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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  • The building itself is beautiful, but the viewing terrace is not worth the waiting line. We we on December 31 so maybe tgat was the case. 
    The building itself is beautiful, but the viewing terrace is not worth the waiting line. We we on December 31 so maybe tgat was the case.  more »
  • Amazing architecture with a gothic rhythm, which is highlighted by the modern skyscrapers surrounding the building. Lighted beautifully during the evening. Can be seen from most parts of the center. 
    Amazing architecture with a gothic rhythm, which is highlighted by the modern skyscrapers surrounding the building. Lighted beautifully during the evening. Can be seen from most parts of the center.  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.

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