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Warsaw Mini Guide
What Should I Know About Warsaw?
Warsaw is the capital and largest city in Poland and the tenth largest city in Europe. It has suffered greatly over the centuries from military attacks in wartime yet each time has risen from the ashes. At the end of World War II over 80% of the city was in ruins but it has been carefully rebuilt to retain much of its pre-war splendour. The city today is a major tourist destination and a very important commercial and political city in Central Europe.
What’s the Best way to get to Warsaw?
Warsaw Chopin Airport is the best way to get to the city being located in the Wlochy district of the capital. Currently national carriers BA and LOT fly daily from London Heathrow
whilst the only budget carrier to operate there; Wizzair, has flights from several UK
regional airports. All that will change though from July 2012 with the opening of Modlin Airport on a disused military airfield just outside the city which will take all budget flights to the city. It’s expected that other low cost carriers will join Wizzair at the new airport.
What Should be on my Must See List?
It’s best to begin with one of the free walking tours of the city which will help you orientate yourself. The city has many sights but the majority are concentrated in the Srodmiescie district of the Centrum part of the city. There you’ll find the Royal Road used by former kings to journey from the Royal Palace to the Royal Castle. Along the route you’ll find several places of interest and can’t fail to spot the monumental Palace of Culture and Science which towers over this part of the city. Great places to stop and just admire the view include the Old Town Square and Castle Place.
What Should I Spend my Evenings Doing?
Warsaw is very much an outdoor city in summer and the cafes, bars and restaurants in the squares lay out tables so you can sit, eat and drink and watch the world go by in balmy weather. There are many different types of restaurant but the best Polish ones are found in the narrow streets off the main squares where prices are lower and the food and service more traditional.
Warsaw is home to several music festivals over the summer months, with the Mozart festival and the International Street Arts Festival being just two.
Warsaw's big draw this summer is the Euro 2012 Football Tournament. Five matches will be played in the Polish capital including the semi-finals on June 28th. The city is expecting up to half a million extra visitors during the competition.