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Communism and World War II Tour

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Activity provider: Free Spirit Tours

Communism and World War II Tour

Activity provider: Free Spirit Tours

From US$ 27.19 per person

Relive the 20th century in Zadar with a guided walking and photo tour of the city. Discover what it was like to live under fascism, Nazi rule, communist Yugoslavia, and then, finally, liberation.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Take a walk through the 20th century with the help of 80+ photos presented by the guide
  • Learn what life under fascism and Benito Mussolini was like
  • Relive the disastrous WW2 Allied bombing of Zadar on the spots where it happened
  • Learn what it was like to live in a communist state - Yugoslavia
  • Learn the tragic story of the 1990s Croatian Homeland War
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Explore what it was like to live under fascism, nazism, and communism in a guided walking tour of Zadar. Supported by historical photos, walk through the city and discuss the many regimes that have ruled over the 20th century.

Zadar came under the rule of fascist Italy in the first part of the 20th century. As an important fascist and later nazi strategic point, Zadar was a target of a disastrous bombing campaign in the Second World War when 80% of the Old Town was destroyed. After the war, there was a new totalitarian rule: a communist one. A specific liberal style of communism brought both prosperity and misery to the people.

Western products were copied or smuggled into the state, Western movies were filmed in Yugoslavia and Western culture influenced the younger generations. This tour includes more than 80 photos and pictures while discussing workers, workplaces, tourism, everyday life, products, music, movies, and much more with the goal of providing an in-depth perspective on what the life of ordinary people looked like in a communist state.

  • Guidance by a certified experienced local guide
  • 80+ photos in a book showing the most interesting details of Zadar's history
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Join the tour at Forum Square, in front of the Archaeological Museum of Zadar. The guide will be holding an orange umbrella.

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Super interesting. The theme of a city's political past should be offered more often. It is really ideal to know a region. Tanja masters her subject and knows how to popularize it while showing us examples across the city. The photos, far from weighing down the content, have on the contrary helped to understand. We have adored. Thanks Tanja.

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June 10, 2022

Tanja was very knowledgable. A fantastic must do activity when in Zadar!

October 16, 2021

Tanya was a pure delighted 10/10 recommend her as a tour guide for her lovely personality and brilliant wit makes an effort to get to know all on the tour and gives great advise on what to do also makes the history and tour so exciting

September 27, 2021

Product ID: 246027