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Welcome to Warsaw, the capital of Poland, a city that will captivate you with its own, distinctive atmosphere. You will be truly fascinated by the history and atmosphere of this magnificent city, which combines the influences of Western and Eastern Europe, and where tradition meets modernity. We invite you to get to know this city full of contrasts, where historical monuments and modern architecture coexist in every street.
Warsaw / © Grzegorz Źak │Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - restaurant in the Old Town / © Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - Royal Castle - interior / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Warsaw - Frederick Chopin Museum / © Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - the Palace of Culture and Science / © Grzegorz Źak │Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - the Ballet School / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Skyscrapers in Warsaw / © Polish Tourist OrganisationMarket square in Warsaw with the statue called Syrenka / © Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - Royal Castle and Old Town / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Warsaw - Royal Łazienki Park and Palace / © Polish Tourist OrganisationŻelazowa Wola - the birthplace of Frederick Chopin / © Polish Tourist Organisation

Warsaw has always been a thrilling, busy city, with a hectic and vibrant life. It’s phenomenal character is best expressed by its everlasting youthfulness, in spirit and appearance. The city is a mixture of old and new. Razed to the ground during World War II, Warsaw was rebuilt by the effort of the whole nation. The Old Town – its historical centre and the heart of the capital – was restored to its former splendor so carefully that it is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
 
The city is not only the centre of business and administration but also of science, culture and the arts. Warsaw boasts a total of 38 theatres, 41 cinemas, 48 museums and 74 art galleries. It is a city full of students – 200,000 attend 70 public and private universities and colleges. Today the city is Poland’s most cosmopolitan, dynamic and modern city, with many luxury hotels, elegant shops and diverse services.
 
The Old Town is full of historic merchant’s houses and churches, and the Barbican, a former entrance gate to the city. At the centre of the Old Town is the Market Square, which features a statue that has become a symbol of the city – the Syrenka, or Mermaid. Art galleries and outdoor cafés attract scores of tourists to the Square. You can start a tour of the town in a horse drawn cart which will take you to the Royal Castle, situated in the Castle Square, and next to it the 22m column of King Zygmunt III Vaza. From the Royal Castle to the Wilanów Palace leads a street that Warsawians call the Royal Route. It has different names in different sections. The first one, starting from the Royal Castle is KrakowskiePrzedmieście – a street with historic churches and palaces, one of which is home to the Warsaw University. Not far away is the Polish Academy of Sciences, which has the statue of Nicolaus Copernicus in front of it.
 
Continuing from Krakowskie Przedmieście you’ll reach Nowy Świat Street. The area is one of the busiest commercial streets in the city, with many shops, galleries, bookshops and cafés. A little further east towards the Vistula you will see the National Museum building and the Polish Military Museum. Next, follow Aleje Ujazdowskie, one of the most charming streets in the whole city, populated by little palaces that are occupied by foreign diplomatic missions and a number of governmental buildings. You’ll also find the Botanical Gardens and the Royal Łazienki Park and Palace on the Water here, which is a favourite place for a leisurely stroll for Warsaw residents and visitors alike. Open-air Chopin concerts are held here on summer Sundays. Neighbouring Łazienki Park is the Belvedere Palace, the seat of Poland’s Presidents.
 
Bird’s Eye View
You can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city from the 30th floor viewing terrace of the Palace of Culture and Science, right in the centre of Warsaw. This Soviet style skyscraper is 234m tall. Today it hosts hundreds of businesses, theatres, congress halls, concert halls, and a museum.
 
Suburbs
Wilanów is home to the summer residence of King Jan III Sobieski built in the mid-17th century, which is often called the ‘Little Versailles’. Visitors can admire interiors lavishly dressed with period furniture, portraits, sculptures and suits of armour. Żelazowa Wola is a village located 53km west of Warsaw, near the Kampinoski National Park. It owes its fame to Frederick Chopin. The small manor house which is the birthplace of the celebrated Polish composer, is now a museum surrounded by an scenic park. A stone’s throw from Żelazowa Wola is Nieborów, a magnificent 17th century Baroque palace surrounded by an English-style park. In summer, at Corpus Christi, it is worthwhile visiting the nearby town of  Łowicz, with its original 15th century Gothic church to watch a spectacular procession attended by the local people attired in traditional, colourful costumes.
 

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Warsaw – A Harmonic Combination of Old and New: Location

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