Free tour

Exploring the "City of the Future" Nowa Huta - Remains of Communism

Duration: 3h
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: David
Registered on May 25, 2021

Hola! my name is David, and I'm originally from the Canary Islands - but embracing the idea of being a citizen of the world. I've been living in beautiful Krakow for the past 5 years, getting involved with locals, travelling across the country and discovering unusual spots to take my guests for a unique touring experience. I'm passionate when it comes to revealing to people what Krakow has to offer. From ancient pagan places, old churches & fortified monasteries to melancholic quarters showing a turbulent past or trendy & local restaurants. Join me and experience a historic city that has established its own identity from adversity. Witamy w Krakowie!

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Those were the days when Krakow's veins ran of coal and steel and the city's glorious and regal past no longer mattered. The world was on the eve of the Cold War and Nowa Huta, the communist district of Krakow, was built to fight and resist it.
Visit Nowa Huta, one of the two ideal communist cities that still exists in the world and you have the opportunity to see the representative part of Nowa Huta: the monumental Central Square and the Avenue of Roses , enter the "Lord's Ark" church , a symbol the spiritual resistance of Catholic workers against the will of the Communist Party.
An ideal, monumental and grandiose communist city was built in a country that was just rising from the rubble of World War II. But, for the Communist Party, the costs of its construction made no sense. Tangible proof of Communist power was the only thing that mattered.
This ideal city, where religion has been replaced by communist propaganda, should have been inhabited by ideal communist citizens: Homo Sovieticus. A new and better kind of people, obedient, brainwashed and entirely devoted to the system. They had to replace the old chaotic, stubborn, free and creative Homo Sapiens. But nothing lasts forever. Eventually, the creatures turned against their masters. The people of Nowa Huta rebelled and fought for freedom.
Join us on this journey and we will tell you the story of a heroic struggle of Polish workers, initiators of great strikes and protests that ultimately led to the fall of a communist bloc and the beginning of the greatest social movement of all time: Solidarity. . All this in the surroundings of one of the best examples of an ideal communist city, which today, surprisingly, has a lot to offer.

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  • Meeting point:
    Rynek Główny 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
    Rynek Główny 5, 31-042 Kraków, Poland
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    See you right in front of the Zara shop, in the main square of Krakow.

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

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Gillian 06 Sep 2022

Had a really cool foodie + architecture walk with David thru Nowa Huta. David was super flexible and showed me some hidden gems in the neighborhood. I felt like I got a really authentic experience.
Barbara 23 Aug 2022

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Travelled alone - Aug 2022
The tour has been really interesting! You get the chance to see a part of the city that still shows the signs of the Communist architecture and you feel like you've been brought back to those times. Totally recommend it!
Stav 31 May 2022

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Travelled in couple - May 2022
David was very kind and informative. Lots of knowledge and funny too. Highly recommend
Vivi 31 Mar 2022

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2022
Ha sido una visita muy interesante y diferente de lo que normalmente se oferta en los tours de las ciudades. Es una parte poco turística, donde pudimos conocer la parte más auténtica de Cracovia, los vestigios del comunismo y su increíble vecindario que te transporta a otra época. David fue realmente profesional, cercano y nos explicó con todo detalle la evolución de Nowa Huta. Lo recomendamos si os gusta salir un poco de lo tradicional.
Elaine 19 Mar 2022

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Travelled in group - Mar 2022
The tour was very educational, the tour took us from Krakow old town to Nowa Huta and this highlighted the contrast between the two areas . As Nowa Huta covers a large area it was good to have a guide to explain curios that we would not have normally noticed and to take us directly to the most important features. David was very knowledgeable. During the tour we used trams , the route uses the older trams from the communist era which fits perfectly with the tour however the draw back is you require coins to buy the tickets ,therefore I recommend you take plenty of change .
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people 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.
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