Communist Warsaw

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Basic Information
Short Description
Warsaw was completely destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt in a completely new, communist style. On this tour you will see Warsaw Downtown with examples of socialist realist and modernist architecture and learn about the history of the capital from 1944-1989.
Total time
English, Spanish (check the booking calendar for availability)
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
All Saints Church, address: Plac Grzybowski 3/5. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella.Go to map
Ending point
Plac Konstytucji
Additional info
♿️Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
The thing you simply cannot help not to notice when arriving in Warsaw is the Palace of Culture and Science. Despite the new development and skyscrapers built in the last two decades, the 46-floor Gotham-like colossus still remains the city’s icon. Let us tell you the story behind it: the story of Warsaw between 1945 and 1989. Rebuilt from a sea of ruins and transformed into the grey capital of the communist paradise: the People’s Republic of Poland.

Communism left its marks all over the city; it was meant to overshadow everything that was before and that was to come in the future. Let us show you some of the iconic post-war architectural landmarks and learn about their role in shaping a new kind of person – Homo Sovieticus. Hear a story of control, terror, and propaganda, but also of the absurdities of daily life under communism. Understand the everyday struggle to have a normal life in a situation that, from today’s point of view, was very abnormal.

We will talk about:

· everyday life in the People’s Republic of Poland

· the inner workings of communist propaganda

· examples of monumental architecture

· anti-communist movement


And you will get a chance to see:

  • Grzybowski Square

  • Palace of Culture and Science

  • Ministry of Agriculture

  • milk bar

  • … and much more!

Meeting Point
All Saints Church, address: Plac Grzybowski 3/5. Look for the guide with yellow umbrella.

Booking is obligatory. 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.

Tour interesantísimo!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3 months ago

Andres un excelente guía, explicando todo de maravilla con ejemplos muy ilustrativos e interesantes. Muy recomendado para entender la opinión actual del Comunismo en Polonia.

Maya Faulkner Fernández

Para entender el comunismo en Varsovia

Rated 5.0 out of 5
11 months ago

Andrés es un buen guía para este tour porque ofrece su experiencia personal y es impagable.


jewish life

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

We did the Tour about the ghetto on the Juwish live of Warsaw today and it was really great.Thanks a lot!

Heinrich Schimpf

Muy buen tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Piotrek es un excelente guía polaco que habla perfecto el español y sabe a la perfección la historia de Polonia, es ameno, responde todas las preguntas e inquietudes, es amable y entretenido


Overall nice tour

Rated 3.0 out of 5
1 year ago

The tour overall was okay. The guide (Lukas) sometimes was a bit too dramatic and acted more like an actor than a guide. It also felt like he was explaining things to kids. (And yes, we all got that you pay all the taxes, no need to remind it again and again)

But is knowledge is great and this is just my opinion. If you want to understand how people lived in Warsaw during the 50 years of communism this tour is suggested


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