Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace of Culture and Science is not just a popular tourist attraction but one of the dominating features and landmarks of the Warsaw skyline. It remains the tallest building in Poland, and one of the tallest in Europe, standing at 231 metres high. Modelled around buildings like the Empire State Building, this palace of culture in Warsaw was commissioned by Joesph Stalin. Amazingly, it was built in just three years and was completed by 1955.
Although iconic, the palace is controversial to many locals and a reminder of Soviet domination. Despite the name, the building is not actually a science centre but is still worth a visit. The city’s main Copernicus science centre is located on the banks of the River Vistula.
Even though the palace has over 3000 rooms on 42 floors, access is very limited to tourists. The main purpose of the palace is cultural and it is used primarily for conferences and concerts. On the ground floor you will find a vibrant Sala Kongresowa theatre which is perfect for such events and boast concerts by major artists such as the Rolling Stones. In addition to this the palace is featuring an office complex.
When visiting the best thing to do is purchase a ticket and the lift straight to the 30th floor. Here you will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over the city of Warsaw and beyond. The viewing floor, called the XXX Floor is open daily. It is also possible to enjoy the city lights and skyline by night during the weekend in the summer months.
Stay in central Warsaw
During your visit, make sure you enjoy central accommodation in Warsaw, placing you within easy reach of the city’s many cultural and historical attractions. The Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw in the city centre does just this. Take advantage of premier guest facilities whilst being close the bustling amenities.