Located on the margins of the Vistula river, the capital of Poland was almost completely destroyed in World War II.
One spectacular reconstruction
The ancient districts, Old Town and New Town, have only a few decades. Each was rebuilt with its own Market Square and today they stand close to Krakowskie Przedmiescie, the great avenue of the city. So do the Royal Castle, the Zygmunt Column — honouring the king that made Warsaw capital — and St. Martin’s Church.
The nation’s pride
Intact remained the Wilanow palace, one of the great baroque symbols of Poland. But visiting Warsaw is also enjoying the Lazienki Park and the Rising Museum, which tells the story of the 63 days of the insurgence against the nazis. And as this is Chopin’s country, going to the composer’s Museum is a must-do.