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Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

1. Palace of Culture and Science: Tour with Viewing Terrace

Join this guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Science, one of the highest and most magnificent buildings in Warsaw and visible from almost all places in the city. As an added perk, skip the line to the viewing terrace. During the tour, discover the characteristic interiors of the Palace of Culture and Science: ballrooms with excellent woodwork, conference rooms with original furniture and equipment from the ’50s, and majestic marble staircases. Your local guide will bring you closer to the entire history of the building from 1952 until now. Enjoy entertaining stories and anecdotes as you walk through the building’s history. At the end of your journey, skip the line to the elevator and go to the viewing terrace on the 30th floor to discover a beautiful view of the city. You’ll never look at the Palace of Culture and Science in the same way after this tour.

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Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Self-Drive Tour

2. Warsaw Off The Beaten Path Self-Drive Tour

You’ve already visited the top tourist attractions in Warsaw? Tired of traditional form of touring? Hop on board of the well-known Fiat 126p a.k.a „Toddler” and take a self-drive tour to not-so-well-known spots of Warsaw! Guides will show you some of most interesting attractions which are not present in a typical Warsaw tour. You start the tour by the Palace of Culture and Science, where you quickly learn how to drive a Fiat 126p. Then, well prepared you set off for your first stop, tightly connected with the Palace. Neighborhood of constructors of the Palace of Culture and Science with its wooden housing. Here you find out how the life of those workers looked like and what is this place now. Afterwards, you drive to a completely different world in Old Bielany district. This picturesque interwar-era housing district with its gas lanterns (last ones in the city) has some of the most beautiful examples of modernist architecture. From Bielany you travel even more back in time to the era of Russian Tzars' control. Here you have a chance to drive by an authentic 19th century Warsaw Citadel. During the tour your guide tells you stories connected with the places you drive around.

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Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

3. Warsaw: 2.5-Hour Dark Side - Praga District by a Retro Bus

Have you seen the top attractions in Warsaw and want something more? Are you bored with the touristy places and feel like adding some new thrills to your stay in the city? Then take this unique bus tour to the “dark side” of Warsaw – the infamous Praga district. Find out why the district was considered the most dangerous part of Warsaw. See a marketplace where you could buy almost everything from jeans and diplomas to Kalashnikov rifles and check yourself if it’s still open. Every Saturday morning (at 11:00 AM) in front of the Palace of Culture and Science, there will be a retro Jelcz “cucumber” bus to take you to the Praga district for a 2.5-hour tour. On-board, there will be a guide to help you through the district and to make sure you come back in one piece. On the road, your guide will provide commentary and introduce you to the history of Warsaw and the Praga district - a district of an amusing yet sometimes scary past. After crossing the Vistula River, you will get off at the first stop – a chocolate factory. Here, get to know the story of the company producing sweets in Warsaw since the mid-19th century and taste a cup of their delicious hot chocolate. The next stop will be Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Warsaw. It’s architecture was inspired by the Roman basilica of St. Paul. See a former vodka factory, Koneser, and find out what delicacies where made there and what is in this complex now. Tour will also cover the area called the Praga “Bermuda Triangle.” Get to know the origin of the name, and see some examples of the authentic pre-war architecture with scenic courtyards and colorful shrines inside. The neighborhood still has the atmosphere of old Warsaw and is loved by film directors, like Roman Polański, who filmed “The Pianist” here and many more that will be mentioned by your tour guide. From here, you will head back to the Palace of Culture and Science to finish the tour.

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Warsaw Communism Private Tour in a Retro Fiat

4. Warsaw Communism Private Tour in a Retro Fiat

Feel the spirit of communist Poland during a drive in the iconic automobile of the 70’s and 80’s Fiat 125p. You will be chauffeured by a professional driver-guide who will introduce you to Warsaw of the communist epoch. You start by being picked up from your centrally located Warsaw hotel, at your chosen hour. As you travel, your guide will share entertaining facts about life in communism, how it has changed, and what does it mean to be Polish today. Your agenda can be tailored to your preferences, so feel free to ask to visit somewhere of particular interest. Visit Palace of Culture and Science, the hulking symbol of Warsaw’s long-gone communist epoch. Find out more about its construction, listen to some anecdotes and get to know why is it called the gift from Moscow. See the Stalin-era architecture at the Constitution Square, a unique and the most representative communist housing district. Visit communist ministerial district with its amazing Ministry of Agriculture and hear interesting stories about the House of Communist Party, find out what is it used for now. Then gaze at communist-era housing blocks of Muranów built upon the former Ghetto and learn more about the Party’s influence on architecture. As you ride, have a shot of best traditional vodka, alongside a tasty snack. After the tour you are driven back to your hotel.

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From Krakow: Private Tour to Warsaw with Guide and Transport

5. From Krakow: Private Tour to Warsaw with Guide and Transport

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Krakow in a private car. Next, travel to Warsaw either by car or train, depending on your preference. Arrive in Warsaw and be greeted by your friendly guide, then set out on your sightseeing adventure.  Stroll through the New Town and stop by the Palace of Culture and Science, the Grand Theater, and the Saxon Garden to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Explore the historical Old Town next and admire the impressive Royal Castle. Listen to your guide’s fascinating stories about the city's impressive history and former Polish Kings. Afterwards, wander around the Market Square, soak up the bustling atmosphere, and see the Uprising Monument. Stretch your legs as you discover Wilanow Park and admire the colorful gardens that surround you. Finally, stop by the White Hall to marvel at the richly decorated and ornamented interior. At the end of the tour, relax on your return journey to Krakow.

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Warsaw: Private Tour by Communist Van

6. Warsaw: Private Tour by Communist Van

Journey through the 20th-century history of Warsaw by classic vehicle from the Communist era. Board the vintage Nysa 522 and marvel as the bygone age is brought to life before your eyes. Pass typical apartment blocks, along with monumental palaces, public squares, and iconic statues. Look inside the yards of 19th-century tenement houses, and gaze in wonder at the monumental Palace of Culture and Science. See the Socialist Realism architecture of Constitution Square, and drive down picturesque Próżna Street to the Muranów District at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto Hear entertaining facts about life in the city, before you cross the Vistula River to the Praga district after a traditional aperitif in an original Socialist era house. Get a lesson on propaganda in the form of the news, visit a bazaar where you could buy almost anything, discover an old vodka factory, and get serenaded by a famous band.

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Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

7. Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

Discover the best of Warsaw during a 3-hour guided tour on board of a retro bus Jelcz (Cucumber) or of a retro minibus Nysa, commonly used during communism in Poland. Be surprised by the contrasts of the city. Sit back and relax as your knowledgeable local guide and driver presents Warsaw’s top attractions. The tour visits the following highlights: • The Palace of Culture and Science, a remnant of the communist area • The UNESCO-listed Old Town with its square and the Warsaw Mermaid • Castle Square and the Royal Castle with its Sigismund Column • Łazienki Królewskie Royal Park from the 18th century • The monument to the Ghetto Heroes • Constitution and Piłsudski Square At the end of the tour, you will be given a shot of traditional Polish vodka.

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Private Warsaw City Tour

8. Private Warsaw City Tour

Relax and enjoy the comfort of a private city tour, at any requested hour. Tour the beautiful city of Warsaw straight from your hotel in an air-conditioned limousine, van, minibus or coach (depending on the number of persons). Don’t hesitate to provide your own suggestions for sightseeing. The guides will respect all your requests, and can change the plan according to your needs.  An example program for the 5-hour city tour might include the following.  Drive through the Warsaw City Center, during the rush hours hundreds of thousands of the Warsaw citizens are flitting between the glass skyscrapers. In the central point of the city there is the monumental Palace of the Culture and Science - the highest and probably the most characteristic building in Warsaw and Poland. You will have a chance to enjoy the view of the City from the highest viewing terrace in Warsaw located on the 30th floor. From there go to the Royal Park, and walk in the most beautiful park in Warsaw commonly known as Lazienki or 'The Baths' with its 'Palace on the Water', the lavish summer residence of the last King of Poland, Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764–95). The park is inhabited by friendly squirrels, awaiting to be fed them with hazelnuts, and proud peacocks strolling around with their huge, colorful tails. Next, go to the Royal Route, with superb aristocratic residences and famous monuments, including the Presidential Palace, Warsaw University and the Holy Cross Church with its urns containing the heart of Fryderyk Chopin. Walk through the Old Town, included on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Go sightseeing to the interiors of the Royal Castle, residence of monarchs (1596–1795), as well as the residence of the Polish President in 1918. There is also a chance to see King Sigmund's III Column- the first secular monument in Poland. St. John's Cathedral, a Gothic church and witness to some of the most important events in the history of Poland with sarcophagi containing the remains of eminent Poles. The Old Town Market Square and Barbican. Make a trip, then to the former Jewish Ghetto, the Memorial to the Heroes of the Ghetto, Umschlag Platz and the real modern work of art – the building of the Museum of the history of Polish Jews. Visit the Old Praga district, a fascinating district, overflowing with artistic studios, galleries, alternative theaters and underground clubs, where we can also find many streets which were undamaged during World War II, and so there are some beautiful pre-war lamp-posts, sidewalks and apartment blocks. On the way back there will be opportunity to see The National Stadium, the largest, state-of-the-art stadium in Poland. Winner of the 2012 CEEQA Industry Awards in category: “Building of the Year in Central and Eastern Europe”. The stadium is the venue that hosts the most important sport and cultural events in Poland. Other important places of interest include the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising.

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3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

9. 3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

On this 3-hour tour you’ll have a comfy city bike and an expert guide who’ll take you to impressive places in Warsaw. Bike through the famous Royal Route, the Old Town and get panoramic views of central Warsaw from the banks of the Vistula River. See the University Library rooftop gardens, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Palace of Culture and Science.  The duration of the tour is 3 hours and covers about 9 miles, cycling at a very relaxed pace. A break for refreshments is planned at the midpoint of the tour.

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Warsaw's Must-Sees Self-Driving Tour

10. Warsaw's Must-Sees Self-Driving Tour

Your first time in Warsaw? Or you know it but want to admire it in a different way? Try out a Fiat 126p self-drive Must-see tour. Feel the spirit Warsaw and find out more about its fascinating history while driving an iconic car of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – Fiat 126p a.k.a „Toddler”. Hop on board and just enjoy the ride while listening to our guide presenting you the best known landmarks of Warsaw The best fun way of diving into the city’s atmosphere, the architecture and to meet the people of Warsaw. Drive down the streets of Warsaw and feel like a Monte Carlo race driver in our 650cc Fiat 126p. Do you want to know how the Palace of Culture was constructed?  Visit one of the youngest Old Towns in Europe, altogether with even younger Royal Castle. See what survived the turmoil of War in Warsaw. Bow down in front of the Monument of Warsaw Uprising and know the story of this fascinating action of WW II. If you feel more adventurous drive across the river and visit Praga district – a bit darker side of the city. Drive by its pre-war buildings, feel the multiculturalism of the district, with its Catholic St. Florian’s Church next to Eastern Orthodox Church, and remains of a synagogue. Drive around former vodka factory „Koneser” and visit nearby heart of Praga – Różycki’s market. Enter the part of Warsaw with pubs, bars and cafes hidden in places known only to locals. 

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What people are saying about Palace of Culture and Science

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 458 reviews

Absolutely fascinating to hear the history of the building. A very informative tour. The only thing I would say is on the meeting point that you detail the meeting point is in the palace up the stairs, hidden on the right. We nearly missed the tour as we couldn't find the local ticket office and there are no signs in the Palace. So glad we didn't miss it! Wonderful to see sights from the viewing platform as well.

Tour was just great and our guide was funny and friendly, really great! A bit difficult to drive at the beginning but it will take your time. In between there is a short break and goes for a walk with the guide. I can only recommend it and will do it again next time !! Thanks for the great trip or experience!

Highly recommended tour with a great finish on the terrace. From there you have a beautiful view of the Polish capital.

Very knowledgeable guide. Educational in-depth learning of part of modern Polish history in live.

It was amazing, would definitely come back again and do it again