Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa) is the capital of Poland. It is the largest city in Poland with the official population of 1,7 million (and unofficially over 2 million) and is the 10th most populous city in Europe. It is located in east-central Poland, along Vistula River and covers the area of 520 square kilometers (the agglomeration covers 6,100.43 square kilometres).
The climate in Warsaw is mild continental (temperate zone), with average temperature in January: -3 deg Celsius and average temperature in July: +22 deg Celsius. The best time to visit Warsaw is between May and September, with temperatures between +15 °C and +35 °C.
Transportation. It is easy to reach Warsaw by different means of transport.
Warsaw F.Chopin International Airport has direct flight connections with over 50 countries. Polish “PLL LOT” carrier offers direct flights to 40 countries (Europe, USA, Canada, Russia, China, Singapore, North Africa, Middle East), Polish “Eurolot” offers flights to airports in other Polish cities, and Polish “OLT Express” low-cost carrier flies to Poland and Europe. There are dozens of other standard and low-cost airlines flying to Warsaw. In later 2012 -a new low-cost airlines airport in Modlin is to open.
Warsaw has also direct train connections with Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Moscow, Vilnus and other. It is also a rail hub in Poland and you can travel by train to hundreds of Polish cities/town.
You can also come by car from many directions, e.g. it is 600km by a new motorway from Berlin.
Public transport in Warsaw is very efficient and you can use buses (nearly 300 lines), trams (25 lines), underground metro, local trains and ferry-boats. Services are regular, very frequent, and comparatively cheap. There are also ca. 9 thousands private TAXIs in Warsaw. And you can rent a bike at different locations.
Warsaw is a green city, with almost 25% of city’s area covered with parks, fields, forests, green squares. There are 20 major parks with Łazienki Royal Baths Park being the most beautiful (and full of tourists ).
Warsaw is also a place of culture. There are 30 permanent theaters, opera house, national philharmonic, 65 museums, 110 art galleries, 30 cinemas (with ca. 170 screens), 300 municipal libraries.
There also a couple of hundreds private cafes and pubs, and many of them have evening cultural events, such as concerts, discussions, photo presentations, amateur theaters, etc.
In Warsaw there is something going on every day. There are ca. 100 events every day and most of them are free of charge. And there are ca. 50 annual big events in Warsaw. I love this about Warsaw Just contact me -and I’ll tell you where you can go each day
Turbulent History of Warsaw has been marking the development of the city for centuries. Today’s Warsaw, its architecture and demographics and development is the consequence of attacks of many foreign troops in the last 350 years and it was unfortunately a battlefield during many wars. Warsaw suffered a lot during last World War 2, when due to German Nazi invasion and occupation -the city was destroyed in ca. 85% and ca. half million Warsaw citizens were killed. Warsaw was then shaped by communist regime of Soviet influences. However, Warsaw lost its architectural, cultural and social substance already during Swedish Deluge (mid-17th century), uprisings during Partitions of Poland (18th-19th century), World War 1. Being the “phoenix city” -Warsaw has been coming out of ashets many times..
Warsaw has been the capital of Poland since the end of 16th century.
You can check full history of Warsaw at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Warsaw#
Useful links on Warsaw:
http://www.warsawtour.pl/en the official travel portal to Warsaw http://www.um.warszawa.pl/en the official website of Warsaw -the Capital of Poland (run by the City Council)
http://www.kulturalna.warszawa.pl/events.html?locale=en_GB cultural events in Warsaw (a list of ca. 100 events daily, usually free of charge)