Lazienkowski Park : Michelin's recommendations
With its areas of water, its lawns and its flowerbeds, this provides a privileged place for walking inside the capital. A botanical garden, attached to the University of Warsaw, also offers visitors an arboretum, a rose garden and a multitude of medicinal plants. But the park is first and foremost prized for its pieces of architecture scattered about inside it. For example, a monument dedicated to Frédéric Chopin, inaugurated in 1926, which represents the artiste at the piano under a willow symbolising his hand. Free concerts are given close by in the summer. Further down, a water tower (which formerly served the castle and its fountains) today houses an art gallery. More to the south, the park also contains the Old Orange Garden, raised at the end of the 18th C., which houses the old theatre of the Royal Court. Next we have the different royal residences, starting with the oldest of these, the White House (built on a square plan). Further away, the Myslewicki Palace was built by the Italian architect Merlini shaped like the arc of a circle. The Museum of Hunting and Equitation lies next to this palace. Finally, we come to the third and real royal summer residence: the Palace on Water. Built by the same architect over a period of 5 years in a neoclassical style, it takes its name from the islet on which it stands. An amphitheatre (the Theatre on the island) copied from the one in Herculaneum and situated on the banks of the lake (with the stage arranged on a small island) and the palace of the Belvedere (official residence of the State presidency) pleasantly complement this path of greenery.