Last week in Latvia we had more free days (from Thursday to this Monday) due to the national holiday. I decided to use they for some travelling and went to one of the largest cities in Baltic sea region - Warsaw - for 2 days. The weather wasn't the best, but the city was great anyway and of course I didn't see all what's worth to see there - Wilanow palace, Lazienkowski park and some other probably nice places left for my second trip to Warsaw sometime in the future. But I managed to see most of the central area and took almost 800 pictures, I selected some 100+ of them and will show here in several parts, each part reflecting some of the city's faces. We start with the Warsaw's modern, urban face - along with the Frankfurt, London, Paris and Moscow it has one of the largest modern skyscraper skylines in Europe, beside them you can find some really amazing low-rise modern architecture examples in this city.
Warsaw in brief:
Population: 1.7 mio
(city borders, 8th in EU, 13th in Europe), urban area: 2.2 mio
(19th in EU).
couldn't find exact year, but 13th Century
One of the most damaged cities in WW2
(85 % buildings were destroyed)
Warsaw has one of the newest metro systems
(currently operates 1 line) in Europe, opened in 1995.
Part 1: Downtown & modern Warsaw
6. Central station and scrapers - LOT scraper looks simple but elegant, I like this WTC-style.
8. Riga's Science Academy "big brother" - Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science. It is Poland's highest building and with 237 metres more than 2 times higher than 108 metres high Riga's building, but it is quite surprising because it somehow didn't look so tall. It is said that Warsawers hate this building, saying: "The view from Palace of Culture is the best view to Warsaw, because it doesn't include the building itself".
16. Next to Central station there is the greatest shopping centre where I have been - 4 underground and 4 overground floors with fantastic modern architecture and interior.
17. From inside:
20. Another modern miracle, located in different place (small red area in the map) - The Warsaw University Library:
22. It's not the camera's white balance problem - inside is really filled with such green light tones:
23. Okay, maybe not sooo green, but this is taken through green glass window:
24. There is garden on the roof of this amazing building, it is said to be one of the largest rooftop gardens in Europe
27. View to Warsaw's downtown from here:
Next parts will follow in next days (I hope)!