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Free Walking Tour Nowa Huta: Ideal Communist City

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  • Kraków
  • Available in English, Spanish
  • 2 hours and 30 minutes

About the Guru

We are Walkative! Our goal is to promote our cities across Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Germany and Malta - no matter what your budget is! Since 2007 we have guided more than 2 million people. We provide tours in English, Spanish and German mostly.

We are Walkative! Our goal is to promote our cities across Poland, Austria, Ukraine, Germany and Malta - no matter what your budget is! Since 2007 we have guided more than 2 million people. We provide tours in English, Spanish and German mostly.

About the Tour

Nowa Huta is an example of a rare kind: an ideal communist "Stalin City", built from scratch to not only provide housing for steelworkers but also show the world "how it's done in socialism". Established in 1949 as a separate entity, despite being merged with Kraków soon after, still feels like a different city. Its wide avenues with lots of greenery, parks, classical-looking architecture seem like a great place to live. And indeed they are.

Yet, its backstory is direr: a city built next to a humongous steel mill ("Huta" in Polish) was to be a statement in times of Stalinist terror showing the world the power of Soviet engineering. Built with tremendous cost, both in resources and human lives, the city, unlike its several counterparts (Eisenhüttenstadt, Poruba, or Donauváros) is living through a revival. New people settle down, utilizing the practical design and admiring the totalitarian, yet interesting and somewhat appealing architecture. Who knows, the place might end up on a Unesco list someday!

On this tour, we will show you the totalitarian architecture of the Plac Centralny (Central Square), we will walk along the Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), where one certain Vladimir Lenin once stood and we will examine how the society of this strange place formed, developed and finally led to the downfall of communism, of which it was the product of. 
Homo sovieticus turned against its masters and brought freedom to Poland and Europe.

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: Look for the guide in the middle of the Plac Centralny

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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John
09 May 2022 Philadelphia
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07 May 2022 Potsdam
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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!