About the Polish CapitalWarsaw (Warszawa) is the capital of Poland, and is also the largest city in the country. With almost 2 million residents, Warsaw is the country's center for politics, finance, technology, and culture.
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.
When to Visit?Between May to September the weather is the nicest, and September-October is also great. From July to August it's best to avoid Poland, as so many of the cities and hotels are packed with visitors.
TransportationThe trains in Poland are very efficient, cheap, easy to use, and reach almost anywhere. Traveling by bus is a little less comfortable, and slower. Renting your own car is easy, with renting points in many locations around the major cities.
SavingsYou can buy hygiene and pharmacy products at Rossman and Hebe. In Warsaw and Poland as a whole prices of these products are really cheap.
Prices for food are also low at Rossman, and you can buy food for your whole trip.
Must-TastePolish cuisine is not very refined. But worth eating in it that is delicious and homey, especially when it comes to winter food. It is mostly based on meat, potatoes and thick soups, which are rich in meat and potatoes, which is especially recommended when the soup is served in loaves of bread.
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
TipIn Polish restaurants and cafes its customary to leave a 10% tip. Many locals tend not to tip at all.
Poland Country Code+48
ShoppingShopping in Warsaw is definitely worth it! It is actually the favorite shopping destinations in Europe. The reason is mostly the low costs
In the malls around the city, Arkadia and Zloty Tarrasy, you can find endless brands. Great outlets
See below a link for shopping recommendations
EntertainmentThe center of entertainment for Friday and Saturday nights - Nowy Świat Street (Ulica Nowy Świat). There are a variety of cafes, restaurants, and great clubs.
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.
Electric OutletsThe possible types of plug are Type C, Type E and Type F. See the link before with a photo.