The Palace on the Water, or Lazienki Palace in Polish, is in the middle of Warsaw Baths Park. It was originally built as a bath house, and later converted into a private residence.
It is build on an artificial island in the middle of the lake, dividing the lake into 2. I (quite literally) ran across it while going for a long run in Warsaw. The surrounding park has many spots where you can have a nice picnic, or just sit on the grass while admiring the facade of the palace.
Of historical interest it is one of the few buildings that was not destroyed in World War 2. The German army drilled holes in the walls to blow it, but never got around to it.
The palace is open to visitors.
An HDR shot of the The Palace of Science and Technology in Warsaw. I love the way the top of the tower pokes into the dark thunder clouds, just waiting for the lightning bolt. Although that is an artifact of the HDR processing; if you look closely at the people in the foreground most of them are in summer clothing.
What better way to explore the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna than to turn it into a training run as well? The grounds are huge (over 120 acres), so you can easily walk several kilometres to see everything. So why not run it? I ran over 6k in the grounds and I still didn’t see it all.
But the palace buildings and ground are amazing to visit. Here is a small taste of what you will see. It was pouring with rain, but who cares?
The summerhouse “Gloriette” shot from the palace
The palace from the summerhouse
This is an interesting little palace that I found; literally “of the snail”. I love the quaint outside staircase winding up to the sky. I got completely lost while looking for it, resulting in an extended tour of the area, but it is such a lovely little building, tucked away in a quiet little square. I believe that it was build in 1499, so I think it is looking pretty good.
If you have the opportunity, visit this little palace off the beaten track.