Interesting facts about Warsaw
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. The city is the 8th most-populous capital city in the European Union. Warsaw is an alpha global city, a major international tourist destination, and a significant cultural, political and economic hub.
Warsaw is not only the heart of Europe, but also the heart of science and culture at a European level.
Warsaw is sometimes referred to as the Phoenix City because it was almost completely destroyed during World War II and then rebuilt from scratch. That’s why the beautiful Old Town is actually fairly young – only 50. The picturesque Old Town of Warsaw, which represents examples of nearly every European architectural style and historical period, was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. If you want a glimpse into how the past has had to become modernised, St John’s Cathedral is a good example of restoration after the war. With those architectural assets, the Polish capital is a charming city full of interesting places to explore.
The city is the seat of the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Museum, the Great Theatre—National Opera, the largest of its kind in the world, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Other main architectural attractions include the Castle Square with the Royal Castle and the iconic King Sigismund’s Column, the Wilanów Palace, the Łazienki Palace, Main Market Square, palaces, churches and mansions all displaying a richness of colour and detail. Warsaw is positioning itself as Central and Eastern Europe’s chic cultural capital with thriving art and club scenes and serious restaurants, with around a quarter of the city’s area occupied by parks.
Warsaw is one of Europe’s most dynamic metropolitan cities. In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Warsaw as the 32nd most liveable city in the world. In 2017 the city came 4th in the “Business-friendly” category and 8th in “Human capital and life style”. It was also ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Central and Eastern Europe.
The cost of living in Warsaw is much lower than in other European cities. Good exchange rate of the euro to the national currency – zloty, makes it worth it to live here. You will save a lot of money on rent, food and public transport, which means there will be more to spend on fun activities: beer and travelling.