Warsaw, Poland

Old Town Warsaw

Population: 1,740,119 (2014 est.)

Language(s): Polish

Demonym: Varsovian

Area: 517 km2 (200 mi2)

Dialing Code: +48 (22)

Electricity Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug/Socket Types: C & E

Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC+1); Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Overview

Warsaw, the capital and largest city of Poland, is located almost directly in the center of the country. It’s had a rough history, all throughout its history, most recently during World War II and shortly after. The Nazis occupied much of the city and subsequently destroyed much of it as they left. Afterwards, Warsaw experienced the throes of communism for several decades. However, the Polish people are nothing if not resilient. The city may seem dark and gray at all times, even during the sunny, summer days, and Warszawa (the Polish spelling, pronounced var-SHAH-vah) may not instantly cause one to fall in love with it, the way Paris might. But give Warsaw enough time, maybe even just a few days, and the warmth of the people will shine through; sooner or later you will admit that you love this place, too.

Lately, Warsaw is under what appears to be perpetual construction in every section of the city. Cranes rise up throughout the skyline, a placeholder for some towers that are destined for these locations.

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