Warsaw has probably undergone more dramatic changes and modernisations in recent years and decades than any other city in Europe.

At the centre of the city are new, post-modern multi-storey buildings by star architects such as Daniel Libeskind and Norman Foster that have completely changed the city’s face. In fact, many Poles are unable to keep up with the rate at which their city is developing.

But the typical Poland is still very much in evidence. You can find it in the traditional restaurants serving Polish cuisine or when admiring all the sights. Much was destroyed in WWII. However, the buildings were all rebuilt to look exactly the same as they did originally. Warsaw benefits from its central location in Europe. Conferences, meetings and congresses take place here. People are investing in companies.

The growth of the metropolis is also evident in its prospering nightlife. The selection is extensive; it's growing quickly and consistently, and the clubs are also changing. However, the city also has much to offer in the way of culture, and of course visitors to the city must never forget its terrible fate during in WWII. Which makes it even more amazing to witness the amount of strength and energy the city radiates.

City Facts

  • Location

    Capital of Poland

  • Population

    About 1.7 million

  • Size

    Approx. 517 km²

  • Public transport

    Well-developed bus, underground and tram network.

  • Climate

    Approx. 517 km²Continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. It is not unusual for there to be heavy snow in winter.

  • Best time to visit

    Spring to autumn are very pleasant. However, July can be quite rainy.

  • Good to know

    Rather than having pictograms or the letter for the gender, Warsaw’s public toilets are identified by a circle for the ladies and a triangle for the men.

  • Nice to know

    After pepper, the main spice in Poland is marjoram.

  • Airport

    Warsaw Chopin Airport, approx. 10 km south of the city.

  • Bus

    The nos. 148, 175, 188 and 331 travel between the airport and the main city locations. After 11 p.m. the M32 night bus goes to the main railway station.

  • Railway

    The S2, S3C and S3S go to the city centre. The journey takes approx. 25 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi ranks outside the Arrivals hall, and it’s about 15 to 20 minutes to the centre.