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“green roof”

University of Warsaw Library
Ranked #19 of 394 things to do in Warsaw
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

excellent occasion to walk around ... on the roof, close to Vistula river and science centre of Kopernik

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Reviewed June 1, 2012

On vacation from the university I did not expect the University of Warsaw Library to be a highlight of my visit to Poland, but a friend who lives in the city insisted we make a stop during our three-day visit. Now I'm passing on that favor. The library is decorated with seven giant (and artificially antiqued) slabs representing humanity's scholarship and knowledge. They are oddly beautiful although they really are only snippets of chemical and mathematical formulas, passages in Polish, Russian, Greek (no English) and a piece of music. It's fun to pose in front of this slabs and to challenge friends to identify the content of the slabs. The Library is massive and modern, well worth visit, but as other reviewers here have noted, the crowning glory is the meandering rooftop garden, a wonderful concoction of glass, metal, lattices and vines. You'll wander through improbable glades and under arbors all framed by scenes of the city and the Vistula. The originality and beauty of the place will bowl you over. The library is close to other Old Town sites you'll want to visit -- do it. Bring a camera.

3  Thank r2croak
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

Make sure and visit the garden/terrace on the roof of the library - great place with original views of the old town and river.

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Reviewed July 28, 2011

While the library itself is interesting enough to see (very modern interior design), it's rather the garden that's the real tourist attraction here (the inside of the library is mainly occupied by local students). The garden around the library is open all year round, however the rooftop garden can be visited only between April and October (and is off limits in bad weather conditions due to safety reasons). Except for a marvelous view of the banks of the Vistula river and the Old Town, the garden offers beautifull surroundings to rest after a long day of sightseeing. It's worth knowing that the garden - though quite large - can get a bit crouded, especially in June when students have their exam session and spend a lot of time in and around the library. Another interesting thing is that you can often see a pair of newlyweds with a photographer taking pictures of them in the garden :)

Thank Dorothy O
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

I didn't even bother to go into the library! The main attraction must be the huge rooftop gardens, which offer a nice view of the city and Vistula river. It makes for a good getaway from the city and it's a joy to explore. I enjoyed the views of the Old Town and river, while taking in the scents of the gardens' fragrant plants (I went in early summer). While I was there, I noticed couples and people bringing their young children to the gardens - local people of all ages visit it.

I read somewhere that it's the largest rooftop garden in Europe. The entire design of the gardens, with its water features, is remarkable!

It's free to visit the gardens but some tour operators charge to take visitors there as part of their excursions.

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