Warsaw is the capital city of Poland, inundated with history, modern influences, making it a city with multiple facets.
Warsaw is a large metropolis of more than 1.7 million people, split into uneven halves by the Vistula River. Almost everything of interest to visitors is on the western side of its waters.
Warsaw's distant past that gives its main sights. The Royal Route (TraktKrólewski), which runs south from the city's Old Town, passes a number of historical landmarks, including the royal gardens of Łazienki Park and the 17th-century Wilanów Palace.
The Old Town itself, however, is the chief set-piece attraction. "Old” is something of a misnomer – badly damaged by WWII bombing, the area was painstakingly rebuilt with such success that it was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1980.
Not surprisingly for a city that was essentially rebuilt from the ground up, Warsaw offers an inordinate amount of green space. When it's sunny, leafy parks, rowing lakes, outdoor cafés and al fresco concerts create a mood far removed from the dull, Communist-era images of Warsaw.
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