Warsaw

Warsaw, capital of Poland, is a pretty big city and is located in East-Central Poland, approximately 300 kilometres from the Carpathian Mountains. Built on the banks of the Vistula River, with 1,600,000 inhabitants highlights charm through contradictory images and a youthful face a pleasant metropolis. Considered a phenomenon on a European scale, because despite the catastrophes, managed  within a very short time, a dynamic reconstruction and came to life again through the ashes of war, even more beautiful and stronger. Today is the cultural centre of the country, large academic, scientific and commercial centre.

Attractions

Royal Castle: In Warsaw's Royal Castle, located at the entrance of the old town and was the official residence of the Polish Monarchs. Inside the building are from the 16th century until the partition of Poland, the personal offices of the King and the administrative offices of the Royal Court. In the early 19th century the castle was used as an administrative center by the Tsar, while between 1926 and World War II the Palace was the seat of the Polish President Ignacy Moscicki. In the end of times, the castle was plundered and destroyed countless times, by Germans, Swedes and Russians. After the destruction, by the Nazis, the castle was rebuilt from scratch. It is now a national historic monument and in front of the Royal Castle is situated the Zygmunt's column which was constructed in 1644. The column depicts the King Zygmunt III Waza who moved in 1596 from Kraków to Warsaw.

Wall pieces of the Nazi Ghetto: Warsaw ghetto was created on 16 October 1940 from the German Governor Hans Frank and was the largest ghetto in Nazi Europe. The Jews of Warsaw were isolated in the ghetto, who were divided into two regions, the "small", where they held the richest Jews and in "big", where the conditions were extremely difficult. The sites linked a small bridge. Later the Nazis isolated the area by building a wall with cable, with sharp edges and controlled by armed guards with continuous patrols. After the end of Nazi domination, the ghetto was destroyed, but kept some buildings and pieces to evoke the black those days of the city's history.

The Warsaw Mermaid's statue: The legend, talks about two beautiful sisters mermaids who once swam from their home in the depths of the ocean, up to the shores of the Baltic. One arrived in Denmark and can be seen in the harbour of Copenhagen. The other came to the seaside Gdansk and then ascended the River Vistula and reaching the old town came to rest. The part she liked it too so we decided to stay. But the river fishermen soon noticed angry that something destroy their nets and deliver their catches, but forgot about it all when they heard her singing and mesmerizing. The Mermaid fell sometime victim of a wealthy merchant, when detected, thought the shows at festivals for earning money. So the tricked and ended inside a wooden crate. The crying and whining was the son of one of the fishermen and with the help of a friend, rushed to release. In return the mermaid promised that whenever needed, will help them generously and will always protect themselves and the city, from every danger. So the Warsaw Mermaid holding a sword in one hand and a shield in the other.

The Palace of culture is the tallest building in Warsaw, a massive edifice that pierces the sky of the city. It was built in 1955 by order of Stalin, who wished in this way to consolidate Soviet influence in the country, strongly showing arrogant personality. It is now a controversial attraction and even today causes feelings of repulsion to the poles.

Museums

Poland's National Museum is the largest in the city and hosts a rich collection of ancient art (Egyptian, Greek, Roman) and measures approximately 11,000 objects. The Museum still has a comprehensive collection of Polish paintings from the 16th century and from other foreign painters as well as a unique monetary collection. It is also considered the home of applied art.

Warsaw historical Museum: The Museum is located in the old town's market Square and detailing the history and development of the city. Ahead will unfold with film from the systematic destruction suffered by the Nazis in 1944.

The Palace Museum: In the southern suburbs is an excellent palace dating from the 17th century. Is the most historic Baroque style complex across Poland. Portraits of eminent Polish hosts, countless exceptional paintings, impressive spaces and Park.     Move the city has a very well organized network of buses and trams. In the old city and in the wider region of move and especially golf carts of various types, but is a little expensive. Have in mind that taxi drivers in the city though it is very helpful, they charge the path to agreement.

Hotels

In Warsaw you will find hotels of all categories, such as financial and large downtown until oldest and most atmospheric.

Fun

Follow the cobblestone streets and enjoy a relaxed saunter to the beauties of the old town. Colorful buildings, quaint café, outdoor benches with souvenirs and dolls with local costumes, giving characteristic style in the square. If you love the arts, here you have a lot to do, theatrical productions, art house movies, while organised and many festivals, such as the theatre, books and classical music. The music scene and the night life is equally intense and discover new experiences clubbing.

Flavors

The Polish cuisine is influenced by the Cuisines of Central Europe and though it is not considered the most lightweight, but hides pleasant surprises. Meat, vegetables and fish combined with imagination and create excellent dishes for all tastes. Traditional dish is the soup and the Warsaw bigos, specialties, that is chopped meat cooked with sauerkraut served inside a loaf of bread. Do not skip a visit to some bar Mleczny, Koymoynistikis era canteens with simple local cuisine. The best restaurants can be found in the central square of the old town. The local chocolate industry produces quality chocolates to old-fashioned cans. Extremely sweet you will find the city's best pastry shops located in the classy shopping street.

Shopping Guide

The city has many and typical markets. Large bazaars operate weekend with rare second hand items, in an atmosphere that reflects the modern reality of Polant society. Straits of the old town and market square you can buy traditional fabrics and tablecloths at very low prices. There is still a great variety of sausages, meats and of course the national product, the Polish vodka.

 

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