Unlike other European capitals, Warsaw is a relatively young city – for political reasons, king Zygmunt III Vasa moved his official residence to a place in the middle of nowhere, tiny fishing village of Warszawa, in late 16th century. Until 18th century it was a small settlement centered on the royal palace, developed into city proper only in the age of enlightenment. Unfortunately, almost the whole city was completely destroyed during World War II, and rebuilding of lost historical monuments lasted until the end of communist era – and some places were simply not restored. In spite of the tragic history, Warsaw today is a modern city which may not be as attractive as capitals of the West, but is nonetheless worth of visiting. Learn what is worth seeing and visiting, how to travel, the prices of various goods and services, accomodation, weather, maps, tourist guides, opinions of visitors and other practical pieces of information!