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Capital of Poland. The Old Town is included in the UNESCO Heritage List.





Warsaw is a city based in Central Poland on the Wisla (Vistula) river. Since 1596 the capital of Poland. The biggest city in Poland concerning the number of inhabitants ( above 1,6 mln) and area (517,90 km2). Warsaw is the seat of the Parliament and President. Warsaw plays a crucial role in Poland’s economy, science, culture and political life. During World War II seriously damaged and ruined.

There are over 30 important theatres in Warsaw. Among them: Teatr Narodowy (National Theatre) established in 1765 and Teatr Wielki (Wielki Theatre) established in 1778. The Warsaw Opera House has a world-wide reputation for its first class opera performances.
There are many alternative artists and theatres from all around the world, especially in summer.
Warsaw is an important polish music centre. Many international festivals and competitions take place there. The most famous are: International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition, International Modern Music Festival “Warsaw Autumn”, Warsaw Summer Jazz Days, Jazz Festival “Jazz Jambore”. The National Philharmonic is located in Warsaw. Concerts of many international stars are organized in Warsaw, for example: Pat Matheny, Tina Turner, Sting, Roger Waters, Joe Cocker, Metallica, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, U2, Depeche Mode, King Crimson, Suzanne Vega, Jaromir Nohavica.

Museums and galleries
Educational travellers will certainly enjoy a visit to Warsaw and its many public and private museums and galleries. The biggest galleries are: Zacheta and Centrum Sztuki Współczersnej (Modern Art Centre) and museums: Muzeum Narodowe (National Museum) and its divisions: at Royal Castle and Wilanow Palace. On 31 July 2004 the Warsaw Uprising Museum was opened. The Polish Jews History Museum is planned to be opened in 2008.


Interesting places
The Old Town – included in the UNESCO World Cultural, with its Market Square destroyed during the war and rebuilt according to the original plans. Beautiful churches of St Martin, Holy Virgin Mary, St John Cathedral. Each house in this area has an interesting history and many legends.

The Royal Castle in the Castle Square, bombed and burnt down during the war then reconstructed in 1970s. Royal apartments, halls of the former Parliament, art collection including Marcello Bocciarelli paintings.

The New Town – important tourist attraction. Built in 14th – 15th centuries. There is a house on Freta Street where Maria Sklodowska-Curie, two-time winner of Nobel Prize, was born. The New Town is well known for its numerous beautiful churches.

The Royal Route – a beautiful walk from the Old Town to Wilanow. Starting with Royal Castle, the route passes right next to Lazienki park and continues to Wilanow Palace which is just outside the city.

Saski Garden – the oldest public park in Warsaw and one of the oldest city parks in the world. Established in XVII-XVIII century in French style, changed into English style in XIX century.

Lazienki Park - English-style park, with miniature lakes and a palace. Outdoor Chopin concerts are held in the summer and visitors can take gondola rides on the lakes. The most famous Chopin’s monument is located here - its natural size copy can be found in Japan.