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Communist History Tours in Warsaw

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Warsaw is a thriving European city, with a rebuilt medieval core, modern glass-and-steel skyscrapers, and a flourishing restaurant scene. But, scattered around the city are reminders of one of the darkest periods in Poland’s history: the more than 4-decade-long communist rule. See below to find out more about communist history in Warsaw.
 
Communist History in Warsaw
During World War II, the Nazis occupied Warsaw, and they razed the city to the ground in retaliation for the 1944 Warsaw Rising. In 1945, the Red Army liberated the city from the Nazis but any sense of freedom was short-lived as Poland came under control of the Soviets, who set about remodeling and rebuilding Warsaw to meet their social realism vision.
 
Over the next four decades, Poland remained under a communist regime, its citizens forced to live with economic hardship and political repression. A growing wave of anti-communist fervor in the 1980s culminated in the formation of a new non-communist government in late 1989.
 
Ways to Learn About Communist History in Warsaw
Visitors to Warsaw can learn about this dark chapter in the city's history in a number of ways.
  • Zoom up to the 30th-floor observation deck of the Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki or PKiN), a 757-foot-tall (231 meter) tower given as a gift to Poland from the Soviets in the 1950s.
  • Explore exhibits at the Life Under Communism Museum (Czar PRL), which displays Communist-era furniture, objects, and memorabilia.
  • Visit Constitution Square, the centerpiece of communist Warsaw and home to numerous Stalinist-era buildings.
  • See the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party building, the former headquarters of Poland’s dominant communist party.
  • View colorful Cold War-era signs dating from the post-Stalinist '60s and '70s era at Warsaw’s Neon Museum.

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Historic Warsaw Tour by Retro Nysa Van, Warsaw, null
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Historic Warsaw Tour by Retro Nysa Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

First time visitors of Warsaw do not want to miss this opportunity to go on a tour back in time to experience historic Poland. Your expert guide will take you ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.42
Warsaw Evening Pub Crawl and City Tour in Communist Fire Van, Warsaw, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Warsaw Evening Pub Crawl and City Tour in Communist Fire Van

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

The tour combines history of Warsaw with an easy approach, suitable to the evening hours, with visits to Warsaw best drinking places. In case of history buffs ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.42
Private Off the Beaten Path Trip in Warsaw, Warsaw, City Tours
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Private Off the Beaten Path Trip in Warsaw

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A trip organized in the retro car during which we will see places that usually are non-tourist areas and are not so easy to be found. No worries! Our ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $257.08
Private Tour: Warsaw's Communist History by Retro Fiat, Warsaw, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour: Warsaw's Communist History by Retro Fiat

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Feel the spirit of communist Warsaw during this private tour in an iconic retro automobile of the 1970’s and 80’s - the Fiat 125p. You will be chauffeured by a ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.45
Private Warsaw City Tour in a Communist Fire Van, Warsaw, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Warsaw City Tour in a Communist Fire Van

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This Private tour lets you experience the city with comfort, without any rush and according to your needs. We could describe it as a "slow tour", ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hrs

From USD $149.47
Small-Group Heritage Communism Tour in Warsaw, Warsaw, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Heritage Communism Tour in Warsaw

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Embark on a communism tour by old militia van with a local English-speaking guide. Learn about Poland’s socialist history as you tour around Warsaw in a Nysa ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.05
Warsaw Layover Tour in Communist Car, Warsaw, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Warsaw Layover Tour in Communist Car

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Do you have a layover between your flights in Warsaw? It's a good idea to get to know the city, it's history and local cuisine with our professional guide and ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 4 to 6 hrs

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Private Tour: Historic Warsaw by Retro Fiat, Warsaw, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: Historic Warsaw by Retro Fiat

Learn about the Warsaw's fascinating past visiting the most historically valuable landmarks of the city. Take a seat in retro Fiat 125p on this 4-hour ...  Read more

Location: Warsaw, Poland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.45

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