The best places to see Warsaw from the top
Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, has plenty of amazing attractions to offer, including stunning monuments, which witnessed some of the most significant events in the history of Poland, and inquisitive museums, which can satisfy anyone, no matter what they’re interested in. However, if you look at Warsaw from the top, you’ll be able to get a brand new perspective at this magnificent city. In this article, you will be able to read about several excellent places, where you’ll be able to admire Warsaw from the top.
The observation terrace of the Palace of Culture and Science
The observation terrace of the Palace of Culture and Science offers an unforgettable view at the panorama of Warsaw. The building has two towers, which can lift visitors all the way up to the 30th floor, at the height of 114 meters.
The Palace of Culture and Science is located at 1 Defilad square, and its 30th floor is divided into 3 parts:
- an observation terrace with a magnificent view at the Panorama of Warsaw
- an inside gallery
- the main room, known as the Gothic room, which is the highest located, public room of the Palace of Culture and Science.
If you want to get to this observation tower, you’ll have to purchase a ticket. A normal ticket costs 20 PLN per person, and a reduced ticket costs 15 PLN.
The observation tower in the belfry of st. Anna’s church
The belfry of st. Anna’s church might not be an impresively high object, but it is still one of the most frequently visited observation points in Warsaw. It is located at 66/68 Krakowskie Przedmiescie, not far from the Castle Square, which is considered the tourist center o Warsaw.
The entrance to this observation tower costs only 6 PLN, or 5 PLN, if you purchase a reduced ticket.
The Krakowskie Przedmiescie district, which is the location of st. Anna’s church, was going through rapid development since the late 14th century when the so-called „Old Warsaw” turned out to be too tight for the people migrating to the city. After World War II, a decision was made to reconstruct the belfry. In 1949, it was good as new, although it didn’t have any bells right away.
The Rooftop Garden in the Library of the University of Warsaaw
The extremely popular Rooftop Garden in the Library of the University of Warsaw is one of the most interesting buildings in Poland, located at 56/66 Dobra street. Its most impressive aspect is a combination of raw concrete and lush vegetation, which grows around the facade of the Library. Inside, visitors can enjoy am enormous collection of books and magazines from all around the world, and outside, they can stroll around the university garden, which is a genuine masterpiece of landscape architecture.
If you want to visit the garden, you have to purchase a ticket. A normal ticket costs 12 PLN, and a reduced ticket can be purchased by students and employees of the University of Warsaw, as well as children under the age of 7 and assistants of disabled people at a price of 6 PLN per person.
Gora Gnojna is an elevation located at the Vistula escarpment in the Old Town of Warsaw, between the departures of Celna and Dawna streets.
In the beginnig, this elevation was a garbage dump. It was a source of stinky fumes, as well as a hatchery of rats, and a threat of intoxication of nearby waters. In 1844, the garbage dump was shut down. In 1923, a huge complex of residential buildings was constructed at Gora Gnojna.
Between 1962 and 1968, an archaeological research was organized in this area, which helped people discover many curious information about the life of people, who lived in Warsaw in the past. In 2007, Gora Gnojna was secured from further deformation, and it currently fulfills the function of an observation terrace.