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"The Palace on the Water at Lazienki Park - part 1" Lazienki Park and Chopin's Monument Tip by dlytle

  Boat ride on the lake with the Palace on the Water
by dlytle

During the summer, I am told, there are peacocks roaming free on the grounds just as you would see pigeons wandering around in any city park. And I understand they have an imperial attitude and put up quite the ruckus at times! One of the stories I was told was about how the peacocks constantly interrupted America’s first President Bush, some years ago, while he was trying to deliver a speech. The peacocks were so raucous and loud that he had to choke back his laughter from those unintentional interruptions as the story goes!

The grounds of Lazienki Park contain pavilions, reflecting ponds, statues and a number of interesting sights such as the unique Palace on the Island (Palac na Wyspie). That Palace is a baroque and classical building, constructed and reconstructed from 1772-1795, 1840-1849. It’s most interesting aspect is that it is a palace that straddles a canal

A romantic ride around the lake near the Palace is available for hire just outside the palace door. The ride does not seem to be very long but the people I saw in the boats seemed to be really enjoying the experience.

Although all of the buildings and pavilions were originally built at the end of the 18th century, all of Warsaw was destroyed during World War II. After the war the palace was carefully reconstructed from the ruins and it was furnished with works of art that once belonged to the king.

Address: Agrykola 1

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  • Updated Oct 25, 2004
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