Warsaw is ahead of most of its regional rivals when it comes to its environmental friendliness Poland’s capital ranked 16th among 30 large European cities in the first ever European Green City Index (2010), which ranked the cities in terms of environmental friendliness. Green space covers 40% of the surface area of Warsaw, including a broad range of green structures, from small neighborhood parks, green spaces along streets and in courtyards, trees and avenues to large historic parks, nature conservation areas and the urban forests at the fringe of the city.
There are as many as 82 parks in the city which cover 8 % of its area. The oldest ones, once parts of representative palaces, are Saxon Garden, the Krasiński Palace Garden, the Lazienki Park, the Wilanów Palace Park and the Królikarnia Palace Park. Strolling around the greenery is not only a relaxation, but great possibility to find more about Warsaw and its history as well.
ROUTE: Lazienki Royal Park – the biggest and most beautiful park in Warsaw, former Summer Residence of the last King of Poland, original exile for 18th century classical architecture; Saxons Gardens – one of the oldest public parks in Poalnd, once the Royal Park attached to the Saxon Palace); modern Warsaw University Library roof garden – one of the finest roof gardens in Europe, opened in 2002, with beautiful panoramic view to modern & historic Warsaw; Wilanów Palace Park – one of the finest examples of antique Baroque in Europe; Ujazdowski Park – 19th cent. landscape – extremely fashionable and stylish for its time with a fluidity of line which links the park with its water elements: the pond, the fountain cascading over rocks and a lovely stone bridge over the channel and many others including the Botanical Garden.
Remarks: please note – free of charge 30 minute open air recitals available on Sundays from May to September at 12.00 and 16.00 in Lazienki Royal Park