Warsaw is the biggest city in Poland, and it serves as its capital city as well. Warsaw is one of the most populated cities in the European Union too. An Alpha Global City, Warsaw has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it remains a critical economic, cultural, political, and tourism hub. It is said that before the Second World War, Warsaw was one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The heart of Warsaw is home to the iconic mermaid monument, which acts as the symbol of the city. The history of Warsaw has been well preserved even after its dramatic past and especially the damage after the war. Some of the ruins still stand, a clear indication of Warsaw's history, as seen through the Barbican remains. The Royal Castle, which was rebuilt, is now a spot where concerts are held. The POLIN Museum provides visitors with the same experience, being the home to a well preserved cultural and historical development of Warsaw owing to the destruction of WW II. Warsaw streets are lined with numerous shops where visitors can buy any goods and products, ranging from homeware, fashion items, and even souvenirs. Food courts and street cafes are available for any needs of food, ranging from local delicacies to international cuisines. High-end boutiques and shopping stalls are also available for clothing needs.
Warsaw experiences an oceanic climate. The weather is characterized by warm, sunny, and stormy summers and cold, cloudy, and snowy winters. Rainfall is received in varying amounts throughout the year in all seasons. During summer, from June to September, the temperature rises considerably to the range of 17.5°C (63.5°F) to 25°C (77°F). The average daily sunshine hours during the season are seven, making the days to feel even warmer than recorded. Summer has an average of fourteen rainy days per month, translating to most afternoons receiving the showers. During winter, from December to February, the days become damp, and the skies darken with clouds. The sunshine hours per day drop considerably to one or even less, and with the 27.9mm (1.1") average of precipitation, the days may feel even wetter and colder. Snowfall is regular during winter, with approximately fourteen snowy days recorded per month. Part of spring carries on with the winter weather before warming up, albeit slightly. The same applies to autumn; it carries on with the summer weather before cooling down considerably. Both seasons remain mild and have their share of attractions that lure tourists into Warsaw. The best time to visit Warsaw is during summer, from June to September, and during autumn, from October to Mid-November. During these times, the weather is warm and pleasant and is devoid of the extreme heat that is typical of most summers. The afternoons may bring light showers of rainfall, but they are not as intense as to interfere with the touring of Warsaw. Some of the commonly attended events include the Chopping Concerts, which are held between May and September, at the Royal Lanzieki Park, featuring spring or summer outdoor performances. In July, the Street Art International Festival is held featuring more outdoor performances, dance shows, and parade shows as well. Also, there is the Autumn Festival that is held in Warsaw every September.