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Communist History Tours in Warsaw

Communist History Tours in Warsaw

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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Warsaw Regular City Tour: Off the Beaten Path

Warsaw Regular City Tour: Off the Beaten Path

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Get acquainted with the historical sights and cultural delights of Warsaw the alternative way on a tour by retro Nysa van. Travel back in time to Poland’s communist era and visit arresting monuments with a knowledgeable guide; admire the grand architecture of the Palace of Science and Culture; see the Jewish Ghetto and bohemian Praga district; and enjoy a lunch inspired by Polish culinary classics.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$55.52
From
$55.52

Private Tour: Warsaw's Communist History by Retro Fiat

Private Tour: Warsaw's Communist History by Retro Fiat

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Immerse yourself in Warsaw's communist past with this private tour of Warsaw's socialist sites with a knowledgeable local guide, cruising around in an iconic automobile of the era while learning all about what the communist ear was like in Poland. See the important communist sites such as the Palace of Culture and Science, the House of the Polish Communist Party and much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.18
Price varies by group size
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$75.18
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Warsaw Layover Tour (Chopin Airport) by retro minibus

Warsaw Layover Tour (Chopin Airport) by retro minibus

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Take advantage of a layover in Warsaw and use the time to explore the city on a private sightseeing tour aboard a Communist-era vehicle. After a guide picks you up at the airport in a vintage fire van, set off on a customized itinerary to match your interests. Admire the rebuilt medieval homes and squares of Warsaw's UNESCO-listed Old Town, see royal Polish relics, or learn about the city’s tumultuous past on a tour of World War II and Communist landmarks. You'll be dropped off back at the airport in time to catch your connecting flight.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$308.43
per group
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$308.43
per group
Taking safety measures

Warsaw Evening Tour (history and pubs) by retro minibus

Warsaw Evening Tour (history and pubs) by retro minibus

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Explore the intersection of Warsaw’s past and present on an evening city tour and pub crawl aboard a Communist-era minibus. Roll through the capital’s liveliest districts with an in-the-know driver and guide, stopping to revel in the hottest nightlife spots alongside locals. It's not all just dancing and drinking though—learn about Warsaw’s tumultuous history and see surviving examples of pre-war artifacts and Communist architecture that dot the urban landscape.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.06
From
$53.06
Taking safety measures

Private Historical Tour of Warsaw by a Retro Fiat with Pickup

Private Historical Tour of Warsaw by a Retro Fiat with Pickup

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Zoom around the historic city of Warsaw in a retro Fiat 125p during this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Explore the UNESCO-listed Old Town and learn about the city’s tumultuous history stretching back hundreds of years. Learn about Poland’s role in World War II and its impact on the country and see what daily life is like for modern-day residents as you make your way around town with your private tour guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$75.18
Price varies by group size
From
$75.18
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Historical Tour of Communist Warsaw In A Nysa 522 With Pickup

Historical Tour of Communist Warsaw In A Nysa 522 With Pickup

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Enrich your knowledge of Warsaw’s communist history on an educational tour of the Polish capital. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, travel around Warsaw in an authentic communist-era vehicle, visiting sites associated with Poland’s socialist history; discover the impressive interior of the Palace of Culture and Science; browse intriguing exhibits in the Communism Times Museum; and stop at Constitution Square.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.35
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$49.35

Private Off the Beaten Path trip in Warsaw

Private Off the Beaten Path trip in Warsaw

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Learn about Warsaw’s days under communism on this private historical tour by Nysa 522 van. With a knowledgeable private guide, hear about the Soviet-run elections after World War II and other communist-related events, and visit sites like Constitution Square (Plac Konstytucji) to see examples of socialist architecture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$260.84
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From
$260.84
per group