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The Palace of Culture and Science Posted by on Feb 26, 2012 in Culture, Geography, Places to visit, Science, travel

The Palace of Culture and Science (Pałac Kultury i Nauki) is one of Warsaw’s most recognizable buildings, but did you know that it was also one of the city’s largest conference venues?

The Palace of Culture and Science is possibly one of the Polish capital’s most iconic buildings. Originally a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland, it took just three years to build, and was opened in 1955. Its modern and comfortable offices are now the headquarters of several banks, insurance companies, research institutions and the Polish Academy of Sciences, and it is a popular choice of international firms setting up an office in Poland.

Also one of the city’s most prominent conference venues, each year sees hundreds of events taking place at the Palace of Culture and Science. The venue can hold up to 4, 500 delegates in total, with the largest congress hall holding over 2, 800. Don’t worry if you are planning a smaller event however, as there is also a selection of smaller rooms and suites which are ideal for training sessions and networking events.

When it comes to technical capabilities, the Palace of Culture and Science is equipped with a fully integrated sound system and a wireless internet connection which simultaneously connects a network of several thousand computer terminals. The latest audio-visual equipment is also available, and there is a team of technicians on hand to make sure that your presentation runs without any technical hitches.

Housed within the Palace of Culture and Science is the decadently decorated Congress Hall (Sala Kongresowa), one of Warsaw’s most prestigious venues. It comprises of a large amphitheatre, balconies and boxes, and can hold over 2, 800 guests. The expansive foyer is spacious enough to host a banquet or an exhibition, and there are several smaller rooms which will accommodate up to 20 guests – perfect for VIP hospitality. As well as high-profile corporate events, the Congress Hall is also the venue of large-scale concerts – a whole host of international acts have graced its stage including the Rolling Stones back in 1967 and Tori Amos, Kraftwerk and Dionne Warwick in recent years.

Smaller rooms within the Palace can be adapted and set up depending on the needs of the client, and there is a team of experienced event managers on hand to assist with planning and ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day.

With its classical columns, large marble staircases, crystal chandeliers and other ornate details, the exceptionally luxurious interior of the Palace of Culture and Science provides a unique backdrop to any conference or event.

Even if you are not attending a conference or an event, it is still worth paying a visit to the Palace of Culture and Science; take the high-speed lift up to the thirtieth floor, which is open to the public, and enjoy amazing panoramic views of the city!

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.