Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument, Warsaw
I arrived at my hotel, then went for a walk in the cold fresh air. The park is almost next door to the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
I was surprised to see two peacocks trying to keep warm, near the Belvedere Restaurant.
The other thing that was unusual about the park, was the number of crows flocking around the park and trees - some thousands of them it looked like.
The Myslewicki Palace (Polish: Pałac Myślewicki) is well known building in Royal lazienky park.
It is build in rococo-neoclassical style, 1777th. Author was Dominik Merlini.
It was created for king Stanisław August Poniatowski and it was one of the first buildings in the Royal park. Its name derives from the nearby not-existing village Myślewice.
A nice place to spend some time. Crowded at weekends and holidays, can be private on weekdays. A tourist can visit The Palac na Wodzie Museum (free of charge on Thursdays, you have to go to the ticket office only to collect a free ticket).
from May to September by the monument of Fryderyk Chopin you can attend concerts performed live by piano players.
Staying for a while in Lazienki Park - just outside its north gates, at charming Agrykola street, there is another quite well known statue of king Jan III Sobieski. This is frightening and powerful monument on man in the horse who stomping his enemy.
Who was king Jan III Sobieski?
King Jan III Sobieski, who played a significant role in stoping the Otoman Imperium to overtaking Vienna in 1693.
In the beautiful Lazienki park, near Myslevicki palace is monument dedicated to Piotr Wisocky.
On palace in front of monument is sign with words: "1830, November 29th at the evening the cadets were billeted here chaired by the lieutenant Piotr Wisocky seized weapons starting with the nation struggle for independence" (my own translation).
But who is Piotr Wysocky?
Piotr Wysocki (September 10, 1797 in Warka – January 6, 1875 there), was a Polish lieutenant and leader of the Polish conspiracy against Russian Tsar Nicolas I. He was leader of military insurgents on 29 November 1830, who starting the November Uprising against Russia. In 1831 he was sentenced to death by Russians, but his sentence was commuted to a 20 years exile in Siberia.
On March 3, 1831, he was awarded the Gold Cross of the Virtuti Militari (cross number 1).
In the hart of modern City is the beautiful and spacious park. It is Lazienki park. We have very little time to explore the park so that is why I wrote this to remind me what should be on my "thing to do" list for next visit of City. I recommend for you, dear reader and inspiring traveler.
It takes a time to comprehend all what you see, even with tour guide. No matter of reason for entering to the royal park is necessary to have a time to walk around and explore the surroundings.
The enter is free and the park is open every day on daylight.
Following objects are free to visit: Amphitheater, Sybil Temple, Egyptian Temple, Waterwell Building and other pavilions and sculptures.
Other attractions (Palace on the Isle, Old Orangery, Myslewicki Palace, Officer Cadets School and White Pavilion) have a symbolic fees and is not open every day. For individual tourists sightseeing all objects is free of charge on every Thursday.
During summer in late afternoon you could to treat yourself in enjoying to free concert of classical music. Also, it is offered and organized tour guide and museum lessons and education workshop.
In special part of park is a garden dedicated to famous Polish composer Frederik Chopin. At the time, the unusually-look-a-like sculpture that reflect it in the pond in the center surrounding by roses is be controversy and some could say despised. Today is the favorite sculpture of favorite artist in Poland.
This palace has everything needed to be a legend, big families in its history as the Lubomobirski, the Poniatowski ... , dramas and fire, a site with spectacular beauty and even a classical theater on the lake
It is a small palace , on an island , in a small lake and initially it was a bathhouse.
The building is rebuilt, but the furnishings and collections are original
On the lakeis the theater of the island, where rampant peacocks
it is nspired by Roman amphitheaters , crowned by six statues of poets of antiquity and the stage is on an island that mimics the ruins of the Roman Forum
Este Palacio tiene todo lo que necesita para ser una leyenda , grandes nombres en su historia , los Lubomobirski , los Poniatowski... , dramas e incendios , un sitio con una belleza espectacular y hasta un teatro clásico en medio del lago
Es un palacio pequeño , que está sobre una isla en un pequeño lago y que inicialmente fue una casa de baños .
El edificio es reconstruido , pero el mobiliario y las colecciones son originales
Sobre el lago el teatro de la isla , donde campean los pavos reales , inspirado en los anfiteatros romanos está coronado por seis estatuas de poetas de la antigüedad y el escenario está en una isla que imita las ruinas del foro Romano
If you have time and good weather do not forget to take a walk in the park and if you can try to hear a concert
The park was built in the seventeenth century and takes its name from the bath house located in the park, called the Palace on the Water as it was built on the lake
A part of the palace is worth a special visit but you must walk through the gardens, see their greenhouse , the Belvedere, the White House
Get lost in these paths watching the statues of their great men and finish in the pond where it is payd homage to Chopin (Atention! try to hear a concert here)
Si tienes tiempo y hace buen tiempo no dejes de darte un paseo por el parque y si es posible escucha un concierto
El parque se construyó en el siglo XVII y toma el nombre por la casa de baños que se encuentra en el parque, el llamado Palacio sobre el Agua ya que se construyó sobre el lago
A parte del palacio que merece una visita especial hay que pasear por los jardines, ver su invernadero , el Belvedere , la Casa Blanca
Perderse por sus paseos viendo las estatuas de sus grandes hombres para acabar en el estanque donde es homenajea a Chopin (Ojo! intenta oír aquí un concierto )
Lazieki Park is huge, you can spend hours and hours hiking or walking the paths. We found several signs posted showing you the various routes and things to see, like the Water Palace you can see here.
Many water elements, ponds, lakes, waterways, all contribute to the overall relaxed atmosphere of the park, along with the many cottonwood trees. We were there in late May and the trees were throwing their abundance of seeds to the wind, it made the park look, in places, as if there had just been a snowstorm.
Statues are scattered around the park, like the photo here of the man/soldier mounted on a horse, stomping his opponent into the ground.....sorry I did not write down who is depicted here, so if anyone knows please write me.
Okay, even I know who Chopin was, but if you want to read more biographical/historical things you can try the link to:
As for us, we just enjoyed the setting in which the people of Warsaw had decided to put their tribute to this great composer. The area around the Chopin Monument, with its small pond is just the place to take a load off your feet after hiking through the Lazieki Park. Thanks for introducing us this place Daria.
Central Park in New York has pigeons, Lazieki Park here in Warsaw has Peacocks...
They seem to have taken over the park, they wander among the people, rest on the walls, climb the various statues and monuments found there and if you look "suspicious" to the, they WILL attack you. While taking the photos that you see here one of the peacocks that was doing a fine display of tail feathers, took exception to having his photo taken from so close up and decided that a Nikon camera looked like a rival... Lucky for me that I had a protective lens over my regular lens when the peacock pecked it and ME several times. Needless to say I beat a hasty retreat knowing who the better bird was. But being wounded in battle was worth the photos you can see here.
This is a great place in the middle of a modern city where you can wander the park and enjoy a small piece of nature.
Favourite park in central Warsaw.
Palaces, museums, restaurants, monuments, concerts, ponds, old trees ... altogether a great park full of friendly animals.
See my Warsaw travelogues for more pictures.
I can hardly think of a nicer park in any of other european cities.
In case you arrive to Warsaw in the summer time or early fall it is worth to reserve your sunny Sunday afternoons for out-door piano concerts with Chopin's music that are held on every Sunday at noon and 4PM in Lazienki Garden by the Chopin's Monument. They are free of charge and for the detailed set up you can go to: http://www.tifc.chopin.pl/lazienki_en.html
In the beginning of August there are also organized the Chopin Days in Warsaw (called Chopiniana) that will be held from Aug. 3rd to Aug. 9th in various locations in Warsaw (mostly the Old Town and Lazienki Garden). They are not only focused on Chopin's music but also on its influence on eq. jazz music in Poland, movies and Mazovia district in general.
Lazienki Park is one of the most beautiful part of Warsaw and one of the most favorite places for walks for Varsovians and tourists. Park includes the Palace on the Water, together with various other palaces, pavillons, an amphitheater and two orangeries.
On Sundays at 12 noon and 4pm between May and September there are open air Chopin concerts held in the Rose Garden. These concerts are free of charge and so there is always a rush to sit on any available benches (otherwise you are left standing unless you came prepared).
Also you can sometimes find stage productions being held in the ampitheatre which has a stage on an island in the lake.