Royal Łazienki Museum
This vast park is a favourite place for Varsovians where they go for long walks amid beautiful nature and architecture to rest from the hustle and bustle of the city. At the heart of the park is the summer residence of the last king of Poland – Stanisław August Poniatowski. The name of the complex comes from the seventeenth-century bathhouse of a Polish nobleman, rebuilt in the 18th century into a palace. Here, in the Palace on the Island, King Stanisław August Poniatowski hosted his famous Thursday dinners, to which he invited scholars and poets to discuss the issues of the day. Today it is a museum where you can admire paintings from the royal collections.
In the grounds of Łazienki you will also see an orangery, an amphitheatre, an eighteenth-century court theatre, the Museum of Hunting and Horse-riding, the Myślewicki Palace and numerous free-standing sculptures.
From spring to late autumn, the gardens are abundant with flowers. Squirrels and peacocks as well as ducks and swans are also among the park’s attractions.
If you visit Warsaw in the summer, be sure to take part in one of the famous Chopin Concerts, which take place from May to September, every Sunday at 12.00 and 16.00. Come to the Chopin monument, sit on the grass and enjoy the music. In winter, take a walk along the Chinese Avenue, where you will see several-metre-long, luminous figures in period costumes.
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