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A Slice of Communism at Nowa Huta (Private Tour)

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Key Highlights

  • Learn about Poland's communist history with the help of an expert guide while enjoying a walking tour round Nowa Huta
  • A private tour offers you great flexibility so you can spend as much time as you want at the various sights in Nowa Huta
  • Travel in a genuine communist Trabant car
  • Enjoy refreshments at a traditional communist restaurant
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx. 2 ½ hours

    Start time

    9:00am

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Krakow.
    (Please advise your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Krakow

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Boring tour guides with western cars are passé! Take this new-age excursion from Krakow where you will be taken around the old communist district of Nowa Huta in a genuine communist Trabant automobile, accompanied by an expert guide. Explore Nowa Huta, the district that still bears testament to the power of the Soviets.

    Take an in-depth tour of the place that was originally gifted to Krakow by Stalin himself. These labyrinths of tenements were done in imitation of the Renaissance and had meant to be a model communist city.

    It later came to be one of the centres of revolution and resistance within Poland, leading to the eventual overthrow of the communist government. Stories and anecdotes from your guide will make the tour even more interesting and bring back the days of yore!

    Itinerary

    This is a private tour. It offers you greater flexibility - you can spend as much time at any of the places you visit, as per your preference.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Krakow in a genuine Eastern Bloc Trabant Automobile. Accompanied by a young and energetic English-speaking ‘Crazy Guide’, you will be taken on a walking tour of the famous communist districts of Nowa Huta, the easternmost district of Krakow.

    Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through this one-of-a-kind city and up to the gates of the steel mill that was originally the heart of this district. Following the establishment of People’s Republic of Poland, the communist authorities had encountered resistance to their regime from middle-class Krakowians. In order to correct the class imbalance, the authorities started working towards building a satellite industrial town to attract people from lower socio-economic backgrounds to the region. In 1949, Nowa Huta was started as a separate town near Krakow on the terrain resumed by the communist government.

    See the famous communist districts with special attention to the architecture and politics of the time. Your knowledgeable guide will give you in-depth information on the history of Poland’s government and first-hand details of what it was like to live under Soviet occupation. Today, the city boasts of many tributes to ardent anti-communists, with streets renamed to honour Pope John Paul II and the Polish exile leader, Wladyslaw Anders. In the end of the tour, you will enjoy Refreshments in a Communist-style restaurant.

    After touring this interesting communist city, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Krakow.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick up and drop off in a Trabant
    • English-speaking expert guide
    • Walking tour of the city
    • Refreshments in a Communist-style restaurant
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Additional info

    The start time of the tour is flexible; if you wish to take the tour at a different time please contact the local activity operator once you have received your booking confirmation. The Trabant was an East German automobile manufactured from 1957 to 1991. During the communist occupation of Poland, Trabant autos or "Trabbies”, were a common sight. You will be taken in an authentic East German Trabant, complete with crazy seat covers and paint job you have ever seen!The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
    • a great experience

      our guide was very knowledgable and made the trip very enjoyable an experience i will never forget. How on earth i managed to get into the back of a Trabant i will never know!...

      MRS A WILLIAMS