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Tour of Warsaw, Poland

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Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland, situated in the centre of the country. The city has a fascinating history with the lands of Poland being invaded for centuries by the Russians, Germans, Austrians, Danes and Swedes. The German occupiers of Warsaw during WWII destroyed about 80% of the buildings. Some of the buildings in the Old Town have now been restored to as near their original designs as possible.

Tourist attractions are the royal buildings, museums, parks & the many bars and cafe's that are inexpensive compared to the UK.

The currency in Poland is the Zloty, 1 pound = about 5 Zloty. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flight times from UK Airports to Warsaw are about 2 hours 30 min.

WizzAir provide flights between Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport and Aberdeen . Birmingham . Bristol . Cork . Doncaster/Sheffield . Glasgow/Prestwick . Liverpool . London/Luton.

For information on British Airways flights from London Heathrow and other airlines, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Frederic_Chopin_Airport.

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport , is located about 8 miles southwest of Warsaw. More Information. Google Map.

MZA City Buses 175 and 188 serve Warsaw, including the train station, the Old Town and the city centre, journey time - 30 minutes. More Information. Private Airport Shuttle.

Taxis between the Airport and City centre cost about 40 zloties. Beware of unofficial Taxi people, with fake badges, inside the airport, offering Taxi rides to the city at higher prices.

Car Hire Companies at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport.

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The Royal Castle in Warsaw is a royal palace and official residence of the Polish monarchs, in the centre of Warsaw, at the entrance to the Old Town, overlooking Castle Square.

Over the centuries, the Royal Castle was plundered by Swedish, Brandenburgian, German, and Russian armies.

The Royal Castle and surrounding buildings were almost totally destroyed by the German's in 1944. The surrounding area had been rebuilt by 1964, the Royal Palace by 1966.

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Warsaw's Castle Square is a square in front of the Royal Castle.

This is the main attraction for tourists to see this restored area, showing what the city was like before the destruction of World War II.

The square often has entertaiment such as buskers and rallies.

 


The Warsaw Barbican is situated about 0.4 miles northwest of the Royal Castle, between the Old and New Towns, one of the city's top attractions.

This building is one of a few remaining historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw.

During World War II, during the Siege of Warsaw in 1939, and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the barbican was severely damaged, along with many of the Old Town's buildings. It was rebuilt between 1952 & 1954, with the help of images from the 1600s.

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The Great Theater, Teatr Wielki, is situated about 0.5 miles southwest of the Royal Castle, located on historic Theater Square.

Now the Great Theater and Polish National Opera, it was inaugurated 24th February 1833, with a production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia.

The building was severely damaged during World War II. It was rebuilt in the 1960s, and reopened 19th November 1965.

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The Palace of Culture and Science is situated about 1.6 miles south of the Royal Castle.

This is the tallest building in Poland, originally known as the Joseph Stalin Palace of Culture and Science.

This building was a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland with construction taking from 1952 to 1955.

The name was changed in the late 1950s during the time of De-Stalinization, when the name of Joseph Stalin, who died in 1953, was being removed from cities, landmarks, and facilities that had been named or renamed after him.

Stalin's was accused of brutal treatment of the Soviet people over the 29 years he was the leader of the Soviet Union.

The building currently serves as an exhibition centre and office complex.

The view right also shows the skyline of modern Warsaw.

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Ujazdow Castle, Zamek Ujazdowski, is situated about 3 miles south of Warsaw centre in the scenic Royal Baths Park, or Lazienki Park.

The castle was burnt out by the Germans following the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Reconstruction of the castle, to its 1700s design, began in 1975.

Warsaw's Center for Contemporary Art has been housed there since 1981.

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Lazienki Palace is a Neoclassical palace in Warsaw's Royal Baths Park, close to Ujazdow Castle, about 3 miles south of the city centre.

The palace is built on an artificial island in a lake.

The Palace and most of its paintings survived WWII, it now serves as a museum.

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The Royal Baths Park had a bronze statue of the Polish composer Frederic Chopin erected in 1926.

The statue was designed by sculptor Waclaw Szymanowski in 1907. It was to have been erected in 1910, on the centenary of Chopin's birth, but this was delayed by controversy about the design, then by the outbreak of World War I.

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The Warsaw Uprising is represented by many monuments throughout the city representing the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

The Warsaw Uprising was an attempt by the Polish Home Army to liberate Warsaw from Nazi German occupation during World War II.

The Uprising began 1st August 1944 with the intention of holding out until the Soviet Army reached the city. As the the Soviet advance stopped short of the city, for still unexplained reasons, the Polish resistance had to fight the German forces for 63 days, until they were forced to surrendered 2nd October, after 250,000 people in the city had been killed.

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The German army then set about destroying many of the Warsaw buildings that had survived the uprising, about 85% in total.

January 1945, the Soviets liberated Warsaw. Of the pre-war population of around 1.3 million, only 153,000 remained. More Information .


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Wilanow Palace is sistuated about 7 miles south of Warsaw centre.

This is the top visitor attraction in Warsaw, that survived the partitions of of Poland and the two World Wars.

It was built for the Polish king John III Sobieski in the late 1600s.

After the death of John III Sobieski in 1696, the palace was owned by his sons, and later by the famous families Sieniawscy, Czartoryscy, Lubomirscy, Potoccy and Braniccy.


In 1720, the property was acquired by one of the wealthiest women in Poland, a prominent stateswoman named Elz.bieta Sieniawska.

Attractions at the palace are a portrait gallery with portraits of Polish monarchs and historical figures over the centuries, and the royal apartments such as ballrooms, and living quarters used by Polish royalty.

The Palace is situated in Warsaw’s Wilanow district, 7 miles south of the city center, at the end of the historic Royal Road. This road led from the Royal Palace in the Old Town to this palace, that was King Jan III Sobieski’s country residence.

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For more information on Warsaw, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw.

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