Basic Polish vocabulary with pronunciation and information about Poland
Warsaw city centre
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Polish important cities

Warszawa - Of course it is the capital, so I guess most of the tourists would go there before choosing any other city.

The centre of the city is a historic place and it is UNESCO World Heritage Site
What is there to see:
- Warsaw Old Town quarter with Old Town Market Square (PL: Rynek Starego Miasta). It is the oldest part of the city and also the most central part. Although it was almost completely destroyed by Germans during World War II, the Old Town Market Place was restored to its prewar appearance.
- Royal Castle (PL: Zamek Królewski). It was the official residence of the Polish monarchs. It is located in the Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw, at the entrance to the Old Town. Now it is a museum. More info at the official website of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.
- King Zygmunt's Column (PL: Kolumna Zygmunta). This is a column with the statue of King Zygmunt III Waza. In 1596 he moved the Polish capital from Kraków to Warsaw. It is one of the oldest secular monuments in Northern Europe. The column was erected between 1643 and 1644.
- the Saxon Garden (PL: Ogród Saski). the oldest public park in Warsaw. Founded in the late 17th century
- The Powązki Cemetery (PL: Cmentarz Powązkowski). It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Europe
- the Barbican (PL: Barbakan Warszawski). One of the remaining relics of the complex network of historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw.
- The Umschlagplatz (PL: Plac Załadunku). The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes. The German name is translated as collection point or reloading point. It was the Warsaw Ghetto where Jews gathered for deportation to the Treblinka extermination camp.
- Pawiak. An infamous German Gestapo prison.
- The Warsaw Citadel (PL: Cytadela). An impressive 19th century fortification. It served as a prison into the late 1930s.
- The Baths Park, or Royal Baths (PL: Park Łazienkowski, or Łazienki Królewskie). It is the largest park in Warsaw. It links the Royal Castle with Wilanów palace. At the other site of the park there is Ujazdów Castle.
- Little Insurgent (PL: Mały Powstaniec). This statue represents child soldiers who fought and died in the Warsaw Uprising.
- Holy Cross Church (PL: Kościół św. Krzyża). In this church there is the heart of the Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin.
- Warsaw Mermaid (PL: Syrenka Warszawska). The most famous symbol of Warsaw.

Warsaw Mermaid

- Presidential Palace (PL: Pałac Prezydencki). The palace was build in 1643 from private funds and over the years belonged to private people. Since 20th century it has been the place where presidents live.
- Warsaw University (PL: Uniwersytet Warszawski. It is the largest and most prestigious university in Poland.
- Wilanow Palace (PL: Pałac w Wilanowie). It was built for the Polish king John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century. It survived the time of Poland's partitions and both World Wars and has preserved its authentic historical qualities.


"A few days in Krakow" by Adam Kisiel and Agnieszka Kisiel

Krakow is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Poland, and one of the world's best examples of medieval architecture. It used to be the Polish capital before the capital was moved to Warsaw. The book contains essential information related not only to sightseeing, but also to the practical aspects of your stay.





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This DVD will show you real Krakow with its old streets and squares. The Wawel district, with fort walls and the royal palace and the cathedral. A huge beautiful square of the old marketplace surrounded by medieval houses is a busy place all day and night. Near Krakow is Wieliczka, a salt mine and many rivers, castles and caves. From Krakow you can also easily travel to Zakopane, a city that lies at the foot of the Tatra mountains. It is a popular destination for mountain walks, skiing and tourism. Zakopane is also a center of Góral culture (highlanders).



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