Pick a point and lets analyze it shall we.
Lets compare Vienna, a European capital of roughly the same size and ranked high on these lists, with Warsaw.Cityscape
Vienna: big historic centre surrounded by huge 19th century quarters in good shape, public sphere clean and not polluted by adverts
Vienna: mostly average to upscale flats in posh apartment buildings from the 19th century
Vienna: extensive tram network (mostly modern low-floor trams) + big subway network + buses
Vienna: vineyards, vineyard villages, mountains, forests, close to the alps, to Bratislava (Slovakia), Brno (Czechia), Budapest (Hungary)
Vienna: 3 operas, more than 100 theatres, 9(?) symphony orchestras, ca. 100 museums
Warsaw:Goods, services, etc.
Vienna: lots of traditional, high-class shops and services (KuK), restaurants and goods from every part of the world