Communism Tram and Walking Tour in Krakow

Communism Tram and Walking Tour in Krakow
Tour code: L137
Duration: 4 hours
Communism Tram and Walking Tour in Krakow
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The city centre in Kraków is interesting, but it doesn't differ that much from other European medieval cities? Poland was supposed to be grey and communist, but there are big shopping centres around and well-known global brands? We all speak English and your English-Polish phrasebook (bought with considerable difficulty) is completely useless? Don't worry, there is a place only 40 minutes away from the Market Square, where your above-mentioned ideas can still meet reality. It's Nowa Huta - the ideal communist city that grew up after the war to provide a place to live for thousands of workers coming here to work in the biggest steelworks - a gift to the Poles from Stalin himself. Here you can still see excellent examples of socialist realist architecture, interior design straight from the 1970s, and even a real tank and raid shelters prepared carefully by Communists against NATO attacks during the Cold War.

A tour of Nowa Huta starts at your hotel, from there we go to a nearby tram stop to embark on a journey by tram to Centralny Square (in the shape of the communist star) - the most important point of the city designed in the 1950s. It's the starting point for the main thoroughfares of the district – the axis of work, administration, and rest, it's where you can see the most beautiful tenements designed in the socialist realist style, and finally it's where a huge statue of Lenin stood until the fall of communism in Poland, under which foreign delegations deposited flowers, and residents tried their hand at pyrotechnics, wanting to blow up the unloved leader in the air. We will go across the square to stop for a cup of coffee or tea at the "Stylowa" restaurant, where time really stood still and everything, even the staff, deceptively resembles the climate of those days. After a short break we will go further, delving into the complex mesh of interconnected blocks, see the old shelters and a Soviet tank, and then visit the "Sphinx" Youth House, which was set up as one of the cultural institutions to ensure fair working-class family entertainment. Inside you will find a great map that allows you to see the enormity of the assumptions of the plant and photographs illustrating the first years of life of the inhabitants of the city. Right next to it you can see the edifice of the People's Theatre (Teatr Ludowy), known for its innovative stage productions, and a few steps further a church built on the spot where in 1960 there were regular fights to protect the cross between the theoretically non-believing inhabitants of the ideal communist city and the citizens' militia trying to remove this Catholic sign. However, another church located nearby - the Lord's Ark – became the true symbol of the fight. Approaching closer you will see an amazing building in the shape of a boat, built of field stones by the workers themselves for 10 years. Having seen this special place we will go through the local market to a tram stop to go back again to the modern, colourful city centre.

The price includes: guided tour, tram ticket, drink in “Stylowa” restaurant

Meeting point and time: at 9:00 – at centrally located hotel

Aditional information: as the tour involves walking for the most part, please be wearing comfortable footwear

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Adults: 77.00 EUR
Students: 77.00 EUR
Children: 77.00 EUR
Student discount
  - for under 25 years with an international student ID card
Child discount
  - for children aged 4-15
Babies aged 0-3 years
  - free of charge
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