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Exploring the "City of the Future" Nowa Huta - History of Communism in Krakow

Duration: 2h and 45min
Languages: English
Registered on May 25, 2021

Hello, adventurous explorers! Let me highlight what makes our tours special: they are small-sized, with a maximum of 10 people. This provides a much better experience for everyone involved. We prioritize quality over quantity, creating an intimate and personalized atmosphere. In our tours, you won't find crowded groups or impersonal experiences. We believe in creating a friendly and welcoming environment, where you can truly immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and stories of Cracow. With our small groups, you'll have more opportunities to interact with the guide, ask questions, and form a deeper connection with the destination. Join us on an unforgettable journey through the captivating city of Cracow. Discover the hidden gems and local treasures that make this place truly special. Get ready for a unique and personalized adventure that will leave you with lasting memories. We are excited to share our passion for Cracow with all of you!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Explore with us the fascinating "City of the Future," Nowa Huta, a place created under strict architectural guidelines during the communist period. Immerse yourself in this maze of buildings and streets meticulously designed after the completion of World War II.

During our captivating tour, you will have the opportunity to discover and learn about the essential elements of this unique neighborhood in Krakow:

1. The monumental "Central Square," which still retains its nostalgic atmosphere, will transport you to another era.

2. Explore the inner courtyards of buildings primarily inhabited by people who have lived their entire lives in Nowa Huta. Listen to their stories and gain insights into their experiences.

3. Hear gripping accounts of the Cold War and the chilling events that once unfolded in this neighborhood. Immerse yourself in the historical atmosphere and witness the past come alive before your eyes.

4. Visit the distinctive "People's Cinema" and learn the story behind one of the most famous Polish films that managed to evade censorship during that time. Immerse yourself in the world of cinema and discover how art challenged the regime.

5. Explore one of Krakow's most controversial churches, "The Ark of the Lord," an unmistakable symbol of the struggle for freedom. Uncover its historical significance and the role it played in the resistance against the communist regime.

Nowa Huta was conceived as an "ideal city" where religion was replaced by communist propaganda, giving rise to a new type of human being: the "Homo Sovieticus." Join us on this journey through time and discover the heroic struggle of Polish workers who initiated significant strikes and protests, ultimately leading to the fall of the communist bloc and the beginning of the largest social movement of all time: Solidarity.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in history and experience the social transformation of Nowa Huta. Join us on this thrilling journey filled with discoveries and learning!

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Rynek Główny 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
    Rynek Główny 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
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    Join us right here, in front of the Zara store, where your eyes will be captivated by a striking sight—a white umbrella held high. Look for this unmistakable symbol and embark on an unforgettable adventure with us.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    plac Centralny Imienia Ronalda Reagana

    The monumental "Central Square," which still retains its nostalgic atmosphere, will transport you to another era.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Bar Mleczny Centralny

    Hear gripping accounts of the Cold War and the chilling events that once unfolded in this neighborhood. Immerse yourself in the historical atmosphere and witness the past come alive before your eyes.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Park z ławkami

    Explore the inner courtyards of buildings primarily inhabited by people who have lived their entire lives in Nowa Huta. Listen to their stories and gain insights into their experiences.

  • 4
    Free admission
    Teatr Ludowy

    Visit the distinctive "People's Cinema" and learn the story behind one of the most famous Polish films that managed to evade censorship during that time. Immerse yourself in the world of cinema and discover how art challenged the regime.

  • 5
    Free admission
    Our Lady Queen of Poland Church

    Explore one of Krakow's most controversial churches, "The Ark of the Lord," an unmistakable symbol of the struggle for freedom. Uncover its historical significance and the role it played in the resistance against the communist regime.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

(18 ratings)
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4.88
Fun
4.72
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4.76
Quality
4.71
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4.63
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YA-YEN 28 Apr 2024
Angers

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
The tourguide has a sense of humour and the story is interesting and not boring, but the issue could be deeper
Madeline 07 Oct 2023
Charleston

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2023
We loved getting to meet with David and explore a part of Krakow we would not have otherwise known about. He was very knowledgeable and engaging. We highly recommend going on this tour and broadening your Krakow and Polish history horizons!
Adriana 18 Sep 2023
Madrid

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Experiencia cien por cien recomendada, recorres las calles de Nowa Huta conociendo su historia y lo que vivió la población durante el comunismo. Un tour necesario para conocer Cracovia más a fondo. David lo explica todo genial y se hace muy ameno. Muchas gracias.
Caitlin 12 Sep 2023
London

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
David took us on an incredible journey back in time, through the remarkable suburb of Nowa Huta. Would highly recommend - David is a very knowledgeable and friendly guide! Not only was this tour full of historical insight, but we also got to enjoy plenty of good local food!
Rebecca 27 Aug 2023
London

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Really interesting tour with an informative guide. :)
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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