Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

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Observation Deck · Architectural Building
Take in some of the country's best views from the massive Palace of Culture and Science, one of the city's most important and controversial landmarks. At 114 m (374 ft), it is Poland's tallest building. Visitors can enjoy panoramic vistas from the observation deck, accessible by an elevator. Completed in 1955, the construction was conceived as a gift from the Soviet people to the Polish nation, and its architecture blends Socialist Realism with Polish Historicism. Today, the monument is also home to company headquarters, cinemas, theaters, libraries, and educational institutions. Have a drink or a bite to eat in one of the on-site restaurants and bars. Please note, the observation terrace's entrance fee can only be paid with cash. Add Palace of Culture and Science to your Warsaw travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Warsaw trip planner.
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  • Although some people in Warszawa may not like the Palace of Culture and Science, it's without a doubt, a architectural symbol of the city. Read more about Warsaw on my blog.  more »
  • All over the world, many buildings exist which were built by occupation forces or by empires. Long after the last victims are dead, these structures cease to be painful reminders and become what they....  more »
  • This building if somehow frightening and imposing. Build as a "gift" from the soviets, it is a constant reminder of the country's turbulent past and a constant debate if they should tear it down or...  more »
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  • The architecture is breathtaking!! Reminds me a lot of the Moscow University (which is fitting since the city has still a lot of Soviet and communist era influence in terms of buildings and architecture), it's definitely a must-see in Warsaw! I wouldn't necessarily go inside (unless you understand Polish and can attend the museum's inside, or if it's nice weather out to go to the viewing terrace) as there's not really much to do, but there is a photo booth to take one of those touristy photo strips if you're looking for that! It's a great way of spotting the center and not getting lost around the city and a great starting point for going anywhere in Warsaw.
  • It's astonishing huge building! It's so big that it is very hard to find where is the entrance to what. You have beautiful view from top, for a small fee. One of must see things when you are staying in the Warsaw. There is also cinema inside.
  • Stunning building. You can travel up to the 30 level for a small charge, where you can walk outside and enjoy the views. There is a cafe on this level as well but it doesn't do itself any favours. Bland coffee, one choice of cake and no sandwiches. It could be a little gold mine.
  • Beautiful historic building in the centre of Warsaw. Many events and tours held here, and the viewing platform is great to overlook a busy and developing city. Typical memorabilia available in the gift shop, quite high prices but it is to be expected at a tourist attraction. All in all, a brilliant experience and a lot of history to absorb. Recommended!
  • The place is nice with a good view. I also like it that you are not exposed to too much cold but their student discount policy is what I do not like. This is because it's only applicable to under 30 years of age.

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