3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

From $23.54 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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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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    Overall rating

    4.8 / 5

    based on 153 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.6/5
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    This was an excellent experience for us. Cristina went out of her way to accomodate our needs, was flexible and even "made the clouds dissapear". Joke aside, she is knowledgeable beyond the scope of the tour and will make it interesting for you no matter the background (we were 3 Romanians and 1 foreign, 2 of which lived through communism and still found the tour interesting and engaging.

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    June 4, 2021

    Andreea was very knowledgable and friendly. The tour it's totally worth it because you'll cover some of the most important sites in a reasonable period of time. The fact that she also talked about her personal experiences during this period of time, makes it very interesting. We had a little break to have a drink. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to understand the story of what makes Bucarest the city it is today. I'm grateful I choose to do it!

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    March 11, 2021

    Fantastic tour! Great local guide who had both historical knowledge of the communist period, but also anecdotes from being young during the regime and the revolution. He was also well equipped with a flip book of pictures for people and places he was describing, as well as interesting historical props (including snacks). Definitely recommend!

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    January 11, 2020

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