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Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

65 reviews

Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

From US$ 32.90 per person

Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of the relics of Bucharest's communism past. Learn how Communism shaped Romanian society and visit some of the most striking architectural examples of "Socialist realism," ending the tour where Ceausescu held his last speech.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Admire the stark architecture of "Socialist realism"
  • Visit the Palace of the Parliament and the buildings of the Civic Centre
  • Hear the story of '89 Revolution in the same place where it all started
  • Discover the hidden churches that the communists wished to forget
  • Learn about everyday life under Ceausescu's rule
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Enjoy a fascinating 3-hour tour exploring the communist roots of the great city of Bucharest. Discuss the day to day life of Romanians during communism, from ration cards to the black market, to propaganda and the secret police. As the dominant political ideology for more than 40 years, Bucharest is full of souvenirs of its communist past. Begin the tour in Unirii Square, one of the largest squares in central Bucharest originally built during the Communist era and bisected by the massive Unirii Boulevard. Continue the tour and explore the new districts of the "Socialist realism" built during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, including the Palace of the Parliament, designed as the absolute center of power, and the buildings of the Civic Centre Project. Discover the hidden churches that the communists wanted to forget about. See the contrast between the elegant city architecture and the communist blocks surrounding the oldest park in Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens. End the tour in front of the balcony where Ceausescu held his last speech, the Revolution Square. Hear the story of the '89 Revolution and Romania's transition into democracy.
  • Walking tour with English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Romanian snack souvenir
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Meeting point

Meet in front of The Harp Bakery. It is located next to B Smart Rent a Car and Eva Salon. Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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4.9 /5

based on 65 reviews

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Fue un tour muy interesante para saber más sobre el comunismo en Rumanía. Elena, la guía, fue majísima y nos dio muy buenas explicaciones al respecto. El tour fue muy completo y en la mitad del tour pudimos descansar en un bar típico rumano alejados de los turistas. Al final del tour nos recomendó algunos libros y nos mandó algunos enlaces sobre el tema. Muchas gracias Elena por todo!!!!

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July 13, 2021

I really enjoyed being able to interact with my guide Elena who has spent so much time researching and looking at romania’s history from so many perspectives. It gave me a really balanced view and I know so much more now than I did before!!! It was a really excellent tour!

September 17, 2019

Excellent guide, deep insight to Romanian history and society

We had a fantastic and learning tour in the heart of Bucharest and through the last decades of Romanian history. Even though being too young to have seen it with her own eyes, our marvellous guide, Elena, gave us a very insightful and balanced view of Romania in both the years with communism and the years after the fall of the regime. This is a 'must do' when in the the beautiful capitol of Romania.

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July 14, 2017

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