Lonely Planet Experiences: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour Including Lunch
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Being in the Nowa Huta district of Krakow is like travelling back in time — 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 neighbourhood built as a model communist city. See the socialist realist architecture, listen to the personal stories of the local people, and visit spots where the long fight for democracy took place.
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What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Local transport by tram
- Food and drink as indicated in the tour description
- Bottled water
- Coffee and/or Tea
- Alcoholic Beverages
- Entry/Admission - Nowa Huta Museum
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Entry/Admission - Rynek Główny
- Entry/Admission - Nowa Huta Cross
- Entry/Admission - Ludowy Theatre
- Entry/Admission - Museum of the Armed Act
- Entry/Admission - Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Nowa Huta, Kraków, Poland
The journey starts with a ride on local transportation from your hotel into the heart of the former com-munist city. 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 im-portant part of the solidarity movement.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Nowa Huta Museum, Osiedle Słoneczne 16, 31-958 Kraków, Poland
This exhibition under the Nowa Huta Museum was created not only to counter some of the myths con-nected with the shelters of this district, but also to tell visitors about the political climate of the time, the Cold War, arms race, as well as a real threat of the outbreak of World War III and how the authorities used it for propaganda.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Rynek Główny, 31-422 Kraków, Poland
This is the calling card of the district and the area’s most notable landmark. Centrally planned right after WWII, today the square and its surrounding areas are like a museum of the many architectural styles and ideas from the past.
Stylowa restaurant at C3 Housing Estate: The oldest restaurant in the Nowa Huta district is located within walking distance of Central Square. In the past a symbol of luxury, but nowadays it is a bit vintage it remains an ideal place to drink vodka and talk about the communist past.
Duration: 25 minutes
Stop At: Nowa Huta Cross, 2 Ludźmierska, 31-953 Kraków, Poland
Nowa Huta, the first perfectly socialist town in Poland, was supposed to remain atheist. However, in 1956 the communist authorities allowed for the construction of a church. After less than two years, when the building works began, the permit was withdrawn, and it was decided that a school would be built in place of the church. In order to remove the cross that stood on the side where the church was supposed to be erected, the authorities, fearful of riots, engaged Special Forces and armored cars from the whole of southern Poland. The fear turned out to be justified, as the protest that followed on April 27, 1960 turned into a battle with the militia in which over 4000 people defended the cross. After days of struggle the cross remained in its place.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Ludowy Theatre, Osiedle Teatralne 34, 31-948 Kraków, Poland
People used to say that Nowa Huta could boast two things: good steel and good theatre. However, the beginning of artistic life in Nowa Huta was not easy. When planning the new town, architects did not al-low for cultural life and they only remembered to include some infrastructure for culture in the mid-1950s. The theatre was thought to be a light and funny one for people who had no intellectual back-ground, but with time became one of the most avant-garde theatres in Krakow.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Museum of the Armed Act, osiedle Górali 23, 31-961 Kraków, Poland
Here 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.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Bieńczyce, Kraków, Poland
We’ll explore a small market where the locals spend their time socialising, buying basic groceries, or sell-ing second-hand clothes and homemade sweets. This is a great place to rest, and maybe test out your Polish language skills among the locals.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland, ul. Obroncow Krzyza 1, Krakow 31-831 Poland
We’ll 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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Departure Point :Długa 1, 85-036 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Departure Time :9:30 AM
Return Detail :Main Square, Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Note: This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers
- Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the same rate as an adult ticket. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
- Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: The admission fee to the local Museum of the Nowa Huta helps to support the conservation of local heritage and culture.
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- We have a vodka and snack stop in local restaurant that's off the main tourist path, ensuring local vendors who are producing the local's favourite dishes also benefit from tourism to their city.
- Support local vendors at a local market by sampling a traditional zapiekanka treat.
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.