The history of Warsaw is a mixture of a turbulent past, the will to survive, as well as the courage and positive energy of its people. The city by the River Vistula has been pulsating with life for a thousand years.
In 1596, Warsaw became the capital of Poland and home to great artists, scientists and social activists. It is here that the world-famous Frederic Chopin and Marie Curie had their first successes.
Independence uprisings, wars, and the ill-fated Warsaw Rising have all cast a deep shadow on the capital’s history. Despite all of this, the city was able to rise from the ashes – a fact that has been recognised by UNESCO by including the Old Town on the World Heritage List.