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Warsaw

Country
Poland
State
Poland (General)
City
Warsaw
Type of Location
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The city of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, offers a variety of tourist attractions: historical sights, monuments, museums, theatres, places connected with Marie Curie, Frédéric Chopin and composer's enchanting music.Since 1980, the old town, one of the main attractions, has been a UNESCO World heritage site
 



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How to Reach

By plane

Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport(IATA: WAW, ICAO: EPWA) is located in the area of Okęcie in Włochy, some 10 km south of the center point of the city. For many years the airport used to be called just Okęcie, but this reportedly caused confusion and it was renamed.

There are two terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The Etiuda Terminal was used by budget airlines and for charters, but now it's closed. The terminals are very close to each other, but it's best to know from which terminal you will be departing.

Before passing through security in Terminal 1, buy your duty free items, newspapers, and food and drinks because there are no shops or restaurants in the boarding area.


By train

Warsaw has three stations for long-distance trains:

Dworzec Centralny or Warszawa Centralna (Warsaw Central) ul. Emilii Plater
Dworzec Wschodni or Warszawa Wschodnia (Warsaw East) between ul. Kijowska and ul. Lubelska          (on the right bank)
Dworzec Zachodni or Warszawa Zachodnia (Warsaw West) Al. Jerozolimskie near Rondo Zesłańców Syberyjskich


By car

Unlike most European capitals, Warsaw has no real bypass, so all transit traffic is routed through the city streets. The following streets, which constitute a circle with the radius of some 10 km (six mi) from the city centre, can be considered an ersatz ringroad

By bus

Regional and long-distance bus connections in Poland are traditionally called PKS. Once it was a legitimate abbreviation for the state-owned monopoly. Now, however, bus routes are operated by completely independent companies, some of which has chosen to retain the old PKS as a part of their name. In Warsaw, there's PKS Warszawa but PKSes from various other cities also operate

Key places to visit
Ujazdow Castle, Mokotow, Ursynow, Amphitheatre, City Zoo / Warsaw Zoological Gardens, Gondolas on the Lake, Polish National Opera House / Great Theatre


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Places to Visit

Ujazdow Castle

The first castle on the spot was erected by the Dukes of Masovia as early as the 13th century. However, in the following century their court was moved to the future Royal Castle in Warsaw, and the Ujazdów Castle fell into neglect. In the 16th century, a wooden manor was built there for Queen Bona SforzaIt was at Ujazdów Castle, on January 12, 1578, that Jan Kochanowski's blank-verse tragedy The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys received its premiere during the wedding of Jan Zamoyski and Krystyna Radziwill.


Mokotow, Ursynow


The surroundings of Warsaw also offer many tourist attractions - medieval castles, mansions of the Polish nobles and historic places. Around the city county many medieval monuments can be found including Romanesque church and monastery in Czerwińsk (1129–1156) 52 km (32 mi) west of Warsaw, and Czersk castle (1388–1410) a legendary ruined castle sitting atop an escarpment about 33 km (21 mi) from Warsaw. 16th-century parish church in Brochów at the Bzura River, 52 km (32 mi) west of Warsaw, where Chopin's parents were married (1806) and Fryderyk was baptised is another interesting monument. The church was constructed as a fortified Gothic shrine. Bieliński Palace in Otwock Wielki (1682–1689), 25 km (16 mi) from Warsaw city center, houses the Museum of Interiors while palace in Jabłonna, 18 km (11 mi) north of Warsaw, is a part of an 18th century elegant palace-and-park complex.

Amphitheatre

Lazienki Park, Warsaw, PL-00460, Poland, PL
Sited next to the Lazienki Lake and within Lazienki Park itself, this striking Amphitheatre is classically Greek in its appearance and dates from the latter part of the 18th century. The Amphitheatre features a series of rather elaborate decorations, including stone statues and carvings. A number of performances and concerts still take place here, particularly during Polish summer festivals.
Warsaw tourist attraction open: daily - 24 hours
Warsaw tourist attraction admission: free, charge for some events

City Zoo / Warsaw Zoological Gardens


A scientific zoo filled with animal attractions, the Warsaw Zoological Gardens was established in the late 1920s and has gained popularity ever since, although it is known that unusual animals were kept in private collections for more than 100 years prior to the zoo's official opening. Situated within the district of Praga, the City Zoo encompasses some 100 acres / 40 hectares and contains in excess of 5,000 different animals, with favourites including African elephants, Indian rhinos, hippos, Polish lynxes, primates and even polar bears.
Warsaw tourist attraction open: daily - 09:00 to 18:00
Warsaw tourist attraction admission: charge, discounts for children and families

Gondolas on the Lake

Lazienki Park
The biggest park in Warsaw, Lazienki Park covers come 198 acres / 80 hectares right in the very heart of the city. Founded in the 17th century, Lazienki Park has always provided an essential recreational space. In more recent years, gondola boats arrived on Lazienki Lake, next to the famous Palace on the Water. Today, summer gondola trips on the lake have never been more popular and although the ride lasts less than 15 minutes, you are guaranteed a memorable experience. The gondolas are actually larger than many people imagine and can comfortably seat up to ten passengers.
Warsaw tourist attraction open: daily, seasonal variations
Warsaw tourist attraction admission: charge, discounts available

Polish National Opera House / Great Theatre


Located on the city's Plac Teatralny (Theatre Square), the Polish National Opera House was inaugurated in 1833 and appears more like a grand palace than an actual theatre. Following considerable damage during the Second World War, the Teatr Wielki was thoroughly restored and reopened in 1965 and has remained popular ever since, staging regular musical events and often featuring performances by the Warsaw Ballet Company and its many acclaimed Polish ballerinas.
Warsaw tourist attraction open: daily, hours vary according to performance
Warsaw tourist attraction admission: charge, discounts
 

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