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Krakow: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour Including Lunch

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    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: Ronald Reagan Central Square, 30-962 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 After less than two years, when the building works began, the permit was withdrawn, and it was decided that a school would be built in place of the church.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
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Długa 1, 85-036 Bydgoszcz, Poland
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Main Square, Rynek Główny, Kraków, Poland
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Local transport by tram
    • Food and drink as indicated in the tour description
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Entry/Admission - Nowa Huta Museum
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.
    • Entry/Admission - Ronald Reagan Central Square
    • 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
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    Additional Info
    • 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
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    • 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.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Mateusz was a great tour guide very informative and I really enjoyed the tour, I would strongly recommend this tour because I learned a lot, thanks so much Mateusz
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    Response from KRKUA, Product Manager at Krakow: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour Including Lunch
    Responded 3 days ago
    Hi David, how are you? Thank you very much for taking our Krakow: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour with Mateusz and for leaving such beautiful feedback. I will pass it to him as soon as possible. Do not forget to use a special 10% off UAKRA3 promo code while booking in the future any tour of Urban Adventures worldwide. Happy traveling! Olga
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    Marta gave a great tour and spoke about her family experiences during the Communist years in Poland. We visited a museum, had great food and overall a great tour. Marta is one of the nicest tour guides and is very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour!
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    Response from KRKUA, Product Manager at Krakow: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour Including Lunch
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Barb, how are you? Thank you very much for taking our Krakow: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Tour with Marta and for leaving such beautiful feedback. I will pass it to her as soon as possible. Do not forget to use a special 10% off UAKRA4 promo code while booking in the future any tour of Urban Adventures worldwide. Happy traveling! Olga
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    I had a great tour through Nova Huta. Mateusz (Urban Adventures) was my guide and we had a very good time. Nova Huta‘s socialist architecture really impressed me. In my opinion it is absolutely worth to visit and I fully recommend this tour. The price is fair for what you get. I
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    The tour with Monika was insightful and deeply interesting. To learn and understand from a local what it was like to live during the communism era is one of the highlights of my European tour. It would have been better if the tour was slightly longer, as the travel time to the
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    Monika was our Tour guide for this interesting and enlightening tour. Originally I had hesitated to go on this tour but a last minute change of mind provided worthwhile. The tour enabled us to step back in time in Nowa Huta, where communist life is time capsuled and I am
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