Nowa Huta - meeting with a socialist Cracow

Private city tours in Cracow with an English speaking Blue Badge guide

Kraków Nowa Huta Tour

Dates of Kraków Nowa Huta Tour:




Duration: 4 hours


Itinerary of Kraków Nowa Huta Tour:


After the Second World War Poland found itself in the Soviet sphere of influence. At the end of 1947 a decision was made by Polish and Soviet authorities to build a proletarian city, which would serve as a counterweight to Cracow. This decision was taken because many of the Cracow's inhabitants expressed their lack of support towards the new regime during the 1946 referendum. The area of two villages, Pleszów and Mogiła, located eastwards from Poland's former capital was chosen. Unfortunately, this meant that Cracow's most fertile soils were destroyed. It is worth mentioning that, in Mogiła we can still see one of the oldest (built in 1222) cistercian abbeys.


It all began with the construction of a steel mill, which would later become one of the biggest in Poland, more than 36.000 persons worked there. In the month of June of 1949 the construction of the first houses began, even before a complete plan of the city by Tadeusz Ptaszycki was finalised. In May of 1952 he finished the plan of the central part of the city. The city was designed to be a flawless garden city. The buildings located near to the Central Square (firstly dedicated to Joseph Stalin, now to Ronald Reagan) have details characteristic to renaissance, baroque and classical styles.


The farther you go from the Central Square, the lower buildings get. Nowa Huta was planned for around 100.000 inhabitants. It was divided into subdivisions, each for around 15.000 inhabitants. Every subdivision was divided into smaller zones, each for 5.000 inhabitants. Such zones was self - sufficient, each with its own nursery, kindergarten, primary school, playgrounds and shops.


If you want to know more, we invite you for a visit of the newest part of Cracow. During the visit we will see the cistercian abbey, the wooden Saint Bartholomev church, the main entrance to the steel mill - one of the most important places for Solidarność  (Solidarity) in the 1980's. On numerous occasions thousands of workers left the mill and protested against the grey reality of those times. Continuing, we will enter the Stylowa (Stylish) restaurant, considered to be the oldest and the  most important in Nowa Huta. It is open since 1956. In the typical ambient we will eat a cake and drink coffee made in the same way as it was made 60 years ago.


Later we will walk through the Rose avenue, we will see the cross in Teatralny subdivision - a  monument dedicated to fights for the construction of a new church. In Bieńczyce district we will see a church known as the Ark, consecrated by John Paul II in 1977. The church was build after numerous fights between the citizens and “Milicja” - police forces of socialist times. The church has a form of a giant ark and is similar to a chapel by Le Corbusier in Ronchamp. Millions of stones collected in rivers and streams can be seen on its facade. 


The price of Kraków Nowa Huta Tour includes:


The tour will begin at the hotel or apartment where you are accommodated. It will end in Cracow city centre or at your hotel/apartment - according to your wishes.  


Transfer from your place of accommodation and back.


Service of an English speaking Blue Badge guide for up to 4 hours.


Entrance to the Cloister of Cistercian Abbey.


whisper system for a better experience during the visit.






The price of Kraków Nowa Huta Tour does not include:


Cancellation insurance.


Anything not mentioned above.






Price per person with 6 persons:    30 euros

Price per person with 5 persons:    35 euros

Price per person with 4 persons:    43 euros

Price per person with 3 persons:    56 euros

Price per person with 2 persons:    81 euros


If there are more persons make a request, contact us and we will quote a price for you.

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