Guided tour

Krakow: Communist Era Walking Tour in Nowa Huta

Krakow: Communist Era Walking Tour in Nowa Huta

From US$ 67.91 per person

Join a professional guide on a walking tour that explores the past and present of Nowa Huta, the ideal communist city during Poland’s communist era.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
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Experience

Highlights
  • Get to know the realities of life during the communist era
  • See a perfectly planned city by authorities
  • Marvel at relics of the Cold War
  • See Central Square, the People's Theater, and Lord's Ark
Full description

Step back in time to communist Poland after the Second World War on this guided walking tour in Nowa Huta. Discover the city that was once a communist paradise and at the same time a fortress, prepared to defend its citizens in case of an attack.

Can you imagine sharing your bathroom with a fish for a week? Or standing ten hours in a queue to buy toilet paper? Or simply waiting in front of a closed shop until 1:00 PM, with a terrible hangover, before you could buy a beer?

During the tour, learn about these realities of everyday life in communist Poland while visiting the most significant places of the recent past. Hear about a time when terror and sorrow were mixed with seemingly comedic and absurd situations.

See modern houses and squares created according to Leonardo da Vinci’s plans, admire the size of the Steelworks Complex, and visit the church that’s a symbol of freedom.

Start your tour with a tram ride from the medieval city center of Krakow to Nowa Huta. In only about 40 minutes, transport to a completely different era.

Upon arrival, see excellent examples of Socialist Realism architecture, interior design straight from the 1970s, and real tank and raid shelters prepared by communists against NATO attacks during the Cold War.

Visit Central Square, one of the most important points of the city and in the shape of a communist star. See the Sphinx Youth House, which was set up as one of the cultural institutions to ensure fair working-class family entertainment.

Stop at the People's Theater, known for its innovative stage productions, and see the Lord's Ark, a true symbol of the fight during this time of the past.

Learn about a church built on the spot where, in 1960, there were regular fights to protect the cross between the non-believing inhabitants of the ideal communist city and the citizens' militia.

Before heading back to Krakow, enjoy a short break in a stylish restaurant where you can feel the original taste of a cold or hot drink from communist times (at your own expense). 

Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour
  • Tram tickets (approximately 12zł per person)
  • Break in a milk bar (approximately 20zł per person)
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the InfoKraków Point. Look for the guide with a Cracow Tours sign. Please arrive at the meeting point 5-10 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • You should have some change ready (approximately 32zł)
  • Most of the tour involves walking
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