3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Krakow Sightseeing Combo: Nowa Huta and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore Krakow’s district of Nowa Huta on a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour by authentic communist-era minibus. With a guide, learn about its history as a communist industrial center after World War II, and see its architecture on a 30-minute walk. Hear how the workers rose up against Soviet rule, ending Nowa Huta’s status as a model communist community. Afterward, explore historic Krakow on a hop-on, hop-off tour. Leave your bus at any stop to delve into landmarks such as Wawel Castle and the Schindler's Factory: you set the pace and the places to see!


  • Take a 2.5-hour bus and walking tour of Krakow’s Nowa Huta district
  • Ride in a vintage communist-era minibus
  • Learn about Nowa Huta's beginning as a model industrial center under communist rule
  • Hear stories from your guide about the difficulties faced by workers and how they decided to revolt
  • Leave and rejoin your bus at any of the 7 stops to discover landmarks such as Wawel Hill and Schindler’s Factory

What You Can Expect

Krakow Sightseeing Combo: Nowa Huta and Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See magnificent Wawel Cathedral on your hop-on hop-off city tour

Your Krakow sightseeing tour starts with hotel pickup in an authentic communist-era minibus, equipped with specially designed audio commentary. Travel back in time with your guide to Soviet-era Nowa Huta, approximately 6 miles (10 km) east of the city center.

As you ride down the streets of Nowa Huta in your minibus, learn about the district’s origins: after World War II ended, the communist regime planned the suburb of Nowa Huta as a location of heavy industry with a major steel factory. Hear how the district went from being a center of communist propaganda to a place of protest against Soviet control.

See examples of Nowa Huta’s characteristic architecture and hear fascinating tales from your guide about the challenges faced in the district during the communist era. After your 2.5-hour tour, which includes 30 minutes of walking around the district, finish in the Old Town. Here, your guide will give you a 24-hour hop-on, hop-off tour ticket to use in your free time.

Your ticket lets you use the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus to explore this beautiful medieval city. Absorb fantastic views of the landmarks as you travel, and hop off at any of the 7 stops that interest you most. See Wawel Hill, the epicenter of royal power during the 17th century or visit the poignant Schindler’s Factory — it’s up to you!

Listen to informative commentary as you travel and use the complimentary map to decide the stops where you want to disembark. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours from first use and you can hop on and hop off as frequently as you like!

Please see the itinerary below for a full list of Krakow hop-on, hop-off stops.


Krakow Hop-on Hop-off Bus Stops:

Wawel Hill (Wawel Castle)
Kosciuszki's Mound
Jewish Quarter (Dajwor St.)
Schindler's Factory
Basztowa (Basztowa LOT)
Bagatela Theatre
National Museum

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended April 2013

The weather was treacherous and our guide was delayed some 15 min because of the snow. We had a second tour booked in the afternoon which meant we had to get back slightly earlier that normal. He was very accommodating, charismatic and funny. Passionate about his country and people and especially Nowa Huta (being a resident himself!!) Even without formally studying English, his grasp of the language and ability to make universal jokes, had us and a Dutch couple in stitches. It was as cold inside the Nisa as it was outside, but this iconic vehicle got us everywhere we needed to, no matter how much snow was thrown at it. Definitely an experience worth having.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2014

La parte de Nova Huta fué excelente. El guia habia vivido ahi por mas de 30 años y conocia muy bien la ciudad, el ambiente y las circunstancias. No tomamos el Hop-On Hop-Off porque no conseguimos los boletos. Las instrucciones decian que los recogieramos en el hotel y ahi no sabian nada.

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