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Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

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Do something different during your time in Krakow and explore the district of Nowa Huta with a local volunteer guide. See the typical Socialist Realist architecture of the planned neighborhood, designed as a utopian city by the Communist regime.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2.5 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Polish, Russian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Krakow.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore one of the most interesting and more recent neighborhoods of Krakow
  • See the typical Socialist Realist architecture of Nowa Huta
  • Learn how the area was planned as a utopian city
  • Get up close to a Soviet tank from World War II
  • Go down to the underground shelters built in preparation for a nuclear war
Full description
Get an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car. Learn where the large statue of Lenin stood on Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), and marvel at the grandeur of Plac Centralny (Central Square). Get familiar with the history of Polish communism by taking a ride in a classic Polish car of that era and visiting bomb shelters that were built around a city in the case of World War III. Get impressive views from Centrum E and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, and then look for the shelters built to prepare for nuclear war. See the former Światowid Cinema, and visit the 13th-century Mogila Abbey and its little church of Saint Barthélemy. Learn about the legend of Queen Wanda on Wanda Mound, and discover the birthplace of the district at the Kombinat steel factory. Look at a famous sign that was altered after the fall of communism, and take photos of a Soviet tank outside the Ludowy Theater (People’s Theater). Discover the story of the Arka Pana (Lord's Ark) Church and Chapel of Conciliation and the battle the locals waged to have it built. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option, and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist apartment.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off on request
  • NGO guide
  • Transportation by classic car
  • Private tour of The History of Nowa Huta Quarter museum
  • Visit to communist apartment (if option chosen)
  • Visit to Cold War bomb shelter (if option chosen)
  • Entrance tickets to the museum
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Know before you go

  • This tour is in English, but can also be organized in Dutch, French, Italian, or Spanish if booked at least 48 hours in advance, subject to availability
  • The tour is organized by the local NGO, The Foundation of Positive Promotion of Nowa Huta
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 118 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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My guide was very knowledgeable and, more importantly, very eager to share his knowledge. I learned a lot and got to visit some very interesting sites. I loved seeing the abandoned steelworks building and the bunker. Very creepy and atmospheric! This was a great tour and I highly recommend. (Also you get to ride around in a classic Polish Fiat car which will get you lots of attention from passerby—very funny!)

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September 26, 2021

Currently visiting Krakow from the States and I’ve always found old cars fascinating. We have seen a couple Polonez in the past week, but no Lada. I reached out on Reddit for help, and I was suggested go check out Nowa Huts while visiting Krakow. After hearing this, I googled a bit about the town and Ladas. I found this tour being offered in old vintage cars, like baby Fiats but also including Ladas. It was a really cool tour and the guide picked us up and dropped us off in downtown Krakow. While we were there we even DID see a vintage Lada parked on the side of the street, a more recent model from toward the end of communism. The guide was super cool too, a Polish gentleman who had studied Russian history. With Poland’s increasing economic success coupled with their distaste for communism and it’s symbols, this is probably the closest to “Old, communist Poland” you’re going to get.

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September 1, 2021

It was a last minute call to take this tour, but we are definitely lucky to do it! Such an amazing topic, for which we had no idea about! We visited a town meant to be a communist one and you will get the chance to see the steel factory and shelters made during Cold War, from the inside! Surely, both places will soon be official museums with tons of people, so those of us who visited them without crowds and measures, are definitely privileged! Last but not least, our guide! A great, young man with so much knowledge on the context and such enthusiasm!! Loved the whole experience and I strongly recommend it!

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August 17, 2021

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