Description and history of Warsaw Poland

The capital of Poland, Warsaw is essentially a postwar city. Its handful of historical precincts has been meticulously reconstructed, but most of its urban landscape is modern, including everything from dull products of the Stalin era to more creative accomplishments of recent years.
A decade after the fall of communism Warsaw has turned into a thrilling, busy city swiftly catching up to the west.
The Old Town (stare miasto) partially surrounded by medieval walls, is the oldest district of Warsaw. It was founded at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries growing up around the castle of the Mazovian princess. It medieval urban layout survives to this day.
The pride of the Old town is the market square with colorful town houses. Also, the major interest are the Cathedral of St. John and the Royal Castle, which was destroyed by German forces in 1944 and rebuilt between 1971 and 1984.
Next to the Old Town is the more recent the New Town (Nowe Miasto), which was also destroyed during the WWII The reconstruction of the Old Town and the New Town, almost completely destroyed during the war was an undertaking on the scale unprecedented in the whole Europe.
Today, these districts are the most popular tourist attractions in Warsaw.
The Old Town pulsates with life until late evening. There are many little streets, and the abundance of cafes, good restaurants and antique shops.
Around Warsaw, particularly along the Royal Way man can visit many exceptional churches and palaces like Potocki, Zamoyski and Kazimierz Palace amongst others.
wo the most exceptional ones are Wilanow and Lazienki Palace.
Lazienki Palace, a former summer residence of the King Stanislaw August Poniatowski is a park-and palace complex, one of the most beautiful in the country.
Wilanow, another park-and-palace complex served as the royal summer residence for Jan III Sobieski remembered for his victory over the Turks in a Battle of Vienna in 1693.
There is a lot to see in the palaces; you proceed through dozens of rooms filled with period furniture and decorations in various styles. The two-story Grand Entrance Hall is perhaps the highlight, though several other chambers are superb also.
For side trips from Warsaw see Excursions.