Oct 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Alive, Bustling and Awaiting a Senior Visit

Warszawa is the capital and largest city of Poland. Its population as of June 2010 was estimated at 1,716,855, and the Warsaw metropolitan area is approximately 2,785,000.  Warsaw is also known as the phoenix city.   It recovered from extensive damage during World War II during which 80% of its buildings were destroyed. The official site would like seniors  to check out this awesome city full of contrasts, questions and astonishments. Warsaw is a city full of variety and it never ceases to amaze visitors with the magnitude of its dimensions.

Warsaw has no location that could get away from the culture’s embrace. Every day and every night, all over Warsaw, something impressive is going on. The agenda is packed with abundant amount of events of different caliber, which define the cultural map of the city. For the centuries Warsaw has represented a proverbial melting-pot comprised of multicultural customs and traditions.

Warsaw is no longer the cold and dead city that it was under communism. Today with a bustling  economy and freedom from communist rule, the city has undergone a huge transformation. Many old communist buildings gave way to modern sky scrapers, dilapidated old town was restored, entertainment and services transformed to match that of other western capitals.

Great Destruction/Amazing Restoration Astounds Seniors

Lonely Planet invites seniors to take a stroll through Warsaw’s pristine Old Town and Royal Castle and you’d think the city had enjoyed a comfortable existence the past 200 years. But at the end of WWII,  they and nearly the entire metropolis lay in rubble and ruin. The fact that Varsovians picked themselves up and rebuilt almost everything is reason enough to pay the country’s capital a visit.  Lonely Planet finds things to do here that will certainly keep you busy. Do you remember the name Nicholas Copernicus?  He is the founder of modern astronomy and there is a famous monument in his honor that is worth a visit.

Frommer’s notes that some 85% of the city was destroyed during World War II, and nearly everything you see, including the charming and very old looking Old Town, has been around only for a few decades. The Old Town was faithfully rebuilt, brick by brick, in the aftermath of the war, according to paintings, photographs, architectural sketches, and personal memories. The reconstruction was so good that in 1980 UNESCO included the Old Town on its list of World Cultural Heritage sites. I leave you with the Warsaw Concerto by Liberace. Enjoy! Szczęśliwej podróży (Bon Voyage!). jeb

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