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Lonely Planet Experiences: Nowa Huta – Ideal Communist City

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Central Square (Plac Centralny) and find out what the communist architecture was all about.
  • Stand where Poland’s biggest Lenin monument used to be and take photos of a tank left over from the war.
  • See the huge Lord’s Ark church, made by the citizens by hand as a sign of the resistance against communism.
  • Drink vodka in a communist bar, like a true local!
  • Shop for typical snacks in a small local market that looks exactly like it did 50 years ago.
Adults 18 years old and above
Children 6 to 17 years old
Private Tour (2 person minimum) Starting price per person

Visit the Nowa Huta District of Krakow

Being in the Nowa Huta district of Krakow is like travelling back in time — all the way back to the communist era. The places you’ll visit on this unique tour are exactly as they were during the communist regime, in this neighbourhood built as a model communist city.

See the socialist realist architecture, listen to the personal stories of the local people, and visit spots where the long fight for democracy took place.

Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour:

  • The admission fee to the local Museum of the Nowa Huta helps to support the conservation of local heritage and culture.
  • We have a vodka and snack stop in a local restaurant that’s off the main tourist path, ensuring local vendors who are producing the locals’-favourite dishes also benefit from tourism to their city.
  • Support local vendors at a local market by sampling a traditional zapiekanka treat.

Language: English

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, local transport by tram, entrance to the local museum and food and drink as indicated in the tour description.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meeting point: 1 Dluga Street (ul. Dluga 1, at the corner of Dluga and Basztowa) by the entrance of the bookshop ‘Pod Globusem’.
  • Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///definite.madness.figs
  • Starting time: 9.30 AM
  • Ending point: Krakow’s Main Market Square.