Warsaw, the capital of Poland, is a fascinating city with an unforgettable history and an ever-changing present. Much of the city was destroyed during the second world war, but it has since rebuilt itself and is now a thriving and attractive metropolis. Many visitors to Poland overlook Warsaw, but the city has much to offer tourists, including the largest four-faced clock tower in Europe, an impressively reconstructed 'Old Town' - which is a UNESCO world heritage site, despite being only 50 years old - and relaxing parks and gardens.
Warsaw is located in east-central Poland, approximately 300km from the Carpathian Mountains. It has grown up around the banks of the Vistula River and is home to more than 1.7 million people. About 85 per cent of the city was destroyed during World War II, but many of its historic streets and buildings have since been restored. Nowadays, the city boasts rich and diverse architecture, an abundance of green spaces and a unique sense of resilience.
Visitors to Warsaw will find a number of attractions. Here is a small selection of what's on offer:
Warsaw Old Town - The city's Old Town was reconstructed after World War II. Originally established in the 13th century, the district was badly damaged in 1939 and again in 1944 following the Warsaw Uprising. Since then, the area has been rebuilt, with many of the original bricks used in the reconstruction process. Buildings of note include the Royal Castle and the Warsaw Barbican.
Warsaw Uprising Museum - Opened in 2004, this museum is dedicated to the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, when the Polish resistance attempted to liberate the city from Nazi Germany. Hundreds of artefacts are kept here and the museum funds research into the history of the uprising.
National Museum - This is one of the largest museums in Poland and features ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, Polish paintings dating back to the 16th century, and various other works of art.
Powązki Cemetery - Located in the western Wola district, this cemetery is one of the oldest in the city and contains the graves of several historic figures. Many of the tombstones were created by famous Polish sculptors, providing visitors with a wealth of artistic and architectural styles.
Warsaw is served by two international airports - Warsaw Chopin Airport and Warsaw-Modlin Airport. The former is the largest airport in Poland, handling approximately 100 flights per day. Once in Warsaw, tourists can easily travel around by bus, tram, Metro, light rail or bicycle.
Warsaw can get cold in the winter, so tourists tend to prefer the warmer months from May to September. However, it's worth noting that the summer months are often wetter than the rest of the year, so bear this in mind if you're averse to rain.
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