At the western edge of Warsaw is the less urbanized and nicely forested middle-class district of Bemowo. Its major tourist landmarks are four historic forts that were part of the Warsaw Fortress, built by the Russians in the 19th century to protect the city.
Bemowo’s refreshingly rural atmosphere is enhanced by its location near the Kampinoski National Park. Within the district itself are several sports clubs and facilities including tennis courts and swimming pools. It has a cultural centre and a public library. New mid-level flats continue to be constructed in the district, which will soon become the site of a science and technology park. The city centre is accessible by bus and tram.