According to many foreign tourists, the Royal Łazienki is the place which cannot be omitted during sightseeing in Warsaw. It is an extremely pleasurable spot where you can calm down and rest from the hustle and bustle of this huge city. The Royal Łazienki is mainly a palace and park complex where numerous monuments from the Classical period can be found. It was established in the 18th century, king Stanisław August Poniatowski was the originator. Artists such as Domenico Merlini, Johann Christian Schuch and Johann Christian Kammsetzer participated in the process.
Both in the past and nowadays, the park has been a place for a break and relaxation. It is a place where various scientific, cultural, sports as well as entertainment events are held. What is more, the park is tourists’ and locals’ favourite spot for walks. Bikes, skateboards and rollerblades are not allowed so it is a perfect place for a walk with small children. Nearby the Royal Łazienki, there is the University of Warsaw Botanical Garden, which is eagerly visited by both walkers and students.
The museum in the Royal Łazienki was opened for tourists in 1960. The main entrance, located in Aleje Ujazdowskie, is situated directly next to the Belweder – Polish president’s place of residence. Nearby the gate, you will also see the famous Chopin Statue. In summer months, Chopin outdoor recitals are held here. The best pianists have participated in them. The Old Orangery, with an orangery and the Stanisławowski Theatre are another attractions. The White Pavilion is quite close to them. It is a place where in the 19th century king Louis XVIII of France stayed when he was exiled.
Particularly interesting is the most beautiful and valuable monument of the Classical period ‒ the Palace on the Isle. Originally, it was mainly a lordly residence, later − after the end of the 18th century − it became a royal residence. Exceptionally rich interior was restored after damage caused by the Second World War.
Close to the palace, the Theatre on the Isle can be found. It was built in 1790 and imitates ancient ruins.
The Office Cadet School is located next to the northern entrance, which is situated in Agrykola street. It is a historical place directly related to the November Uprising. As far as the southern entrance is concerned, there is a small golf course and a horse riding campsite near to it.
There is also one of the best known and respected restaurants in Warsaw ‒ Belvedere − whereas in nearby closed greenhouses various exhibitions are usually held.
The park is opened for everyone from dawn to dusk.