November in Warsaw? Late January city break? Let’s face it: the weather may be rather challenging and it’s getting dark about 5 PM. So, what is there to do in the late afternoon? Well, go to the Wilanów garden! A visit to a garden in Warsaw in late autumn or winter may seem like a rather unusual travel tip but just have a look at the photos taken in the Royal Garden of Light last winter. It is a special open air exhibition opened in the Wilanów gardens.
The winter decoration shows you the Italian formal garden that surrounds the Wilanow palace in a different and more magical way. It is just a small part of the estate. During the day you can also visit a romantic English-Chinese park, and a large landscape park (and any landscape specialist will be able to find some more influences). But now it is rather less impressive… to fully enjoy the Warsaw’s gardens we all need to wait until March or April.
The current 2018/2019 edition of the Royal Garden of Light is open every day between 4 PM and 9 PM until Feb 24th. When you arrive earlier (before 3 PM), then you will see what is considered one of the finest aristocratic big houses in Poland. The Baroque royal apartments of John III Sobieski, private rooms decorated in the 18th century style and halls created in the 19th c. – all that is opened for every visitor. The museum is famous for its art collections from china and porcelain to paintings such as the Portrait of Count Stanisław Potocki by Jacques-Louis David.
The Wilanow Palace and Garden, located in the distant southern part of the city, and not destroyed during the WWII, is a perfect place to see how it was like to be the mighty king of Poland and Lithuania. And it is very easy to get there by city buses no. 116 or 180.
Looking for a private guide? Book a Wilanów tour with me.