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Discover Krakow’s communist history on a tour in a Trabant car. Take a ride in the vehicle classic to the era and explore the Nowa Huta district with your guide. Along the way, hop out to wander the neighborhood’s streets and learn about the rich history behind them. Upgrade to extend your tour with a visit to a private museum and a communist-era restaurant.
Communism tour of Krakow
See the city in a car popular during communism - the Trabant
Visit the Nowa Huta district and other communism-related sites
Begin your tour with pickup from your Krakow hotel. Hop in your Trabant with your guide and travel back in time as you cruise through the city in a car manufactured by the Eastern Bloc.
Head to the Nowa Huta district, famously known as the city’s communist enclave. Learn the history behind the neighborhood that was Stalin’s ‘gift’ to Krakow, and one of the most pronounced examples of social engineering. Hop out to wander the labyrinth of tenements, designed to be a model communist city. Hear the stories of life behind the Iron Curtain as you explore the epicenter of Poland's resistance movement, a revolution which lead to the eventual overthrow of the communist government.
To upgrade your tour, select the 4-hour deluxe option at time of booking. This extended excursion includes a trip to a communist-era restaurant and a guided visit to a private museum. See a communist apartment, try pickled cucumbers and hop behind the wheel to test out the Trabant on your own.
We invite you for a refreshment to one of the stylish restaurants in Nowa Huta.
Great little tour, liked the guide. The Trabant really added to the immersive experience. Works well as a short trip when visiting Auschwitz on Saturday and filling the time before the airport on the Sunday morning. Our guide even drove us to the airport and saved us the price of a taxi.
Communism Tour in a Genuine Trabant Automobile from Kraków
, Dec 2019
We were touring Eastern Europe for a month. This tour was a major highlight of our trip. The itinerary was very well thought out. Touring Nowa Huta, the Soviet « utopian » city in an era car and experiencing a little bit what it was like to live there (including the propaganda) far exceeded our expectations. What really made the trip was our guide. Claudia is a outstanding young woman. Her knowledge and passion made a deep impression on us in helping to understand life in Cold War Kraków. And her mastery of the ancient Trabant is fantastic. We would strongly recommend this tour with Claudia.
Our lovely guide Cornelia was as funny and fun as the car, and the areas she took us weren't covered by any other tour. After you've done the conventional tours, try this one for an unforgettable experience.
The tour is very engaging and interesting, you learn so much and riding in the Trabant is exciting if not a little scary. Our tour guide Maciek (apologies if misspelt) was fantastic and very friendly, it was a great experience overall and I definitely recommend to anyone visiting Krakow.
The driving experience is great and completely authentic - uncomfortable, noisey plus you feel vulnerable in traffic, and the overall feeling that the 33 year old car you are travelling in may not actually make it to your destination. The guide was young and well trained, but perhaps lacked the depth of experience and knowledge than somebody that may have lived through the era would have had. Our main issue with the tour was that we were placed together with another group which negatively impacted the entire experience for us. It was hard to see why this was necessary as we had two guides, two cars and in our view was totally avoidable. A private tour should be as advertised.
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. I'm glad to hear that you liked the experience (the car, the guide and the concept). I'm sorry though that you did not feel comfortable with sharing this experience with other travelers. It happens occasionally that guides follow the same route if they meet in Nowa Huta with our guests on same tour. We look into this issue more comprehensively to avoid further unpleasant situations. Once again I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Highlight of my trip to Krakow. I left the tour with so much new knowledge about Poland and Krakow. Our guide was very sweet and she even drove me to wherever I had to go afterwards. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who has an interest in communist Europe.
We had an AWESOME afternoon with our crazy guide Goshka !! The tour was fun , historical and interesting ! We loved everything about this tour , from driving around in the trabant and great commentary from our lovely guide ! We did the delux 4 hour trip and was worth it as we got to see an old apartment in Nowa Huta , we loved it all ! Special thanks to our CRAZY GUIDE !!! She was FABULOUS !!
If you visit Krakow and have any interest in the recent history of Poland you would be doing yourself a dis-service by not booking this tour. I highly recommend the deluxe tour as it also includes lunch in one of the legendary milkbars of the communist era. Sparse, but delicious. Also, if you have the ability to ask for a specific tour guide you must request Agnieszka Masternak. Not only is her English immaculate, but her knowledge and personal experiences of the transition from communism to capitalism made the tour and experience that much more enriching. A must if visiting Krakow.