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Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

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Nowa Huta: Steelworks Administration Buildings/Shelters Tour

From £10.13 per person

The main reason to build Nowa Huta city was a huge Steelworks constructed in eastern part of Krakow. Today you can visit its interiors and management offices, and also its underground bomb shelters prepared in case of global conflict.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Polish, Russian
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  • Take the opportunity to tour inside the Nowa Huta Steelworks buildings
  • Feel the soul of cold war era, going down to the bomb shelters and the underground command center
  • Expand your buildings tour and join a private sightseeing of the entire district with an experienced local guide
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If you visiting Krakow do not forget to visit Nowa Huta! Find your guide and go to this perfect socialist city of the 50s. Expand your adventure to visit the partially abandoned steelworks that still works. Together with your guide go to explore two almost twin buildings and find out the differences between them. Go through the underground tunnel connecting the two buildings and see how bomb shelters looked in the second half of the 50's. Visit the majestic entrance hall, resembling the renaissance staircase and rooms where expensive and solid ornamental stones were used to satisfy the aesthetic senses of the directors of the plant. Visit the director's executive offices and the corner offices of the engineers. Check out how the radio control room and radio station works, and listen to authentic tapes recorded here! See the theater hall in the workers building, which is also used today and visit one of the eight oval corner staircases which are located in both buildings
  • Guided tour
  • Entry to the Steelworks
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4.7 /5

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We had a great time exploring the Administration Buildings of the steelworks and underground shelter in Nowa Huta with our guide Mateusz. The buildings are a great reflection a historical period and definitely worth seeing to further undertstand the history of steelworks and Nowa Huta. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging throughout and spoke excellent English. Being picked up in an original retro car was a real treat and made the trip even more memorable.

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15 December 2021

Our 90 minute experience of Nowa Huta was a fantastic tour that was made incredibly interesting by our amazing guide Mateusz. Mateusz made the tour fun as well as informative, adding funny anecdotes about his grandma and her experience during the communist era as well as answering every question we had with great knowledge. Firstly, we toured the abandoned steelworks administration building, walking through former offices containing relics from the Lenin era. We then went down to the underground bunker and explored the various communication rooms and living quarters. Our tour was great and would definitely recommend to anyone staying in and around Krakow to visit this hidden gem! We think the abandoned building should also be made into a museum!

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20 February 2020

Steel yard / combined unique building in Polish socrealism, a jewel in communis

A jewel in communist rule in nowa huta you will see the administration, the interview and the double room / command during the Cold War .. almost all telephony. equipment works to the present date, by the way there is refuge's room under the buildings under nowa huta, talk about 250 pieces. There you feel communism in contrast to the old town of Kraków. English speaking guides

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6 July 2019

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