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Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

1. Krakow: Nowa Huta Tour with a Local NGO Guide

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. Get impressive views from Centrum E and the Nowa Huta Cultural Center, and then look for the shelters built to prepare for nuclear war. See the former Światowid Cinema, and visit the 13th-century Mogila Abbey and its little church of Saint Barthélemy. Learn about the legend of Queen Wanda on Wanda Mound, and discover the birthplace of the district at the Kombinat steel factory. Look at a famous sign that was altered after the fall of communism, and take photos of a Soviet tank outside the Ludowy Theater (People’s Theater). Discover the story of the Arka Pana (Lord's Ark) Church and Chapel of Conciliation and the battle the locals waged to have it built. Upgrade your tour to the extended 3.5-hour option, and include a visit to either a Cold War bomb shelter or a communist apartment.

Kraków: Nowa Huta Communist Experience Guided Tour

2. 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.

Krakow: Communism Bike Tour

3. 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.

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What people are saying about Our Lady Queen of Poland Church

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 136 reviews

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.

Highly recommend this tour. Matt was incredible. so friendly and knowledgeable. We had really interesting conversations throughout the trip. He even came to find me when I lost my Internet and couldn't find the meeting point. I am so happy I squeezed this tour in on my last day. The factory is fascinating and we were the only ones there.. just incredible. I would have loved to have seen the bunker and apartment, I was most looking forward to those, but maybe next time? I enjoyed lunch with Matt at the Milk Bar, it is very popular with the locals and a great experience. Nowa Huta bring back your roses .... I hope you do, it will look beautiful.

I had a great time with Mateusz! It was such a fun and interesting tour which was made even better with a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. As a former guide myself, I really appreciate it when a guide is clearly very passionate about what they do and what they talk about.

A stellar tour! My 14 year old son and I loved it, our guide was phenomenal as was our beautiful Lada Estate car! The tour of the Steelworks itself was terrific! Thank you so much

awesome tour! fascinating places and excellent context. Matthew (long hair) was a wonderfufl guide. highly recommend!