Discover Bucharest's historic center, starting with the Revolution Square, where people gathered to overthrow the communist dictatorship, strolling along the Calea Victoriei and exploring the Old Town, the former merchants' quarter.
What to Expect
This tour will take you from the Revolution Square to the Manuc Inn, near the Union Square. The tour starts in front of the nowadays Hilton Athenee Palace Hotel. Built during World War I, this hotel was one of the spy nests of Europe at that time.
You will explore the Revolution Square, see the former Royal Palace (now the National Arts Museum) and the equestrian statue of King Carol I (now the National Arts Museum) and find out more about the Romanian royal family. The Atheneum, a beautiful concert hall dating back to the end of the 19th century is one of the most impressive landmarks in Bucharest. On the Revolution Square, you will also see the University Library and the famous balcony from which the former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu held his last speech on December, 21st 1989. If you know where to look, you will still see some bullet marks from those days.
The walk continues along the Calea Victoriei, the Victory Road, on which you can admire a beautiful mixture of architecture, including some beautiful examples of Art Deco. Not far away stands the Military Circle (a kind of Officers' Club) and the famous hotel and restaurant Casa Capsa. You will further leave for a while the Victory Road and head towards the University Square. The Bucharest University was built in 1864.
You will walk further, through the Old Town. A few years ago, renovations led to a transformation of it into a compact area of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Many of the buildings have also been restored. You will stroll along the narrow streets of this quarter. The tour ends at the Manuc Inn, built at the beginning of the 19th century.
- English-speaking professional tour leader
In front of the small park of the Romanian Atheneum, next to the Athenee Palace Hilton hotel.