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Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw
(4.1/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Palace of Culture and Science and get the most from your holiday in Warsaw, create itinerary details personal to you using our Warsaw itinerary planner.
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  • Visited this place with family but the customer service was something like from the communist days. Great views of Warsaw but do watch out for the moody lady in the lift. 
  • In the heart of Warsaw, this building, which is reminiscent of the USSR is impressive, a symbol of the city. We could not enter, but it well worth its exterior view (especially at night, when lit)
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  • Skyscrapers override the "friendly gift" and increasingly acts as a business card and the main landmark in the urban space. Coming to the capital of far province use only with 6 floors.
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  • Good view from the top at sunset. can be very cold and windy up there, so bring a coat. Good information boards that have stories about the city and bits of history. Elevators get very full, but ascending is 20-25seconds so it's okay. Free bathrooms at the top.
  • For the foreign tourist this palace one of the most representative iconic symbols of the city. For the inhabitants of Warsaw it is instead the most tangible symbol of Russian oppression of the war. Loved and hated it is still an unmistakable point of the Warsaw skyline, visible from practically the whole city. Personally, it reminds me a lot of the housing complex San Remo in New York! One can not climb to the terrace and admire the landscape that is lost sight of an eye in the countryside! Even at night it is pleasantly lit! Not to be missed! @gargio76
  • A lot of manifestations and nice events. Unfortunately, most of them are really generally expensive so you can just watch and stare but cannot buy really much. Advised: the view from the top of the skyscraper and the museum of science, full of funny and clever interactive games.
  • While I didn't actually walk around the interior of this building that much I did take the elevator to the top. At only 20 PLN it was very well priced and it gives a great view over the entire city of Warsaw. There are helpful plaques which highlight the places you should be looking at and giving some information about them.
  • Having designed by soviet constructors this building has successfully integrated into the city's environment and, in my view, the city even benefits of it. The observation deck is a must to see, this is the highest point to look over the city.