The historic centre of Warsaw is a pleasant exception to the Communist concrete that defines many Central European cities. The medieval Stare Miasto (old town) is one of the most popular destinations in Poland. It seems hard to believe that the old city was almost lost after German occupiers reduced most of it to rubble.
The fact that the old city is in such fine shape today is the result of massive restoration efforts after World War II. The Germans destroyed practically every single building in this part of the city; only 15% of the area survived the war. But instead of filling the gaping hole with concrete, the old city was carefully restored to its former glory. In recognition of the efforts, the old city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
“In retaliation for the Polish resistance, the Germans left Stare Miasto in ruins”