Lesser Poland
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  • Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

    1. Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

    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 ...

    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!)

  • Krakow: 3-Hour Crazy Communism Tour by Trabant

    2. Krakow: 3-Hour Crazy Communism Tour by Trabant

    The Berlin Wall may have fallen and the Iron Curtain cracked, but many of communism's most famous legacies are alive and well in Krakow. On this 3-hour tour you’ll travel in a vintage Trabant automobile on a visit to Krakow's Socialist district of Nowa Huta, complete with steelworks and houses built in the Soviet Realist style. This unique project was meant to be a model communist city, but later came to be one of the centers of revolution and resistance within Poland. During the tour you’ll travel back in time to experience the wonders of this one-of-a-kind city. Not only will you discover what life was like under communism, you’ll hear all sorts of interesting stories. Your laid-back local guide will certainly bring the 'good old days' back to life! The Communism Tour includes walking around the district and refreshments in an old-fashioned restaurant. There's also a short visit to...

    Fantastic value for money. Our guide Klaudia was excellent. Her knowledge of the area we visited, her professionalism and her positive energy all helped make this such a enjoyble tour. We loved learning from her about life under communism in Poland and driving round in a Trabant was great fun and I felt safe at all times!

  • Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

    3. Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

    If you visiting Krakow do not forget to visit Nowa Huta! Find your guide and go to this perfect socialist city of the 50s. Expand your adventure to visit the partially abandoned steelworks that still works. Together with your guide go to explore two almost twin buildings and find out the differences between them. Go through the underground tunnel connecting the two buildings and see how bomb shelters looked in the second half of the 50's. Visit the majestic entrance hall, resembling the renaissance staircase and rooms where expensive and solid ornamental stones were used to satisfy the aesthetic senses of the directors of the plant. Visit the director's executive offices and the corner offices of the engineers. Check out how the radio control room and radio station works, and listen to authentic tapes recorded here! See the theater hall in the workers building, which is also used tod...

    Our 90 minute experience of Nowa Huta was a fantastic tour that was made incredibly interesting by our amazing guide Mateusz. Mateusz made the tour fun as well as informative, adding funny anecdotes about his grandma and her experience during the communist era as well as answering every question we had with great knowledge. Firstly, we toured the abandoned steelworks administration building, walking through former offices containing relics from the Lenin era. We then went down to the underground bunker and explored the various communication rooms and living quarters. Our tour was great and would definitely recommend to anyone staying in and around Krakow to visit this hidden gem! We think the abandoned building should also be made into a museum!

  • From Krakow: Nowa Huta Premium Tour

    4. From Krakow: Nowa Huta Premium Tour

    Time travel to an ideal socialist city and see Krakow from a new perspective. Visit Krakow’s biggest district, built in the 1950’s as socialist utopian city, and discover what it looks like today. During your tour, you will be picked up directly from your hotel in a comfortable car and driven to Nowa Huta district where an English speaking guide will be waiting for you. Firstly, see Plac Centralny (Central Square) which is today’s center of Nowa Huta. Learn about the district’s history and how it was developed between 1949 and 1989. Be guided on a walk through Aleja Roz (Avenue of Roses) where you will learn about the architecture of the district. See Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks and spend some time wandering through offices before your guide takes you to a secret underground tunnel. Back on the ground, head to Arka Pana (Lord’s Ark) Church which was the fir...

    It was a really interesting day! It seems that we used a time machine... we literally relieved the history, in particular when we visited the bunker: the passion of the guide let us enjoy a lot our visit

  • Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour

    5. Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour

    Can you imagine sharing your bathroom with a fish for a week? Or standing ten hours in a queue to buy toilet paper? Or simply waiting in front of a closed shop until 1:00 PM, with a terrible hangover, before you could buy a beer? Poland after the Second World War was one of the communist countries where terror and sorrow was mixed with the comic and the absurd. On this tour you will explore Nowa Huta, the city which was a communist paradise, and at the same time a fortress, prepared to defend its citizens in case of an attack on the Soviet Bloc from the West. And it is here where you have a unique chance to see modern houses and squares built according to plans by Leonardo da Vinci. You'll also experience the taste of vodka and herring, admire the size of the Steelworks Complex, and see the church that was a symbol of freedom.

  • Krakow: 4-Hour Communism Deluxe Tour by Trabant

    6. Krakow: 4-Hour Communism Deluxe Tour by Trabant

    Enjoy an extended Communism tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district on this 4.5-hour trip by vintage Trabant motor car; icon of the Socialist era of the Iron Curtain. Discover nuclear bunkers and stop for lunch at a classic Milk Bar, and try pickled cucumbers with traditional shots of vodka and more. All customers are equal; but some are more equal than others! If you fancy yourself as more of a Communist bigwig than an everyday Socialist worker, then this upgraded version of a standard Communism tour of Krakow goes beyond a mere sighsteeing tour of Nowa Huta to include lunch at an old-school Milk Bar canteen. Kick back with a rare opportunity to sample pickled cucumbers served with a shot of vodka. Be wowed by a guided visit to the original Cold War nuclear bunker at the former Lenin Steelworks. Marvel at real-life Communist items in a 1950s shop, as you enjoy this journey back behind the...

    This was such a fun and informative tour. Loved the wee Trabi! Everything about this tour is so different and fun and it can be tailored to any specific requests.

  • Krakow: UAZ Soviet Army Car Ride to Nowa Huta and Shelters

    7. Krakow: UAZ Soviet Army Car Ride to Nowa Huta and Shelters

    Experience the atmosphere of the Cold War as you travel to the planned socialist city of Nowa Huta, the former location of the Vladimir Lenin Steelworks. Jump onboard a real Soviet 8-seater to be transported to Nowa Huta, which was envisioned as an ideal utopian city. Feel the excitement as you head underground to a command bunker specially constructed in case of a total war with the USA and NATO. Learn fascinating stories from a professional guide about the secret facility, which only opened to the public relatively recently. Take snaps of yourself next to a real World War 2 tank on your way back to Krakow, and come away with memorable stories to share.

  • Krakow: Communist Era Walking Tour in Nowa Huta

    8. Krakow: Communist Era Walking Tour in Nowa Huta

    Step back in time to communist Poland after the Second World War on this guided walking tour in Nowa Huta. Discover the city that was once a communist paradise and at the same time a fortress, prepared to defend its citizens in case of an attack.

    Can you imagine sharing your bathroom with a fish for a week? Or standing ten hours in a queue to buy toilet paper? Or simply waiting in front of a closed shop until 1:00 PM, with a terrible hangover, before you could buy a beer?

    During the tour, learn about these realities of everyday life in communist Poland while visiting the most significant places of the recent past. Hear about a time when terror and sorrow were mixed with seemingly comedic and absurd situations.

    See modern houses and squares created according to Leonardo da Vinci’s plans, admire the ...

  • Krakow: Private Guided Tour to Nowa Huta Communism District

    9. Krakow: Private Guided Tour to Nowa Huta Communism District

    Enjoy a visit to a place you have probably never seen before. Learn the history of Nowa Huta, an authentic, Soviet-built district in Krakow.  Learn about the most important places like Plac Centralny (central square), Kombinat (a metal factory that was built in 1954), People's Theatre, and even a real Soviet tank.  Additionally, there is a chance of visiting bomb shelters that had been built in case of the outbreak of WWIII or nuclear war.  Get familiar with everyday life in Poland starting from 1950 all the way until 1989 when communism has fallen.  Enjoy amazing views and create an unforgettable experience.

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What people are saying about Lesser Poland

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

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.

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!

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!)

Excellent! Excellent!! Excellent!!! I can not add anything else to the positive comments already listed here! This experience is a must!!

Great tour really interesting and very knowledgeable guide would highly recommend