One of my favorite memories of my visit to Warsaw in 2009 was listening to Chopin under the gaze of his rather imposing memorial in Lazienki Park. These concerts take place on Sundays during the summer months, are free of charge, and bring some really incredible musicians to Lazienki. And the people watching is great: it’s understandably a draw for tourists, but plenty of locals (especially families with children) go, too.
I knew that this was one thing I wanted to experience again, now that Warsaw, this park, and even Chopin himself mean so much more to me. It so happens that the rest of the summer, due to conservation on the monument, the concerts are taking place at the Theater on the Island:
A different experience, but equally memorable, picturesque, very much Warsaw.
What: Chopin Concerts in Lazienki Park, Warsaw, Sundays through September 30th, at noon and 4pm.
Getting There: Take the 180 bus to Royal Lazienki. A few buses go to this stop, but the 180 is designed to travel between the major sights in Warsaw, so you can do some sight-seeing on your way there.
My Advice: Even though the event is free and popular, don’t worry about arriving early. There was still plenty of seating left in the open-air theater when I arrived just before noon. Better yet, bring a blanket and a picnic and find a spot on the banks of the water.