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Life under communism in Warsaw

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Experience for yourself what life was like under the watchful eye of Big Brother on a fascinating bike tour of communist Warsaw.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French
We had an absolutely fascinating bike tour of Warsaw during which our erudite and entertaining guide presented the background to the communist takeover of the city following the Second World War. I would highly recommend the tour for people who enjoy some gentle cycling and wish to learn more about this amazing city. Very highly recommended.
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Highlights

  • Learn about life in communist Warsaw
  • Visit places linked to the regime
  • Marvel at the monumental Palace of Culture and Science
  • See how the working masses lived in the Marszałkowska Housing District

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Description

Poland was a communist country for nearly 50 years, and was the first country to break out from behind the Iron Curtain and become a democratic state. Warsaw, its capital, became the centre of the new socialist reality, witnessing all of the terror and absurdities of the system.

Painting the grass green for official visits, standing in long queues for meat and toilet paper, being surrounded by the propaganda of success; this was all part of everyday life.

We want to show you sites that will help you understand why Poles both love and hate the Palace of Culture and Science, what they think of 1945 liberation, and why they’re proud of what happened in 1989.

Helmets and baskets are available on request.

SAFETY
Please note that the guide responsible for the tour may refuse a participant on the tour/ask a participant to leave the tour if they consider the participant to be unfit to participate (drunk, aggressive, behaving in a way that makes continuing the tour difficult or impossible, etc.) Refusal for safety reasons is not grounds for a refund. Further, each participant shall confirm that they know the Polish road rules concerning bicycles.

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What’s included & not included

  • Expert local guide
  • Bike rental
  • Refreshments
  • Rain poncho (PLN 5)

Meeting point

Station Warsaw bike tours (Koźla 16/18)

Reviews from travellers (2)

4.5/5

J
We had an absolutely fascinating bike tour of Warsaw during which our erudite and entertaining guide presented the background to the communist takeover of the city following the Second World War. I would highly recommend the tour for people who enjoy some gentle cycling and wish to learn more about this amazing city. Very highly recommended.
M
My friends and I did the Communist Tour last November. We saw some great parts of the city which we wouldn't see on our own. The guide knew a lot about the history and his English was good. Cycling is easy and safe in Warsaw, as you can see on the photo our friend Ralph did the tour with his eyes closed. The tour is a good way to explore the city, we had some good fun! Even our friend Ralph who had a little hangover had a fun time, after he bought a coke in the Milkbar for 2 zloty.

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4.9/5

Awesome
Learned a lot about Warsaw in a short night bike ride. Sunset was great from bridge. Guide was well informed and a pleasure to meet. A must do!
Quick and fun way to tour the center of Warsaw
I knew I could ride a bike, theoretically, but never actually used it to ride in a city.
What I noticed about Warsaw after spending a couple of days here is that it is a very friendly city for cyclists, safe and adapted for riding. This is why I decided to give it a try and had a very interesting tour across the historical part of the city.
The 3-hour tour will take you to the main landmarks and streets, through parks that have their own stories, to a place with popular cafes and to the bank of Wisła with a wonderful view. The pace of riding was quite easy for me as a beginner. The only hard part was to ride up the hill at the end of the tour, so I rode half the hill and went up by foot the other half. This tour was the highlight of my week in Warsaw, and I'm very glad I found it on this website.
Thanks for an exciting and well prepared bike tour!
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Tour operated by: Station Warsaw