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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. 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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  • It is an iconic building and well worth a visit. A lot of the building isn't open to the public but what you can see is very impressive. The viewing gallery on the 30th floor gives great views across ...  more »
  • It's like a cut down Empire state building. Well worth the trip to the top.nice views of the city...In front of the building is a great food court with about 20 vans all doing great street food.There ...  more »
  • People at the ticket sales are super impolite. Nothing special.. view is Ok. . Better during the night  more »
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  • El «Palacio de la Cultura y de las Ciencias» fue un regalo de los pueblos soviéticos al pueblo de Polonia en el marco de la cooperación soviética para la reconstrucción de Polonia en la postguerra [la Unión Soviética fue el único Estado que apoyó económicamente la reconstrucción de Polonia] diseñado por conforme al realismo socialista por el soviético «Lev Vladímirovich Rúdnev»; por resolución del gobierno polaco, entonces dirigido por el marxista-leninista «Bolesław Bierut», se le llamó «Palacio de la Cultura y de las Ciencias Iósif Stalin». Más tarde, con el asenso al poder de Jruschov, y el establecimiento del «socialimperialismo soviético» en adelante, así como la imposición de una camarilla a fin al «socialimperialismo soviético» en Polonia, y bajo el paragua del llamado proceso de «desestalinización», se eliminó el nombre de Stalin quedando el nombre como se conoce hoy: «Palacio de la Cultura y de las Ciencias». [Traductor de Google] The "Palace of Culture and Sciences" was a gift from the Soviet peoples to the people of Poland within the framework of Soviet cooperation for the reconstruction of Poland in the postwar period [the Soviet Union was the only state that supported economically the reconstruction Of Poland] designed according to the socialist realism by the Soviet "Lev Vladímirovich Rúdnev"; By resolution of the Polish government, then headed by the Marxist-Leninist "Bolesław Bierut", was called "Palace of Culture and Sciences Iosif Stalin". Later, with Khrushchev's assent to power, and the establishment of "Soviet social-imperialism" thereafter, as well as the imposition of a clique aimed at "Soviet social-imperialism" in Poland and under the umbrella of the so-called "de-Stalinization" , The name of Stalin was removed, leaving the name as it is known today: "Palace of Culture and Sciences". [Traductor de Google] "Pałac Kultury i Nauki" był darem narodów radzieckich do narodu polskiego w ramach radzieckiej współpracy na rzecz odbudowy Polski w okresie powojennym [Związek Radziecki był jedynym państwem, które wspierało ekonomicznie odbudowę Polski ] Zaprojektowany zgodnie z socjalistycznym realizmem przez radziecki "Lew Vladimírvich Rúdnev"; Rezolucją rządu polskiego, na czele której stoi marksistowsko-leninista "Bolesław Bierut", nazwano "Pałac Kultury i Nauki Iosif Stalin". Później, wraz z przychylnością Chruszczowa do władzy i ustanowieniem "radzieckiego imperializmu socjalistycznego", a także nałożeniu kliki skierowanej do "radzieckiego imperializmu socjalistycznego" w Polsce i pod tzw. "De- Stalinizacja ", nazwa Stalina została usunięta, pozostawiając to imię znane dzisiaj:" Pałac Kultury i Nauki ".
  • A very iconic place in Warsaw, this building includes a number of museums a well as the main tower. Reminiscent of the Empire State building in aesthetic, one can view a 360 degree panorama of the city from the top floor. To the uninitiated it's not immediately clear what's on offer here, as the main building and various museums do not appear to be connected internally. Don't be fooled into thinking you've bought entry to the whole place, instead each attraction has to be considered separately.
  • The architecture of this signature building is down right stunning. Even if the locals do not like the reminder of Communism that it is. You simply can not visit Warsaw and not go here. But be aware, what they charge you to enter inside is insane.
  • So this place serves as a central bus station for all the long distance buses to and from Warsazawa. It's basically a parking lot. I wish they at least had some dedicated waiting areas. It was still cold in April in Poland.
  • Good view from the tower platform. Unfortunately, the world around is flat. But to have a coffee on the platform in a relaxed coffee shop atmosphere is great.

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