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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 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.

Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

2. 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.

Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

3. Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

Experience the simple pleasures of biking along the lazy Vistula River, and through the colorful streets of Krakow on an informative communism-themed bike tour. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness.  Start at the tour operator's shop in the city center of Krakow, and get kitted out with a bike and all necessary equipment. Ride northeast along a brand new bike path heading towards the district of Nowa Huta, which literally means 'the new mill' due to its history as a steel milling hub during the communist era.  Make your first major stop at the old airbase that divided Nowa Huta from Krakow. From there, ride along the airstrip and enter Nowa Huta from the north side. Visit the church of Our Lord's Ark, shaped like a boat that helped defy Poland's uprising against communist rule. Enter inside to marvel at the religious art mixed with relics of socialism. From there, wind your way through the labyrinth of streets sprinkled with communist housing developments before riding along a lake past Nowa Huta's recreational center. Admire the intuitive urban design of the area that made Nowa Huta an ideal example of the proletariats city. After a few minutes, arrive at Lenin's steel mill plant, that led to the creation of Nowa Huta, the city built to house its workers. Stop for lunch at a traditional milk bar still running since the times of Joseph Stalin. After this, ride through Ronald Reagan square and return to the starting point via bike path along the river.


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What people are saying about Our Lady Queen of Poland Church

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 128 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

I really enjoyed my time on this activity! Mateusz was super friendly, helpful and really knowledgable of the history in Krakow. It felt like a mini adventure travelling in a car you really wont normally get to travel in and to explore somewhere outside of the main city. If you love history, learning something new and want something a bit different I would highly recommend this to anyone! I geeked out on the architecture, old style of equipment and furniture a lot :)

Fantastic tour with a guide from the eNHa foundation. The guide, who I have unfortunately forgotten the name of was passionate and knowledgeable about the recent history of Poland and of Nowa Huta, and the tour was really well organised. Definitely arrange to see the underground shelter, the fact that most of the electrics were still in working condition amazed me. Spinning around in the little fiat was great fun too.

Amazing we had a great experience, from the communication with the guide, the pick up in the vintage car, access to buildings and rooms in Howa Huta iitself, the church, the stories…. Highly recommend

Really fascinating and enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.