The capital of Poland, conveniently located and connected with all parts of the country.
Because going either from south to north or from west to east, it's in the way, I've been to Warsaw a couple of times. First, when I went to the Baltics and when I came back from there then during my trip around the country. And it's not just convenient to stay here every now and then but also quite pleasant.
The city boasts a lot of huge parks, I was surprised to see how green it is. It has the big city feeling in many places, but not far from the bustling crossroads there is a park or a forest.
The Vistula riverbed is also a nice place to hang out. Some parts, especially on the Eastern side, kept the sandy beaches, while others are well developed with promenades and bars.
The city transport is great. There are metro lines, trams, and buses, connecting the different parts. The tickets works the same as in other places in the country: there are vending machines in most stops where you can buy a paper ticket. Then you need to validate it upon entering a vehicle or, in the case of the metro, before getting to the station.
Trains and buses connect it to other cities, the biggest station is Warsaw Central. It is conveniently located near the center on a metro line, and there is a giant mall just next to it.
But there are other, smaller stations, so not where your vehicle is going. The bus I took from Budapest stopped at the Wilanowska station on the south. The one I took from Wroclaw went only to Warsaw West. And the train I took from Hajnowka brought me to the Warsaw East station. I almost missed my connection when I realized my bus is going to a different station than my train departs from.
The Chopin airport is close to the city, but cheaper airlines usually use the Modlin airport farther away. There are buses connecting the airport with the city center, and I could buy my ticket online in advance. It was convenient to have a prearranged connecting right to the center.
This part is the artsy part of the city, with some bad reputation that is not true anymore. It has a ton of trendy restaurants and street art, it definitely worth a visit.
Google runs a few coworking spaces around the world, one of them being in Warsaw. And the best thing is that they are free, you just need to register in advance.
Go to the registration page, fill in the application form, then after receiving the acceptance email, go to the reception desk to collect your badge. Then you can come and go as you'd like.
There is an onsite cafe, but unlike in other places you are not expected to consume anything. But their coffee is strong and not that expensive. They also offer food, so if fancy you don't even need to leave the building the whole day. On the other end, if you don't consume anything then you don't need to spend any money.
It's in the Praga district on the Eastern side of the river, close to the Dworzec Wilenski metro station.
When I first visited I did not know there is a public garden next to the university library. And it also goes over the building, offering a nice viewpoint over the Vistula river and the surrounding buildings.
This is the newest old town I've been. Just like the entire country, Warsaw suffered from the destruction of WWII. And it is true especially for its old town which was systematically destroyed as a punishment for the uprising.
But today you couldn't say that the buildings are brand new. They methodically rebuilt them hpow they were before the destruction, and the architects made a good job for sure.
Apart from the history, it has a nice feeling, and a ton of expensive restaurants.