More about Warsaw

A true survivor, Warsaw was probably the worst located city at the time of WWII - at the wrong place at the wrong time. Severely brutalized, it has admirably borne its cross and scars of injury with dignity and forbearance. Rebuilt on the foundations of hardship and a traumatic history, the city does have sections where very visible reminders of its harrowing past, like the execution memorials on street corners, and the bleak commie-style architecture (which isn't all that ugly as it's made out to be!). Today, it is Poland's largest industrial centre and the focal point of the nation's economic growth.

Yet, in the midst of that cheerlessness, one can find architectural attractions, like the Old Town, which was rebuilt from scratch after the war, churches, monasteries, plenty of interesting museums; and a full calendar of renowned cultural activities like The International Chopin Piano Competition, the International Jazz Jamboree Festival and even a poetry festival. Warsaw has a number of interesting museums, a host of theatres and the national philharmonic and several operetta companies, for the interested tourist.

Warsaw is situated in the east-central part of Poland, in the Mazowieckie province, and the city spans the Wisla (Vistula River), which runs through it, south to north.