Warsaw is the capital of Poland and the country’s largest city. Covering an area of over 516 sq km, it is the 8th largest city in the EU. It straddles the Vistula River and is home to over 1.7 million people. Warsaw’s two main historic districts are known as Old Town and New Town, and the city is further divided into many other districts and neighbourhoods including Sródmiescie, Wola, Praga and more.
It’s also one of the tallest cities in Europe, with lots of skyscrapers. One of the most impressive of these is the Palace of Culture and Science, which is the EU’s 7th tallest building.
Warsaw has 4 major universities, with a student population of around 250,000. Two of the city’s most notable citizens were Marie Curie and Frederic Chopin.
Many of the city’s historical gems were destroyed during WWII, but lots have since been restored and you can see some of the best examples of these in Old Town. These include the Royal Palace and Warsaw Cathedral. It’s a city filled with great museums too, from the moving Warsaw Rising Museum to the informative Polish Army Museum. Lots of parks, including the Saxon Garden which is close to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, are dotted around the city too, providing green areas to wander around or to just sit in and enjoy the surroundings.
Not just a city of museums and churches, Warsaw also boasts a vibrant nightlife with a great selection of restaurants, bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking for traditional Polish cuisine or something more international, Warsaw has something for you. There are also a large number of nightspots, from small, local bars to lively dance clubs.