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Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Vintage Car

1. Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Vintage Car

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. Take a stroll through the Central Square and Roses Avenue, where Poland's biggest statue of Lenin once stood. See the remains of Socialist Realism architecture and learn more about the urban layout of the city. Discover the city’s huge steelworks initiative, which was the reason for its foundation. Travel through time in either a Polish Fiat 126 model “Maluch,” Lada 2101, classic Nysa, Żuk, or even a soviet army van model UAZ 452. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist director's offices of steelworks.

Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

2. Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

Journey back into Kraków’s past with a guided tour of the Nowa Huta neighborhood. Explore Nowa Huta, a district which was built to display the ideal of a communist city. Despite being intended as an ode to Stalinism, the district became a meeting point for anti-communists and a hub for the solidarity movement. After being picked up from your accommodations in Kraków, your tour will being at the enormous Central Square (Plac Centralny). The buildings surrounding the square are a museum of communist architectural styles. See the spot where a monument to Lenin once stood. Visit a local bar for a shot of vodka. Continue to the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków and explore exhibitions depicting Nowa Huta’s history. See an atomic bunker and artifacts that were planned to be used should World War III suddenly break out. Take photos in front of a real Russian tank that was left in Nowa Huta after the war. Learn about the intricate system of underground shelters devised by Soviet architects. Stop by at the Ark of the Lord Church, a symbol of Kraków’s long fight for freedom and democracy, which was built by residents entirely by hand.

Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

3. Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

Experience the simple pleasures of biking along the lazy Vistula River, and through the colorful streets of Krakow on an informative communism-themed bike tour. Despite being extensive, the tour is not too strenuous and is suitable for all levels of fitness.  Start at the tour operator's shop in the city center of Krakow, and get kitted out with a bike and all necessary equipment. Ride northeast along a brand new bike path heading towards the district of Nowa Huta, which literally means 'the new mill' due to its history as a steel milling hub during the communist era.  Make your first major stop at the old airbase that divided Nowa Huta from Krakow. From there, ride along the airstrip and enter Nowa Huta from the north side. Visit the church of Our Lord's Ark, shaped like a boat that helped defy Poland's uprising against communist rule. Enter inside to marvel at the religious art mixed with relics of socialism. From there, wind your way through the labyrinth of streets sprinkled with communist housing developments before riding along a lake past Nowa Huta's recreational center. Admire the intuitive urban design of the area that made Nowa Huta an ideal example of the proletariats city. After a few minutes, arrive at Lenin's steel mill plant, that led to the creation of Nowa Huta, the city built to house its workers. Stop for lunch at a traditional milk bar still running since the times of Joseph Stalin. After this, ride through Ronald Reagan square and return to the starting point via bike path along the river.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Former Communist Neighborhood Walking Tour

4. Krakow: Nowa Huta Former Communist Neighborhood Walking Tour

Take a step into the past on this walking tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district. Experience this neighborhood that is a time capsule of the communist ideal in the easternmost district of Krakow. Marvel at the architecture designed to be a model communist city, that has become an anti-communist hub.  Start the journey in the heart of the former communist city stopping at the enormous Central Square (Plac Centralny). Explore the area’s most notable landmark that was planned right after WWII, but is like a museum today, with many architectural styles and ideas from the past. See the spot where a huge monument of Lenin used to stand, and then visit a local bar for a shot of vodka, just as you may have done if you were in the communist era. Next, take some photos of a real Russian tank left after the war and learn about the huge protection system invented by the communist architects. Explore a market where the locals spend their time socializing, buying groceries, and selling clothes and homemade sweets. Along the way, snack on Zapiekanka, a typical communist treat in a local bar, and visit a huge church known as the Lord’s Ark, which became a symbol of the long fight for freedom and democracy. Marvel at the architecture of the church that was built by residents completely by hand. Gain a better sense of the communist history in Poland and experience one of the most unique districts in the city. Some of the proceeds from the tour help support local conservation, heritage, and culture.

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What people are saying about Our Lady Queen of Poland Church

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 149 reviews

The minute we met Mateusz & saw the little yellow Polski Fiat 126 we knew this was going to be an unforgettable tour. We had visited Nowa Huta before but had only really scratched the surface. Mateusz has excellent knowledge of the area which brought it to life for us. As well as the main centre with map and picture references of before and after,we also visited the steelworks which is a must for anyone interested in life during the Communist regime. Gill was very interested in the housing in NH how it worked then and now,Mateusz was very interesting to listen to,as he spoke about sizing of properties and who lived where during the communist era,and the differences now.He explained the difference in sizes was allocated depending on solo/couple or family occupancy,but all with bathrooms and kitchen areas. This was such a splendid tour showing you the workings of a city primarily built as a utopian ideal.

This was a great tour, but don't think it's just an easy ride. You will ride a good distance to see a lot of the sites and it will take the entire 4 hours. However, it's worth the time. Also, remember sometimes things happen unexpectedly. My bike got a flat tire which the guide quickly fixed. Flat tires happen. However, in this case, I got a second flat tire and the guide had to have another inner tube brought out by a team member while we took our meal break. The other team member found glass inside the tire which was VERY unexpected. I've never seen it happen and I do a lot of biking. It's life, things happen, it's how they are handled which is important and this was handled very well.

We had Matthew (with the long hair) as our guide. His passion for the history of the region and his work was evident, very knowledgeable and extremely friendly, offering us advice about the best restaurants in the area as well. Highly recommend this unique experience.

Amazing tour with very friendly Matteusz that has a great command of English; full of information complemented by personal anecdotes! Highly recommended if you want to know more on a recent period of Polish history...

Super recommended! I really enjoyed the experience. A little different from the ''usual" city tours and the guide is very passionate and informed.