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Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

1. Krakow: City Pass Krakow Card

Explore Krakow at your own pace and according to your own personal interests with a 1-, 2-, or 3-day City Card. Get access to 40 museums and monuments. Learn more about the World War II hero Oscar Schindler at the Oscar Schindler Factory. Visit the Eagle Pharmacy in the former ghetto, and learn how the Holocaust impacted on Krakow’s Jews. Go to the Main Market Square Underground Museum and encounter vampires. See a traditional bourgeois house, and hear the trumpet signal at the Gothic brick church of St. Mary’s Basilica. A full list of museums will be attached to your City Pass, and to make getting from sight to sight easier, your card also comes with unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, day and night! The museums included in the City Pass, are as follows: Oskar's Schindler Factory Main Market Underground Museum  Pharmacy "Under Eagle" Town Hall Tower St. Mary’s Church Former Gestapo Headquarter at Pomorska Street The Old Synagogue  The National Museum  The Gallery of 19th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice The Main Building The Szołayski House The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace The Princess Czartoryski Museum  The Jan Matejko House The Józef Mehoffer House The Barbican The Old Synagogue The Hipolitów House History of Nowa Huta Branch City Defence Walls The Zwierzyniec Artistic Salon Museum of Archeology St. Albert’s Church The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum Krakow Museum of Urban Engineering Museum of The Photography The Archdiocese Museum Krakow Polish Aviation Museum Mloda Polska Museum – Rydlówka – PTTK Museum History of the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy Museum Galicia Jewish Museum Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK) Museum of the Home Army – dedicated Gen. Emil Fieldorf "Nil" EUROPEUM The European Culture Centre The Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum

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Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

2. 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 today and visit one of the eight oval corner staircases which are located in both buildings

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From Krakow: Nowa Huta Premium Tour

3. 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 first church built in Nowa Huta. Last but not least, you will be able to see real Soviet IS-2 tanks in front of Museum of the Armed Act which is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Nowa Huta. The tour is around 3 hours long and after, you will be taken back directly to your hotel.

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Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

4. 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 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.

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Krakow: 2.5-Hour Crazy Communism Tour by Trabant

5. Krakow: 2.5-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 2.5-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 the local 1950s shop with unique, traditional tacky souvenirs, truly Socialist interior design, and a small exhibition of real-life communist items

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

6. 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.

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Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

7. Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

Journey back into Kraków’s past with a guided tour of the Nowa Huta neighborhood. Explore Nowa Huta, a district which was built to display the ideal of a communist city. Despite being intended as an ode to Stalinism, the district became a meeting point for anti-communists and a hub for the solidarity movement. After being picked up from your accommodations in Kraków, your tour will being at the enormous Central Square (Plac Centralny). The buildings surrounding the square are a museum of communist architectural styles. See the spot where a monument to Lenin once stood. Visit a local bar for a shot of vodka. Continue to the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and explore exhibitions depicting Nowa Huta’s history. See an atomic bunker and artifacts that were planned to be used should World War III suddenly break out. Take photos in front of a real Russian tank that was left in Nowa Huta after the war. Learn about the intricate system of underground shelters devised by Soviet architects. Stop by at the Ark of the Lord Church, a symbol of Kraków’s long fight for freedom and democracy, which was built by residents entirely by hand.

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Krakow: 4-Hour Communism Deluxe Tour by Trabant

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

Enjoy an extended Communism tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district on this tour 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 iron curtain.

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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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Krakow: Private Guided Tour with Transportation

10. Krakow: Private Guided Tour with Transportation

Meet your guide to start a private tour of Krakow's best highlights. Start by exploring Nowa Huta, and admire the massive blocks of communist-era apartment blocks. See Central Square in the middle of this section of the city designed according to the ideals of socialist architecture. You'll also discover where Lenin used to take regular walks. Next, explore Kosciuszko’s Mound. From the top of the hill, you will see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. Stroll through an exhibition telling the secrets of this well-known fort. Hear about important periods in the history of Poland. Continue following the guide to reach Wawel Hill. Listen to stories about Polish kings during medieval times. Admire the royal residence of the Wawel Castle. Go inside Wawel Cathedral, where the kings of Poland were crowned and laid to rest. Visit the Old Town, where your guide will show you around the huge Market Square, the Town Hall Tower, the historic Cloth Hall, and the monuments of Mickiewicz and Eros. See the impressive St. Mary’s Basilica built in the gothic style. Pass by one of the world's oldest universities, the Jagiellonian University. Finally arrive at the former Jewish District. Take in the architecture, the cute narrow alleys, and the laid back coffee shops. Visit the Tempel Synagogue and admire its architecture. Your guide will tell you stories about this area and show you hidden gems known only by locals.

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What people are saying about Nowa Huta

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 489 reviews

Absolutely brilliant and a must do in Krakow. Mateusz is an amazing guide and such a lovely person. We really enjoyed our time being driven around in a Lada and learning about the history. Mateusz is so knowledgable and passionate about the city and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. To anyone interested in the history of Poland or someone who has previously been to Krakow I would thoroughly recommend this tour. My dad said it was the best tour he has ever been on. Next time we’re in Krakow we’ll definitely be contacting Mateusz! Dziękuję

We had a great time exploring the Administration Buildings of the steelworks and underground shelter in Nowa Huta with our guide Mateusz. The buildings are a great reflection a historical period and definitely worth seeing to further undertstand the history of steelworks and Nowa Huta. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging throughout and spoke excellent English. Being picked up in an original retro car was a real treat and made the trip even more memorable.

It has been an absolutely fantastic trip with our private guide Matthaus. He has a formidable knowledge of Nova Huta and communist history and speaks perfect and easy-to-understand English. A trip everyone who comes to Krakow should give themselves

Really enjoyable tour with great information. Great for those who enjoy recent history. Guide was great

Really fascinating and enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.