Warsaw is the largest and capital city of Poland and has around 1.7 million inhabitants. Until recently it is fair to saw that Warsaw was off the mainstream tourist trail. That is changing and the city has much to offer the city break tourist. The Old Town, communist era buildings as well as more recent skyscrapers provide us with a city of architectural contrasts.
Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) is 10km south of the city. The airport has recently undergone expansion and now has 3 terminals. If you are flying in on a budget airline you are likely to arrive at the Etiuda terminal.
From the airport there is a bus service (175) that departs for the centre and the railway station. Taxis are another option but avoid the drivers openly touting for business as you will be ripped off. Use official airport taxis.
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Rail: There is a regular train service connecting Krakow with Warsaw which takes around 3 hours and does not stop. International trains to and from Warsaw arrive and depart from Warszawa Centralny. Destinations include Berlin (6 hours) and other destinations across the European rail system.
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What to See and Do
There are numerous attractions in Warsaw and the surrounding regions. Car hire may be a good idea to make the most of your time. Check out Click Expedia.co.uk for great value car hire options with the big names.
Old town: The Old Town (or Stare Miasto) is the historical centre of the city. It was destroyed during WW2 and was rebuilt shortly after. It is nowon the UNESCO World Heritage List and house some impressive locations for the tourist including the Royal Castle.
Parks: Warsaw has numerous beautiful parks including the Lazienki Royal Gardens. You can wander around this Park at no cost. If you choose to enter the Old Orangery or Palace on Water there is a small charge. Another park worth a visit is the Botanical Gardens.
Museums: There are numerous museums in Warsaw which are worth a look. Amongst those are The National Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Trams: There are 30 tram lines in Warsaw. Of special interest to the tourist is the special route "T" operated on historic cars during July and August.
Metro: This underground system only opened in 1995 and is one of the newest in Europe. It is clean and efficient although not of great use to the tourist.