Warsaw is divided by the flowing Vistula River, that goes through Poland. Like two physical halves of the sides of the river, Warsaw also has a wonderful combination of cultures, that creates the cultural traditions of Poland and was greatly influences by the Royals and Catholic Church, there is a vibrant cultural history here, which can be seen best in Polish villages.
Today's Warsaw is a huge, developing, and lively city. This is a modern and multicultural city, which in recent decades has become a significant cultural and commercial center in Central and Eastern Europe.
Warsaw experienced many disasters in its history, but managed to recover. Most of the construction around Warsaw is new, after the destruction that the Germans planted during World War II. The reconstruction of the old quarter was carried out with remarkable precision and dozens of buildings, such as churches, palaces and ancient fortresses, have returned to the city skyline after ruin.
The old quarter is one of the most interesting parts of the city today, and in 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO organization, with Gothic alleys that were a time of old times, beautiful squares with colorful houses and Baroque palaces restored with love and respect at the sight of their originality.
Warsaw is also an important city in the history of the Jewish religion. In the first half of the 20th century Warsaw was one of the main Jewish centers in Europe. Jews represented one third of the city's residents, and had a profound impact on its everyday life. During the Holocaust, the Jewish community of Warsaw was almost completely destroyed. Although the Jewish ghetto was almost completely destroyed, many sites in the city perpetuate the Holocaust.
Today's Warsaw is an interesting mix between a painful history to a beautiful recovery, old architecture and new and modern buildings, historic sites and cheap shopping opportunities, and mostly - the capital of a nation with a long history, who has revived itself after its release from the Communistic hold.
Krakow is 4 hours by car (2 hours by Train) and Auschwitz 4.5 hours.
Prices for food are also low at Rossman, and you can buy food for your whole trip.
The perogi, the dough pockets filled with water, stuffed with meat or other fillings, should be eaten in piriganias, workers' restaurants offering excellent Polish food at a cheap price. Try the bigus - beef stew and sauerkraut. For those who are interested, there are also pork sausages and goulash dishes and delicious also the dried cabbage, mushrooms, cheese and of course the fruits of the forest - all alongside the national drink here, which is vodka
In the malls around the city, Arkadia and Zloty Tarrasy, you can find endless brands. Great outlets
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For a great night out at a reasonable price, Mazowiecka Street is also a great option, with many clubs and other places to hang out. It's not expensive to get in, and the drinks are also reasonably low. Pay attention to the dress code in these places, and dress accordingly, otherwise you'll be waiting outside all night.