Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

From $44.42 per person

Do something different during your time in Krakow and explore the district of Nowa Huta with a local volunteer guide. See the typical Socialist Realist architecture of the planned neighborhood, designed as a utopian city by the Communist regime.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 2.5 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Polish, Russian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in Krakow.
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore one of the most interesting and more recent neighborhoods of Krakow
  • See the typical Socialist Realist architecture of Nowa Huta
  • Learn how the area was planned as a utopian city
  • Get up close to a Soviet tank from World War II
  • Go down to the underground shelters built in preparation for a nuclear war
Full description
Get an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car. Learn where the large statue of Lenin stood on Aleja Róż (Avenue of Roses), and marvel at the grandeur of Plac Centralny (Central Square). Get familiar with the history of Polish communism by taking a ride in a classic Polish car of that era and visiting bomb shelters that were built around a city in the case of World War III. Get impressive views from Centrum E and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, and then look for the shelters built to prepare for nuclear war. See the former Światowid Cinema, and visit the 13th-century Mogila Abbey and its little church of Saint Barthélemy. Learn about the legend of Queen Wanda on Wanda Mound, and discover the birthplace of the district at the Kombinat steel factory. Look at a famous sign that was altered after the fall of communism, and take photos of a Soviet tank outside the Ludowy Theater (People’s Theater). Discover the story of the Arka Pana (Lord's Ark) Church and Chapel of Conciliation and the battle the locals waged to have it built. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option, and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist apartment.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off on request
  • NGO guide
  • Transportation by classic car
  • Private tour of The History of Nowa Huta Quarter museum
  • Visit to communist apartment (if option chosen)
  • Visit to Cold War bomb shelter (if option chosen)
  • Entrance tickets to the museum
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • This tour is in English, but can also be organized in Dutch, French, Italian, or Spanish if booked at least 48 hours in advance, subject to availability
  • The tour is organized by the local NGO, The Foundation of Positive Promotion of Nowa Huta
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 103 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5
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What a fantastic experience. Our guide was friendly and easy going and a mine of information. He really seemed to be enjoying taking us around the area and seemed genuinely proud of 'his city'. He spoke about how his family we're influenced by the events of the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's and was genuinely interested in our understanding of the social and political changes as the country moved from the 1950's to the present day. Loved the vintage car too!

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March 16, 2020

This really is an outstanding tour. Our guide Mateusz (sp?) was incredibly knowledgable and showed a real passion for the subject. We had a late afternoon flight and only had up until lunchtime to do something but didn’t want to waste our last day so decided to book this. It did not disappoint.

February 10, 2020

Mateusz was an excellent guide and had wealth of information of the district including a collection of vintage photographs to serve as “then” and “now”. The tour explored juxtaposition of ideal of central social planning and reality of everyday folks making a living. We ended our tour at the “Lord’s Ark” church which was built during communist regime stone by stone by local volunteers without government help. There was a certain poetic beauty seeing such edifice sprung up in the midst of now greying colossal blocks of propaganda apartments.

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September 27, 2019

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