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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.

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.

Krakow: Guided Tour of Nowa Huta in A Communist-Era Car

4. Krakow: Guided Tour of Nowa Huta in A Communist-Era Car

Immerse yourself in an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car such as a Fiat, Lada, Uaz, or other. Board a small time machine and take a guided ride through the streets of an ideal housing estate designed for the convenience of the ordinary workers of the Lenin steelworks in the 1950s. Feel the atmosphere of those times, listen to stories and anecdotes about where the largest monument to the leader of the revolution stood, what cars they used, and how Polish people lived behind the Iron Curtain. Imagine what the streets of Nowa Huta looked like thanks to numerous examples of functional architecture from that time and be given a comparison of the changes that have taken place. See Plac Centralny and Aleja Róż, which are most vividly characterized by socialist realism architecture and the assumptions in the urban layout of an ideal city of workers. Take advantage of a great opportunity to take some photos with a real IS2 tank that took part in battles on the Eastern Front of WWII. Next, visit St. Mary's Church of the Lord's Ark, the first church built in Nowa Huta after a long campaign by the local population, as there were no churches at all in the original communist city. The Church later became the symbol and base of the rebellion against the socialist regime. Finally, learn about and see the main gate of the steelworks and the history of this company, which required the founding of a whole new city.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in a Communist-Era Car

5. Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in a Communist-Era Car

Immerse yourself in an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car such as a Fiat, Lada, Uaz, or other. Board a small time machine and take a guided ride through the streets of an ideal housing estate designed for the convenience of the ordinary workers of the Lenin steelworks in the 1950s. Feel the atmosphere of those times, listen to stories and anecdotes about where the largest monument to the leader of the revolution stood, what cars they used, and how Polish people lived behind the Iron Curtain. Imagine what the streets of Nowa Huta looked like thanks to numerous examples of functional architecture from that time and be given a comparison of the changes that have taken place. See Plac Centralny and Aleja Róż, which are most vividly characterized by socialist realism architecture and the assumptions in the urban layout of an ideal city of workers. Take advantage of a great opportunity to take some photos with a real IS2 tank that took part in battles on the Eastern Front of WWII. Next, visit St. Mary's Church of the Lord's Ark, the first church built in Nowa Huta after a long campaign by the local population, as there were no churches at all in the original communist city. The Church later became the symbol and base of the rebellion against the socialist regime. Finally, learn about and see the main gate of the steelworks and the history of this company, which required the founding of a whole new city.

Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Communist-Era Cars

6. Krakow: Nowa Huta Guided Tour in Communist-Era Cars

Immerse yourself in an interesting lesson about the history of Nowa Huta and see typical examples of Socialist Realist architecture aboard a Communist-era car such as a Fiat, Lada, Uaz, or other. Board a small time machine and take a guided ride through the streets of an ideal housing estate designed for the convenience of the ordinary workers of the Lenin steelworks in the 1950s. Feel the atmosphere of those times, listen to stories and anecdotes about where the largest monument to the leader of the revolution stood, what cars they used, and how Polish people lived behind the Iron Curtain. Imagine what the streets of Nowa Huta looked like thanks to numerous examples of functional architecture from that time and be given a comparison of the changes that have taken place. See Plac Centralny and Aleja Róż, which are most vividly characterized by socialist realism architecture and the assumptions in the urban layout of an ideal city of workers. Take advantage of a great opportunity to take some photos with a real IS2 tank that took part in battles on the Eastern Front of WWII. Next, visit St. Mary's Church of the Lord's Ark, the first church built in Nowa Huta after a long campaign by the local population, as there were no churches at all in the original communist city. The Church later became the symbol and base of the rebellion against the socialist regime. Finally, learn about and see the main gate of the steelworks and the history of this company, which required the founding of a whole new city.

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What people are saying about Our Lady Queen of Poland Church

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 157 reviews

All round excellent trip. Awesome experience being picked up in such an old car and taken back to literally another time. The guide (Mateusz) was genuinely passionate about the topic and you could see he loved every moment of telling you all about his home town. A must do in krakow!

We had Matthew (with the long hair) as our guide. His passion for the history of the region and his work was evident, very knowledgeable and extremely friendly, offering us advice about the best restaurants in the area as well. Highly recommend this unique experience.

Amazing tour with very friendly Matteusz that has a great command of English; full of information complemented by personal anecdotes! Highly recommended if you want to know more on a recent period of Polish history...

Our guide Tom was really good please say a big thank you to him It was very well organised Many thanks

See a different side of Krakow + Poland. Very interesting+ enjoyable.