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Krakow Crazy Communism Tour in Trabant

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Explore Nowa Huta, Krakow's pre-planned socialist district, in a vintage Trabant automobile. Your guide will keep you amused with stories about how the average Pole lived, worked and played under communism, and treat you to refreshments at a local communist restaurant.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English
It was great to have such an easy going and fun guide with great personal insights from his own and his family's experience. Though it would have been nice to get more info on the history side and how it shaped Krakows society today. Otherwise, it was a refreshing interesting tour, far from the traditional touring experience!
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Reviewed by Paulina

Highlights

  • Explore the Nowa Huta socialist district with a laidback local guide
  • Get around in an authentic Trabant automobile
  • Refreshments in an old-fashioned restaurant

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Description

Our Communism Tour was featured in BBC's 'Palin's New Europe' series and covered by nearly all Polish and many international TVs and newspapers.

On this 3-hour tour you’ll travel in a vintage Trabant automobile to Krakow's pre-planned socialist district of Nowa Huta, complete with steelworks and houses built in the Soviet realist style.

This unique project was meant to be a model communist city, but later came to be one of the centres of revolution and resistance within Poland.

During the tour you’ll travel back in time to experience the wonders of this one-of-a-kind district. Not only will you discover what life was like under communism, you’ll hear all sorts of interesting stories. Your laidback local guide will certainly bring the good old days back to life!

Walking around the district, drinks in an old-fashioned restaurant, a quick visit to a local 1950s shop with traditional tacky souvenirs, truly socialist interior design, and a small exhibition of real-life Communist artefacts are all part of the 'Communism Tour.'

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What’s included & not included

  • Private 3-hour tour of the Nowa Huta district with hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transport in a vintage Trabant automobile (for groups of 4-6 people, transportation in 2 vintage cars)
  • Laidback English-speaking local guide
  • Refreshments in an old-fashioned restaurant
  • A small exhibition of real-life Communist items in the local 1950s shop
  • Gratuities (optional)

Meeting point

You hotel/apartment

Reviews from travellers (14)

4.9/5

A
Having done a similar tour in other Eastern European countries, we were keen to see the communist district of Nowa Huta and learn more about Kraków under communist rule. Our guide, Blazej, was absolutely brilliant - interesting, entertaining and incredibly friendly. He was really great to talk to and made the whole experience very enjoyable. He even managed not to laugh too hard when I fell over (very embarrassing!)
I was really impressed that, even though I booked the communist tour, they gave my friend a chance to drive the trabant on our request. They were very willing to make the tour work for us. The car was great fun and the sites we saw were interesting and provided a good contrast to the old town where we spent most of our time. It was nice also to sit in an unchanged restaurant, have some vodka and chat about both communist life and the more current problems faced by Poland.
A great morning, a great guide and a great experience. Thanks very much.
M
Used Crazy Guides for a tour of the historic Communist area of Krakow. Our guide Kornela was wonderful and made our time with her thoroughly enjoyable. This tour included being picked up and driven around in a Trabant and I was even allowed a go at driving it!
L
We went on this tour with Kuba and had a brilliant time driving around in the Trabant, learning about life under communism and the propaganda. Kuba's friendly relaxed nature made it a brilliant day, the vodka and cafes made it a memorable day.
3
The Communist tour was part of a four day trip to Krakow, and was one of the highlights. Marieck our guide and driver was very enthusiastic and knowledgable. Driving around in an old Trabant, learning about life under communism was so interesting and left us wanting to learn more. The lunch at the milk bar was tasty and different. Would definitely recommend this tour and the guides. Thank you for an interesting and enjoyable morning.
An interesting and informative couple of hours spent seeing parts of Krakow I would not otherwise have encountered. Our guide told a good story help us see the local context for exotic events I remember from BBC news reports back in the 1980's.

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5.0/5

P
Most fun tour of our 7 week Europe trip
We spent seven weeks touring various cities in eastern Europe, and our tour in Krakow with Crazy Guides was one of the highlights of our trip. We took the Deluxe Communism tour, which goes to the communist community, Nowa Huta, which was established by Stalin as the "model" communist community after WW2. Our guide was Kornelia, and she was terrific. She was both knowledgeable and personable, and she spoke excellent English. Kornelia picked us up at our hotel in a lime green Trabant, which was fun to ride in, and our tour included lunch at one of the few "milk cafes" left from the time that the communists were in power. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, and I would highly recommend taking this tour while you are in Krakow. I promise that this is a tour that you will be telling your friends for months after you return home.
O
Highlight of our trip to Krakow
I can't recommend the deluxe trabant tour enough.

Firstly Nova Huta is a really cool and unique place and not something you are going to see in other ex-comunist cities. It is a soviet version of paris rather than a string of tower blocks.

Secondly our tour guide was really great and we absolutely loved driving around in the Trabant. The deluxe tour gave us extra time to explore and my wife fell in love with the Milk Bar pierogis.
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