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
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.
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Bell Tower at St. Anna’s Church
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.
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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.
Old Town, ulica Brzozowa
Roof Garden at the University of Warsaw Library
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.
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Warsaw Rising Museum Tower
The museum is dominated by a 32-meter high tower, with its side bearing the symbol of ‘Battling Warsaw’ (Polska Walczaca). From the tower is a vast panorama of the city and the nearby Wola area; guests get to the top of the tower by panoramic lift.
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Museum of Warsaw
Climb the historic staircase to the fifth, top floor of one of the townhouses that make up the Museum of Warsaw. Admire the picturesque panorama of the Old Town and the Old Town Square, surrounded by colourful townhouses, where groups of tourists stroll around.
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Norblin Factory is one of the legacies of former industrial Wola. Once you have strolled around the revitalised site and enjoyed its attractions, climb up to the viewing terrace, which offers a magnificent view of the former factory and the skyscrapers of Warsaw’s city centre.
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Copernicus Science Centre – roof garden
Open from May to October, the roof of the Copernicus Science Centre is like being on a different planet. Stroll along the sun-warmed alleys and admire the dozens of thermophilic plant species there. Reach further afield and marvel at the green Vistula shoreline created by nature.
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To admire the magnificent panorama of Old Powązki against the backdrop of Warsaw’s skyscrapers, be sure to go to the roof of the Forest building on the site of a former lace factory. The terrace is open daily from March to the end of October from 6 am to 9 pm. The most beautiful views unfold at the end of October when the trees at Old Powązki turn yellow and gold.
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Warsaw Uprising Mound
This artificial elevation (with a height of 120 m) was built from the rubble left after Warsaw was almost totally destroyed in WWII. At its peak is a monument which is reached by climbing 400 steps. During commemorative ceremonies of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, a fire burns at the top of the mound, in somber remembrance of the city’s dramatic resistance against Hitler’s occupying troops.
The picturesque, double-decker Gdański Bridge is a major attraction in itself. However, when you stand at its Praga end and look towards the Vistula, a wonderful picture painted by nature and man appears before your eyes. It features the Vistula River and boulevards in the foreground, with the Old Town and skyscrapers in the background.
The bridge is a long way from the city centre, so the best way to get there is by bike. The cycle path on the north side of the bridge offers a postcard-perfect view – the gently curving Vistula creates the illusion that the centre of Warsaw rises straight out of the river.
The hill, formed from the rubble of Warsaw’s destruction during World War II, is the highest point in the capital. Climb to the top of it or use the ski slope’s artificial lift and you’ll be treated to a magnificent panorama of the city centre.