In contrast to other historic Eastern European cities, Warsaw is not centered around an old market square, the city is spread across a broad area and combines a blend of various architecture styles: communist brutalism, modern futuristic skyscrapers and restored Gothic.
Warsaw is a city with more than 800 years of history. Nevertheless, in many respects, it is a new city. It sometimes called the ‘Phoenix City’. On numerous occasions, Warsaw has rebuilt itself, most notably after World War Two, and most recently following the end of Communism rule in 1989. Currently, the city is undergoing a massive redevelopment and renovation to propel the growth of the eastern quarters of the city. Warsaw has a population of 1.76 million. It is a truly global city and home to many nationalities including a substantial number of Ukrainian, Belarusian and Vietnamese. Since the 1990s, the city’s economy is booming at an astounding rate and attracts foreign investments. Warsaw hosts headquarters of various international companies and numerous mid-size tech companies. In the same time, housing prices are much lower than in the most European capitals. Here you can find a relatively cheap apartment for rent. The city is the most popular tourist destination of Poland that attracts nearly three million international tourists each year.
Warsaw is considered an alpha city ( a major global city that links economic regions into the world economy). The city is a key regional player in business process outsourcing, research and development, and information technology outsourcing. Warsaw produces 12% of the Polish GDP while having the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. The city is also a stronghold of polish media, entertainment and film industry. The Warsaw Stock Exchange is the largest and most important in Central and Eastern Europe.
Warsaw cultural scene is powered by strong grassroots cultural initiatives. The city is home to almost 2,000 cultural NGOs that work on implementing various projects in education, heritage preservation, and raising awareness regarding pressing social issues. Warsaw is a leader in the country and the region in the level of participation of residents in cultural initiatives. The city has a comprehensive cultural strategy that involves financial support for cultural institutions. The integral part of the strategy is a revitalization of the right bank of the Vistula river that historically been an economically depressed area. The New Prague district is the pictures example of this strategy. Previously a crime-ridden neighborhood of old factories and warehouses is turning into one of the European creative capitals with the influx of artists and musicians.
For those who are young and enjoy going out, Warsaw has a lot to offer. A great variety of places are waiting, such as designer bars and clubs by the Vistula, the major nightlife spot during the summertime. If you want to party, check out popular clubs at Plac Zbawicielathe, party zone on Nowogrodzka, Parkingowa and Mazowiecka Streets. For those who enjoy observing the skyline, Warsaw has plenty of rooftop bars and clubs with panoramic views.
Warsaw is a great place for shopping. Here you can find a shopping option for any budget and lifestyle. Boutiques, shopping centers, flea markets, and artisanal designer shops- this city has it all. Global brands can be found in the luxury department store Vitkac and in the area around Three Crosses square (Plac Trzech Krzyży). If you are a bargain hunter and looking for a great deal, you should visit one of Warsaw’s outlets. Two of the most prominent stores are Factory Annopol and Factory Ursus. They are located right outside the city center and easily accessible by public transportation. If you a loaning for authenticity and original designs, visit the Mokotowska, Mysia or Szpitalna streets. They feature boutiques of Polish designers, local clothing and jewellery brands.
Warsaw has two major international airports: Warsaw-Modlin Airport located 35 kilometers to the north of the city, and Warsaw Chopin Airport, located just 10 kilometers from the city center. Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport is one of the biggest airports in Eastern and Central Europe, it accepts nearly 100 international and domestic flights every day and hosts 15 500 000 passengers a year. Public transport in Warsaw is represented by metro, buses, streetcars, the light rail, urban railway, and bicycle sharing systems (Veturilo). Bus service serves the entire city, with 1,600 vehicles and approximately 170 routes. There are significant discounts for students and a free pass for children and seniors. The great way to quickly tour the city is to take a Bus no. 80. It is a regular bus line that circulates around major tourist destinations along the Royal Route to Wilanów. The whole route takes approximately an hour. At night the best way to get around is the metro, which operates to 3.00 am at weekends and until midnight on weekdays. Alternative means of transportation are night buses, marked with the letter “N”. They run from 11.15 pm to 04.45 pm.
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Previously an industrial area known for a strong labor movement has now transformed into the typical urban area. There is a significant number of industrial facilities and industrial zones, mostly abandoned. Most of them are subject to demolition, but sometimes they undergo reconstruction. They are transformed into modern office centers or modern housing developments. For instance, "The Lace Factory in Powazki" (Polish: Fabryka Koronek na Powązkach) is remodeled into the popular entertainment venue. The neighborhood is affordable and has a large inventory where you can find a cheap flat or room for rent. Three former industrial sites were turned into industrial-related museums: the Industry Museum at the former Norblin factory, the Warsaw Uprising Museum at the old power station, and the Gasification Museum at the Old Gas Plant.
This neighborhood is the result of the rapid expansion of the city in the early 1920’s. During the first half of the 20th century, numerous residential and commercial complexes of Polish constructivism were built. The district is filled with squares, parks and open areas, which are regarded as a fine example of urban planning and architecture. There are several star-shaped squares built along the main axis of the district. One of them, Plac Wilsona is the neighborhood’s center and transportation hub. The borough has historically been a place where the middle class lived. It is reflected in the names of estates: Żoliborz Dziennikarski (Journalists’ Żoliborz), Żoliborz Oficerski (Officers' Żoliborz), Żoliborz Urzędniczy (Clerks’ Żoliborz)
This is the central borough of Warsaw. It is a local Downtown and an official city center. It consists of the Old Town (Stare Miasto) and New Town (Nowe Miasto). This area is home to major government institutions, numerous businesses, and cultural institutions. It is also an educational hub with campuses of the University of Warsaw, Warsaw Universtiy of Technology and Medical Academy. There are plenty of student dormitories and shared accommodation for rent.The area is rich with landmarks and tourist destinations: the oldest historical building, the oldest university, the tallest building in Warsaw and the narrowest street.
This borough is part of the historic Old Prague, the city that was incorporated into Warsaw at the beginning of the 20th century. Most of the territory of Praga-Północ is occupied by the Zoo and Prague Park. The rest of the district is occupied by buildings from the beginning of the 20th century and buildings built after the Second World War in the style of socialist modernism. Nowadays, most of this housing inventory needs urgent capital repairs. In recent years, the district has gained popularity with the artists and musicians. Galleries, art centers, studios, well-known restaurants, and entertainment facilities have opened here.
This neighborhood consists primarily of low-rise buildings and private homes. In the 1920s and 1930s, during the housing boom in Warsaw, it became one of the most popular villa areas of the Warsaw's middle class. The district remains untouched by the Second World War and Soviet industrialization, in contrast to the Praga-Północ, which is filled by factories and warehouses. Despite several plans, the district was not redeveloped and retained much of its original tranquil and peaceful character. Currently, there are several new developments with lavish blocks of flats, but the authorities are halting new constructions to preserve the original small-town vibe.