was the first one I enjoyed while I was in Warsaw and I wanted to be sure that you knew to enjoy it as well.
Besides the shady paths, shrubbery and the trees in their fall colors that I saw, this is where a few nice circular fountains are located (not flowing when I visited) that also served to cool the water for the palace.
Lazienki park is a popular escape spot for the locals. It is easy for the tourist to miss because it situated outskirts of Warsaw. Take the tram number 35 and get off at the stop Unii Lubelskiej. The park is now within 5 minutes walk.
In park you can just wander down the hill into park and you`ll come upon the Water Reservoir. Don`t miss the Amphitheatre. Plays are occasionally performed there. Park is also ideal for a picnic.
There are in the park also the Chopin monument and Belwederski Palace just few to mentioned. In the summer there are Chopin concerts organised at this spot and they are told to be very popular.
This is the Chopin monument in Lazienki Park, Warsaw - obviously in winter! Lazienki is an ancient acreage encompassing several eighteenth-century palaces, and located an easy tram or bus ride from central Warsaw. Even in winter, it is beautiful. The Orangery, a great hothouse filled with tropical plants, is also located here. If you like Roman temples hidden amongst groves of ancient trees, meandering peacocks, filtered dappled light and lovers lanes - Lazienki is the place for you!
There are many beautiful parks in Warsaw! Walk every one that you possibly can. I recall feeding wild peacocks who roamed freely. Even the squirrels run up to you (and in fact, one ran up my leg!).