Warsaw (Warszawa in Polish) is the capital of Poland and also it largest city. Warsaw has a population of 1.7 million people and is located on the Vistula (also know as the Wisla) River and is roughly 350 km from both the Baltic Sea in the north and the Carpathian Mountains in the South.
Warsaw took over as the capital of Poland in 1596 from Krakow which was the medieval capital and has grown to become Poland’s largest city and the nation’s urban and commercial centre. Unlike Krakow Warsaw was completely destroyed by the Nazi’s during WWII. The Poles though have a history of being ransacked and like always they rebuilt the city from the devastation left by the German Army.
This means unlike Krakow nearly all the buildings date from the postwar era but there are still some historical structures in the Sate Miastro (the “old city”) and Nowe Miasto (“new city”) as well as selected monuments and cemeteries elsewhere.
There is much to do in this Polish city and it is home to several professional musical and play companies. It is the capital city which mean it also home to the Polish National Opera and Warsaw Philharmonic (also National Philharmonic).
With so much to do in Warsaw I would recommend the following:-
-The Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki) which is at plac Defilad. It is open daily from 9am till 6pm. It was built on the orders of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin as a “gift” to the Polish people and is Warsaw most recognized building. The Poles have a love-hate relationship with the building as it is such a stunning structure but was built by a man who helped Hitler rape the Polish countryside. These days the place is a movie theatre, restaurant and college.
-The Palm Tree. This palm tree has it’s own website! It is at the intersection of Al. Jerozolimskie and ul. Nowy Swiat. It just seems totally out of place.
-The Parliament is the name of the lower chamber of the Polish parliament. It is full of history and well worth walking around.
Warsaw is a great place to visit and is a tribute the humble but reliant people who reside in the city and well worth a visit.