Guided tour

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

Activity provider: Good Living

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

Activity provider: Good Living

From US$ 22.90 per person

During this 3-hour walking tour you'll discover the major landmarks and events of Bucharest’s communist past, including the brutal beginnings of the regime, plus the nationalization and forced demolition of thousands of houses.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the rise and fall of the Romanian dictator Ceausescu
  • Visit communist-era landmarks to see the regime's distinctive architectural style
  • Hear stories about daily life under communist rule
  • Visit political memorials and sites that played a key role in the 1989 revolution
Full description
This 3-hour tour reveals the conflict between two worlds: Bucharest under the communist regime and the relatively peaceful and prosperous Bucharest of the inter-war period. You’ll learn why Bucharest is such a striking mix of different architectural styles, how each regime left its mark on the city, how the city looked during the communist period and what it was like for people living in communist Romania. Your guide will help to bring to life the anti-communist revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Learn about the violent beginnings of the communist regime and the nationalization and forced demolition of homes. See the impressive Palace of Parliament and hear all about the Ceausescu family and the bloody anti-communist revolution of 1989. You’ll visit lesser-known, charming inter-war neighborhoods saved from communist urban re-modelling, and see the remains of the Uranus neighborhood as well. The tour includes a short break at a café, where you can enjoy drinks or snacks (at your own expense).
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Small snacks
  • Drinks and snacks in the cafe
  • Fees for any museums you may want to visit
  • Visit inside the Palace of the Parliament
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

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Meeting point

Near the red-brick bell tower of the Patriarchy (within walking distance from Piata Unirii), Aleea Dealul Mitropoliei 19, București 030167, Romania

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 196 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Absolutely fabulous tour and I highly recommend. Our guide Christina was very welcoming, friendly and knowledgable. As well as learning history it was key to have personal insights from a native Romanian whose family experienced those times. This tour is a must for any visitor to Bucharest. Thank you Christine

November 20, 2022

Tour guide Cristina was phenomenal. One of the best walking tours we have ever taken. She explained this period of Romanian history in great detail and made it so interesting, relative and understandable. Everyone visiting Bucharest has to take this tour and if you are really lucky… you will get Cristina. Ian and Paul, Canada

October 30, 2022

Andreea, or should I say the best tour guide in Europe instead? I never expected a tour guide to be so much fun and with so much passion and knowledge. I would say that this tour with Andreea is a MUST, if you are visiting Bucharest. Absolutely recommended… absolutely brilliant. Thank you for the flexibility, good times, and everything. 10/10

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July 11, 2021

Product ID: 66286