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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.

Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

2. Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

If you visiting Krakow do not forget to visit Nowa Huta! Find your guide and go to this perfect socialist city of the 50s. Expand your adventure to visit the partially abandoned steelworks that still works. Together with your guide go to explore two almost twin buildings and find out the differences between them. Go through the underground tunnel connecting the two buildings and see how bomb shelters looked in the second half of the 50's. Visit the majestic entrance hall, resembling the renaissance staircase and rooms where expensive and solid ornamental stones were used to satisfy the aesthetic senses of the directors of the plant. Visit the director's executive offices and the corner offices of the engineers. Check out how the radio control room and radio station works, and listen to authentic tapes recorded here! See the theater hall in the workers building, which is also used today and visit one of the eight oval corner staircases which are located in both buildings. Add something special to your tour and select the option to take your tour in a vintage car.

Krakow: Soviet UAZ 452 Ride to Nowa Huta with Guide

3. Krakow: Soviet UAZ 452 Ride to Nowa Huta with Guide

Experience the atmosphere of the Cold War as you travel to the planned socialist city of Nowa Huta, the former location of the Vladimir Lenin Steelworks. Jump onboard a real Soviet 8-seater to be transported to Nowa Huta, which was envisioned as an ideal utopian city. Feel the excitement as you head to an office of steelworks director and conference room where Charles se Gaulle or Fidel Castro once visited. Learn fascinating stories from a professional guide about the secret facility, which only opened to the public relatively recently. Take snaps of yourself next to a real World War 2 tank on your way back to Krakow, and come away with memorable stories to share.

Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

4. 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.

From Krakow: Nowa Huta Premium Tour

5. From Krakow: Nowa Huta Premium Tour

Time travel to an ideal socialist city and see Krakow from a new perspective. Visit Krakow’s biggest district, built in the 1950’s as socialist utopian city, and discover what it looks like today. During your tour, you will be picked up directly from your hotel in a comfortable car and driven to Nowa Huta district where an English speaking guide will be waiting for you. Firstly, see Plac Centralny (Central Square) which is today’s center of Nowa Huta. Learn about the district’s history and how it was developed between 1949 and 1989. Be guided on a walk through Aleja Roz (Avenue of Roses) where you will learn about the architecture of the district. See Tadeusz Sendzimir Steelworks and spend some time wandering through offices before your guide takes you to a secret underground tunnel. Back on the ground, head to Arka Pana (Lord’s Ark) Church which was the first church built in Nowa Huta. Last but not least, you will be able to see real Soviet IS-2 tanks in front of Museum of the Armed Act which is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Nowa Huta. The tour is around 3 hours long and after, you will be taken back directly to your hotel.

Krakow: Private Guided Tour to Nowa Huta Communism District

6. Krakow: Private Guided Tour to Nowa Huta Communism District

Enjoy a visit to a place you have probably never seen before. Learn the history of Nowa Huta, an authentic, Soviet-built district in Krakow.  Learn about the most important places like Plac Centralny (central square), Kombinat (a metal factory that was built in 1954), People's Theatre, and even a real Soviet tank.  Additionally, there is a chance of visiting bomb shelters that had been built in case of the outbreak of WWIII or nuclear war.  Get familiar with everyday life in Poland starting from 1950 all the way until 1989 when communism has fallen.  Enjoy amazing views and create an unforgettable experience.

Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

7. 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.

Best of Krakow 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

8. Best of Krakow 1-Day Private Guided Tour with Transport

Meet your guide to start a private tour of Krakow's best highlights. Start by exploring Nowa Huta, and admire the massive blocks of communist-era apartment blocks. See Central Square in the middle of this section of the city designed according to the ideals of socialist architecture. You'll also discover where Lenin used to take regular walks. Next, explore Kosciuszko’s Mound. From the top of the hill, you will see a beautiful panorama of Krakow. Stroll through an exhibition telling the secrets of this well-known fort. Hear about important periods in the history of Poland. Continue following the guide to reach Wawel Hill. Listen to stories about Polish kings during medieval times. Admire the royal residence of the Wawel Castle. Go inside Wawel Cathedral, where the kings of Poland were crowned and laid to rest. Visit the Old Town, where your guide will show you around the huge Market Square, the Town Hall Tower, the historic Cloth Hall, and the monuments of Mickiewicz and Eros. See the impressive St. Mary’s Basilica built in the gothic style. Pass by one of the world's oldest universities, the Jagiellonian University. Finally arrive at the former Jewish District. Take in the architecture, the cute narrow alleys, and the laid back coffee shops. Visit the Tempel Synagogue and admire its architecture. Your guide will tell you stories about this area and show you hidden gems known only by locals.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Former Communist Neighborhood Walking Tour

9. 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.

Krakow Guided Tour with Kazimierz and Nowa Huta

10. Krakow Guided Tour with Kazimierz and Nowa Huta

Join us on this tour to discover the historical differences and specific types of architecture in Krakow. Nowa Huta was founded in 1949 and centered on Poland's first integrated steelworks. During our tour, you will have the opportunity to see the area's Central Square, then Mogila's former village featuring the Cistercian Monastery. Admire the monastery's fascinating sacral architecture, very well-preserved in the midst of Soviet-era grey housing blocks. We will then pass the entrance gate to Metal Steelworks, formerly named after Lenin, the Rose Avenue, Folk Theatre and the 'Arka' Church in Bienczyce. Afterwards, you will go to former Jewish District, Kazimierz, to take in the many historic synagogues and its unique atmosphere. Stop for a rest and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the jewish cafés. Our final stop is the Old Town of Krakow, home to the Cloth Hall, Sukiennice, in the middle of the Main Market Square. Sit and admire the impressive St. Mary's Basilica and experience the unique atmosphere of the market square as the tour comes to an end.

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What people are saying about Nowa Huta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 589 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.

Mateusz was an excellent guide, supplementing his historic knowledge with great anecdotes and humorous episodes from the era. The location is amazing and we saw a fair bit of what lies beneath thanks to the the unique access Mateusz had secured. He is not just a guide, he is actually involved in the conservation of this monument and the area of Nowa Huta in general, which is another positive aspect of this great experience. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in Industrial or Soviet history

Saw the history of the area starting from the late 1940’s through pictures and site visit. Some of the sites visited included living areas, steelworks (administration building) and historic church.

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