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Warsaw From Above

Rise up (way up) and see Warsaw from a whole new perspective! This is your chance to view the city from above with multiple sky-high stops. Catch a panoramic view over the Vistula River surrounded by a rooftop garden, see the sights from the highest observation point in town, explore the city alongside a local guide and enjoy a coffee and pastry along the way.

Every year, skyscrapers pop up in Warsaw like mushrooms. The city is developing rapidly, but at the same time, you can still find a mix of architecture that combines pre-war tenement houses with socialist realism buildings, plus modern tower blocks — and that’s all just in one city quarter, downtown Warsaw!

Start your adventure with a visit to the icon of Warsaw: The Palace of Culture and Science that was a gift from “Uncle” Stalin to the Polish nation. The building stands in the middle of the city and remains the central point of downtown Warsaw. It is also where you can catch a wonderful skyline view that showcases the magnitude of the Polish capital. You will head up to the 30th floor (your entrance ticket is included in the tour price) so you can see this panoramic view. You can also spot some of the major attractions of the city from here, giving you a great overview for the rest of your sightseeing.

Back on street level, see locals run from one place to another. This is the neighbourhood where offices, institutions, shops and restaurants dominate. It is the very heart of the city. Can you feel it beating?

From way up high, you will then go underground and catch the metro. Believe it or not, Warsaw has only one and a half metro lines. If you are wondering why, your local guide will fill you in while passing by the unique underground op-art gallery.

Back above ground you will find yourself in a totally different surrounding. Birds chirping, the sounds of water, music from floating bars – welcome to the Vistula River Boulevards – a vibrant summer spot that locals love.

This is also where you will greet the guardian of Warsaw, the legendary Mermaid statue whose face tells the tragic story of a real young woman named Krystyna Krahelska from the time of the Second World War.

Before you climb up to two more viewpoints, stop for some coffee and a pastry with stunning views over the Vistula River. Many historical and beautiful Polish towns are situated along this river, starting from Kraków and finishing with Gdańsk on the seaside. In Warsaw, you are exactly in the middle of its flow. The possibility to escape from the buzz of downtown into the fresh air and nature makes the banks of the river a summer epicenter of Varsovian life (both during the day and at night).

Passing the Copernicus Science Center and the Modern Art Museum you will reach our destination: the Warsaw University Library with its unique rooftop garden. Here you will have one more chance to take great pictures of Warsaw from above and wander through the refreshing greenery. Relaxing with a good book in this serene setting is an absolute pleasure, so you can stay here if you want, or your guide can show you the best places nearby for lunch.

Experience Includes

  • Admire spectacular views of Warsaw’s skyline from several viewpoints.
  • Enjoy a morning coffee and a pastry with views of Vistula River.
  • Compare Warsaw’s loud and hectic downtown with the relaxed vibe of the Vistula Boulevards.
  • Local English-speaking guide.
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
  • Metro ticket and entrance ticket to the viewpoint are included.

Experience Excludes

  • Additional food and drinks.
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping.
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide.
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off.

Departs

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Departure location

Corner of al. Jerozolimskie 65/79 and Emilii Plater street (under the roof of Marriott Hotel facing Warsaw Central Railway station building).

Start times

10.00am

Duration

3 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • As it may be windy while visiting the vantage points, please have a sweater or extra layer with you.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Group size limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience.
  • You must present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you will be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Your tour ends at Warsaw University Library’s Rooftop Garden..