Warsaw’s ability to rise from the ashes – nearly 85% of the city was utterly destroyed in World War II – is a testament to the determination, grit and ingenuity of Varsovians. Today, Warsaw stands defiant as a thriving, modern metropolis; truly a European capital, and one that has shaken off the lazy stereotypes that were adhered to it following the turbulent 20th Century.
The re-creation of Warsaw’s historic Old Town earned the site UNESCO World Heritage status in 1980. A walk through the palaces, churches and market square take you back through the millennia of metropolitan life enjoyed in the city.
- Warsaw is the only city in the EU with a nature reserve – Jeziorko Czernikowskie, located in the centre of the city.
- Warsaw opened the world’s first official public library in 1747