Warsaw

Sightseeing

Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki)

For all the aggressive westernisation that has overcome Warsaw, the four decades of communism have yet to be completely erased from the face of Warsaw. You couldn’t miss this hulking giant of a landmark if you tried. 

Originally commissioned by Stalin as a ‘gift from the Soviet people’ the 231 metre structure actually takes its inspiration from the capitalist world, namely the Empire State Building, but, believe it or not, was specifically designed to include influences from all of Poland’s architectural styles.

Stalin had sent a secret delegation to New York to learn both about the building and American construction methods, though the outbreak of WWII meant that it wasn’t until 1952 that his architects were able to commence putting their knowledge into practice. Lev Rudynev, the brains behind the equally monstrous Lomonosov University in Moscow, was put in charge of the design and set about making the building into one of the most notorious examples of Socialist Realist architecture in the world. Over 5,000 workers were ferried in from the Soviet states and housed in a purpose-built village in Jelonki, west Warsaw, where they were effectively cut off from the outside world.

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Open

Open 09:00 - 20:00 , Fri, Sat 09:00 - 24:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission for the viewing level is 20/15zł. Group ticket for more than 10 people 15zł per person.

Events at this venue

Apr 9 2016 - Oct 9 2016Titanic the Exhibition

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08.08.2014
Cathrine
Warsaw
I am from Canada and to me sure one of the best places that I saw i Warsaw . It is very interesting , magnificent , look a lot different from everything else and grand like a lot of American buildings.
23.05.2014
Kamil
Warsaw
Thomas - Palace Sightseeing is possible go to www.creatours.pl
14.03.2014
Thomas
Warsaw
what about palca sightseeing? Have you been there?!
29.12.2012
Jerry Meents
Utah, Ogden
I have seen this pc of ugly Russian architecture.
07.04.2011
mackenzi
mn, rochester
when's the best time to go?
13.11.2010
John Morgan
Poland, Piaseczno
When the Palace of Culture was first opened, the people of Warsaw used to say you got the best view of Warsaw from the viewing gallery - because it was the only place in Warsaw from which you couldn't see it.
01.12.2007
gulle
michagin
Awesome
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