Nowa Huta Tour
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WHAT IS THIS TOUR ABOUT?
Are you interested in visiting Nowa Huta? Are you worried about missing interesting sights without an experienced tour guide? Well, fear no more! Project eNHa trip has you covered!
The starting point of the tour can be anywhere in Krakow. Then we take our stylish retro-communist vehicles for a ride through the center of Nowa Huta. During the ride, our guide will show you old photos for comparison of how much things have changed since the city was first built and offer insight on Nowa Huta’s recent history. Once the tour is over you will be taken back to the city center (scroll down to the itinerary for more).
The tour vehicles are especially what makes the drive so charming. You will the opportunity to ride a classic Polish Fiat 126 model called “Maluch” – which literally means “Small One” or “Toddler” – a car which has been popular in Poland for a very long time, and is even said to be highly appreciated by Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks. If the car is too small for your group, there are other, bigger automobiles waiting for you as well, such as Nysa, a larger Fiat, or even an UAZ, all classic eastern block cars models with rich, fascinating history behind them.
For a special, extended tour, we offer a visit to one of our historic shelters, and to see in person what socialist era appartment interior design was like up close – experience the atmosphere of the 50′ and 60′ of 20th century first hand!
Classic Tour Itinerary
Basic 2.5h version
|A stroll through the Central Square and Roses Avenue – the spot where once stood the biggest statue of Lenin in all Poland, before it was taken down in 1989. See the remains of Socialist Realism architecture in the heart of the town, and learn more about the urban layout of a city, and the history of its construction.|
|The main gates of Nowa Huta steelworks, and the grand entrance to Kombinat office buildings, together with the famous sign “Huta im. T. Sendzimira” (meaning “T. Sendzimir’s Steelworks”) – altered after the fall of communism. Learn about Kombinat’s history and the huge steelworks initiative, which was the reason why the new city was founded.|
|A great opportunity to take some pictures with a genuine polish IS2 tank, which took part in real battles on the eastern front of WWII, and which still stands proudly in Nowa Huta, thematically appropriate right next to the Military Effort Museum and the Ludowy Theater.|
|St. Mary’s Church of the Lord’s Arc – the first church built in Nowa Huta after a long campaign by local people, as the original communist town had no churches at all. It later became a symbol and rebellion base against the socialist regime.|
How much for a tour?
Prices may vary depending on the vehicle of choice, but standard 2-people tour by Fiat 126 costs 330 PLN (with an English-speaking guide, if requested). All prices are tax-inclusive.
|Number of people||Vehicle of choice||Price per person|
|1||Fiat 126||240 PLN|
|2-3||Fiat 126, Lada 2101, Lada 2102||180 PLN|
|4-8||2x Fiat 126, 2x Lada 2101, UAZ 452, Nysa 522*||170 PLN|
|9 and more||multiple vehicles||160 PLN|
*groups may be smaller than listed for a selected vehicle, but an extra fee may be required.
Extended tour options
Tours up to 4 hours
|Look around Kombinat Steelworks former offices, carefully preserved from 20th century, all of which stand upon one of Nowa Huta’s historic underground shelters.
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|Descend into one Nowa Huta’s of military shelters, which served as headquarters in times of emergency – one of the many traces of Cold War around Nowa Huta. Entrance ticket just 15 PLN, tour guide included.
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|See a steelworks head-director appartment with genuine polish interior design from the 50’s, “the time machine” as the locals call it. Experience the atmosphere of life in mid-20th century Nowa Huta.|
|Try Polish cuisine at the local Milk Bar. “Milk Bars” had been popular in Poland since the communist era. Instead of selling sweets, they sell home-made food for very cheap prices. Their original purpose was to provide affordable food for poor workers. But despite being cheap, the quality of the food is still incredible!|
Cars of the Socialist Era
Take a cruise in the past
Take a trip in the company of expert guides, keen to share their history and their love of their city. Pickups from any destination within the city, as well as a drive back to the city center, are all included in our tour offer. eNHa TRIP offers plenty of authentic vehicles from the socialist era, for the added effect of “travelling through time”: take a pick between Polish Fiat 126 model “Maluch”, Lada 2101, classic Nysa, Żuk, or even a soviet army van model UAZ 452!
And for those who prefer comfort over travelling in style, you can book a trip in a regular modern car too – we strive for maximum satisfaction and will tailor the tour to your needs and wishes.
Manufactured in Poland in 1972-2000, a classic model commonly nicknamed “Maluch” – which literally means “Small One” or “Toddler”, with the engine output of 24 horsepower (almost 18 KWh). Popular since it came out – as Tom Hanks himself can attest – it’s practically a cultural icon. You think 3 passangers couldn’t fit? Find out for yourself!
Manufactured in the Soviet Union in 1970-1988. Otherwise known as Waz 2101, also commonly nicknamed “Kopeyka” (meaning “penny” in Russian), it was the first model in a series of a Soviet passenger cars, based on italian model of Fiat 124. Lada quickly became a real hit in the USSR. Recommended passanger number is 3-4 people.
Żuk A 07
The Żuk (pl. beetle) was a van and light truck produced in Lublin, Poland, between 1958 and 1998 by FSC. It was based on FSO Warszawa, which in turn was based on the Soviet passenger car GAZ-M20 Pobeda. The chassis, suspension and engine from FSO Warszawa formed the basis of the Żuk and the Nysa light vans designed in the late 1950s.
produced in the town of Nysa, Poland, between 1958-1994. ZSD Nysa van was considered more comfortable and spacious than its sibling Żuk (meaning “Bug” in Polish). Vaguely reminiscent of an old-fashioned firetruck, although typically it came in blue. It served as a common vehicle for military police during the communist era.
belongs to a family of off-road vans, produced at the Ulyanovsk city in Russia, produced since 1965 till present day! Because of the external similarities to a loaf of bread, the vehicle became commonly known as Буханка (bukhanka, meaning “loaf” in Russian). Commonly comes in dark military colors, such as green, brown or gray.
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