Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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About
Considered Poland's highest building, this monumental skyscraper (circa 1955) contains 42 floors at a height of 230.68 meters (756.82 feet), topped with a needle height of 43 meters (141.08 feet).
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Śródmieście Północne
How to get there
  • Centrum • 4 min walk
  • Świętokrzyska • 5 min walk
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  • mrskrun
    Larvik, Norway4,290 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice architecture but not nice inside
    Beautiful huge building in Warsaw. The architecture is amazing and it is one of the iconic landmarks in Warsaw Poland. Inside the building is not so inpressive. It is old and needs an upgrade. The view from the viewing level is amazing but that the surroundings look like it’s in the old USSR days
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Daniel P
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best building in town!
    Beautiful building! It’s the heart of the city! Cinemas, theaters, galleries, there’s a lot inside, the place is huge! On weekends you can find a lot of people playing music, taking pictures and enjoying life.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, United Kingdom1,725 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Building
    This is a historic building near the railway station. It is well worth visiting. I would recommend once during the day and once at night to see the building lit up. We did not have the time to go to the observation deck so cant comment on that.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania1,024 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok if you …
    The only reason to visit is to have an eye bird view to Warsaw from the 30 floor. You decide if it is worth or not. Architectural speaking is not very much to say. Congratulations to Polish authorities for their ability to enhance the potential and sell a Soviet architectural building.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 December 2023
  • rtdood
    Manchester, United Kingdom790 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views, and quite cheap. Worth visiting.
    I can only comment on the viewing platform as this is what I visited, although there is no doubting the grandiose architecture of the building, which houses not only offices, but a theatre, cinema, restaurants and cafes. Having walked round it as well as under it via the main passageway it certainly takes a while to do the former! Just make sure you come out at the right side if you dont know where to cross through. Head up the steps to the main entrance which you cannot miss in the centre. There is a small admission kiosk on the inside where you pay to get your ticket for admission. Directly ahead of this is 4 lifts, 2 of which (i think) take to you to the viewing platform. This is quite quick considering the sheer number of floors it has to pass but it all done in a matter of seconds! The doors open up to the central hallway with openings on each side to walk out onto the concentrate viewing deck (which are very wide) to get the views across the city. It is possible to walk all around the viewing deck. Visiting in the evening it was cold and a little windy, so bring a jacket if visiting in the cooler months. Much of the views are semi-obstructed by safety netting/small square metal sheets but it is still possible to peer through between to get a decent view with your phone, and still not have it risk falling over the side. There are also coin operated binoculars which can be used too. Be sure to look for the viewing desks which provide information of key sites and buildings which can be seen from each direction (although I think one side was missing this). The viewing deck did have some small graffiti and torn off stickers evident on the walls which made it look quite tired and worn. This is also the same feeling for the café and small souvenir shop, as neither looked like they were a permanent addition, rather an afterthought to the space. Then again, with the tall ceiling and vast thick walls it would be difficult to fill this space anyhow. It just felt a little worn. Overall the views were good from the top and worth seeing if you are visiting Warsaw for a few days. The price is also very reasonable too!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 December 2023
  • Ewa S
    Baltinglass, Ireland1,114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour
    My only criticism is that the kiosk with tickets is gone, and you need to search their website to find some 3rd party tour organisers to buy tickets to have a tour. The tour was short but interesting, mostly for those who are interested in the post-war communism era. Unfortunately, due to the weather, there was no view from the terrace, except for snow blizzard :)
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Tracy M
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value views and some interesting facts
    This is a really interesting building, housing lots of different things (including theatres and cinema). You can only access the viewing platform from one entrance (which took a little finding and walking around the building). It is close to the bus station and 2 shopping centres. We were able to buy tickets from the booth and I think it was around £5 each. It was not too busy so we waited only a couple of minutes for the lift to the 30th floor. As there are not too many tall buildings in Warsaw this platform does give you good views around the city and beyond. It also has lots of interesting facts on the walls (history of the city and important inhabitants), telescopes for better views and guidance on the platform edges for what you are looking at. For the price, this is an interesting and worthwhile short visit.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • wests149
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    Very imposing building. A gift from Starlin to the people of Warsaw. Pay a small amount and take the fast lift to the viewing point. You can walk around taking in the fantastic views of the city from every direction. Also there is a gift shop and cafe.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Almeria2000
    Almeria, Spain510 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Polands Tallest Building.
    Poland´s tallest building - an incredible building, in a complex which also houses a congress hall, theatre, cinema. The viewing terrace is on the 30th floor, with 360 views of the city. Tickets can be bought online for about €6 each, or from the ticket booth at the bottom of the lifts.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2024
  • LydiaMiami
    Miami, Florida225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Old Palace
    Palac Kultury is a very historical building in downtown Warsaw. There are always special exhibits going on, plays. Upstairs there is sports hall of fame wall with famous Polish athletes. The views at the top are breathtaking of Warsaw. At night, the building changes colors to the events going on in the city. The Palac was built by the Russians during war times. It has remained in the center during modern times. The Palac can be seen as far away before landing at the airport
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 April 2024
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petergab10
Melbourne, Australia651 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A building with an interesting history built as a gift from Joseph Stalin and once the tallest budling in Poland. Which does make a statement in the center of Warsaw from its architectural design to its height and size. The terrace on the 30th floor offers some great views of Warsaw at day or night. So many photo opportunities from the terrace and at ground level. Don't miss the large fountain on the side of the building which makes a beautiful photo.
Written 8 May 2024
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LydiaMiami
Miami, FL225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Palac Kultury is a very historical building in downtown Warsaw. There are always special exhibits going on, plays. Upstairs there is sports hall of fame wall with famous Polish athletes. The views at the top are breathtaking of Warsaw. At night, the building changes colors to the events going on in the city. The Palac was built by the Russians during war times. It has remained in the center during modern times. The Palac can be seen as far away before landing at the airport
Written 20 April 2024
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Almeria2000
Almeria, Spain510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Poland´s tallest building - an incredible building, in a complex which also houses a congress hall, theatre, cinema.

The viewing terrace is on the 30th floor, with 360 views of the city. Tickets can be bought online for about €6 each, or from the ticket booth at the bottom of the lifts.
Written 1 April 2024
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wests149
London, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very imposing building. A gift from Starlin to the people of Warsaw. Pay a small amount and take the fast lift to the viewing point. You can walk around taking in the fantastic views of the city from every direction. Also there is a gift shop and cafe.
Written 27 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tracy M
Nottinghamshire, UK175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This is a really interesting building, housing lots of different things (including theatres and cinema). You can only access the viewing platform from one entrance (which took a little finding and walking around the building). It is close to the bus station and 2 shopping centres.
We were able to buy tickets from the booth and I think it was around £5 each. It was not too busy so we waited only a couple of minutes for the lift to the 30th floor.
As there are not too many tall buildings in Warsaw this platform does give you good views around the city and beyond. It also has lots of interesting facts on the walls (history of the city and important inhabitants), telescopes for better views and guidance on the platform edges for what you are looking at.
For the price, this is an interesting and worthwhile short visit.
Written 22 January 2024
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Ewa S
Baltinglass, Ireland1,114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
My only criticism is that the kiosk with tickets is gone, and you need to search their website to find some 3rd party tour organisers to buy tickets to have a tour. The tour was short but interesting, mostly for those who are interested in the post-war communism era. Unfortunately, due to the weather, there was no view from the terrace, except for snow blizzard :)
Written 21 January 2024
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kyriakos169
Venice, Italy29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great hotel
In the center lots of restaurants near by Clean rooms with excellent view excellent breakfast what more can you ask for 😀
Written 24 December 2023
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rtdood
Manchester, UK790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I can only comment on the viewing platform as this is what I visited, although there is no doubting the grandiose architecture of the building, which houses not only offices, but a theatre, cinema, restaurants and cafes. Having walked round it as well as under it via the main passageway it certainly takes a while to do the former! Just make sure you come out at the right side if you dont know where to cross through.

Head up the steps to the main entrance which you cannot miss in the centre. There is a small admission kiosk on the inside where you pay to get your ticket for admission. Directly ahead of this is 4 lifts, 2 of which (i think) take to you to the viewing platform. This is quite quick considering the sheer number of floors it has to pass but it all done in a matter of seconds!

The doors open up to the central hallway with openings on each side to walk out onto the concentrate viewing deck (which are very wide) to get the views across the city. It is possible to walk all around the viewing deck. Visiting in the evening it was cold and a little windy, so bring a jacket if visiting in the cooler months. Much of the views are semi-obstructed by safety netting/small square metal sheets but it is still possible to peer through between to get a decent view with your phone, and still not have it risk falling over the side. There are also coin operated binoculars which can be used too.

Be sure to look for the viewing desks which provide information of key sites and buildings which can be seen from each direction (although I think one side was missing this). The viewing deck did have some small graffiti and torn off stickers evident on the walls which made it look quite tired and worn. This is also the same feeling for the café and small souvenir shop, as neither looked like they were a permanent addition, rather an afterthought to the space. Then again, with the tall ceiling and vast thick walls it would be difficult to fill this space anyhow. It just felt a little worn.

Overall the views were good from the top and worth seeing if you are visiting Warsaw for a few days. The price is also very reasonable too!
Written 21 December 2023
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Cristinel
Romania1,024 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The only reason to visit is to have an eye bird view to Warsaw from the 30 floor. You decide if it is worth or not.
Architectural speaking is not very much to say. Congratulations to Polish authorities for their ability to enhance the potential and sell a Soviet architectural building.
Written 5 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a historic building near the railway station. It is well worth visiting. I would recommend once during the day and once at night to see the building lit up. We did not have the time to go to the observation deck so cant comment on that.
Written 15 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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