Palace of Culture and Science, Warsaw

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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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  • Drawn by Stalin in person this skyscraper is tall 237 meters and has 42 floors. Inside you will find museums, Congress halls, theatres, cinemas and offices. The attraction that drives him is a terrace on the 30th floor where they can enjoy the city but don't expect some kind of beauties
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  • It is a Soviet gift for the Polish people. I have heard that Stalin wanted to mischief the potential aggressors and pretend that Warsaw is in Russia and to make them to attack this city instead of Mos...  more »
  • This building was a gift from the USSR to Poland. It is, still nowadays, the biggest building in Poland. Take the elevetaor up to the 30th floor and you'll enjoy a nice panoramic view of the city. If ...  more »
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  • Immense building, inspired by the Empire State so that's what we referred to it as during our stay. Has a real 30s feel to it. Has a cinema and exhibitions inside and we were pleasantly surprised to find it has a viewing gallery up top. 20 zloty to ride the lift (that's about 4 quid) and spend as much time as you like up there taking in views of the city.
  • Beautiful place to visit when you are in Warsaw. It's in the middle of the modern city centre near a shopping mall and the central railway station. When you are there, take the time to go up to the observation deck and enjoy the incredible 360° view of the Warsaw skyline... Enjoy!!
  • Fairly small museum. It's all in polish, no translations but you get the jist of it. For the price it's worth it and there are some good fossils and specimens to see. Will take less than an hour to see it all
  • Amazing place. So hug and dominant on the city. From the top you can see all the city, on every side. Wonderful. It's really high. You can buy souvenirs
  • Best price for movie tickets in Warsaw and it is not crowded as all other multiplex theaters. If you can get the movie you like it is a no brainier choice. Recommend it.

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