Warsaw, the capital of Poland and its largest city, extending along the Vistula River in the plains of Mazovia. Founded at the end of the thirteenth century as a castle and residence of the Dukes of Masovia, at the beginning of the fifteenth century, the city had expanded outside the original medieval wall enclosing the Old City, so it was founded – outside the walls – the New Town. At the end of the sixteenth century the city became the capital of Poland in place of Krakow.
During the Second World War, Warsaw was almost completely destroyed. The city was lovingly rebuilt by Poles, and today provides beautiful, historic areas such as the Old Town (Stare Miasto). This part of the city is made up of medieval streets and its center is formed by the beautiful Market Square (Rynek Starego Miasta). On this square there are some interesting buildings, another place to visit is the Castle Square (Plac Zamkowy), where is the Royal Castle (Zamek Królewski).To visit the Royal route that goes from the Royal Castle to the Park Lazienski. The Old Town of Warsaw is part of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Warsaw there are also too many tell-style apartment blocks built during the past communist regime.
WARSAW CHRISTMAS MARKETS
Dates of the Christmas Market 2016:
25 / 30 November – 23 December 2016/8 January 2017
Christmas market in Warsaw (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy Warszawa).
1) Christmas market in the Wola district (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy, Wola). The market takes place along the aleja Solidarności, in the center of the commercial and business district of Wola, located just west of the old town of Warsaw. During Advent the aleja Solidarności houses a small Christmas village made up of about thirty wooden chalets. Traders inside the wooden huts offering Christmas decorations, goodies, gifts, local produce, bagels, cold cuts, cheeses and hot drinks in winter. At the center of the market is a large Christmas tree. This Christmas market is in a location well served by public transport, in its vicinity there are metro and tram and bus lines.
Opening: 25 November – 23 December 2016. Opening time: 11:00 – 20:00. Closed on monday.
2) Christmas Market in Barbakan (Jarmark Bożonarodzeniowy na Barbakanie). This market is set up in the area of the Barbican (Barbakan), a defensive structure of the sixteenth century that was in defense of the Old Town (Stare Miasto). The market is located within the walls of Warsaw near the ul. Podwale close to the Rynek Starego Miasta, the charming old market square of Warsaw. The market is made up of about 60 wooden chalets.
Opening: 30 November 2016 – 8 January 2017.