Warsaw is the largest city in Poland, with a population of nearly 2,000,000 or write 2 million. Situated on the Vistula river in the historic region of Mazovia, it dates back to the 14th century. Warsaw became the capital of Poland when King Sigismund III Vasa moved his court from Krakow in 1596. It was by far the most destroyed European city in World War II. First it was bombed in 1939 during the German invasion, and then Hitler decided to burn and blow-up the city in an act of revenge for the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Following the war, the city gained the nickname ‘The Phoenix City’ after one of the most beloved mythical creatures - the Phoenix - because it has also risen and was literally rebuilt from its ashes. Contemporary Warsaw is the symbol of ambition, persistence and the perseverance of Poles against adversities and the synonym of success and the development of new Poland.
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Ask your guide to upgrade your Warsaw Tour with a visit to this monolith building, that was a 'gift' from Soviet Russia to the people of Warsaw. Built in 1955 to the design of Russian architects, it resembles Moscow's Socialis Realist palaces. It was Europe's second talles building when completed. The interiors feature many decorative elements. With the end of Soviet domination, the building's role has changed to provide also office space. However it still remained a cultural center with theatres, cinema and bookshops.
Check our tailor made Warsaw tours to experience city's old tunnels, places under bridge spans, cellars, forgotten places and post-industrial buildings. Crawling, climbing, jumping, running and hanging - this is what the extreme tourism is about. Warsaw off the beaten path tourism offers everyone an opportunity to discover new attractions.
Despite the destruction during World War II, Warsaw still enjoys a wide range of art galerries and museums. The collections depict the city's history and explore the works of Warsaw's writers, artists and historic figures.