Flights to Warsaw arrive at either Warsaw Chopin Airport (WAW) or Warsaw-Modlin Airport (WMI), which are six miles and 22 miles away from the city centre, respectively. Both airports serve destinations around the globe and are hubs for many major airlines. It is a relatively simple journey from both airports and once you arrive, you'll discover plenty of things to do. Warsaw is split into a series of districts with the central region - Centrum - being home to six districts. These include the famous Warsaw Old Town and Śródmieście, an area which is regarded as an integral part of the city. Take a drive to south Warsaw and you will find the district of Wilanów. These unassuming streets hold huge historic significance as they are home to the Wilanów Palace, a stationing post for the Polish Army during World War II.
That Warsaw is today a vibrant, welcoming city is a testament to the population's resilience. This is a city that managed to survive some of the worst events of World War II and come out the other side. The Warsaw Uprising, which resulted in the near destruction of the city, is remembered through a series of poignant monuments and landmarks. Well worth a visit is the Warsaw Ghetto, once the largest of its kind in Europe set up the Nazis. After being completely destroyed following the Uprising in 1944, there are a number of memorials to serve as remembrance. Elsewhere in the city, the Warsaw Rising Museum details these tragic events. Fans of classical music can visit the Chopin Museum at Ostrogski Palace where you can listen to the work of the famous composer, who is one of Warsaw’s favourite sons. Close to the Vistula River, meanwhile, is Warsaw Zoo. One of the city’s most popular attractions, it is home to over 4,200 animals.
Warsaw is set on the banks of the Vistula River and is a vibrant hub of museums, art galleries and monuments. The city is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan and popular destinations thanks to the wealth of Warsaw hotels that represent excellent value for money. The city has changed considerably since the fall of communism, but there are remnants of this era such as bar mleczny, translated as milk bars, which serve traditional Polish cuisine in a no-frills setting. You can expect a warm welcome from the locals who will happily talk at length about their city and share a vodka, naturally.
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Driving in Warsaw gives you a great opportunity to get to know the city's many districts and surrounding areas. The road surfaces in the city centre are well maintained making getting around a breeze. However, when you rent a car in Warsaw it is important to be aware of local driving regulations. You drive on the right in Poland and the minimum driving age is 18. You must have your driving licence, proof of ID (a passport will suffice), proof of insurance and car rental documentation on you at all times. Drivers must also carry an orange warning sign, a high visibility jacket and a fire extinguisher. The speed limit ranges from 50km/h to 60km/h depending on the time of day, while this is reduced to 20km/h in residential zones. It is also compulsory for all vehicles to use dipped headlights both day and night, all-year round.