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Nowa Huta, Krakow

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3.9/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • Worth a half day of your time spent in Krakow. Shades of City 40 ( google it). You will not be permitted to enter the steel factory areas... oh and pack a lunch, I did not see any "fine dining " estab...  read more »
  • I have lived here since birth. It is a pity that nowa Huta is so often overlooked by tourists visiting Krakow. I hope that this will change in the near future and people appreciate finally is an amazing place.
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  • Really enjoyed the visit - easy tram ride from city centre. Recommend visiting the two main museums - which are very illuminating and cheap! 
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