Spring in Warsaw
Discover the charms of green Warsaw
Discover the charms of green Warsaw by visiting one of dozens of local parks and gardens.
In Royal Łazienki Park, the summer residence of the last king of Poland, you will not only see how nature comes to life, but you can also feed a squirrel or take a photo with one of the local peacocks. On a hot day, go to the gardens of the Royal Castle with its fountains and mazes made from 6-metre-high hedges. Do you know that the garden sits in the place where the Vistula River flowed several hundred years ago? For dessert, take a trip to the Palace of Jan III Sobieski in Wilanów. The beds full of flowers will make you dizzy. If you are lucky, your visit will coincide with the blooming of the magnolias. Also visit locals’ favourite Pole Mokotowskie with its ranks of fruit trees, the Saxon Garden with its magnificent historic fountain, Krasiński Garden and Skaryszewski Park on the right-bank of the Vistula.
If you are thirsty for more, head to the unique Warsaw University Library roof garden,
which is divided into several parts, differing in form, colour and smell. Intersected by paths and bridges, they form a maze of nooks and crannies. The garden offers a great view of the whole of Warsaw.
Take a ride on one of the thousands of Veturilo city bikes. You can rent them at one of the 24-hour self-service stations located throughout the city, including at street intersections and metro stations.
In parks, next to playgrounds or nearby sports facilities, you will find one of many outdoor gyms. Regardless of the time of the day or night, you can work out using six special machines: a squeezer, pendulum, runner, twister, elliptical trainer and rowing machine. Free entrance. Are you ready to train?
Warsaw is also a great place to go running. You can choose one of the parks or a picturesque path running through natural forest on the right-bank of the Vistula. If you like challenges, take part in one of the running events, e.g.: the PZU Warsaw Half-marathon, the Orlen Warsaw Marathon, the Constitution Run or the Colour Run.
See how the locals celebrate Easter
See the amazing way that the city combines folk Easter traditions with modernity.
Already a week before Easter, on Palm Sunday you can see locals carrying willow twigs decorated with boxwood and dry flowers, which is the Polish version of the holy palm. On the Friday before Easter, the Central Way of the Cross moves down the Royal Route in a service recreating Jesus’ last path that goes back to the Middle Ages. A day later, people go to church with wicker baskets in their hands to bless the food the baskets contain. The next day, they share the food with their families at Easter breakfast. To enjoy Easter delicacies, simply go to one of the Easter markets. Located in various parts of the city, they offer regional pastries and cold cuts, as well as decorations and folk handicrafts. You can also take part in an Easter music festival, including the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival and the Mazurkas of the World folk festival.
Relax on the Vistula
You won’t find a river like this in any other European capital! Walking along the river promenade will see the Old Town situated on the embankment, as well as the Multimedia Fountain Park, the Copernicus Science Center and the Museum of Modern Art. Along the way, you will find gazebos with deckchairs, stone benches, seats made of tree branches, a viewing point and a mini beach.
In May, the promenade begins to pulsate with life: seasonal clubs and bars are opening, the weekend Slow Market offers dishes from around the world, and river sailing begins on the Vistula. Free ferries you take you across to the wild side of the river famous for its natural vegetation and beaches recognised by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful in the world. When it gets warmer, they are the perfect place to relax and have a picnic.
Eating outside tastes better. Go to a breakfast market and try regional specialties, exotic food, original dishes and organically farmed products. While you are there, you can exercise, take part in an interesting workshop or simply stretch out on a deckchair and daydream for a while.
In the afternoon, hop over to the Vistula boulevards and the Slow Market multicultural culinary market that is open at weekends. Dishes from around the world served by experienced restaurateurs and independent chefs, a large selection of sweets and natural drinks as well as close proximity to popular clubs mean that it enjoys unflagging popularity. In the evening go to the Night Market. Operating on the platforms of a disused railway station, it attracts crowds with dishes from the most distant corners of the world. You can also listen to music, and, if you feel like it, treat yourself to a haircut in a barber shop or get a tattoo.
Fun in the city
The summer entertainment season starts during the long weekend at the start of May. This is when the spectacular “water-light-sound” shows at the Multimedia Fountain Park start on Friday and Saturday evenings. Shortly afterwards, Juwenalia begins – the annual festival of students from Warsaw’s universities. Beautiful weather and great concerts by Polish artists are a great idea to spend a May weekend. Even more fun is just around the corner at the Orange Warsaw Festival. The two-day event gathers tens of thousands of fans of various types of music every year, from pop through to rock, R&B, hip-hop and electro. If you like calmer rhythms, go to the Royal Łazienki Park. It is here that every Sunday in front of the Fryderyk Chopin monument famous recitals of his music are performed by outstanding pianists from around the world.
In mid-May, you have the only opportunity to visit Warsaw’s attractions at night. During the Night of Museums, you can visit them for free and enter places normally inaccessible, such as a chocolate factory, Warsaw’s historic water filters and an underground Royal lounge from the 18th century.
If you like experiments and are curious about the world, be sure to visit the Science Picnic, the largest outdoor event of its kind in Europe. Several hundred scientific and research institutions and universities put the achievements of modern scientists on display by inviting them to take part in fascinating experiments.