Parks with city views, great-value restaurants and lesser-known museums rewarded our tipsters who wandered out of touristy city centres from Dublin to Budapest
A 20-minute tram ride from imperial Krakow glides you increasingly smoothly out of town to the former “workers’ paradise” of Nowa Huta. You swap gilded spires, cobbled backstreets and tourists for peaceful tree-lined avenues and a masterclass in socialist realism. The Nowa Huta museum in the monumental former theatre documents the area’s short, action-packed history: “a job for everyone” in 1954 through the rise of Solidarity in the Lenin steelworks to the downfall of communism. That wasn’t in the Soviet master plan, but thanks for the parks and affordable housing!