Warsaw audio tour: Łazienki Park: Legacy of the Last King

Łazienki Park: Legacy of the Last King

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1.8mi

About the Tour

The Royal Łazienki is the legacy of the last monarch of Poland, King Stanisław August Poniatowski. It was his summer residence. Now, Lazienki Park is Warsaw's biggest public park, and its most beautiful.

Over the next 60 minutes we explore this incredible historical and natural masterpiece, uncovering its secrets, strolling its winding paths, seeing its sights, enjoying its calm and taking in its endless beauty. A Polish King who loved art and nature bequeathed us a place that is a gift and a delight to everyone who visits it, and one of the finest settings to learn the stories of old Poland.

A romantic, landscaped park with four unique gardens, it was created in the 17th century. Its 76 hectares are almost in the center of the city. The famous Palace on the Isle - one of the most valuable historical buildings in Poland, houses the Royal Picture Gallery.

Its alleys of beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers and art will take lead us through the Royal Garden, the Romantic Garden, the Modernist Garden and past some almost-lost history of the Chinese Garden.

In summer, visitors to Royal Łazienki Park experience some of the best of European high culture. There are the summer concerts played by renowned pianists near the Monument to Chopin for more than 50 years now, and many other musical events in the park each Sunday from the beginning of May until the end of September. Try to make your tour coincide with one if you can.

Deepen your enjoyment of the Royal Łazienki Park as you walk. See the landscape around you with new eyes, or surprise others with new-found knowledge of little secrets and the story of Polands last king, and take with you rich memories you won't soon forget.

To see some photographs of The Royal Łazienki and the tour, visit this link:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/UunTk2HTkZarYgdq6

Tour Producer

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Lloyd De Jongh

Born and raised in Cape Town, I've visited 30 countries and 200 cities. After 11 years in amazing Dubai I am now resident in incredible Warsaw, Poland. I'm both a certified South Africa and Poland tourism specialist, a PADI rescue diver, an ex-bodyguard, a decent photographer, have TripAdvisor Level 6 and Google Local Guides Level 9 status. I'm a certified commercial drone pilot in Poland and a licensed tour guide in South Africa.

Poland is now my home, I love learning and sharing its stories.

I speak English, Afrikaans, German, passable Flemish and Dutch, and now learning Polish.

Major Landmarks

  • Chopin Monument

  • The Temple of the Sybil

  • Palace on the Isle

  • Amphitheatre on the Isle

  • White Pavilion

  • Sobieski Statue

  • The Water Tower

  • Myślewicki Palace

Directions to Starting Point

We start in front of the main gate, at the Józef Piłsudski statue.

Start GPS: 52.213560° 21.026740°
End GPS: 52.214713° 21.030764°

If you're coming from central Warsaw, the area near Złote Tarasy mall, the Palace of Culture and Science or Warsaw Central Station, take the tram outside the Central Station on Aleja Jerozolimski to Nowy Świat. Trams you can take are: #9 #22 #24 #25 #117 #521 for 3 stops.

Then, from the Warsaw Old Town area, on either Krakowskie Przedmieście or Nowy Świat streets, take a #116 or #180 bus to the park. Get off at the Józef Piłsudski statue/Embassy of Sweden stop.

There is a bus every 15 minutes on this route. The journey will be 10-15 minutes and cost PLN3.40 - a 20-minute ticket will suffice.

The easiest way to get around Warsaw is the mobile app Jakdojade.pl. With a browser, the online site is https://jakdojade.pl/warszawa/ It will show you all available means of public transportation, price and timetables. Your destination in Polish is ŁAZIENKI KRÓLEWSKIE.

The return bus stop is just right of the gate as you exit the park. Uber is also a good option.

This YouTube video I made explains Warsaw public transport in simple terms and will help you get there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0vpEDi3uCI

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Chopin Monument, The Palace on the Isle, The Amphitheater on the Isle, White Pavilion, The Temple of the Sybil, Belvedere Lake, The Water Tower

Best time of day

The Museum buildings are open six days a week. The gardens are open every day from early morning until the 8 p.m.

Entrance tickets are available at the cash desks in the Palace on the Isle, the Myślewicki Palace, the Old Orangery, the Officer Cadets School and the Museum of Hunting and Horsemanship.

Thursdays – admission free, only individual visits (no guided tours available), no reservations.

Individual buildings of the Museum, i.e. the Palace on the Isle, the Old Orangery and the Myślewicki Palace, may be temporarily closed to visitors.
For information, contact the Reservation Department at 22 50 60 028.

In winter it is best to start by 2pm at latest to end before it becomes too dark for photos or further sightseeing. times vary by season.

To confirm before your visit, check their web site for opening hours: https://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en/zwiedzanie/godziny-otwarcia

Precautions

Please stick to the route, even though shortcuts may be possible. In winter the ground can become very wet, slippery and muddy. Going off the path can result in you ending up ankle deep in freezing water or mud.

In autumn and winter Poland is rather cold, with temperatures approaching 0° C / 32 °F or lower. Wear warm clothes - gloves, scarf and warm cap. In summer it can rain unexpectedly, so check the weather in advance and prepare accordingly.

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