Skaryszewski Park is one of the most beautiful in Warsaw, but also one of its most notorious thanks chiefly to its popularity with people who do odd things in bushes at night. Visit by day, however, and you’ll find a pleasant 55 hectare site filled with wide alleys originally designed for horse drawn carriages, man-made hills, waterfalls, lakes and landscaped flowerbeds. Unlike its snobby counterpart, Łazienki Park, it’s perfectly acceptable to sprawl out on the grass wherever you like here, have a picnic or just take 40 winks. Refreshments can be found in the Misianka café, a former public lavatory. Find it right next to Rondo Waszyngtona.
Originally founded in 1905, Skaryszewski Park went under the name Paderewski Park up until 1945. Within its manicured grounds are several points of interest, including a monument commemorating Allied pilots who flew missions to supply insurgents fighting in the Warsaw Uprising. The memorial is located at the exact site where B24 bomber was shot down in 1944, killing all but one of the seven crew on board. The sole survivor, Henry Lloyd Lyne, unveiled the monument in 1988, and today it is the sight of the British Embassy’s annual Remembrance service. In 2000 Lloyd Lyne, a retired farmer, was presented with a recovered piece of the plane by Queen Elizabeth II; he passed away at age 93 in March 2016.
Another far grander monument, frowned upon by the locals, is located near the entrance to the park and commemorates the killing of twenty-six Red Army soldiers by the Nazis in 1944. Originally, the monument which features a low-relief sculpture of a Red Army soldier was constructed over the graves of the soldiers in a different area of the park. In 1968, their bodies were exhumed and moved to the Red Army cemetery on ul. Żwirki i Wigury. The monument itself was also relocated to the more prominent position which it now occupies.