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Nowa Huta Communist Experience

Travel back in time to the communist era on this unique tour visiting the Nowa Huta district of Krakow. The places you’ll visit on this unique tour are exactly as they were during the communist regime, in this neighbourhood built as a model communist city. See the socialist realist architecture, listen to the personal stories of the local people, and visit spots where the long fight for democracy took place.

Take a big step back into the past on this off-the-beaten-track tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district. This is definitely not your typical neighbourhood — Nowa Huta is a time capsule of the communist ideal. The easternmost district of Krakow was designed by the soviets as a model communist city, but later became an anti-communist hub and an important part of the solidarity movement.

The journey starts with a ride on local transportation from your hotel into the heart of the former communist city. Your first stop will be the enormous Central Square (Plac Centralny), the calling card of the district and the area’s most notable landmark. Centrally planned right after WWII, today the square and its surrounding areas are like a museum of the many architectural styles and ideas from the past. See the spot where a huge monument of Lenin used to stand, and then you will visit a local bar for a shot of vodka, just as you might have done back in the communist era.

Next, enjoy the chance to take some photos of a real Russian tank left in Nowa Huta after the war, and to learn about the huge protection system invented by the communist architects. Later, explore a small market where the locals spend their time socialising, buying basic groceries, or selling second-hand clothes and homemade sweets. This is a great place to rest, and maybe test out your Polish language skills among the locals.

Along the way, you will have Zapiekanka - a typical communist snack in a local bar, and you will also spend some time visiting a huge church known as the Lord’s Ark, which became a symbol of the long fight for freedom and democracy. The church was built by residents completely by hand. By the end of the tour you will have a better sense of the communist history in Poland and will have experienced one of the most unique districts in the city.

Experience Includes

  • Fantastic tour of the Nowa Huta district.
  • Local English-speaking guide.
  • Visit Central Square (Plac Centralny) and find out what the communist architecture was all about.
  • Entrance to the local museum.
  • Drink vodka in a communist bar, like a true local!
  • Local transport by tram.
  • Food and drink as indicated in the tour description.
  • See the huge Lord’s Ark church, made by the citizens by hand as a sign of the resistance against communism.

Experience Excludes

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off

Departs

Daily, year round.

Departure location

1 Dluga Street (ul. Dluga 1, at the corner of Dluga and Basztowa) by the entrance of the bookshop ‘Pod Globusem’.

Start times

9.30am

Duration

Around 4 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Child rates are available for guests aged between 6 and 11. Children below the age of 6 are permitted at no extra cost but please advise upon booking.
  • You must present your voucher to the guide at the start of the tour.