Smart Green (Warsaw Insider, September 2011)
One thing Warsaw isn’t short on is parks and gardens. While Łazienki Park is prissy about feet trotting on its grass, the gardens at the Warsaw University Library is quite happy to have you rolling on their lawns (see pictures of my kid in action). Gardens, in plural, because the greenery is split into two sections: the rooftop and the ground level. The two parts are connected by stairs and a cascading water feature, implanted with handsome cattails, among other floral species. The library building itself houses cafés, a bowling alley, a children’s play area (for a fee) and a rock-climbing wall. Though the governmental tourism board hail this outdoor attraction as “one of the largest and most beautiful roof gardens in Europe stretches across the top of the modern glass building,” it’s really not enough mileage on its own for a foray. After taking in the view of the river and the city’s skyline, you and your company are going to say, “What’s next?” So, bundle it together with an exploration of the Old Town, or the Solec district or, before or after a romp at the Copernicus Science Center, it’ll work very nice as a slow-mo point.
ul. Dobra 56/66, tel. 22 552 5178, http://www.buw.uw.edu.pl, open daily 9:00-18:00