Warsaw is a working city, full of offices, banks and financial institutions, a place that can be deserted on national holidays as people go back to their home towns for long weekends.
Modern glass-fronted skyscrapers sit uneasily next to 1960s brutalist blocks. In the centre of it all is the gift from Stalin – The Palace of Culture – a giant Empire State like building with museums, offices, a cinema and concert hall inside.
Although not really a tourist destination, it is possible to speak English in shopping centres, hotels and some restaurants and bars in the city. Quite often menus are in English especially in the Old Town.
However, small shops, railway stations and places with an old-fashioned attitude are unlikely to cater for English speakers.
British Native Speaker rating: MODERATE-GOOD LEVEL OF ENGLISH SPEAKING