Street SignsEvery single street in Warsaw is clearly marked by a number of well-positioned and highly visible street signs. It is almost impossible to go more than 100 metres in Warsaw without knowing what street you are on. What’s more, the signs are almost always colour coded: each area of the capital has its own colour. As a visitor you are most likely to see blue signs (for the south and south-central part of the city) and brown (for the northern part of the city centre, and Old Town).
There’s far more helpful information on those street signs than the mere street name, however. If you look closely, the vast majority of street signs also include the numbers of the building in the block to which they are attached. What’s more, there will often be an arrow showing which way the numbers climb. As anyone looking for ul. Marszalkowska 135 (or such like) will know, Warsaw’s central boulevards are incredibly long, and knowing which way to go makes life much, much easier. Whoever it was who decided to invest in the street signs (and they have been up for some time now, certainly for more than a decade) we hope that they became rich and famous. (We should also point out that there are loads of older style street signs and building numbers around. Many of these are gems from the past, often in the form of lamps over old apartment blocks. One day we hope a keen photographer with trainspotting tendencies will collect them all together in what would be our dream coffee-table book).