After decades of difficult history, the beginning of the 21st century is the best moment to visit Warsaw, a city that literally rose from the ashes like a phoenix. During World War II the historical city centre was completely demolished by Nazi German troops. After the war, Warsaw residents rebuilt the city one house after another. We even reconstructed the Royal Castle in its former glory.
Directly after the war, Poland and Warsaw were cast into decades of communist regime. This was a grey time for Warsaw, but the culture was thriving. Only after the fall of Berlin Wall did the capital of Poland started to regain its true glory.
Today, 40 years after the collapse of communism, Warsaw thrives with life and opportunity. It’s a modern European capital and the centre of political and business life of Poland. The city is teeming with life and culture. Yet you can still have a glimpse of our past, visible in the streets of the underbelly.
If you want to truly experience the city, go beyond the Old Town or Downtown to visit Wilanów, Żoliborz, Mokotów and Praga. Every district has its own unique character and is worth seeing.
Thanks to the numerous bottom-up initiatives, the city is transforming. In the last few years city beaches, neglected for decades, came back to life. Warsaw is also one of the greenest capitals in Europe. The city is full of squares, parks, gardens and even forests; Kampinoski National Park is merely 25 km from city centre.
Thanks to the diversity of the residents, you can visit a National Theatre, Grand Opera Theatre or spend time in various music clubs. A young generation of artists that were born and raised in free Poland gave our city a breath of fresh air. You can find people here with different experiences, and a different outlook on life. Warsaw is inspiring.