As the geographical centre of Europe, Warsaw is a city risen from the ashes; At the end of World War II, roughly 85% of the city had been destroyed and much of the population deported or sent to concentration camps. Virtually everything in Warsaw today has been constructed in the last five decades. The very successful rebuilding of the Old Town was rewarded in 1980, when the entire complex earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Warsaw's 'mile zero' is at the intersection of Aleje Jerozolimskie and ulica MArszalkowska - The Palace of Culture and Science is located on the northwest corner and serves as a good reference landmark. The main rail and bus stations, as well as most of the major hotels are in the surrounding area. From here to the river are the main tourist destinations - The 'Royal Route' runs North South from the New and Old towns, past the fashionable shops of Nowy Swiat, the palaces that survived the war and the royal gardens of Park Lazienkowski, before reaching Wilanow Palace to the South of the city centre.

Warsaw is Poland's largest city and its economic, cultural and educational centre. The city spans the Wisla (Vistula) River, with all the major tourist sites located on the left bank, while the right bank contains the increasingly fashionable Praga district.

Now an intriguing mix of old and new the capital of Poland grows by leaps and bounds - evidence of the Polish drive to succeed.

Wilanow Palace

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