Palace of Culture and Science

Palace of Culture and Science

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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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Sarny
Bexleyheath, UK347 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
A beautiful building worth visiting for the building alone and then of course the viewing platform on the 30th floor is great. It's 20 zloty to go up to the viewing platform or we got a ticket for 29 zloty each which included a coffee in the cafe up on that level. The cafe is beautiful, the lady who served us very friendly and the choice of cakes reasonably priced - we had apple strudel for 9 zloty - it was a large slice and delicious. As for the viewing platform it goes right around the building so great views of the city. We went up on a Saturday evening just before dusk so had views by day and night. The 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the very long queue to use the one lift in service - it took us about 45 minutes in the queue to go up and about 30 minutes in the queue to go down. Overall though we were glad we went.
Written February 5, 2022
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA414 contributions
Apr 2022
The Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kutury i Nauki or Kin) is a high-rise building located in downtown Warsaw, Poland. This 42-floor building Socialist realism and art deco building was a gift from the Soviet Union to Poland. This building is 778 feet tall, topped with a needle of 141.08 feet. It is the second tallest building in Poland and considered a showpiece of Poland and can be observed from most areas of Warsaw. The 3882 rooms in this building houses public and cultural institutions, a multiplex cinema with eight screen, four theatres, libraries, university faculties and sport clubs. One can find two museums (Museum of Technology and Museum of Evolution), offices, bookshops, a swimming pool and a three thousand seat auditorium. Located on the 11th and 12th floor is the Collegium Civitas, an accredited university. The Polish Academy of Sciences also has its headquarters located in this facility. Four 21-foot clocks decorated the top of the building. Located on the 12th floor is an observation deck with 360’ view of Warsaw and the surrounding area. Cost to visit the observation deck is approximately $5.00 US or 40 Ztote. Be aware the elevator to the observation deck is extremely slow and the lines are exceptionally long. Waited an hour for elevator trip to the deck. The view is well worth the wait. Over the years, this building has been modernized and in 2010 LED lights were added which allows the Palace to be lite up at night. Currently the Palace is light up every evening in blue and yellow, the national colors of the Ukrainian flag. A remarkable display of Polish solidarity with its neighbor Ukraine. Over the years this building has become a problem for the Polish government as it is a symbol of Soviet influence. Calls for it is demolishment are a daily occurrence. At present the building remains. This is a fascinating building and should be visited.
Written May 19, 2022
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CoeliacAdventurer
Brampton, UK163 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Paid our fee and waited in line to go up to the observation deck/viewing terrace on the 30th floor, accessible only by lift. One lift wasn't working so a bit of a queue but not long to wait. The terrace is covered and enclosed, with metal bars on all the openings, so very safe and fine to go even in bad weather.

The openings gave views across the more modern, commercial areas of warsaw, so it's all skyscrapers and glass confections with a few gardens and lots of busy streets. Fine if you like that kind of thing but in my opinion the viewing platform in the old town is better.

Multiple cafes in the Palace, both up at the viewing terrace and on the ground floor. Several museums too, but ran out of time to visit. Despite there being several entrances to the building, only one gives access to the tower, so get it right first time or be prepared to walk around the entire building.
Written October 21, 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK17,710 contributions
Sep 2021
The Palace of Culture and Science (also known as PKiN) is a landmark high-rise building in central Warsaw. A gift from the Soviet Union it was constructed from 1952 to 1955 and has a total height of 237 metres (778 ft) and is the second tallest building in Poland. PKiN houses various public and cultural institutions such an eight screen cinema, theatres, libraries, sports clubs, university faculties, and authorities of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Four 6.3 metre (21 ft) clock faces were added to the top of the building ahead of the millennium celebrations in 2000 and the clocks began working on 31st December 2000. Since 2007, it has been enlisted in the Registry of Objects of Cultural Heritage. Despite being such a big Warsaw landmark PKiN is a highly controversial building for some, and is often viewed as a reminder of Soviet influence over the Polish People's Republic, especially due to its construction during mass violations of human rights under Stalin. There have been calls to demolish it which having visited it I feel would be a big shame. It is beautifully illuminated at night and during the day a trip up to the observation deck to get 360' views of Warsaw is worth the minimal cost entry ticket.
Written April 21, 2022
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Julia
Trencin, Slovakia67 contributions
Jul 2022
Building is really impressive from outside, but for tourists there is nothing inside the building. If you want to go to observation deck you need to wait in long queue to buy tickets, then in even longer line in crowded room for elevator up to observation deck and then in 3rd line to elevator down. We got out of the elevator and there was no obvious exit sign (Even Polish did not know where to go). Once again horrible organization in Poland. Going inside is wasting your time. The view was nice but nothing unique for so much time spent in queues. Observation deck is good even for people who suffer fear of heights. When we wanted to leave the building, It was heavy rain outside, so we needed to hide in entry hall, but there is nothing to do or where to sit, no benches, nothing, so people were standing outside under the roof behind the pillars . There are only 2 cafes and some spider exhibition, that is all. So we bought some drinks in cafe and waited for better weather there.
Written July 23, 2022
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Marcin 7-17
Gdynia, Poland3,669 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
A communist relic. When there was a time that they wanted to demolish it, now a symbol of the center of Warsaw with night illuminations, fountains and a park. And above all, the seat of the legendary Studio Theater with many stories, a dramatic theater and a vantage point on the 30th floor, accessible by a high-speed elevator. The Palace also houses several cafes and the Museum of Technology, an important point on the map of Warsaw.
Written February 28, 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland28,013 contributions
Jun 2022
This iconic 237-meter-high building was completed in 1955.

Besides the many other functions in the building, there is an observation deck on the 30th floor with panoramic views of the city from a height of 114 meters.

This time, there were so long queues that we skipped the observation deck. From our hotel room on the 38th floor at InterContinental next door, we had the same views and could also see this palace.

In the dark, the palace looked especially stunning. The illumination with high-power LED lights allows the building to be seen in various colors.
Written June 19, 2022
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Elephantemg
Hertfordshire, UK567 contributions
Jul 2019
I had planned to visit but took me a while to spot the entrance! The queue when i arrived was really long, so i used the wifi at Nero coffee shop to purchase tickets online, much quicker! Once you get through, past the cloakroom, to the lifts there was no one waiting. The lifts are manned and you cant explore the rest of the office building as its one stop.
At the top there is lots more space than i remembered. A shop for souvenirs, a cafe, deckchairs to chill (but too low to sit and enjoy the view), and various telescopes to get a closer view.
It really does give you a great view of the whole city and beyong, with information boards so you know what you are looking at.
A great way to get to grips with the layout!
Written March 5, 2020
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,082 contributions
Jul 2022
This building is really huge! Currently, the palace is home to several theatres and museums, a cinema, there are pubs and there is the main Warsaw Tourist Information office too.

You can go up to the observation deck on the 30th floor of the building. However, I didn't visit this observation deck, because the line for tickets was very long and the second line for the elevator was even longer.
Written July 19, 2022
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Guidzi
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil184 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
It was a great experience. We booked the tickets online. 20 pln for adults and 15 pln for students then we skiped the queue in the morning. We went straight to the top were we got an awesome 360 degrees view of Warsaw. Also there were maps, photos and plenty to read about Warsaw's history. Go there the same way we did and you won't regret it.
Written August 22, 2020
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