Just some statistic I posted a couple of months ago:
Pretty amazing isn't it?
Lets go over some other ones, not necessarily amazing but here we go.
Warsaw facts and figures
Let me show you a list and zoom in on some of these.
- 1.7 million people, officially Over 2 milion, inofficially
- 517,24 sqiare km
- 8.3 million tourists annually. Of which 2.8 foreign
- 83 hotels
- 54 hostels
- 63 museums
- 79 parks
- 28 cinemas
- 56 theatres and musical venues
- 51 bus lines
- 25 train lines
- 27 tram lines
- 2 metro lines
- 446km of biking trails
- 1 river
- 10 Bridges
So, officially the city has between 1.7 and 1.8 million inhabitants.
That was the official part. In reality it is a lot more. How much more? That would be a matter of estimations, as obviously these inhabitants are not registered in this city but living here.
It obviously is a huge pile of work to be able to keep it under control somehow. Many folks state these numbers are boosted by a huge number of Ukrainians which came here without registering, working for black money. To be honest I do not have a clue myself. What I do know is that also many Poles are still registered in other places (mostly city districts) than they are living right now. However, over districts that should not impact the total tally. I have heard and read estimates of number of inhabitants between the figures of 2 million and even around 3 million. I often say that the truth in most occasions is somewhere in the middle, but here I would stick to a more conservative number myself.
Warsaw is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to mass tourism. Krakow for instance is more popular when it comes to (international) tourism. Of the 8.3 million tourists per annum, 2.8 million are people coming from abroad. That means a whole lot of polish citizens from allover the country pay a visit to Warsaw. Personally this split was a bit of a surprise really, but nice to see that the Polish like their capital city.
You might have noticed on the pictures I have posted over the last years, Warsaw has an awful lot of gorgeous parks spread over the city, big parks. Many people like to go and have a stroll there. They are spacious, well maintained, clean and make you feel like you are not in a big city. We love to visit these places really, it is also nice that the trees block a lot of noise. So relaxing. The city of Warsaw spends a lot of effort and budget on the green character of the city. Now stop using coal to generate energy and we maybe can enjoy it without smog during the winter months.
446km of biking trails
Not that spectacular compared to Dutch cities I know, but for Warsaw it is believe me. The infrastructure for bikes was none, nada, niente. However, there needs to happen a lot more before you will get me on a bike here. If I understood correctly, there will be further investments in bike infrastructure soon.
Just look at it haha. I took this photo when I was travelling back home from the airport last year. The guy ran out of asphalt and finished this bike path in a gorgeous way. Isn't it a piece of art?
I hope you liked to read it, take care folks.