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Home of the pact, Europe's best theatres and where to find one of Joseph Stalin's unwanted gifts. A vibrant cosmopolitan city that was practically left for dead during World War II is no stranger to picking itself up from a conflict and dusting itself down. A city with the 'WOW factor', it leaves its audience wanting more and most likely reaching for the calendar for their next trip!
Capital city of Poland and its largest city, Warsaw can be found spanning the banks of the River Wisla. Today the city's old city centre is an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Warsaw is the capital of the Masovian Voivodeship and considered to be Poland's biggest city. Hard to imagine, the sprawling city you see before you today originated as a fortified settlement in the 9th century AD and was called Brodno. Next it settled on the site of a small fishing village known as Warszowa. The capital of the Polish-Lithuania Commonwealth, Warsaw took over from Crakow (Krakow) as the capital city in the sixteenth century, a situation that was to last for nearly two hundred years.
The city has suffered considerable injury over the years, from the Prussian and Swedish Wars, at the hands of the Russians and then the Second World War. The thing that has stood out about Warsaw throughout its history is its ability to dust itself down and move on, even being likened to the phoenix rising from the ashes.
It was during World War Two when the city was occupied by the Nazis that it suffered its worst crushing defeat. The whole Jewish population were subjected to brutal devastation as they were removed from their homes to what was known as the Warsaw Ghetto (this amounted to about thirty per cent of the total population at the time). This was the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a show of strength by the community in response to Hitler's 'final solution' orders.
Today, Warsaw stands as tall as ever and much of what you see around you is modern or else restored following the destruction caused by the !939-1945 war. Sadly, much of what was Warsaw's baroque character was ruined losing to some extent its unique identity. However, there is much to see in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
While much of the sights are within walking distance or a short metro ride away, a slight downfall of the city however concerns its congestion situation. Despite efforts to improve the movement of traffic through Warsaw city centre, it is currently exhausted with continuous traffic problems. Luckily, public transport is excellent in Warsaw, choose between trolley, metro, bus or taxi.
While exploring the city of Warsaw, there is a good chance you will find yourself on one or all of the three tourist trails. The 'T' route is a summer treat, enjoyed whilst indulging an old-fashioned tram ride experience. The '100' operates on the weekends and is taken upon a double-decker bus while the '180' takes the royalty route out towards the palace and past the War Cemetery.
Packed with tourist attractions, Warsaw is mainly new, even the stunning Old Town is new and the result of arduous post-war reconstruction. With tourist attraction treasures that include the Royal Castle, the Barbican and Zygmunt's Column, the city provides more than adequate entertainment. For an instant dose of the highly charged Warsaw atmosphere, head over to Teatralny Square! A lively ambient spot and absolutely perfect for people watching in between sights, this is where you will find the heart of modern Warsaw.
More popular attractions include the Ghetto Museum, in the city centre, the stunning lofty heights of the Palace of Culture and Science (the unwanted gift from Stalin to the city mentioned in the introduction) as well as the vast Stadion Dziesieciolecia is probably the largest market in all of Europe.
With well over twenty museums under its belt, Warsaw is no shrinking violet when it comes to cultural offerings. The National Museum is a popular choice for its archaeology and art exhibitions and a pertinent choice is that of the Warsaw Historical Museum. The Royal Museum is renowned for its applied and fine arts while the popular new venue, the Wilanow Palace Orangerie plays host to the city's excellent Poster Museum.
When a gap in your sightseeing session is required, why not nip off to the old Ogrod Saski Park and the Powazki Cemetery, a mere ten minutes walk from the Old Town. Not only the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle, the cemetery is full of delightful spots decorated with masterpiece sculptures by famous and brilliant artists and sculptors. With Powazki Cemetery being the oldest in Europe and Europe's largest Jewish cemetery, the Okopowa Street Jewish Cemetery situated here, many find Warsaw is a very stirring and spiritual experience.
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The Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport
is 10 kilometres from the city centre.
Seven days a week, the MZA Municipal bus service operates between the airport and the city centre. Lines 175 and 188 run all day.
Just outside of Arrivals is the 'Polski Express
' coach stop. This is a handy service that links the airport with many of the bigger cities.
Buses to the city centre are located outside of Arrivals. Tickets can be purchased from Terminal 1 (or from bus drivers for an additional charge).
If driving to the airport, bear in mind that if you are travelling East to West, you will need to travel directly through the city centre. The circular ring road is currently under construction. Allow extra time in case of traffic problems.
Taxis are available from outside the Arrivals hall.