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Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guide

1. Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guide

Once arrived at the venue, your host will make sure you accommodate and introduce you to the guide. Pass the metal detectors, your first stop will be in the Honor Hallway, a place full of torsos representing some of the most representative Romanian kings from the Middle Ages to the modern days like Vlad Dracula. Next step will be the enormous hallways and the rooms that are named after of some of the most important Romanian artists, poets and writers : N. Balcescu, M. Kogalniceanu etc. Throughout the tour you will admire the Pink room dedicated to ONU meetings, the Music Hall, location where some of world's biggest artists performed, and the impressive Ceausescu's balcony with the wonderful view of UNIRSI Boulevard. Your tour will end in something that is believed to be Europe's biggest ballroom, comparable to the size of four football fields attached one to the other.

Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

2. Bucharest: Parliament Palace Skip-the-line Ticket

Experience one of the top attractions during your visit to Bucharest, with a planned visit to the Parliament Palace. The Palace was ordered by Nicolae Ceaușescu, the dictator of Communist Romania and it was constructed between 1984-1997. Started during the darkest period of communism, Ceausescu's mad dream became the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest building in the world. Start the tour by skipping the line with your fast-access ticket. Meet the Bucharest Parliament Official Guide, and begin your exploration of the building's interiors. Immerse yourself in the history and contemporary realities of this unique building during a captivating tour that covers 3 levels of the building.  Begin on the ground floor where the entrance is located. Learn an array of mesmerizing facts including how the Palace has a height of 84 meters (276 ft), a floor area of 365,000 square meters (3,930,000 sq ft), and how it is the heaviest building in the world. Then, head up to the 1st level where the main meeting rooms are located together with the Ballroom.  As you admire the interiors and architecture, find out about how the building contains almost 500 chandeliers, over 1400 mirrors and ceiling lights, 35 million cubic feet of marble, and 32 million cubic feet of wood together with carpets and other decorations make this building a place like no other. Listen to other mind-boggling facts including how the building has 8 underground levels, the last one being a nuclear bunker, linked to the main state institutions by 20 km of catacombs.

Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guided Tour

3. Bucharest: Palace of Parliament Tickets and Guided Tour

Known in the past as the Casa Republicii, then Casa Poporului, but not for the people, it is the main symbol of the Communist Era, meant to house the ministries, the Communist party offices or apartments of high functionaries. It was built starting 1984 on the safest place in the city, considering the high risk for earthquakes, has 12 storeys and 4 underground levels. Along the tour you will pass by the most important rooms in the building, conference halls, balcony with the great view of the main square, main staircases, large hallways and impressive galleries. You will be surprised by the lavishly decorated interiors, all made by local materials (marble, crystal, carpets, curtains, stucco) and by the local craftsmen.

Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

4. Bucharest: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a walk with a local friend during this guided tour to discover the highlights of Bucharest. Get an introduction to the city, while exploring popular sights, hidden corners, and historic squares. Make your way from the old city center to the iconic Palace of Parliament. Starting in the old city center, begin by visiting the oldest witnesses of Bucharest’s birth and development: Old Princely Court, Manuc's Inn, and Stravopoleos Church. Then, visit the most famous boulevard of Bucharest, Calea Victoriei, with its one-of-a-kind architecture and grandiose buildings like the National Military Circle, Telephone Palace, the Royal Palace of Bucharest, the Romanian Atheneum, and more. Take a break from the city sights and get the opportunity to relax and cool down into the lush Cismigiu Gardens, where you’ll also find Bucharest City Hall at the end. The Cismigiu Gardens is the oldest park in Bucharest. Pass into the 20th century and the Communist era by seeing the grandiose Ceausescu's Palace and Union Boulevard, which was designed to be longer and wider than Champs Elysee. End your visit at the Palace of the Parliament, the second largest and the heaviest building in the world.

Bucharest: Communism and History Guided City Walking Tour

5. Bucharest: Communism and History Guided City Walking Tour

You will experience a 3 hours walking tour which will guide you though Romania’s and Romanians life during the Communist regime. In the first stop, the Patriarchal Cathedral, you will not only learn about Religion during Communism, but also about the historical events that led to the beginning of Communist regime in this country! We will continue through a nearby neighbourhood where we will see the results of Nationalisation! Then we will have a great view over the famous House of People, currently the Parliament building. This is where I will offer you an insight about the construction of this symbol of Communism and megalomania of Romanian dictator: Nicolae Ceausescu. Going further on the streets of Bucharest, we will discover some of the buildings that were moved, in order to be saved from destruction. One of them being the beautiful Antim Monastery. Exploring the Communist years would not be so meaningful without also learning about people's experiences in the day to day life. After we have relaxed in a short break, we will have the chance to find out more about the well-being of people in front of an old Alimentara (Grocery Store). The last part of the tour will be a walk in a normal pace on Calea Victoriei Boulevard, one of the most beautiful streets in the city. Here we will also see some of the Communists symbols, including what used to be a center used by the Secret Police for torturing people. The tour will end in the Revolution Square, where you will be told the story about the end of the Communist regime, in 1989, and the beginning of Democracy. The entire story is meant to offer you a thorough understanding of how Communism impacted Romanian life and country, but also of how it still continues to have an important print in nowadays life.

Bucharest: Half Day Bike Tour

6. Bucharest: Half Day Bike Tour

Start your 4-hour bike tour in Bucharest’s old city, where you’ll hear about the birth of the city and Romanian civilization. During Communist times the old city area was decimated and overtaken by grandiose urban projects. Today it is one of the poorest areas in Bucharest and is mostly inhabited by gypsies. Marvel at the monumental Parliament Palace, and learn about life for the people under the Ceasescu regime. Ride by buildings dating from the golden age of Bucharest of the 19th and the early 20th century. See landmarks and monuments from the time when Bucharest was known as Little Paris.

Bucharest: Parliament Senate Entry Tickets and Guided Tour

7. Bucharest: Parliament Senate Entry Tickets and Guided Tour

After entering in the courtyard of the Romanian Senate at the Palace of Parliament, from the exterior wall entrance, on the street Calea 13 Septembrie, you will meet the guide at the main entrance where he will pass you by the check-in security point. The building of the Palace of Parliament is the most important symbol of the Communist architecture in Bucharest. Along the tour you walk up and down the main staircases of the building to see the impressive hallways, meeting and conference rooms located at different flours in the building. The tour is also including a stop to the main meeting room of the Senate, the Plenary Hall. If the time permitting you can enjoy a coffee brake at the local shop. Have a nice tour!

Bucharest: 3 Hour Walking Tour with Guide

8. Bucharest: 3 Hour Walking Tour with Guide

Discover the most historic areas of central Bucharest in a 3 hours walking tour. Visit all of the city's best-known sights and some hidden ones off the usual tourist track! Your tour starts at Unirii Square for a view of the colossal Palace of the Parliament, the second-largest building in the world. From here, visit St. Anthony's Church, the oldest in the city, followed by the ruins of the former Royal Court. The route will take you past the medieval Old Town, today transformed into Bucharest's bustling downtown. Jumping forward to the 18th and 19th centuries, admire the beautiful French-style buildings on Calea Victoriei Street and discover why Bucharest was once known as Little Paris. The tour ends in the Revolution Square, where you'll have the chance to talk to your guide about what Communist rule meant for Romania and Bucharest and how the country changed after the 1989 revolution.

3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

9. 3-Hour Guided Tour of Communist Bucharest

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).

Bucharest: Private City Tuk Tuk Tour with Guide and Snacks

10. Bucharest: Private City Tuk Tuk Tour with Guide and Snacks

This is the one & only tuk tuk tour you can get in Bucharest. In a fun and comfortable way you'll discover all the best attractions of the city. The tuk tuk is open-top so you get a 360º view over the sights. It is perfect for couples or group of friends. The meeting point is in front of Grand Hotel Bucharest at University Square or you can be picked up from your hotel in downtown area. After you get to know your guide and driver your experience begin. Some of the attractions on the route are: - Palace of Parliament - 2nd largest building in the World - Arch of the Triumph - Union Boulevard with the artesian fountains - 1989 Revolution Square - Romanian Athenaeum - Victory Avenue - most popular street in the city - Cec Palace - Former Royal Palace - Dorobanti-Primaverii neighbourhoods - exclusive area of Bucharest which no other tour goes - and many more! Many photo stops along the route in impossible places for other vehicles. Tour ends where it started or you can be dropped-off anywhere in downtown area. At the beginning of the tour you'll get complimentary bottled water and Romanian snacks. On board of tuk tuk you have power banks, blanket, selfie stick & free Wi-Fi. Your guide is a local who can gives you a lot of recommendations where are the best restaurants and places to spend your time. Book now & enjoy a unique way to see Bucharest! Tuk Tuk Way!

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(503 reviews)

Lucia was an extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide who gave our group an excellent experience. We finished our tour full of information about Bucharest its history, lifestyle taking us to places we would not have known to visit . She continued to assist after the tour helping with questions via whats app. What a star, she was really friendly and her pride in her country was very evident and shone from her character .

Răzvan was an excellent, friendly and knowledgeable guide who took us on a great tour of Bucharest city. Plenty of stops and fascinating information. The walking and driving format made us feel at ease and we had a nice time! Recommended

Everything perfect. The guide was very good and the experience enjoyable

Very interesting facts about Romanian and Bucharest history

Nice walking tour and the guide explained it in detail