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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.

Warsaw: Helicopter Private Tour

2. Warsaw: Helicopter Private Tour

See the monument of Chopin, Belvedere Palace, and Palace of Culture and Science with a bird's eye view. Discover the historical sights of Warsaw with a private helicopter ride. Be picked up from your hotel at the very beginning of the trip and go straight to Konstancin-Jeziorna. The flight route leads you along the Vistula river so you will have a perfect look at Wilanow Palace, National Stadium, Świętokrzyski Bridge, and Palace of Science and Culture. Learn about the history of Warsaw during the 30-minute ride with your guide. Have a chance to take a short look at the historical sights of Warsaw such as the Palace of Science and Culture and the Royal Route. After landing, be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and a transfer back to your hotel accommodation.

3-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Warsaw

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

5. Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

Do you like visiting cities on a bus but not listening to a taped story on headphones? Then go for an amazing live-guided tour with style. A classic bus Jelcz 043, better known as “Cucumber,” and one of the most iconic communist-era vehicles will take you for a ride in Warsaw. A guide on-board will comment on the objects you will pass and tell you more on a walk around certain stops. On this tour, you will see the most popular landmarks of the city and hear fascinating stories about them. During this 2.5-hour tour, see the most important sights of Warsaw. The tour starts at the Palace of Culture and Science from where you will set off to Royal Park Łazienki. At this stop, you will find out who and when this place was established. Why was it popular to visit on Thursdays in the 18th century? Why should you bring nuts when you come here? On this walk, you will see a statue of Frederic Chopin, the Palace on the Isle and an 18th-century amphitheater. After a walk with the guide, the “Cucumber” bus will pick you up and drive you to the Old Town where you will see a city reconstructed from scratch. Get to know who the man on the column in the Castle Square is. What and why it is the symbol of the city? What is the most “romantic” place in Warsaw? During the walk, you will see the Royal Castle Square with Sigismund's Column, the Old Town Market Square, Cathedral of St. John, a statue of the Warsaw Mermaid and the Barbican. From the Old Town, you will return to the Palace of Culture and Science to hear the history of this controversial building and to finish the tour. The tour takes place every Saturday at 2 PM14:00. It starts by the main entrance of the Palace of Culture and Science. Just look for a big retro bus in front.

Warsaw: Communist History Self-Driving Tour

6. Warsaw: Communist History Self-Driving Tour

Jump in and drive an iconic Fiat 126p "Toddler” around Warsaw yourself while you learn about communist history in Poland from your guide. You'll see the most important landmarks like the Palace of Culture and Science,  the house of The Polish Communist Party, and the communist housing districts. Visit the Palace of Culture and Science, the hulking symbol of Warsaw’s communist era, and learn more about its construction, listen to stories from its past, and discover why it's called "Stalin’s Gift." As you drive, your guide will share entertaining facts about life during the communist era, how it has changed since, and what it means to be Polish today. See the Stalin-era architecture of Constitution Square, a unique and representative communist housing district. Hear fascinating stories about the House of Communist Party and find out what is it used for today. Discover the communist-era housing blocks of the Muranów district. On this tour, you'll feel the atmosphere of communist Warsaw. At the end of the tour you will have a chance to try traditional Polish vodka (18+ only).

Warsaw: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

7. Warsaw: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

On this unique trip through the legacy of Polish socialism, you will explore Warsaw in a Nysa 522, an original socialist-style van. You will be picked up from your hotel before starting the tour around the places in Warsaw connected with the socialist past, where you can experience this era in Polish history for yourself. The tour starts at Plac Konstytucji (Constitution Square), the first square ever to be built especially for the working people. Here you will feel the propaganda of the socialist era before heading on to the Ministry of Agriculture, where you will have the chance to learn about the utopian plans of the post-war city reconstruction. The next stop on the tour is at the Palace of Culture and Science, where you can learn about this gift from “Uncle” Stalin. You will then continue on to the very heart of socialism, the old seat of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party. You will also visit a typical housing estate and enter a flat furnished in the socialist style. Here you will be invited to taste a typical refreshment of the workers from the socialist era – a shot of vodka and a slice of bread with lard and pickles. Not only will you see how people used to live during the socialist era, you will also have a unique opportunity to watch the post-1950s propaganda films.

Warsaw: Off the Beaten Path Tour

8. Warsaw: Off the Beaten Path Tour

Go on an adventure through history on a tour of Warsaw. Ride in an original Polish socialistic car, the Nysa 522, as you travel all across the city, learning about various historical facts and seeing the most important sites related to the socialist era. Experience the bygone era of socialism through the typical blocks of flats, monumental palaces, squares, and sculptures. See the different faces of Warsaw: from the yards of XIX-century tenement houses to Constitution Square, the Palace of Culture and Science, Próżna street, Muranów District, and pre-war Praga on the other side of the river. As you travel along, your tour guide will entertain you with facts and anecdotes about life in Warsaw. Meanwhile, you will get a lesson on socialist propaganda in the form of news. In Praga, you will see unconventional sites: from a bazaar, where you could buy almost anything, or to the quiet Jewish cemetery. See an old Vodka factory, and finally visit a famous local band, who will play a song just for you.

Warsaw: Guided City Tour in a Retro Bus or Minibus

9. 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.

Warsaw: Private Vodka Tasting Night with Snacks and Pickup

10. Warsaw: Private Vodka Tasting Night with Snacks and Pickup

If you prefer knowing the country by its liquors and the city by its bars, then this is what you need! Get into a retro Fiat 125p and prepare for an unforgettable night ride In Warsaw. Go on a city sightseeing tour with vodka tasting! On this ride, visit two different bars and the Polish Vodka Museum, where you will taste around 12 different types of vodkas. For the whole time you are accompanied by a driver-guide who helps you understand Polish culture, customs and cuisine. And no worries about transportation, no need to call a taxi, no waiting for public transport or walking unnecessary miles and getting lost! You have your private chauffeur-guide! Start by being picked-up from your hotel, where you already get something for starters! A shot of Polish herbal vodka to start this vodka night. Get on board your vehicle – a yellow retro cabby from communist times which takes you to the to the first stop – the Polish Vodka Museum which is located on the other side of Warsaw, so to get there, you ride through amazingly picturesque downtown and cross Vistula river with one of the spectacular bridges. Here, in the Museum you will be familiarized with the process of vodka production, raw materials used for it and also its various flavours. After an informative tour of the museum you will have the opportunity to taste three different types of polish vodka in a special service sector. Next, is a bohemian bar in Praga district, which for a long time has been considered a dark side of the city and its mysterious atmosphere still has an impact on people. But are there reasons for it? If you want to find out where to get forged documents, what was cultural, folklore and a business heart of Warsaw and is still a shady place, just take your shots and enjoy the story. On your way to the next bar, have a small stop-for-shot by the Palace of Culture and Science, the most recognizable landmark of Warsaw and symbol of Polish communism. Its colorful illumination is different every day and makes you raise your head and gaze in amazement. Palace is right in the heart of Downtown and your guide will tell you about its fascinating history and  incredible surroundings The final stop is in Muranów district. Here, in a bar dating back to the 60s’ enjoy the atmosphere, spirits and some snacks. The guide will tell you about the fascinating, yet harsh communist times in Warsaw and in Poland, the staff will tell you a fascinating story about the place and a beautiful neon will help you feel like you are in the streets of communist Warsaw. After end of this tour you can be either dropped at your hotel or enjoy the rest of the night going wild in some more Warsaw pubs! 

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What people are saying about Palace of Culture and Science

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 555 reviews

Our guide, Gawel, was terrific. He spoke English well, covered many sites with interesting and memorable facts, and made our trip to Warsaw extra special

Friendly driver and guide! Amazing and awesome retro bus, super bouncy. Just a really great way to see a bit and learn a little about Polands history.

Our guide was very informative and took the time to share so much of his knowledge of Warsaw. Highly recommend.

Interestesning stories, guided tour is much better experience than going only to viewing terrace.

super guide. spoke superb english.super informative..highly reccomend..thank you for super trip