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"The Hub of Architecture & History"

Warsaw Tourism

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is a part of the Mazovia plane. The city is an amalgamation of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, in terms of its architecture. Interestingly, it is said that Warsaw, together with Paris, Frankfurt, London and Barcelona, has the greatest number of skyscrapers in the European Union._

Warsaw is a city that is full of surprises. It contains nearly everything under the sun! Sparkling skylines, tall skyscrapers and bustling streets exist right alongside peaceful green lawns and gardens, old palaces and Gothic architecture. Tourists flock here in vast numbers to see the Jablonowski Palace, Old Town Market Square, etc. The Monument of The Warsaw Mermaid is the most popular symbol of the city. Warsaw is steeped in culture and history, as is evident in their places of attraction, including galleries, palaces and museums.

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Warsaw Customs

In Poland and in Warsaw in particular, layering is a very serious trend. You will typically find people layering their t-shirts with camisoles or knitted jackets, with jeans. But it is always safe to carry a smart outfit in case of a night out in the capital. Women here tend to dress up, so it will help you fit in better if you do, too. Carrying a shawl or a pashmina can pass off as a style statement and is also useful if you're visiting religious places as you will have to cover your shoulders and legs, if bare. When you're greeting somebody in Warsaw, make direct eye contact and shake hands. Say 'dzien dobry' for good morning/afternoon and 'dobry wieczor' for good evening. ¾Do not address people by their first names, unless they themselves ask you to. ¾Polish men are generally addressed as Pan and women as Pani, using both as a prefix, followed by their surname.¾

Language of Warsaw

The official language of Warsaw is Polish. However, people also speak other languages here such as English, German and French. To say thank you in Polish, say 'Dziekuje'. To say hello, the phrase is 'Dzien Dobry'. For please, say 'Prosze'. ¾Yes is 'Tak' and No is 'Nie'.

History of Warsaw

Warsaw first sprang up as a little town back in the 14th Century. The Dukes of Mazovia who were ruling then, used Warsaw as their seat to rule. In 1526, the duke died without leaving behind any heirs to the throne. This led to Mazovia and Warsaw falling into the hands of the king in Krakow. In 1569, when Poland and Lithuania came together, Warsaw improved as it once again became the seat of central debates. Later in 1596, the King made Warsaw his capital. By the 18th Century, Warsaw prospered. Palaces, churches and other architecural marvels were built. When Poland was partitioned in 1795, Warsaw went back to being a small town again. However, Napoleon arrived on time and created the Duchy of Warsaw. This made it a capital once again. In 1815, Warsaw went under the Russian rule. After World War II, Warsaw once again was announced to be the capital of Poland. Industrialisation began in full force. Their joy was short-lived as, in 1939, German bombs began to fall on Warsaw. Within a month, the city was ruined and terrorized. However, they did not lose hope and after the terror had passed, a huge rebuilding plan was put into action and finally, Warsaw became the beautiful, economically independent city that we see today.

Shopping in Warsaw

Warsaw has tons of large shopping malls to cater to every shopaholic. Zlote Tarasy at the city centre and Arkadia Shopping Mall at Rondo Radoslawa are the best options, offering you everything under one roof. There are also several factory outlets scattered around Warsaw, with discounts upto 70%. These outlets are loctaed in and around the borders of the city and are completely worth the trip. If you'd like to bustle around and haggle at the markets, visit Hala Banacha or Hala Mirowska, both covered markets. Here, you can snap up fresh fruits and vegetables, inexpensive clothing items and lots of other exciting things.¾

Currency in Warsaw

Bank notes can be availed of in denominations of PLN 10,20,50, 100 and 200. Credit cards are now widely used in the city, but it is safer to not rely on its use. ATMS are available almost everywhere in the city, allowing you to withrdraw money easily.¾

Exchanging Money in Warsaw

Poland still uses its own national currency, in spite of being a part of the European Union. ATMs can be found all over the city and are easier to find in shopping malls, for currency exchange purposes. Changing money at a kantor is a very common practice in Warsaw. You can ask at the hotel for the best options, or go to a kantor and find out yourself. They can be spotted near shopping malls as well.¾

Daily Budget for Warsaw

If you're traveling on a shoestring budget, your daily cost in Warsaw will be about PLN 94, including food, transport, alcohol, shopping, etc. If you're traveling at a mid-range budget, your daily expense will come up to PLN 235, including the same. A luxurious and a comfortable stay at Warsaw will cost you almost PLN 400. ¾

Religion of Warsaw

Warsaw is actually a multi-cultural city. However, Catholicism is the most dominant religion here, followed by the Protestants.

Restaurants and Local Food in Warsaw

The food of Poland in general was initially dubbed as being boring for its low levels of innovation. However, that was long ago and things have changed now. In Warsaw, you can indulge in several different kinds of food, thanks to the number of restaurants lining the city. From Italian restaurants to adorable caf_s, sushi bars and takeaways, the capital of Poland has it all! Signature Polish dishes to taste include Peirogi, Ruskie and Bigos.¾
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How To Reach Warsaw

Warsaw is quite easy to get to. It has 2 airports -- The Chopin Airport & Warsaw Modlin Airport. There are also 3 rail stations for both international and domestic trains. Long-distance buses arrive at Dworzec PKS Warszawa Zachodnia, Warsaw's bus stop.¾

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