Warsaw (Warszawa in Polish) is the capital of Poland and the 9th largest city in the European Union. It is a major economic hub for Central Europe and is located on the Wisla (Vistula) River. Warsaw is nicknamed Phoenix City as 85% of the city was destroyed by the Nazi's during the war. Being site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 (during which 180,000 civilians lost their lives), it's fair to say the city comes with its fair share of history.
Nowadays things are different in Warsaw. The arrival of democracy to Poland in 1989 seems to have worked as a catalyst for the Polish nation who as a whole seem hungry for a better and more stable future. When walking around in Warsaw's city center outside of the old town, and glueing your eyes to some of the modern tall buildings going up, you could be forgiven for mistaking this to be a thriving East Asian metropolis. Warsaw is an optimistic and energetic city, a remarkable feat given its history (the bullet holes from 60-70 years ago are still visible in many buildings around town..). Kraków may be the more beautiful city, but Warsaw's energy is infectious.
When going to Warsaw, you will probably want to spend some time walking around the center, admiring the Palace of Culture and Science (sometimes loathed as it was a gift from Stalin), visiting one of the great museums and ending up in the Old Town for getting a sense of that atmosphere which makes Warsaw such an interesting place to be. Warsaw's energy certainly translates itself into great nightlife. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Warsaw is a city in Poland's region of Biala Podlaska. It has a population of 1,702,139, is situated at an altitude of 371ft and the best airport to fly into is WAW (Frederic Chopin, Warsaw)
- The currency used in Poland is the Polish zloty (PLN)
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