An amazing city is full of contrasts, question marks and surprises. Warsaw will not leave you indifferent – reflection and euphoria simultaneously spring to mind. It is a source of amusement caused by its uniqueness and unprecedented blending of ancient and present times.
Warsaw is a city with the enchanted soul in locations that don’t exist anymore, and the ambiance produced by fantastic combination of modern urban development and historical architecture. Palaces, churches and architectural clusters are interwoven with the wide open space of squares, parks and city gardens. Substantial portion of undeveloped land, with the essential need for investment, awaits the investors. These areas will play a major role in defining the character and ambience of the city in the upcoming years.
Character – the most renowned virtue of Warsaw, bestowed on it by its citizens. Same people, who in the past lifted this city up from the ruins, today are making their dreams come true, by pursuing their professional and personal success.
What does the city look like, which for a half of a century was denied the right to be called European, despite its central European location?
The Coat of Arms, the Flag, logotypes and graphic signs, with the most well – known architectonic objects which are associated with the city, are formal identifying elements. They are usually symbols of the city which have been forming for years, even for ages.
The Warsaw Mermaid is the city’s most well known symbol, appearing on coat of arms, flags and bugles. It also is used as part of the city’s promotional campaign “Fall in Love with Warsaw”.
Although the beginnings of Warsaw go as far back as the 12th and 13th century Warsaw was forced to completely rebuild after the near-total destruction of the city during World War II. The symbol of the capital’s rebirth was an unprecedented post-war re-creation of the Old Town, which in 1980 was put on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, as an example of a nearly complete reconstruction of the original settlement using original town plans and architecture.
On the other hand, the Palace of Culture and Science, which overlooks the city, is just the opposite in terms of ensuring historical continuity of the city. This unparalleled building, which is an example of socialist realist architecture, represents an icon of communism and enslavement. Today, it is one of Warsaw’s youngest monuments, and like the Old Town, is a tourist attraction.
It is a city with the tallest four-faced clock tower in the world. Its faces are 6 m in diameter, making it the largest clock of its kindin Europe. The tower sits on one of the youngest, yet one of the most prominent, symbols of socialist architecture – the Palace of Culture and Science built in 1956.
Paradoxically, Warsaw’s Old Town is only 50 years old. After World War II it was proudly and laboriously reconstructed to its present form. In 1980 it was placed on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
Monumental and lapidary socialist realism sits alongside the subtle and ethereal Art Nouveau architecture, and modern-glass skyscrapers tower over apartment buildings. Every day Varsovians walk by the multitude of commemorative sites, and after work they relax in numerous parks and gardens. The modern office building designed by a famous architects Foster and Partners beautifully blends in with the neighboring Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which was part of the arcade of the Saxon Palace before WWII.
The historic Praga district, which for decades was in the shadows of cultural life, is going through are revitalization process and is becoming the ‘promised land’ for artists and an oasis for creative endeavours.
An actual rooftop garden has been cultivated atop one of the largest university libraries in the capital. While within the historic walls of Łazienki Palace on the Lake, you can listen to hip-hop and the ever-present Fryderyk Chopin, where the famous composer himself used to play. Now that is an interesting contrast.
Warsaw is a city full of astonishing contrasts and it never ceases to amaze with its magnitude of dimensions and themes, which are there to be discovered, absorbed and understood by the inquisitive.
Popularly known as tourist attractions, Warsaw’s aforementioned gems can be discovered in several different ways. On foot, by bicycle, on a tour of historic sites or going on the Chopin trail, as well as attending concerts and festivals, listening to contemporary music, club-hopping or pursuing other ambitious artistic events.
Everyone will find fun, exciting and entertaining ways to spend time in Warsaw.
And wondering around the city will also help to understand the multitude of contrasts and variety that define this spectacular city.
Discover it for yourself, because the door is wide open to all those interested. You are most cordially invited!!!
Throughout history Warsaw has always been a centre of important events and activities. Its exceptional vitality and capital status has always been the driving force to strive for and develop new aspirations and where new concepts and ideas are born. Warsaw is testimony to remarkable heroism, commitment and national pride.
Warsaw has existed for several hundred years. Once called “the Paris of the North”, like the mythical Phoenix, it rose from the ashes after total devastation.
There is no place in Warsaw where you can get away from the cultural inviting embrace.
Every day and night all over Warsaw something interesting is going on. The entertainment agenda is packed with a myriad of events of different caliber, which define the cultural map of the city. For centuries Warsaw had been a melting pot with different multicultural customs and traditions. Today, such a description would also be appropriate. Warsaw is a sheer cultural Mecca, frequently visited by artists and musicians who directly contribute to making the quality and list of events and attractions the longest in this part of Europe.
We’d like to welcome you to the city of musical festivals – the city of Fryderyk Chopin.
Welcome to Warsaw!