Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. It is also the largest city in the country. The city is strategically situated on the Vistula River in East-Central Poland. It is situated about 100 meters above the sea level on the Masovian Plains. Warsaw was first recognized as the headquarters of the General Sejm in 1569. Due to its centrality, Warsaw was chosen to serve as the capital of The Commonwealth and of the Crown Kingdom of Poland in 1573.
Warsaw is the 9th most populous city in the European Union. The city has an estimated population of 1.7 million people. The metropolitan area of Warsaw has approximately 3.1 million residents.
Warsaw is a major tourist destination in Europe. The city is a home to renowned cultural centers, tourist attraction sites, museums, and galleries. The Old Town of Warsaw has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city’s diverse architectural designs keep attracting tourists. Other notable tourist sites in Warsaw include The Warsaw Uprising Museum, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Chopin Museum, The Royal Palace and the Wilanow Palace.
Warsaw experiences a humid continental climate. The winter is usually cold, snowy, and cloudy. The summers are warm, sunny and stormy. Spring and autumn tend to be quite unpredictable in Warsaw. The two seasons experience abrupt weather changes. However, especially during the months of May and September, the temperatures are usually mild with low humidity. Warsaw is the fourth driest capital city in Europe. It receives an annual precipitation that averages approximately 529 millimeters. The wettest month in the city is usually July.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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