Warsaw is the Polish capital and has a population of around 1.7 million. It suffered major damage during World War II but has now been restored to it former glory. In 1980 the Old Town part of the city was listed as a World Heritage Site. Warsaw is now a popular tourist destination.
Places to visit in Warsaw
Warsaw's Old Town - is the oldest historic district of the city and a World Heritage Site. It is bounded by Wybrzeze Gdanskie, along the bank of the Vistula, and by Grodzka, Mostowa and Podwale Streets. An area of medieval architecture, cafes and shops and a area great for just strolling around.
The Royal Castle - was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Castle Square, at the entrance to the Warsaw Old Town. After extensive damage during the last war it has been completely renovated and is now a national museum.
Warsaw Barbican - is part of the old fortifications that used to encircle the city.
Museum of Warsaw - charts the development (and destruction) of the city through history.
Koniecpolski Palace Palace of Culture and Science
The Presidential Palace - the seat of the Polish Council of Ministers.
St. John's Cathedral - a Gothic Revival brick church on the site of previous buildings going back to the 16th century.
The Great Theatre - is a theatre complex and opera company located on historic Theatre Square in Warsaw. Originally built in 1833 the building was extensively damaged during the last war and was completely rebuilt in 1965.
The National Museum - has a large collection of ancient exhibits from Rome, Greece and Egypt and also more recent Polish art.
Centre for Contemporary Art - located in the former Ujazdow Castle with modern art exhibits.
Warsaw Uprising Museum - is housed in a new, modern building and charts the events that occurred during the uprising in 1944 by the cities residents.
The Palace of Culture and Science - is the tallest building in Poland and was a gift to the Polish people from Josef Stalin (!) - they have since got rid of his name. Viewed by some residents as a eyesore and reminder of the Soviets occupation it is however quite a sight. It is huge and currently contains; theatres, cinemas, conference centre, museums, bookshops and offices - well worth a look!
The Royal Baths Park - is the largest park in Warsaw, Poland, occupying 76 hectares of the city centre.
The Saxon Garden - is the oldest public garden in Warsaw and dates from 1727. A formal garden with fountains and ornate flower beds.
Golden Terraces (The Zlote Tarasy) - one of Warsaw's more striking modern buildings - Golden Terraces is a mall with around 200 retail outlets and restaurants.
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