''For more information about the districts, see [[#Orientate_Yourself|Orientate Yourself]]''.
[[Image:Plac 04.jpg|thumb|right|300px|Piłsudski Square about 1900]]
It is often said that Warsaw bears some resemblance to the mythical Phoenix. Having been completely destroyed, the city somehow managed to lift itself from the ashes. In the aftermath of the 1944 Uprising against the Nazis [http://www.1944.pl
/], Warsaw was obliterated with 9 out of every 10 buildings crumbled in ruins. At the end of World War II (1939-45) was virtually uninhabited, yet with a tremendous reconstruction effort, most of the city was rebuilt as early as the 1950s.
The Communist era (1945-1989) has significantly contributed to the city architecture, with the most noticeable landmark, the ''Palace of Culture and Science'' (Polish: ''Pałac Kultury i Nauki'', ''PKiN'') [http://www.pkin.waw.pl
/], a "personal gift" from Joseph Stalin, dominating the Warsaw landscape.
Since the fall of
Communism, Warsaw has been developing rapidly, even chaotically at times. Certainly, the harmonisation of urban landscape was of little importance to the country's first entrepreneurs, as they were busy plugging gaps in supply by selling various items on a provisional basis.
Warsaw's all about change now. You wouldn't recognize the city if you last saw it ten years ago or so. In the next ten years, it'll be a completely different place again. Off the beaten path, now's the time to see some of the Warsaw's peculiarities before they disappear forever.
The Warsaw Tourist Information [http://www.warsawtour.pl/] will answer your questions about the city and other regions of Poland, tell you what's happening in the city at the time of your stay, book a hotel room for you and sell you a map of the city (or even give you one for free). They can be reached by e-mail [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]] and by phone at ''+48 22'' 9431.
they have four offices around
face to face
near the Castle Square (Polish: ''Plac Zamkowy''): ''ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 39'' 9AM-8PM (Oct-Apr: 9AM-6PM) *
railway station''' (Polish: ''Dworzec Centralny''): ''Al. Jerozolimskie 54'' 8AM-8PM (Oct-Apr: 8AM-6PM) *
There are two offices in the
''ul. Żwirki i Wigury 1'' - '''Terminal 1 Arrivals''' and also at the '''Etiuda Terminal''' (budget airlines fly here). Both open from 8AM-8PM (Oct-Apr: 8AM-6PM)