Although Cracovians agree, Warsaw, Krakow often overshadowed in the arts. This was true in the golden age of King Stanislaus Poniatowski, as was the interwar period, when Warsaw was often called the Paris of the East.
Warsaw is a survivor – a late World War II, about 85% of the city was in ruins and most of the population had fled, were killed, deported or sent to concentration camps. More than a third of the pre-war Warsaw was Jewish population, although almost no remaining traces of this heritage, because the city is thriving Jewish community was decimated by the end of the war.
The strikingly successful rebuilding of Warsaw’s Old Town was finally rewarded in 1980 when the complex earned its place in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Despite the tragic odyssey of the twentieth century, the capital has made a comeback in bold, and remains at the forefront of modern trends. A series of live events take place here, including the Warsaw Autumn Festival, which brings together luminaries of contemporary music from around the world.
Each October, the International Film Festival starts. Throughout the years Zamek Ujazdowski showcases the best of contemporary art in Poland.
In the historical monuments of Warsaw resonance speaks for themselves. Despite the damage in time of war, many of the country’s greatest treasures can be found here. The Royal Castle, miraculously rebuilt, is an obvious highlight. Besides a dazzling permanent collection that has some excellent exhibitions at once.
The National Museum also has some enviable collections (in many fields), while the Lazienki Palace, a relic of the Age of Reason, is a gem in itself.
At first glance, Warsaw is not listed as an attractive destination compared to other European capitals, and that was decimated during the war and rebuilt during communism. Therefore, without a center of the city is defined, its cultural life extends across the city.
And these hot spots are hard to find as many are in the courtyards, old factories, train ticket and dark alleys. However, Warsaw has the largest budget in the country culturally, and there is more in 2011 than ever before.
Despite Krakow Poland can be considered the “cultural capital”, Warsaw has often overshadowed his kinsman the south in the arts. Two cultural heyday of the Polish capital is above the rest: the years of the last king of the country, Stanislaus Poniatowski, as well as the interwar period, when the city was dubbed the Paris of the East. Now, after a difficult century, Warsaw is back and more vibrant than ever! Festivals, cultural centers, museums, galleries, theaters, all you can handle.