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Communism Tram and Walking Tour

MON, THU, SUN 250.00 PLN / person
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Tour summary

Communism Tram and Walking Tour

4 h
Mon, Thu, Sun
Meeting point and time: 9.00, at your centrally located hotel
•4-hour tram and walking tour of Krakow's Nowa Huta district with an expert guide
•Ride a tram to this eastern suburb, a model Soviet city built after World War II
•View Central Square, monumental Soviet buildings and tenement blocks
•See the bomb shelters and a WWII tank remaining from the Cold War era
•Visit the Lord's Ark - a Noah's Ark-shaped church demanded by the inhabitants of Nowa Huta in the 1960s
•Enjoy a drink in the legendary "Stylowa" restaurant, which has changed little from the communist times
•Learn about life under communism and how Nowa Huta led anti-Soviet resistance in the 1980s

The city centre in Kraków is interesting, but it doesn't differ that much from other European medieval cities? Poland was supposed to be grey and communist, but there are big shopping centres around and well-known global brands? We all speak English and your English-Polish phrasebook (bought with considerable difficulty) is completely useless? Don't worry, there is a place only 40 minutes away from the Market Square, where your above-mentioned ideas can still meet reality. It's Nowa Huta - the ideal communist city that grew up after the war to provide a place to live for thousands of workers coming here to work in the biggest steelworks - a gift to the Poles from Stalin himself. Here you can still see excellent examples of socialist realist architecture, interior design straight from the 1970s, and even a real tank and raid shelters prepared carefully by Communists against NATO attacks during the Cold War.

A tour of Nowa Huta starts at your centrally located hotel, from which we go to a nearby tram stop to embark on a journey by tram to Centralny Square (in the shape of the communist star) - the most important point of the city designed in the 1950s. We will go across the square to stop for a cup of coffee or tea at the "Stylowa" restaurant, where time really stood still and everything, even the staff, deceptively resembles the climate of those days. After a short break we will go further, delving into the complex mesh of interconnected blocks, see the old shelters and a Soviet tank, and then visit the "Sphinx" Youth House, which was set up as one of the cultural institutions to ensure fair working-class family entertainment. Right next to it you can see the edifice of the People's Theatre (Teatr Ludowy), known for its innovative stage productions, and a few steps further a church built on the spot where in 1960 there were regular fights to protect the cross between the theoretically non-believing inhabitants of the ideal communist city and the citizens' militia trying to remove this Catholic sign. However, another church located nearby - the Lord's Ark - became the true symbol of the fight. Having seen this special place, we will go through the local market to a tram stop to go back again to the modern, colourful city centre.

Important information

The price includes: guided tour, tram ticket, drink in "Stylowa" restaurant.
Additional information

•Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. 

•Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
•Children must be accompanied by an adult.
•Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
•Not wheelchair accessible.

 

 

 

Information

Discover ideal communist city
250 PLN

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Estimated time

4:00 hours

Individuals

Adult
from 250 zł
Student
from 250 zł
Child
from 250 zł
Baby
free

Have questions?
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We are here for you: 8:00 - 22:00 / Mon-Sun
+48 602 497 064

We’ll pick you up from your hotel!

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Ibis Kraków Stare Miasto
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Vienna House Andel’s Cracow
Wyspiański
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Park Inn by Radisson Kraków
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Ester
Batory
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Golden Tulip Kraków City Center
Maksymilian
Logos
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Ibis Kraków Centrum
Galaxy
Alexander
Best Western Premier Kraków
Q Hotel Plus Kraków
Amber Boutique
Novotel Kraków City West
Columbus
Queen Boutique
Conrad
Legend
Mercure Kraków Stare Miasto
Golden Tulip Kraków Kazimierz
Indigo Kraków Old Town
IT Miodowa 45
Best Western Plus Kraków Old Town
Ascot
Rezydent
Atrium
Astoria
Qubus
Francuski
Amadeus
Regent
Ibis Budget Kraków Stare Miasto
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