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Communist Kraków - Nowa Huta tour

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    Communism originates from the Latin expression ferm communis, which means ‘common’ or ‘universal’. Its creators were inspired by the idea of trying to find a way to eliminate differences between people. It sounds amazing, especially for citizens living in countries with vast gaps between rich and poor. When this theory was put into practice, however, it claimed over 100 million lives before the Soviet Union finally collapsed. Instead of creating an ideal society where everyone shared what they had, the communist system created a totalitarian police state and tried to enforce conformity among its citizens. Well could you imagine two happy girls wearing similar dresses at the same party? Impossible! People have the right to be different. Forced equality is against human rights!
    Nowa Huta is perfect place to understand the paradoxes of communism. A model communist city built in the monumental socialist-realist style in a country that had just suffered great loses during the Second World War. But, for communist party leaders at that time, the costs were meaningless. Tangible proof of communist power was the only thing that mattered! This ideal city was supposed to be inhabited by ideal communist citizens. Homo sapiens (thinking people) are useless in all types of regimes because when you think, there is the dangerous possibility that you won’t agree with those who think for you, in this case: Marx and Lenin. The solution to this problem was to form a new human being: homo sovieticus – people who would follow the Party without question.
    Despite this, the communist dream didn’t work out in Poland. Those who were supposed to be homo sovieticus eventually fought against and overthrew the regime.
    Join us and see one of the best examples of an ideal communist city. Beware: we will try to brainwash you with propaganda so you will become a true comrade… Just to fight the system at the end!
    During the tour you will visit:
    • Central Square and the “Solidarity Monument”
    • Monumental Avenue of Roses
    • Coffee house: propaganda movie “Direction Nowa Huta” about the beginnings of Nowa Huta, 11 minutes *
    • “Josif Stalin II” tank
    • The Ark of the Lord church
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    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    This was my favourite part about krakow. Our guide Jakob was brilliant and had lots of knowledge to share. His personal experiences and memories of living under soviet rule made it a truly memorable experience. I cannot recommend this tour enough!

    Thank angelaw30061992
    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Ela knows a lot of things about the city and showed us Kazimierz in a very enjoyable way, I would 100% recommend visiting the jewish quarter with her.

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I took the Communist Krakow Tour (Nowa Huta). It was really interesting to see this other side of the city, a side which many tourists just ignore. The architecture, the History, the pros and the cons, all was wonderfully explained by the amazing guide Boni....More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Daniel H
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Our guide Matías was absolutely passionate in his job. It was a really interesting excursion in which we could learn a lot of things about communism in Krákow and Poland. Although we think it is not a must in your visit to Krákow, we highly...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Núria Á
    Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

    The guide Ela is really good. She puts life in her words. I would have liked the tickets for the tramway had been included.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank José y
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