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Warsaw: Palace of Culture & Warsaw City Center Private Tour

1. Warsaw: Palace of Culture & Warsaw City Center Private Tour

You'll begin your tour at the Palace of Culture and Science which was built in 1955. During the tour, you'll have a chance to learn the history of the Polish People's Republic (PRL) and its influence on Warsaw and Poland. Your private guide will accompany you to the 30th-floor observation terrace to point out landmarks and answer questions as you admire the breathtaking view over Warsaw from 114 meters above the ground. Then, you'll head out to explore some of the communist era sites in Warsaw's city center including Kino Relax.

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

2. 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: 3-Hour Communism Tour in an Original Socialist Van

3. 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: Helicopter Private Tour

4. 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

5. 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's Must-Sees Self-Driving Tour

6. 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. 

Warsaw: Communist History Self-Driving Tour

7. 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).

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.

Warsaw: Private Tour by Communist Van

9. 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.

Warsaw: Highlights Guided Retro Bus Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Palace of Culture and Science

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based on 596 reviews

Educational and informative! The guide squeezed in a lot of information within a small.space of 45mins trip. I learnt a lot about the history of Warsaw and this impressive bundling. The helicopter view of the city from terrace was exquisite. I took plenty of pics even though it was damm freezing cold!

Our tour was perfect. Jacek, was on time, friendly and we enjoyed our time with him very much. I look forward to coming back to Warsaw in the summer to further explore your beautiful city. I would recommend your tour company and Jacek any time.

Jacek our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, not just around the Communist period but Polish history in general. The tour was fantastic and Jacek is a born entertainer!

Very impressive! Nice to have a look inside the building, our guide told some interesting stories and facts. The view from the terrace is amazing. I was there at night.

Really enjoyed this tour: the tour guide was quite informative and it was interesting seeing how the palace is being put to use in this day and age