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Even the old is new in Warsaw. The Old Town's narrow, cobbled streets and open square, with its mermaid statue, were lovingly restored after being ravaged during World War II. The red Royal Palace and the colourful city houses' tall, playful façades contrast with the Palace of Science and Culture, the tallest building in Poland. Drink in the views from the terrace on the 30th floor - it's the best way to get your bearings in this sprawling capital city.
Situated on the banks of the Vistula River in the east of Poland, Warsaw is a great destination for a short break. Visitors get a feel for Poland from the moment they arrive at Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW), following a flight time of two-and-a-half hours from UK airports.
The past is laid out for all to see, while the architects of the present continue to create a skyline that will stand the test of time.
Must-see attractions in Warsaw include the Royal Castle, Old Town Square, St John's Cathedral, and the Saxon Gardens. If you have time, be sure to check out the National Museum and the Polish Army Museum too. Muranow is also an interesting place. The district's former life as a concentration camp and war-time ghetto still haunts the streets. See the Ghetto Heroes Monument and visit Pawiak Prison Museum.
Stay as centrally as possible in Warsaw to get about easily on foot. The city centre is fairly compact so choosing hotels in prime locations, such as those in Old Town (Stare Miasto) and New Town (Nowe Miasto), is a wise move.
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