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Lonely Planet Experiences: Krakow Nowa Huta History Tour

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Journey all the way back to the communist era. The places you’ll visit on this unique tour are exactly as they were during the communist regime, in this neighborhood built as a model communist city.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 9:30 AM
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  • Visit Central Square (Plac Centralny) and find out what the communist architecture was all about
  • Stand where Poland’s biggest Lenin monument used to be and take photos of a tank left over from the war
  • See the huge Lord’s Ark Church, made by the citizens by hand as a sign of the resistance against Communism
  • Drink vodka in a communist bar, like a true local
  • Shop for typical snacks in a small local market that looks exactly like it did 50 years ago
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Take a big step back into the past on this off-the-beaten-track tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district. This is definitely not your typical neighborhood — Nowa Huta is a time capsule of the communist ideal. The easternmost district of Krakow was designed by the Soviets as a model communist city, but later became an anti-communist hub and an important part of the solidarity movement. 

The journey will begin with a ride on local transportation from your hotel into the heart of the former communist city. Your first stop will be the enormous Central Square (Plac Centralny), the calling card of the district and the area’s most notable landmark. Centrally planned right after WW II, today the square and its surrounding areas are like a museum of the many architectural styles and ideas from the past. See the spot where a huge monument of Lenin used to stand, and then you’ll visit a local bar for a shot of vodka, just as you might have done back in the Communist era. Next, you’ll get the chance to take some photos of a real Russian tank left in Nowa Huta after the war, and to learn about the huge protection system invented by the communist architects. Later, explore a small market where the locals spend their time socializing, buying basic groceries or selling secondhand clothes and homemade sweets. This is a great place to rest and maybe test out your Polish language skills among the locals. 

Along the way, we will have zapiekanka - a typical communist snack in a local bar, spend some time visiting a huge church known as the Lord’s Ark, which became a symbol of the long fight for freedom and democracy. The church was built by residents completely by hand. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better sense of the communist history in Poland, and will have experienced one of the most unique districts in the city.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Local transport by tram
  • Entrance to the local museum
  • Food and drink as indicated in the tour description
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Tips/ gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

1 Dluga Street (ul. Dluga 1, at the corner of Dluga and Basztowa) by the entrance of the bookshop ‘Pod Globusem’

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Important information
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• This is a child-friendly tour
• Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour
• Please inform at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6

From US$ 78.28 per person

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Product ID: 110680