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Like a Phoenix from the Ashes...
The historic centre of Warsaw constitutes an exception on UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List. It’s the only urban complex almost entirely reconstructed after its near total destruction during World War II. The careful reconstruction was so well done that the international community demonstrated its great appreciation by putting the historic city centre on the list of the unique World Heritage Sites.
Market square in Warsaw with the statue called Syrenka / © Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw / © A&M Cieszewscy │Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Royal Castle and Old Town in Warsaw / © Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw / © Polish Tourist OrganisationOld Warsaw / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Warsaw / © Fotopolska │Polish Tourist OrganisationWarsaw - Royal Łazienki Park and Palace / © Polish Tourist Organisation
Contemporary Warsaw is a big city. Poland’s capital is the cultural, scientific, educational and tourist heart of the country. It is also the seat of many important financial institutions and big companies.
 
The small medieval settlement quickly developed to acquire its municipal rights in the early 14th century. Located upon the Vistula, an important transportation route, Warsaw was fast growing in importance and size. It was soon surrounded by defensive walls and the first brick houses were erected in the 14th century. In the early 17th century, Warsaw Castle became the seat of King Zygmunt III Waza, who had just transferred the country’s capital from Kraków to Warsaw. It was also at that time that the Old Town was greatly reshaped and connected with the New Town. Thus, the city’s development continued outside of its defensive walls.
 
World War II brought total destruction to the oldest part of the city. Other quarters of Poland’s capital also lay in ruins. The reconstruction of the city took several years, with the rebuilding of the Royal Castle only started in 1971. Due to the effort and skill of our architects and conservators as well as the flow of time, today tourists are unable to distinguish original fragments of the historic buildings from the reconstructed ones.
 
The charming Old Town streets lead to the Market Square where artists display their works and visitors can enjoy a meal or coffee in the numerous restaurants and café gardens, or take a buggy ride. The first-floors of many houses are occupied by stylish restaurants, art galleries, antique and souvenir shops. The Old Town, with its richly adorned churches and interesting museums, is worth a visit as is the Royal Castle, which is a real treasure trove of national mementos, with beautifully decorated interiors that contain many works of art by the most famous European and Polish artists. Also very popular is the nearby Krakowskie Przedmieście Street, a favorite meeting place and strolling area for Varsovians and tourists alike. A walk along the Royal Route from the Old Town towards Wilanow, the former residence of King Jan III Sobieski, is another highlight of every visit to Warsaw. Starting with the Royal Castle reconstructed in the 1970s, the route runs past a row of old aristocratic residences, along Nowy Swiat Street with is top fashion boutiques and past the beautiful English-style Lazienki park with its miniature lakes and the Palace on the Water. Here in fair weather outdoor concerts of Chopin's music are organised. Visitors may also take gondola rides on the lake in the centre of the park. The route continues towards the impressive Wilanow Palace on the southern outskirts of Warsaw.
 
 

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