Warsaw - The City of Opportunity
Warsaw is a thriving economic metropolis that is quickly becoming Central Europe's "city that never sleeps". Pioneering Poland's economic growth in the 21st century, Warsaw is currently seeing unprecedented investment from global powers like the EU or the United States, and many of the word's biggest corporations have major offices in the city's center. In Warsaw, business is life, and on any given day the city hosts an eclectic mix of the business world's elite. Since the end of communism in Poland 30 years ago, Warsaw has taken off as a financial powerhouse and shows no signs of slowing down. For an up-and-coming CEO and for a budding business student trying to find his niche. Warsaw is without a doubt an enthralling place to be.
The city is teeming with social life of all sorts. The memory of the Warsaw Uprising during World War II still rings deep in the hearts of many Varsovians, who hold it deat as a symbol of fighting for what is right, no matter the odds. This lively spirit is certainly evident today, and the city has a uniquely creative character to show for it. Art, music and culture all show a haunting mix of traditional and modern characteristics, offering something that appeals to everyone.
Warsaw, boasting over 400 years of pride as the country’s capital, is Poland’s largest city and a major economic, political, and cultural center. The symbol of the city is the Fighting Mermaid, featured on the city seal. A city where a fourth of the terrain is covered by parklands, and a city of culture for all tastes and budgets. It is really good to spend a few days here to experience the city’s memorable atmosphere. Historic palaces and churches meet modern architecture, and cozy cafés compete with fashionable music-filled clubs. Regardless of the goal of your visit, Warsaw is bound to make a good impression on you.
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.
For a short and comfortable stay in Warsaw we can recommend several hotels:
IBIS Hotel – three-star hotel located close to the Old Town and only several tram stops from the University.
Address: 2 Muranowska Str.
Warsaw Marriott Hotel – five-star hotel located in the city centre
Address: 65/79 Jerozolimskie Av.
Mamaison La Regina – five-star cosy hotel located at the heart of the Old Town
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
WARSAW CHOPIN AIRPORT
Warsaw Chopin Airport is located within the city, so the easiest way is to get a taxi. When leaving the building, you will see men helping travelers to the taxis, there are three official corporations working at the airport:
Modlin airport is located outside the city.
There are direct buses dedicated to the passengers: https://www.modlinbus.com/
You can also go by train: the railway company provides passengers with a bus that gets them to the station: https://en.modlinairport.pl/page/train
Taking a taxi from Modlin airport may be quite expensive.
Entertainment in Warsaw
Poland is a place with great history, spaning on a period of over 1000 years. Warsaw, de facto capital of Poland since 1611, is an ideal place to discover some of Poland's most recent history as well as much more distant times. Mentioned below are places worth seeing during your stay in Poland, as they will provide you with an overview of Polish culture:
Warsaw Uprising Museum,
Old town and the Royal Castle,
Royal Baths Park "Łazienki",
Museum of Warsaw,
Wilanów Palace and Park,
Museum of the History of Polish Jews,
Also, in and around Warsaw you'll find multiple places to spend your free time, if you are not a museum type.
Those mentioned below are definetely worth your time to check it up:
Fountain Park by the Old town,
Cinema Park (4D cinema),
Praga Beach by the Vistula,
Gardens on the roof of Warsaw University Library,
If you rather spend your time actively here are some examples of places that you can do just that:
KillHouse - Paintball ground, placed inside unused manufacturing hall. Available throughout the whole year. Except for Paintball, Killhouse also offers Laser Tag, Air Soft and Nerf- games.
LetMeOut - escape room right next to city center. There are multiple escape rooms scattered around the city.
Hangar 646 - a trampoline park - basically huge hall filled with trampolines, landing zones and springboards.
A1Karting - one of the biggest Go-Kart covered track, open all year, 7 days a week. It's placed across the street from the university.
HulaKula - bowling alley and club, just across the street from the university.
Copernicus Science Centre - interactive museum-exhibition popularizing science in Poland, consisting of over 450 exhibitions.
Warsaw is the host city to multiple regular and periodic events. Just to name a few:
Warsaw Orange Festival - music festival, spanning over few days.
Warsaw Film Festival
"Zimowy Narodowy" on National Stadium - football pitch turns into winter sports arena, available to anyone. National Stadium (Stadion Narodowy) host mulitple different events (excpet for sport events) throughout the year, like: concerts, races (eg. Top Gear, Drift Championship), exhibitions (LEGO exhibition, International Cat Exhibition).
Festival of Colours
International Chopin Piano Competition
And if you are not keen on sightseeing or on visiting any of the above mentioned attractions, here are some of places worth even a second of your time:
Observation deck on roof of the Palace of Culture and Science,
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
The Monument in Memory of Fallen Polish Airman in World War II,
The Mermaid of Warsaw Monument (Old town and Vistulan boulevards),
The Little Insurrectionist Monument,
Janusz Korczak Monument,
Old Town Observation deck,
"Służewiec" Horse Velodrome,
If you need any basic needs products you can visit one of below mentioned shoping centers. The variaty of shops available makes them the best place to buy all the necessities that one might need.
Shoping Centers in Warsaw:
ARKADIA (Jana Pawła II st. 82); List of shops
Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00;
Carrefour: Monday – Saturday: 08:30 – 23:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00;
Cinema City: Monday – Sunday: 09:30 – 22:30.
ZŁOTE TARASY (Złota st. 59); List of shops
Mall: Monday - Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 09:00 – 21:00;
Carrefour: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00;
Multikino: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – until last screening.
GALERIA MOKOTÓW (Wołoska st. 12); List of shops
Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00;
Carrefour: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 22:00;
Cinema City: Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – until late night hours.
BLUE CITY (Al. Jerozolimskie 179); List of shops
Mall: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 – 22:00; Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00