Warsaw is located on the flat ground of Mazovian Lowland, meaning that there is a lack of natural vantage points from which you can get an unimpaired view of the city. Thankfully, for those who wish to see Warsaw from a great height, there are many specially constructed places to scale and admire the view - such as the 30th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, the tower of the Warsaw Rising Museum or one of the city's man-made hills.
Palace of Culture and Science - Viewing terrace 'The Thirtieth Floor'
Plac Defilad 1
May - August: Mon - Thu, Sun 9 am - 8 pm; Fri, Sat 9 am - 11.30 pm
September - April: Mon - Sun 9 am - 6 pm
regular - 20 PLN, reduced - 15 PLN;
group (more than 10 persons) - 15 PLN/person + free entrance for a guide/chaperone;
group of schoolchildren (more than 10 persons) - 15 PLN/person + free entrance for a guide/chaperone;
Varsovian (for Warsaw City Card holders) - 17 PLN/person
family (for Large Family Card holders) - 12 PLN/person
Viewing Terrace by Night (in summer season) - 22 PLN/person
The terrace viewpoint is on the 30th floor, at a height of 114 m, which is reached by modern elevator. From here, you can admire a truly panoramic view of Warsaw, even at night. More information
Bell Tower at St. Anna's Church
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 68, tel. 22 374 94 84
May - October: Mon.-Fri. 10 am-9 pm, Sat.-Sun. 11 am-10 pm
October - May: Mon.-Fri. 10 am-6 pm, Sat.-Sun. 11 am-6 pm
Admission: regular - 5 PLN, reduced - 4 PLN
The bell tower stands next to Plac Zamkowy, and offers one of the prettiest views of the Old Town and the east side of Warsaw. 150 stone steps lead up to the viewing point. More information
ul. Brzozowa, Stare Miasto
From the Middle Ages to the second half of the 18th century, this was a waste dump, but today it is a man-made hill with a terrace. The view extends from the right side of the Vistula River and goes very far east.
Roof Garden at the University of Warsaw Library
ul. Dobra 56/66
1st May - 30th September: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-8 pm
April and October: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-6 pm
November - March: Mon.-Sun. 8 am-3 pm (no entry to the rooftop)
One of the most beautiful roof gardens in Europe, it's here that you can admire a panorama which includes the Świętokrzyski Bridge and the Vistula River. A great place for photographers. More information about the garden and the BUW building.