Leave the touristy track with a private guide
For a short time a competition and rivalry to Krakow, lost its significance especially in last 20 years. Tourists avoid it, locals try to move out but I will take you there!
Following the establishing of the People's Republic of Poland in 1945, the Communist authorities had encountered substantial resistance to their new regime from middle-class Cracovians. A referendum held by the authorities was soundly defeated by the people of Kraków - a major cause of embarrassment for the government. To "correct the class imbalance", the authorities commenced building a satellite industrial town to attract people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to the region, such as peasants and the working class. What did they create? What did they destroy? How did it influence the region? How does the socialist realism architecture look like? All of the above and more you will learn during a very serious tour to Nowa Huta district.
•Cistercian Abbey and St. Bartholomew church (from outside).
•Wanda Mound - assumed to be the resting place of the legendary princess Wanda,
•Central Square (today Ronald Reagan Square) in the very heart of Nowa Huta, near which an enormous statue of the city's patron - V. Lenin - used to stand, chance to see characteristic architecture of '40 and '50 periods,
•steelworks - now owned by the ArcelorMittal, which closed its gates for visitors, but you will be still able to understand its size and see its elegant architecture of administrative buildings,
•visit to the Museum of History of Nowa Huta Quarter - a little exhibition about how the region looked like before (closed on Monday),
•visit to the "Lord's Ark" - the first church in Nowa Huta,
•a shot of typical booze in a popular bar from the communist era.
! Please note:
1. As your guide and driver I am not able to talk to you much while driving because of safety reasons.
2. Eating and hot drinks are not allowed in the car for your safety and comfort of all
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your accommodation in Kraków
End location: Your accommodation in Kraków
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
Traffic in the city may cause the tour lasts longer
Van (opel zafira or vivaro, both air conditioned), on foot.
transportation by car, ticket to the museum, a drink in a bar in Nowa Huta, English speaking guide/driver
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 PLN - For snacks or more drinks
I am not a licensed guide neither at Auschwitz Museum nor at the Wieliczka Salt Mine and I cannot guide inside these sites myself.
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A fascinating tour -- great insight into Krakow's history. Grzegorz is very knowledgeable and engaging. Highly recommend this tour for those looking for more than the standard tour-book high spots.