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Communist Kraków - Nowa Huta tour

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    Communism originates from the Latin expression ferm communis, which means ‘common’ or ‘universal’. Its creators were inspired by the idea of trying to find a way to eliminate differences between people. It sounds amazing, especially for citizens living in countries with vast gaps between rich and poor. When this theory was put into practice, however, it claimed over 100 million lives before the Soviet Union finally collapsed. Instead of creating an ideal society where everyone shared what they had, the communist system created a totalitarian police state and tried to enforce conformity among its citizens. Well could you imagine two happy girls wearing similar dresses at the same party? Impossible! People have the right to be different. Forced equality is against human rights!

    Nowa Huta is perfect place to understand the paradoxes of communism. A model communist city built in the monumental socialist-realist style in a country that had just suffered great loses during the Second World War. But, for communist party leaders at that time, the costs were meaningless. Tangible proof of communist power was the only thing that mattered! This ideal city was supposed to be inhabited by ideal communist citizens. Homo sapiens (thinking people) are useless in all types of regimes because when you think, there is the dangerous possibility that you won’t agree with those who think for you, in this case: Marx and Lenin. The solution to this problem was to form a new human being: homo sovieticus – people who would follow the Party without question.

    Despite this, the communist dream didn’t work out in Poland. Those who were supposed to be homo sovieticus eventually fought against and overthrew the regime.

    Join us and see one of the best examples of an ideal communist city. Beware: we will try to brainwash you with propaganda so you will become a true comrade… Just to fight the system at the end!

    During the tour you will visit:
    • Central Square and the “Solidarity Monument”
    • Monumental Avenue of Roses
    • Coffee house: propaganda movie “Direction Nowa Huta” about the beginnings of Nowa Huta, 11 minutes *
    • “Josif Stalin II” tank
    • The Ark of the Lord church
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Meeting point: between St. Florian’s Gate and Barbican, Look for the guide with yellow umbrella or Walkative! logo
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Main Railway Station area
    Inclusions
    • Professional, local guide
    Exclusions
    • 5 PLN - additional to pay in cash at the site for short movie show
    • The price excludes tram tickets (7.20 PLN). You can buy it before the tour. Our city guide can help you with that.
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 20 April 2019 via mobile

    'Big Tom' was our tour guide. The tour was amazing and a highlight of our trip to Krakow. Tom's passion and enthusiasm is contagious and I have been reading up more and more on Nowa Huta since the tour. Highly recommended - so much so...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Donal P
    Reviewed 4 March 2019 via mobile

    Our tour was amazing from start to finish, very informative, excellent knowledge and felt like we got to know more about the history of Poland through our tour guide in 4 hours than we did the whole stay in Krakow. Would highly recommend this, we...More

    Thank Andrew S
    Reviewed 16 January 2019

    Greeted by Jerry my wife and I went on a short tram journey to Nowa Huta . Whilst on the tram Jerry explains the ideas and plans for the communist life. Opened mouthed we listened ! There are many stops of interest (inside too) that...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Rommers69
    Reviewed 19 September 2018

    My husband and I had a private Communist tour with Tomasz recently. It was money well spent!! He is a clearly passionate and extremely knowledgeable young man, who grew up during this communist period. Tomasz was able to bring in his own real life experiences...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    2  Thank Smallville_Fan
    Reviewed 28 August 2018

    This was a very interesting tour. Our tour guide, Matt, was great. He speaks very good English and is very knowledgeable about the area. It was very interesting to hear about the communist era. I did lern some new and very interesting things about the...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank davidschow
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