South Warsaw Walking Tour (Self Guided), Warsaw

Warsaw’s Southern part houses a number of magnificent attractions, including splendid Royal Baths Park, which contains the Palace on the Water, Roman Theater, White House, Myślewicki Palace, old and new orangery, fabulous Belweder, beautiful Ujazdów Castle, and the prominent Chopin monument. See the most popular attractions in Warsaw’s southern part in the next walking tour!
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South Warsaw Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: South Warsaw Walking Tour
Guide Location: Poland » Warsaw (See other walking tours in Warsaw)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Author: leticia
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White House

1) White House

The Little White House, (Biały Domek), is a garden villa built in 1774-76 by Domenico Merlini. It housed Stanisław August Poniatowski's mistress and, for a time, Louis XVIII, who lived here in 1801-05 during his exile from France. Built in the shape of a square, it has identical facades, adorned with rustication, an attic, and a small pavilion at the top. The interiors were decorated by prominent Polish painters of that time, Jan Ścisło and Jan Bogumił Plersch. Although devastated by the Germans during the World War II, many original elements of interior furnishings are preserved. Among the most interesting are the grotesque paintings in the dining room, the 18th century Chinese wallpaper in the Parlor, the king's bed in the bedchamber and the cabinet in the form of an arbor, with paintings by Jan Bogumił Plersch.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pałac Myślewicki

2) Pałac Myślewicki

Named after the village of Myślewice, the little palace (in Polish -- Pałac Myślewicki) was built for King Stanisław August Poniatowski in 1775–79, and to an early-classicist design by Domenico Merlini. The palace's main, three-story body features a central entry niche and is flanked by quarter-circle wings. The facade is adorned by an enormous shell with sculptures of Zephyr and Flora by Giacomo Monaldi. The gently curved roof lines reflect the then-popular Chinese influence. Initially, the palace housed royal courtiers; later it was taken over by Prince Józef Poniatowski, whose initials appear in a cartouche over the entrance. The palace survived World War II. On 15 September 1958, the first talks were held here between the ambassadors of the Chinese People's Republic and the United States of America — and this was the first attempt to establish contact between the two countries.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palace on the Water

3) Palace on the Water

The Łazienki Palace is located in the Łazienki Park. Also known as The Palace on the Water, it splits the river into two parts. It was built during the second half of the 18th century by the King Stanislaw August Poniatowski in a neoclassical style, the building began as a bathhouse for the king. The palace served as a royal residence for the Polish Kings. The façades of the palace are unified by an entablature carried by giant Corinthian pilasters that link its two floors and are crowned by a balustrade that bears statues of mythological figures. The north façade is relieved by a central pedimented portico. On the south front, a deep central recess lies behind a screen of Corinthian columns. Near the palace you can find canals, ponds and beautiful gardens. The interiors of the structure are embellished with profuse stucco decorations. Other chambers have richly decorated plafonds and supraportes, while the walls are covered with Delft tiles.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Amphitheatre

4) Amphitheatre

The Amphitheater is located in the Lazienki Park on the south of the Palace on the Water. It is built between the years 1790 – 1793 on a small islet and separate the stage from the auditorium. The amphitheater is designed in the Roman style by Kamesetzer. The attic had been decorated with 16 figures of famous poets of antiquities. Here it is organizing some plays during the summer and it's a great place to spend romantic evenings.
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Royal Baths (Łazienki Park)

5) Royal Baths (Łazienki Park) (must see)

This park-and-palace complex lies in Warsaw's central district (Śródmieście) on Ujazdów Avenue, which is part of the "Royal Route" linking the Royal Castle with Wilanów Palace to the south. Originally designed in the 17th century as a baths park (hence the name) for nobleman Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, in the 18th century, Łazienki was transformed by Poland's King Stanisław August into a setting for palaces, villas, classicist follies, and monuments.

In 1918 it was officially designated a public park. Łazienki is visited by tourists from all over Poland and the world, and serves as a venue for music, the arts, and culture. For the past fifty years, piano concerts are held at the foot of Frederic Chopin's monument on weekends. The park is also home to peacocks and a large number of squirrels.

When you visit this wonderful park, do not miss the Palace on the Isle. This structure is a testimony to Polish architecture and was constructed to serve as King Stanislaw August Poniatowski’s residence. You will be stunned by the vibrant interior with its gigantic paintings. The living room features original Chinese wallpaper. In the study, you will find Jan Bogumil Pletsch’s paintings and the bedroom features a King’s bed. One of the very few original, authentic court theatres in Europe is housed in the Old Orangery. Your trip to Warsaw is definitely incomplete without a visit to this amazing park.

Why You Should Visit:
Some of your best pictures of Warsaw will be taken here, as in all seasons you can find something interesting and picturesque.
Points of interest are: the cozy Chinese Pavillion, the Old Orangery, the small and cute White House, the photogenic Palace on the Isle, and the impressive Chopin Monument.

Tip:
Throughout summer, every Sunday (12pm/4pm) they have free outdoor Chopin piano concerts performed by pianists from all over the world (even when its raining cats and dogs!).

Opening Hours:
[Palace on the Isle] Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 9am-4pm; Thu: 10am-8pm (Oct-Apr); Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (May-Sep)
[Old Orangery / Royal Theatre] Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm (Oct-Apr); Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (May-Sep)
[Myślewicki Palace] Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm (Oct-Apr); Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (May-Sep)
[Officer Cadets School] Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm (Oct-Apr); Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (May-Sep)
[Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship] Tue-Sun: 9am-4pm (Oct-Apr); Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm (May-Sep)
Admission to the buildings in the park is free on Thursdays in summer, but only for individual visits (no guided tours available and no reservations)
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Belvedere Palace (Pałac Belweder)

6) Belvedere Palace (Pałac Belweder) (must see)

Located close to the Royal Castle, the Belvedere Palace is a unique and beautiful place normally used by the President and the government for ceremonial purposes. It also serves as an official residence for heads of state on official visits to Poland and other important guests.

Belweder once belonged to Poland's last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, who used it as a porcelain-manufacturing plant. From 1818 it was the residence of Russian Grand Duke Constantine, who fled it at the beginning of the November 1830 Uprising. During World War II, the building was extensively remodeled for Hans Frank, Governor of the "General Government" of Poland. It remains one of the few original structures in Warsaw to survive World War II.

Belweder adjoins a popular tourist attraction in Warsaw that has lots of wonderful things to see – the Łazienki Park. The palace itself is not accessible to tourists but looks gorgeous from the outside.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Chopin Monument

7) Chopin Monument (must see)

Be sure to look out for this large bronze statue of the world-celebrated Polish musician, great composer and genius pianist which you can find in Łazienki Park. The statue was erected in 1926 and is located on the western edge of Warsaw's wonderful Royal Baths Park, where various piano concerts are held in the Summertime. During World War II, the statue was blown up on May 31, 1940. It was the first monument destroyed by the occupying Germans in Warsaw. The original mould for the statue, which had survived the war, made it possible to cast a replica, which was placed at the original site in 1958.

Tip:
Catch the free Sunday concerts at the Łazienki Park where the monument is situated, at noon and 4pm during the summer months (May-Sep 15). Beautiful backdrop for a concert!
The tribute to the music of Chopin also includes melodies that play when you sit down on one of the benches surrounding the water.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

8) University of Warsaw Botanic Garden (must see)

Right in the midst of the bustling city, located ideally close to the popular Łazienki Park, the Warsaw University Botanic Garden takes you into the wilderness to experience a slice of nature.

The 200-year-old botanical garden is the oldest in Poland. It was founded by Jakub F. Hoffman and Michal Szubert in 1818. At least ten thousand plants were listed here within six years. The November Uprising sadly brought a halt to the fast progressing garden, which was closed along with the university’s subsidiary projects in 1834. It was only in 1916 that the garden was reopened under Professor Zygmunt Wojcicki's authority.

During World War II, the botanical garden suffered immensely. Its outbuildings and orangery were leveled and the greenhouses were destroyed. Plants and trees continued to grow wild, however. The garden was again restored to its original glory through the efforts of government in 1987. Today it is a major center of research, study and preservation of precious Polish plants, wildlife, horticulture and shrubs.

This garden is open to tourists and visitors from spring to fall. Many thematic exhibitions are held, along with many open-air concerts and performances. Families come here to enjoy a unique experience.

Why You Should Visit:
Nicely sized for walking and plenty of scenic places to rest. Well groomed but wild in spots, with some surprising depth. Something for everyone, including birders.
It is quiet and peaceful there, and because there's an entrance fee, the place is well cared for and you won't find people sleeping on benches or screaming kids on bikes, etc.

Tip:
To enter the garden, please use the suggested entrance on Aleje Ujazdowskie. Due to renovation works the entrance in the courtyard (opposite the Observatory) is closed.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm; Weekends & Holidays: 10am-8pm (Apr-Aug); Daily: 10am-6pm (Sep); Daily: 10am-5pm (Oct)
The Garden's ticket office closes one hour earlier
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Ujazdów Castle

9) Ujazdów Castle

This is a castle in early baroque style reconstructed recently. The Ujazdow Castle is located in a prominent place in Warsaw amidst its popular city monuments and parks. In order to protect Warsaw from the Lithuanian invasions, a small wooden castle was built here in the fourteenth century.

Bona Sforza, an Italian born Polish queen constructed this castle in small stone in the year 1548. The castle was reconstructed by Sigmund III Vasa, the King of Poland in 1624. His intention was to use it as his summer residence. In the year 1655, Swedish army burnt this castle which was taken over by the Lubomirski family.

Ujazdow Castle was rebuilt by architect Tylman Van Gammeren in baroque style. World War I saw this castle serving as a military hospital. In 1944, it was burnt by the German Army during World War II. It was only in 1988 that the Ujazdowski Castle was completely rebuilt. Today it serves as a Center for Contemporary Art and is open to the public on all days except Mondays.

Visit this interesting castle that has a long, rich story behind its interesting baroque façade. Enjoy the unique ambience and a trip into the past that takes you through a turbulent history.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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