1. Poland
  2. Lesser Poland
  3. Krakow
  4. Nowa Huta

Communist Krakow: 4-Hour Nowa Huta Tour

Product ID: 379684
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Travel back to the days when Kraków’s veins were running with coal and steel and the city's glorious, royal past didn't matter. The world was on the brink of the Cold War and Nowa Huta, the communist district of Kraków, was to help win it.
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Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours
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  • See the monumental headquarters of the Communist Party Offices
  • Enter original bomb shelters and command centers from the 1950s
  • See the representative part of Nowa Huta – monumental Central Square and the Avenue of Roses
  • Enter the 'Ark of Lord' church, a symbol of spiritual resistance by Catholic workers against the communist party
  • Explore Kraków with a 24-hour tram ticket, given as part of the tour
Full description
Journey to Nowa Huta, the communist district of Kraków, designed to help realize Joseph Stalin’s vision of a communist utopia and help him to win the Cold War. On this tour, learn how an ideal communist city was built in a country that had just started to raise itself from the rubble of World War II and about the resistance that led to its downfall. 

This ideal city, where religion was replaced with communist propaganda, was supposed to be inhabited by ideal communist citizens: Homo Sovieticus. A new and better type of people: obedient, brainwashed, and entirely devoted to the system was to replace the old chaotic, stubborn, free-willed, and creative Homo Sapiens. Follow a local guide and learn how the people of Nowa Huta revolted and fought for freedom.

Hear about the heroic struggle of the Polish workers, initiators of great strikes and protests that eventually started the fall of the Communist Block. See the monumental headquarters of the Communist Party Offices and enter bomb shelters and command centers that have been left largely untouched since the 1950s. 

Enter the 'Ark of Lord' church, a symbol of spiritual resistance by Catholic workers and explore the housing units designed to usher in the new communist way of life. As part of this tour, you will be given a 24-hour tram ticket to explore the city at your leisure. In addition, you will have the opportunity to sample a typical communist snack.
  • Guide
  • 24-hour tram ticket
  • Entrance to Nowa Huta shelters
  • Local snack
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign near the Kraków Barbican. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
• Refunds will not be given if participants arrive late for the tour
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Product ID: 379684