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Communist Kraków – Nowa Huta

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Language
English, Spanish, German, Polish (check the booking calendar for availability)
Total time
2 h 30 min
Meeting point
Plac Centralny (in the middle of the Central Square). Look for the guide with yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.
Category
City tours, Walking tour
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About

Those were the days when Kraków’s veins were running with coal and steel and the glorious, royal past of the city didn’t matter anymore. The world was on the eve of the Cold War and Nowa Huta, the communist district of Kraków, was built to fight and resist it. 


Visit with us Nowa Huta, one of the two still existing ideal communist cities in the world and get a chance to see the representative part of Nowa Huta – monumental Central Square and the Avenue of Roses, enter the ‘Ark of Lord’ church, a symbol of spiritual resistance of Catholic workers against the communist party will.


An ideal communist city, monumental and grand was built in a country that had just started to raise itself from the rubble of World War II. But, for the Communist Party, the costs of its construction were meaningless. Tangible proof of communist power was the only thing that mattered.


This ideal city, where religion was replaced with communist propaganda was supposed to be inhabited by ideal communist citizens: Homo Sovieticus. A new and better type of people, obedient, brainwashed and entirely devoted to the system. They were to replace the old chaotic, stubborn, free-willed and creative Homo Sapiens. But, nothing lasts forever. Eventually, the creatures turned against their masters. The people of Nowa Huta revolted and fought for freedom.


Join us and we will tell you the story of a heroic struggle of Polish workers, initiators of great strikes and protests that eventually started the fall of a Communist Block, and the beginnings of the biggest social movement of all times – Solidarity. All this in the surroundings of one of the best examples of an ideal communist city, which today, surprisingly, has so much to offer. 


During this tour, you will see:



  • monumental Centralny (Central) Square – the heart of Nowa Huta

  • the representative Avenue of Roses

  • the site of the assassination attempt on the… statue of Lenin

  • the most famous Kraków cross for which the proletariat fought

  • ‘Ark of Lord’ church, a symbol of spiritual resistance of Catholic workers against the communist party, and modernist masterpiece

  • and much more…!


Additional Important Information
Included
  • professional, local guide
Ticket Message
  • Meeting point: Plac Centralny (in the middle of the Central Square) Nowa Huta district; take a tram nr 4 or 10 from stop – Teatr Słowackiego stop to Plac Centralny stop. Look for a guide with a yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.
  • Start Time: Participants are expected to show up 5 min before the start time.
  • Language: English 
  • There is no need to print your booking confirmation. 
  • Thank you for choosing Walkative! If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Meeting Point
Plac Centralny (in the middle of the Central Square). Look for the guide with yellow umbrella or Walkative! sign.

BOOKING RULES
Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.



Outstanding tour

Rated 5 out of 5
2 weeks ago

Tomasz provided an outstanding overview of the Nowa Huta district, complimented by an apolitical dialogue of historical events. He encouraged client point of view contributions thus creating a platform for insightful discussion. He listened carefully and provided great explanations. He had a wealth of knowledge which he generously shared. A very worthwhile visit to an interesting area. I gained a very good understanding.

Jeanette polley


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