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Warsaw

Like a powerful old giant, the Palace of Culture and Science looms between modem skyscrapers in downtown Warsaw. The enormous building, built in the classical socialist style, was finished in 1955 and then as now comprises 3,288 rooms and 42 storeys. For many years, it was regarded unfavourably as a power symbol of the almost 45-year-long Russian oppression. In the meantime, however, it has become a tourist magnet and also houses a cinema, theatre, congress hall, and museums for the local population. An absolute highlight is the observation deck on the 30th floor. From a height of 374 feet (114m) you have a wonderful overview of the city and can also dine in the Panorama Restaurant.