Life Behind the Iron Curtain Warsaw Walking Tour

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Learn how the Poles managed to survive nearly 40 years of communist oppression with ingenuity, smarts, and a tractor full of humor.


  • Explore the square that was supposed to be the new city center of Warsaw
  • See the wide Marszałkowska Street, which was used for parades and marches
  • Take a look at some perfect examples of socialist realism
  • See the Free Speech Memorial and talk about censorship and espionage
  • See where the Communist Party HQ was located


Of all the things you think you know about communism, there’s one thing you can never wrap your mind around: its absurdity. On the outside it was a Cold War and the hammer and sickle, but to the average citizen it was just one ridiculous thing after another that made life difficult. Learn how the Poles managed to survive nearly 40 years of communist oppression with ingenuity, smarts, and a tractor full of humor. Join this walking tour to hear about: - the most controversial building in the entire city (and for more than one reason!) - the smallest icon of communism that’s so cute you’ll want one of your own - how people were able to buy things at completely empty stores - why “what can I get you?” was one of the biggest jokes at the time - how the state made sure Poles didn’t travel too far - socialist realism and why you’ll probably think it looks nice, but Poles won’t agree Don't just visit Warsaw, discover it! Tour duration: approx. 2,5h Distance: approx. 3 km


Full info pack about Warsaw prior to your tour (FAQ, useful links, and more!) Visual aids Recommendations about more places to visit, where to eat, drink, etc.

Important Information

  • Not recommended for travelers who have problems with walking long distances

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