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Nowa Huta | An industrial relic of Communist-era Poland

Take a journey into Poland’s industrial and Communist past with a visit to the Nowa Huta Steelworks in Krakow. Built in 1949, Nowa Huta was planned as an ideal socialist realist city while the Nowa Huta Steelworks, inaugurated in 1954, symbolized Poland’s communist industrial prowess. Today, it is a district of Krakow city and its Communist-era architecture and towering chimneys attract thousands of visitors every year. Read on to learn more about Nowa Huta tours, opening hours, location, and other details to help you plan your visit.

Why visit Nowa Huta?

Why visit Nowa Huta?
  • See the power of steel production: Nowa Huta Steelworks is the heart of steelmaking in Kraków. The massive furnaces and other industrial buildings throughout the site give a glimpse into the city’s Soviet-era history, making it a completely unique experience.
  • Explore the city’s socialist architecture: Built as a model socialist realist city, Nowa Huta has many architectural gems, such as towering chimneys, imposing administrative buildings, grand avenues, and the impressive Central Square. 
  • Delve into the district’s Cold War legacy: The Cold War’s impact on Poland can be experienced in every corner of Nowa Huta. Discover the remains of Cold War-era bomb shelters, labyrinthine tunnels, and abandoned military equipment. 
  • Experience the working-class community’s transformation: Dive into the daily lives of Nowa Huta’s residents and learn about the industrial city’s evolution through time. 
  • More than just an industrial city: The steelworks represent the soul of Nowa Huta and its surrounding areas, but the city has evolved with time. Discover its spacious streets, hidden parks, green spaces, and vibrant street art.

What to see at Nowa Huta?

What to see at Nowa Huta?

Communist-era architecture

Admire the towering administrative buildings of the Nowa Huta Steelworks that provide a glimpse into mid-1950s Poland. See its unique art deco-inspired architecture and layout, a mix of Renaissance and communist influences, envisioned as the blueprint for a utopian socialist city. Its buildings are among the finest examples of socialist realist architecture.

What to see at Nowa Huta?

Cold War bunkers

There are several Cold War bomb shelters and bunkers constructed beneath the streets and buildings of Nowa Huta, which serve as a reminder of the tumultuous times that defined the Nowa Huta Steelworks during the Communist regime in Poland. Explore the labyrinthine tunnels and abandoned military equipment, and imagine life in Kraków in the middle of the 20th century.

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The Lenin Steelworks Gate

The Lenin Steelworks Gate is the iconic entrance gate to the Steelworks complex featuring hammers and sickles. Symbolizing the might of industrialization during the Communist era in Poland, it once welcomed workers into the steelworks complex. Now a relic, it is a unique spot for an Instagram-worthy picture.

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The Blast Furnace

There’s no better place to learn about the industrial history of Nowa Huta Steelworks than the massive blast furnace that dominates the landscape. Get a guided tour to learn its importance at the heart of the steelmaking process in Kraków and in Nowa Huta’s history and how it fueled Poland's post-war economic ambitions.

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Nowa Huta Museum

Visit Nowa Huta Museum, which is located within the site, to learn about the evolution of steelmaking over the decades since the mid-1950s. The museum also offers insights into the history, culture, and daily life of Nowa Huta's residents. Check out vintage machinery and see how innovation transformed Nowa Huta.

Plan your visit to Nowa Huta

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Timings: Open 24 hours. Guided tours usually start at 12 noon

Best time to visit: It is best to visit Nowa Huta Steelworks early in the morning as the crowd starts to pick up later in the day. While you can visit the site throughout the year, the summer months are comparatively better due to the milder weather conditions.

Plan your visit to Nowa Huta

Address: Tadeusza Sendzimira 1, 31-752 Kraków, Poland

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How to get to Nowa Huta:

  • By bus: 142 and 211
    Nearest stop: Kombinat
  • By tram: 10 and 16
    Nearest stop: Kombinat
  • By car: Nowa Hota Steelworks is located 36 km from John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
    Nearest parking: Parking dla Klientów (3.2 km away)
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Wheelchair facility: Nowa Huta Steelworks is wheelchair accessible and disabled-friendly.

Gift shop: Gift shops are present inside the site. You can buy souvenirs to remember your visit.

Cafe: Nowa Huta Steelworks has cafes to ensure you stay refreshed throughout your visit.

Parking: Parking is available on site although it is better to take public transport to reach Nowa Huta Steelworks.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available at Nowa Huta Steelworks.

Plan your visit to Nowa Huta
  • Dress code: There’s no dress code for visiting Nowa Huta Steelworks but remember it is an industrial site. Factor in weather conditions and potential hazards before choosing your clothing.
  • Choose the right time: Timing is essential to make the most out of your visit. Arrive early in the morning as there are fewer people around.
  • Carry your ID: You may be asked to show identification when you enter the Nowa Huta Steelworks.
  • Avoid valuable items: Do not bring valuable items like jewelry to Nowa Huta Steelworks despite the availability of storage.
  • Follow safety instructions: Ensure you adhere to the rules at the Nowa Huta Steelworks. Obey all instructions from tour guides and security personnel, and stay on designated paths.
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There are many excellent restaurants near Nowa Huta Steelworks for visitors to have a quick bite. 

  • Wild Bean Café: Wild Bean Café is a hot dog restaurant opened recently near Nowa Huta Steelworks.
  • Sale konferencyjne i Bufet HP: Sale konferencyjne i Bufet HP is an established restaurant known for its local food and peaceful ambiance.
  • LAV GRILL: Head to the LAV GRILL if you’re craving kebabs in Krakow. The restaurant is open 10 AM to 11 PM Tuesday to Sunday.
  • GRANDE PIZZA: No prizes for guessing the hero dish at GRANDE PIZZA. The highly-rated pizza joint is open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM.
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  • Pływające Fontanny (Floating fountains): Located on Nowohuckie Reservoir, Pływające Fontanny (floating fountains) are one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. They consist of 10 floating platforms, each with nozzles propelling water up to 30 meters high.
  • Little Market Square: Little Market Square is located behind St. Barbara’s Church. It offers a tranquil respite from the bustling Main Market Square and showcases a blend of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. 
  • Rynek Underground Museum: The Rynek Underground Museum dives deep into Kraków’s past, revealing its origins through archaeological remnants dating back to the 13th century.
  • Wawel Thief Tower: Wawel Thief Tower serves as a poignant reminder of Kraków’s tumultuous past. It was once a grim prison for petty criminals and still exudes an air of mystery and intrigue.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nowa Huta tours

Where can I book Nowa Huta tours?

You can buy tickets for Nowa Huta tours online as well as offline. Booking tickets online is the better option as it comes with deals and discounts and the convenience of booking them from the comfort of your home.

How much does a Nowa Huta tour cost?

Tickets for Nowa Huta tours start from zł64.82.

Why should I book Nowa Huta tours online?

Booking tickets for Nowa Huta tours online is easy and convenient. You can make your reservation from the comfort of your home, choose the preferred dates and times of your visit, and even get exciting deals and discounts.

What does a Nowa Huta Steelworks tour include?

A typical Nowa Huta tour includes a guided tour of the Nowa Huta Steel Mill Administration Buildings with a local English-speaking guide, entry to the museum, entry to the Command Post Shelter, and flashlights.

What is the cancellation policy for Nowa Huta tours?

You can cancel your Nowa Huta tour up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

What are the Nowa Huta Steelworks opening hours?

Nowa Huta Steelworks is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How long does it take to complete a Nowa Huta tour?

You can complete a Nowa Huta tour within three hours.

What is the best time to visit Nowa Huta Steelworks?

Summer is the best time to visit Nowa Huta Steelworks. 

Is the Nowa Huta Steelworks wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Nowa Huta Steelworks is wheelchair accessible.