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With over 1.7 million people, Warsaw is one of Poland's most mesmerizing cities. The country's capital and the seat of the highest governing bodies. Razed to the ground during the Second World War, Warsaw was painstakingly rebuilt and had been developing rapidly ever since.

Warsaw has always been a vibrant and eventful city. Throughout its many historical ups and downs, the city has maintained its unique and dynamic character. Warsaw is a Western-style metropolis with many features' characteristic of European capitals. The city is the main center of business and administration, science, culture, and arts. The Polish capital is host to over a hundred theatres, cinemas, museums, and art galleries.

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Historic Center of Warsaw

Walking the Old and New Town streets allows you to rest from the bustle of central city life. Impressive alleys, squares, and cozy cafés create a unique sense of historical atmosphere.  In the summer, the Old and New Town Squares become stages for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries. 

Warsaw has always been one of Poland's biggest and most important cities. It suffered extensive damage at the hands of occupying German troops during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. After the war, its citizens banded together to push a reconstruction plan to restore the famed city to its former glory. The task at hand wasn't going to be easy, considering that more than 85% of the city's historic center was totally and utterly devastated. Miraculously, thanks to meticulous attention to detail, the city was almost entirely reconstructed using original architectural plans, photographs, and postcards. The project encompassed buildings from the 13th-20th century and was so successful that the historic center of Warsaw now distinguishes being one of Poland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The reconstructions appear so authentic that they have even managed to recapture much of their original character. Visitors are often surprised to learn that the buildings are anything other than the originals.

The Royal Castle

One place that illustrates reconstruction success beautifully is the rebuilt Royal Castle. Situated at the Old Town entrance, it is considered a sign of the city itself, particularly its magnificent clock tower. It was once home to the Polish monarchs, and today its grand halls still host essential state visits. Much of the castle is now a museum. Salvaged antique furniture, fittings, and fixtures add the original and authentic quality to the décor of this majestic castle. Visitors can easily experience and appreciate the castle's interiors just as they looked like in the Polish kings' times.

https://zamek-krolewski.pl/en

The Royal Łazienki Palace and Park

The iconic Warsaw's Łazienki Royal Park attracts with well-maintained greenery, accessible walking paths, stunning Palace on the Island, and annual Chopin concerts.  

The park's centerpiece, the Palace on the Isle, was initially built as a private bathhouse in the 17th century and later converted to the king's summer residence, with an English garden.

The Łazienki grounds hold an orangery, a theater, an eighteenth-century court theatre, the Museum of Hunting and Horseriding, the Myślewicki Palace, and numerous free-standing sculptures. Every Sunday from May to September, piano concerts are played beneath Chopin's monument filling the park with sounds of Poland's most gifted composer.   

http://www.lazienki-krolewskie.pl/en

Wilanów Palace and Park

The Wilanów Palace is one of the most treasured monuments of the Polish Baroque style. Built for King Jan III Sobieski at the end of the 17th century and gradually expanded by successive owners, it represents an unusual combination of a traditional Polish court with an Italian rural villa and a French chateau. The interiors of the palace, with their original design and decadent furniture, represent three style eras.

By 1805, a museum was added to the complex to showcase the impressive collection of art and host various cultural events. Visitors will want to soak in the ornate facade, tour the royal gardens and walk through the restored bedrooms and chapel.

The 111 acres Wilanow park combines several design styles: a two-level Baroque garden, a neo-Renaissance rose garden, a typical English style park, and an English-Chinese landscape park. The estate hosts a most magical annual Festival of Light show.

http://www.wilanow-palac.pl/

Museums

Museum of the Warsaw Uprising

The Warsaw Rising Museum is one of the most visited venues in Warsaw. Officially opened on the 60th anniversary of the 1944 Uprising, it stands as a tribute to freedom fighters and citizens who perished during the Warsaw Uprising. Multiple exhibitions reveal the horror of everyday life in occupied Warsaw and illustrate the heroism and sacrifice of 200,000 resistance fighters and civilians who died in the Uprising. Images, movies, testimonials, and sounds present the days before the Uprising outbreak, its subsequent phases, as it following tragic fate.

http://www.1944.pl/en

POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

The museum is situated in the part of the town chosen by the Nazi German occupiers to house the infamous Warsaw Ghetto.  The POLIN museum brilliantly explores the history of the Polish Jews as they first settled and prospered in Poland throughout centuries.

Opened in 2013, the museum is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Polish capital. A trip to The Museum of the History of Polish Jews may be especially interesting for anyone who has read works by Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Nobel Prize winner who grew up in the pre-war Warsaw.
http://www.polin.pl/en

Frederick Chopin Museum

A must-see for anyone interested in the works of this great Polish pianist. Housed in the Ostrogski Palace, the Fryderyk Chopin Museum is one of Europe's most modern biographical museums. The Pleyel grand piano the composer played for the last two years of his life is the most valuable display. Apart from the instrument, the composer's personal belongings can be seen and admired, including letters, music sheets, and manuscripts. The Fryderyk Chopin Museum has the largest collection of Chopin memorabilia in the world. If you plan a visit to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and his birth home at Żelazowa Wola between June and September, the Chopin Pass is your best bet. This packaged deal includes prepaid entry fees for both venues and direct transfer tickets between the two locations.

http://www.chopinpass.com/

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Copernicus Science Center
Copernicus Science Center is the latest additions to Warsaw's interactive learning hubs. Many hands-on exhibitions and experiments create fun and entertaining, educational experience for the whole family. For example, "The World on the Move" exhibition simulates how the astronaut Neil Armstrong must have felt when standing on the moon. The "Lightzone" exhibit is a perfect place for people who enjoy a good crime mystery. The "Humans and the Environment" display prompts the visitor to explore the human body's senses and secrets.
Experiments can also be further conducted in the "Park of the Discoverers," located outside the center, right on the Vistula River banks.

http://www.kopernik.org.pl/en/

Palace of Culture and Science

Constructed between 1952 and 1955, the Palace of Culture and Science was a questionable "gift of the Soviet people to the Polish nation," offered by Joseph Stalin himself. The Palace is the highest building in Poland, standing at 237 m or 777 ft (42 floors) with over 3,000 rooms, including offices, institution headquarters, two private universities, and the Polish Academy of Sciences. Moreover, the Palace has a post office, cinema, swimming pool, museums, libraries, and theaters. The palace is one of the most extensive conference facilities in Warsaw, comfortably accommodating more than 4,500 participants at a time at dozens of meetings and training halls.

The visit's highlight is the Warsaw panorama from the viewing terrace at the top of the building.

http://www.pkin.pl/eng

General Information & Resources

Calendar of Events

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City Bikes

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Dining

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Shopping

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Public Transportation

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