ca. 4 hrs
NO. OF PERSONS
from 1 to 8 or 9+
private, walking/by car
Explore Krakow - step by step
See the large complex of housing estates designed and developed by the communist authorities in 1950-ies. Learn about the inhuman Soviet system, terror and unbelievable inconveniences of everyday life under the communist occupation.
This city tour allows you to visit the district of Nowa Huta established by the Communists in 1949. Poland was ruled by the Soviet communist regime for over fourty years since the end of the Second World War until 1989. See the heritage of that period of Poland’s history and learn a lot about it from our expertise guide – a real wealth of knowlage.
We will pick you up directly from your hotel and take you to Nowa Huta (20 minutes drive).
During about 2 hours visiting of the quarter with a licensed city guide you will see all the highlights of Nowa Huta with their history related to the communism era. Our guide will introduce you to the history of that district. You will see the former Lenin Steelworks with its administrative centre and the first residential estates established by the communists in the closest vicinity of the plant.
Following the history you will reach the Central Square and Rose Avenue where there is the Stylowa Cafe – the only one from the communist period. A short coffee break in a socialist realist interior is also included in price.
You will also visit the most important churches and sacral places in the area of Nowa Huta and get to know about the crucial role of priests, catholics and first of all Pope John Paul II in the overthrow of communism.
As the second part of that tour you will see the ‘People of Krakow in Times of Terror 1939-1945-1956’ exhibition, established on Pomorska Street at the former Gestapo prison building. There is the fate of the Polish people as victims of the Nazi and Communist occupation shown.
You can learn a lot about the Communist terror by visiting the exhibition devoted to the period of 1945-1956 that presents various attitudes of the citizens against the people’s power imposed on the Polish society. This is a single narrative on the similarities between the two totalitarian, inhuman systems: the Nazi and the communist. This is presented to the visitors by means of the persons from the Gestapo and the Security Office. This exhibition is a story of the ordinary people, inhabitants of Krakow, who lived here in this tragic period in Polish history.
The exhibition on Pomorska Street presents this tragic history in a modern manner by using documents, family souvenirs and photographs, the elements of stage design, including the arranged interrogation room and the audiovisual presentations or recordings of the witnesses.
& CAR TOUR
If you're interested in this tour please contact us.
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Private transfer by comfortable car or mini-van
- 4 hours visiting with an English speaking licensed city guide
- Highlights: Former Lenin Steelworks’ Main Gate and Administrative Centre, Cistercian Monastery and Church in Mogila, Wanda and Willowe residential estates, Ronald Reagan Central Square, Rose Avenue, Stylowa Cafe, Ludowy Theatre, Nowa Huta Cross, Ark of Lord Church, Bogdan Wlosik Square, Pomorska Street with the People of Krkow in Times of Terror 1939-1945-1956 exhibition
- Coffee break at the Stylowa Cafe
- Entrance tickets to the Pomorska Museum
By taking this private tour by car you have a guarantee of being taken back and forth directly and in a full comfort. We do not do group transfers by large buses where people are sometimes driven around the city for one hour collecting other tourists before leaving Krakow.
For this tour we provide comfortable, air conditioned and spacious cars to be exclusively at your disposal. We are fully licensed for tour and transportation services. All our drivers speak very good English.
You are more than welcome to contact us in case of any inquiry. We will give you all additional information you need, and will organize your tour according to your requirements.