Warsaw is the capital of Poland since 1596. But the origins of the city date back to the 10th century. The golden age of the city and the period of its greatest development was the time of reign of the last Polish king - Stanislaw August Poniatowski. Even though the city was destroyed during the Second World War, Warsaw was rebuilt and is constantly developing.
The summary of the history of Warsaw can be found here.
Getting around Warsaw
Warsaw has an extensive public transport network, including two underground lines, buses, trams and suburban trains. It is quite easy to get around the whole city, even the suburbs.
On the Public Transport Authority in Warsaw website you can find all necessary information, including buses and trams timetables, travel planner, ticket types and prices.
You can buy tickets in most newsagents, as well as in ticket machines located near all underground stations, at many bus and tram stops and in some vehicles.
Thanks to its rich history, Warsaw is a city with numerous historical sites.
- The Old Town (in 1980 was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and New Town,
- churches built in different architectural styles (Cathedral Basilica of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Smaller Basilica of the Holy Cross, Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Patron of Warsaw to name just a few),
- royal residences (Royal Castle, Palace in Wilanów, Palace on the Island),
- parks (Saxon Garden, Łazienki Park, the Krasiński Palace Garden, the Wilanów Palace Park - are the oldest among 82 parks in Warsaw) are just some examples.
If you if you prefer museums, you cannot leave out:
Warsaw Tourist Information prepared a number of brochures, you can download and learn more about Warsaw.