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.
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  • VIsiting Nowa Huta provides an interesitng insight into Stalin's Communist vision. The Central Square (now ironically renamed Ronald Reagan Square) feeds into a series of identical avenues and residen...  more »
  • Very interesting to visit the neighborhood where you can see the relationship between architecture and ideology. In socialist realism of Communist countries is very important town planning and rationalist architecture. To visit the central square and the bar restaurant on the corner still in style 60 years (waitress). To recommend a visit to Arka Pana, the modernist church built after an uprising of the population in the late 50 's.
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  • We had a long walking tour in Nowa Huta. We appreciated the parks (grass and trees, no water fountains) and the free place for children, but overall it is not as amazing as the books say. Perhaps it w...  more »

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Krakow ranks among one of Europe's increasingly popular tourist destinations, which is reflected in the rising costs of comfortable lodgings. The best hotels are concentrated in and around the historical old town, where five-star luxury comes at a very steep price. Old town hotels place you just steps from fine shops and restaurants, as well as the city's main museums and galleries. However, if your trip involves a tight budget, avoid the central district and check out mid-range hotels and economical hostels in one of the outlying neighborhoods.
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