Srodmiescie (Center) is in fact the capital's heart, the City of Warsaw.
This district is a home to Government offices and organs - both houses
of Parliament (the Seym and the Senate), the President of Poland, the
Government, the Ministries, the Constitutional Tribunal. Here the Warsaw
Stock Exchange, the biggest banks, financial institutions and embassies
can also be found. Marszalkowska and Chmielna Streets and Jerozolimskie
Avenue are the most important shopping areas in Warsaw. Leading theatrical
companies, the National Philharmonic, museums, and the best cinemas are
sited here. It is also in the Srodmiescie District that a large part of
the Warsaw historic heritage and top-class historic monuments are located.
These include monuments listed by UNESCO as part of the world heritage
- the Old Town and the Royal Route.
Mokotow lies in the south of the Central Part of Warsaw. It has a residential
character but also includes large industrial areas. Many people live in
elegant private houses , but there are also huge housing estates with
high-rising apartment blocks built in large-panel system. Former factories,
which collapsed together with communism in Poland are being replaced by
warehouses, wholesale outlets and thriving new private companies.
Mokotów is popular for expatriots part of Warsaw.
Ochota has a residential-recreational character. There is still space
available for investment. It is conveniently located between Warsaw's
center and the Okecie International Airport and on the main road leading
to the south and south-west of Poland. Land along the main roads in Ochota
- Zwirki i Wigury Street and Krakowska Avenue - is perfectly suited for
company offices and hotels. Ochota is quite distinctly divided into two
parts: Stara (Old) Ochota which is closer to the center and has mainly
a dense pre-war urban character (especially in the areas of Filtrowa Street
and Narutowicza Square), and the southern part with residential estates
and green areas. Szczesliwice is a vast recreational area with Warsaw's
only ski-lift which is favoured by the inhabitants of all Warsaw boroughs.
Wola is a western district located on the main road leading to Poznan
and Germany. Wola was for many years regarded as a working-class district.
Wola seems to be the most rapidly changing district in Warsaw and is one
of the most rapidly developing areas. Whole blocks of derelict houses
are being demolished and high-standard residential developments are going
up instead. The former "bad districts" and "Wild West" areas have already
been forgotten. Wola does not have many historic monuments.
Zoliborz is clearly the smallest district in the Central part of Warsaw.
Zoliborz is, first of all and foremost, residential. There are pre-war
residential quarters (Officers' Zoliborz and Journalists' Zoliborz), and
new ones, including Sady Zoliborskie, recognized as a very successful
residential project. What is typical of Zoliborz is that it is mostly
inhabited by well-educated people, and has the most highly developed local
patriotism in Warsaw, presumably resulting from the fact that many people
have lived in the same place, their "little homeland", for generations.
Both districts (Praga Poludnie and Praga Polnoc) on the right bank of
the Vistula River are considered to be inferior part of Warsaw, a "Second-Class"
city. Praga Polnoc with its areas called Stara Praga and Szmulowizna is
in the opinion of Warsaw citizens not a safe place.This is not fully justified.
The crime rate is indeed higher than in other areas, both when it comes
to petty and more serious crime, but for a couple of years has been constantly
falling; strengthened police and city guard forces have improved security.
Praga Poludnie (South) is a large district located on the southeastern
edge of the Central part of Warsaw. There is a little of everything in
this district - large housing estates, industrial plants, allotments.
This variety makes Praga Poludnie a district without any distinct character.
Like Wola, it has no historic monuments. Praga Poludnie is a young district
inhabited by young people, and has therefore great prospects for the future.
Through Praga Poludnie we can travel to Lublin, Siedlce, and further to
Brest and Moscow (the historic Brest Route along which Napoleon marched
This District is a rapidly developing, flourishing part of Warsaw, open
to investors and guests. The District's advantages include the proximity
of the Warsaw Airport and underground as well as good transport connections
with the city center. This is where magnificent green fields, beautiful
architecture and monuments are situated (including a royal residence from
the 17th century). Wilan6w is a perfect place to live and an attractive
location for investors. The largest areas worth developing are located
in this part of Warsaw. They are situated in Western Wilan6w and Powsin
and are appropriated for housing-residential and apartment-service building
complexes. Wilanow is also popular for foreigners part of Warsaw because
of nearness of British, American and German schools.
Ursynow is an attractive place to live and a fertile development area
due to its location and resources. The borough can be subdivided into
four main parts: a vast residential area with a well-developed shopping
network, an exhibition and trade fair zone, a lightly developed area
with a number of dispersed farm estates, and the Kabacki Forest natural