Ever since I started traveling -over 20 years ago- I thought Europe was the best place in the world. Somehow small, developed, rich in history and a truly melting pot.
Out of all the countries, I started with the “crown jewels”, places like France, Spain or Germany were among my first destinations. However, as I grew older, I’ve started to explore the “uncommon path” and I can’t believe I have not been to these places before.
Over the weekend, I spend a wonderful time in Warsaw, capital of Poland. What a beautiful, modern and lively place to be.
The city stands on the Vistula River and with a population of 1.7 million residents is one of the largest cities in the Europe.
After visiting several museums and historical places, in order to understand the history of the country and the city I got a few impressions that I will try to share here:
Highly likely to be one of the most beautiful and develop cities before the WWII
After being left alone by its allies and neighbouring countries, Warsaw was almost wiped out of the map (85% of the city was destroyed) hence its “Phoenix city” nickname which embodies the resilience of its people
As of now, Warsaw ranks high amongst the most liveable cities in Europe. No wonder, being such a well-connected, clean, modern and beautiful place.
Warsaw is a cultural and political European hub which houses the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Warsaw, the Warsaw Polytechnic, the National Museum, the Great Theatre—National Opera
The atrocities of WWII had Poland at the centre of the Nazi massacre. The German army not only willed over 70% of the Jewish population living here, but also systematically destroyed 85% of all the buildings in the city, to erase Warsaw from the map.
As of now, Poland is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. The UEFA Euro Cup was celebrated here  and in 2004 the country became part of the EU.
Today, the city looks booming, skyscrapers like the Marriot, Intercontinental, Spire, Palace of Culture and Science or the Q22 create a beautiful view of this buoyant new reality.
The city is also well connected thanks to buses, electric trams, a great subway network and light personal transportation system such as sharing bikes and scooters.
The city symbol is the Warsaw mermaid, which stands in the centre of the city and also can be seen in many other places. When it comes to famous people, the throne belongs to the composer Frederick Chopin. The world famous Nobel Prize recipient, Marie Curie was also born here.
The Warsaw uprising museum
Kino Luna, an iconic cinema that has witness a large part of Warsaw’s history
The POLIN, museum of Jewish history
Warsaw Old Town Market
The Royal Castle
The Łazienki park
Roman Catholic Church of the Visitants
Palace of Culture and Science
Holy Cross Church
The Neon Museum
If I could, I would have stayed longer in Warsaw. The weather in spring was wonderful and the streets were always half empty. If you come, be sure to stay at least for 5 days and absorb all the rich story of this wonderful city.