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Bucharest: The Ashes of Communism Private Walking Tour

Product ID: 62120
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Discover Bucharest's traces of the Communist era: massive structures and unhealed scars. Enjoy a story that takes you through 45 years of Communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colorful present.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting times 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Romanian

Pickup included

Free hotel pick-up by car
Wheelchair accessible

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  • View the exterior of the Palace of Parliament – the largest, most expensive and heaviest administrative building in the world
  • Explore the major squares and buildings where the action took place during the anti-Communist revolution
  • Admire the contrast between the Communist Civic Center and the beautifully restored Old City
  • See where Europe’s last dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, gave his final speech
  • Go back in time, look behind the Iron Curtain and learn about the violent rise and fall of the Communist regime
Full description
On this private walking tour, you will discover a city marked by strong contrasts, with two areas perfectly depicting the opposition of two eras: the massive Communist Civic Center, an empty shell admired mostly by foreign tourists, and the beautifully-restored Old City, with its Belle Époque atmosphere.

All of the historical treasures of Bucharest had to be rebuilt or restored to hide the marks of bullets, to hide scars that have not yet healed in nearly 3 decades since the fall of the regime and the bloody revolution. This tour takes you through 45 years of Communism, allowing you to see beyond Bucharest’s colorful present: learn about Stalin and his monstrous enslavement, the genocide of the KGB’s Secret Police, the Siberian deportations of farmers, and more.

Your guide will show you old photos to explain how the city used to look, how people dressed, worked and lived. Discover the world of Bucharest behind Stalin's Iron Curtain.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour
What’s Not Included
  • Meals & snacks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
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Product ID: 62120