Wawer is a well-forested and rural district that includes the Mazowiecki Landscape Park. It is the capital’s biggest borough in terms of land area. Thirty-five percent of this land is covered by forest. Ideal for hiking and camping, Wawer is a popular site for ecotourism and sports.

Wawer is the least urbanized of Warsaw’s boroughs. Many of the residential buildings here are low rise individual, single-family houses. Some are excellent examples of the Polish architectural style called Świdermajer, developed at the turn of the 20th century for burgher housing along the rail network between Warsaw and Otwock. These wooden villas typically have wide roofs and ornately decorated porches, fusing Swiss design with traditional Russian wooden porches and the open-work embellishments of the Polish highlands. The nearby town of Otwock, which used to be connected by train to Wawer, has the best models of this style.

Many current development projects in Wawer are focused on being earth-friendly and sustainable. The forested portions have well-marked trails for hiking and biking. There are health centres, medical facilities, cosy accommodations for tourists, and low-rise flats for vacation rentals. Wawer also has indoor pools, outdoor fields and tennis courts.