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Nowa Huta: Ideal Communist City Tour by Walkative!

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English, Spanish
Quality Verified Registered on July 05, 2017

Walkative was established in 2007 by a group of young enthusiasts who also happened to be licensed tour guides. Today, we operate in 20 cities in countries across all of Europe and beyond, including France, Germany, Poland, Italy, Ukraine and Israel. We have already guided more than 3 million tourists, with more than 350 000 in 2023 only! Despite this growth, we stay true to our values: be local and present the history of our cities in a professional, yet entertaining way, accessible for everybody, regardless their budget. We provide service not only in big, well established places like Berlin, Paris or Krakow, but also smaller, less known, yet no less fascinating locations, like Nice, Toruń or Lublin. We cooperate with highly trained, professional guides providing both engaging tip-based and regular fixed-price tours. And most importantly - we know our cities by heart! Join us and stay Walkative!

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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Are you ready to embark on a journey back in time to one of the most intriguing and little known periods of Krakow's history? Join us for our Communist Krakow tour that is taking place in the heart of Nowa Huta, a district designed and built as an ideal communist city and discover the fascinating story behind it!


Step into the Past:

Nowa Huta means the "New Steelworks." It was a remarkable experiment in urban planning and a symbol of Poland's post-World War II industrial growth. Built during the communist era, this district was envisioned as a model city that would reflect the principles of socialism (not to mention its huge role in Joseph Stalin’s propaganda and totalitarian dictatorship). The tour takes you through the story of Nowa Huta's creation, its significance during communism, and its transformation into a thriving neighborhood, which today, surprisingly, has so much to offer.


Unique Insights:

  • Explore one of only two still existing ideal communist cities in the world! Get a chance to see the representative parts of Nowa Huta – monumental Central Square and the Avenue of Roses.
  • Enter the ‘Ark of Lord’ - one of the most architecturally unique churches you will ever see, a symbol of spiritual resistance of Catholic workers against the communist party.
  • Reveal the story of a heroic struggle of Polish workers, initiators of great strikes and protests that eventually started the fall of a Communist Block, and the beginnings of the biggest social movement of all times – Solidarity.
  • Experience the everyday life of Nowa Huta, a district unspoiled by mass tourism, which is still under heavy influence of the Communism period and the nostalgia of its heroic past.


Unearth the Hidden History:

Our expert guides will lead you through the streets of Nowa Huta, showing you its unique architecture, monuments, and stories that still echo with the ideals and struggles of the past. 

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  • Meeting point:
    Ronald Reagan Plaza, plac Centralny I...
    Ronald Reagan Plaza, plac Centralny Imienia Ronalda Reagana, 31-974 Kraków, Poland
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    Look for the guide with the yellow umbrella in the middle of the Plac Centralny

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).

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NataliaMartin 06 Jan 2024
San Miguel de Tucumán

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2024
Alicia habla un perfecto español. Fue un recorrido a pura historia y con un grupo hermoso. Ni la lluvia nos paró! Gracias por un hermoso recorrido 😀
Rocio 29 Nov 2023
Madrid

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Travelled in group - Nov 2023
Tour con mucha historia que te hace comprender mejor el Comunismo en Polonia. No se visitan lugares muy destacados, pero si estas interesado en la historia, es super recomendable
Alba 04 Nov 2023
Oviedo

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
La visita por Nowa Huta no es una visita a museos o lugares emblemáticos, si es lo que se espera. Es una visita para entender la historia de Polonia desde el lugar donde ocurrio y poder entenderlo mejor. Para mi ha merecido la pena
LAURA 04 Nov 2023
Alcala de Henares

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Travelled in couple - Nov 2023
Max es un guía estupendo que sabe transmitir todo lo que cuenta y que tiene muchísimo conocimiento, nos encantaría hacer más tour con él
Kay Shepherd 23 Sep 2023
Chichester

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Absolutely fascinating. So much information. Great guide.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
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 does not require 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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