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Nowa Huta, Krakow

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Nowa Huta - is the easternmost district of Kraków, Poland, (District XVIII, see map). With more than 200,000 inhabitants, it is one of the most populous areas of the city. Neighboring districts until 1990 considered expansions of the original Nowa Huta township, and linked by the same tramway system, include Czyżyny (XIV), Mistrzejowice (XV), Bieńczyce (XVI), and Wzgórza Krzesławickie (XVII, known as Grębałów until 2006). They are now separate districts of Kraków.HistoryThe historic area of present-day Nowa Huta is one of the few places in Poland settled continuously since the neolithic age. Archeological research has discovered a big Celtic settlement and Poland's oldest Slavic settlements there. In the 8th century, a mound was erected nearby by the Vistulans. According to legend, the Wanda Mound is a tomb of Wanda, daughter of Krakus, a mythical founder of Kraków (Cracow). In the 13th century a Cistercian monastery in the village of Mogiła was built.In the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century, during the partitions of Poland and up to the First World War, the outskirts of Nowa Huta constituted a border between territories controlled by the Austrian and Russian empires. One can find historic Austro-Hungarian forts there, and one of Europe's oldest permanent airfields (Kraków-Rakowice-Czyżyny Airport, currently housing the Polish Aviation Museum).
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  • If you live in Krakow, you do not go to Nowa Huta. Why to do that? Live is in the centre and Kazimierz. That is true, but Nowa Huta is like time machine, you move back in 70/80s where still some old p...  more »
  • We went for a tour around nowa huta in a trabant car through see krakow communist tours. I think this is the best way to learn about the district and to see it as it is huge with loads of little quirk...  more »
  • It is well worth to visit this town which is a great example of Soviet building style. At the end of Ronald Reagan's place is a giant steel mills. I mean it in its time was the name of Lenin steel works. The street that runs from R. R s space is wide, but the road surface is very bumpy due to lack of maintenance. The buildings are pompous, built to impress. We have visited the town several times when we have been in Krakow. There goes the tram from Central Krakow out to town. Venture out and relive the kommitiden.
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