City Tour, Walking Tour
This Communist Bucharest Tour explores the history and the key landmarks of communism in Bucharest. It's a great choice if you love history and you'd like to find out more about one of the harshest dictatures in the world.
In fact, Romania's capital is one of the best places in Europe to understand the reality lived behind the Iron Curtain. The city almost doubled its size in this time, mainly because of Ceausescu’s megalomaniac plans. His regime is the focus of our tour which also includes visits to the world-record Palace of the Parliament and his private residence.
We'll walk across central Bucharest, from Revolution Square and the 21st of December Square to the Civic Center. Built after huge demolitions, the new center was only the start of Ceausescu's model city. The tall blocks hide an entire world, including the churches that escaped destruction. We'll visit two of these centuries-old monuments, saved at the last moment.
Plus, you'll find out how the communists gained complete power after WW2, how they could keep it, and which were the most important decisions that changed for good the history of Bucharest.
Optional visit to a communist-style apartment.
The Communist Bucharest Tour is available from Monday to Sunday.
Tour also suited for seniors.
This tour can be modified according to your time and points of interest.
The main attractions of the tour are presented below. Their order depends on your hotel's location.
Locally known as the ‘House of the People’, the Parliament is the most famous landmark of Romania’s communist period. It's also the second-largest administrative building in the world, a testimony of Ceausescu's out-of-proportion thinking.
Central to his vision of creating a new Bucharest, the construction has over 1,000 rooms. Its hand-made decorations are from the finest and most expensive materials, including one million cubic meters of marble and 3,5 tons of crystal.
This landmark is also part of our Bucharest City Tour.
We visit two of the eight churches that were saved from destruction. One of these monuments was moved 300 meters away from its original location over 30 years ago. They were hidden behind tall blocks as this was their only way to escape the communist bulldozers. Some of them were moved at temperatures of -20 or -25 degrees Celsius.
Massive demolitions disfigured the central part of Bucharest to make space for Unirii Square and the Civic Center. They represent the architectural vision of Ceausescu whose ambition was to build a new capital for the 'new man'.
This square was the center of the violent events of December 1989 and the early '90s. Groups of people occupied the square on December 21, 1989, protesting against the communist regime. They were arrested, beaten, or shot in the evening of the same day, but the Romanian Revolution had begun.
The protests continued in the same square just a few months after, this time against the newly installed government dominated by former communists.
Revolution Square is a key place in the history of Bucharest and Romania. Ceausescu held his last speech here on December 22, 1989, from the balcony of the omnipotent Central Committee of the Communist Party. It was the beginning of the end for the regime and the start of massive protests across the country.
This square is also part of our Historical Bucharest Tour.
The former residence of the Ceausescu family offers the rare chance of an incursion into the communist past. The house is conserved almost entirely in its original form as in the days when the ruling family lived there. You'll see the bedrooms, the offices, the gardens, and even the wardrobe and swimming pool of the dictatorial couple.
This attraction is only included in the tours that take place from Tuesday to Sunday.
Discover a typical communist-style apartment from a working-class neighborhood. Each space of the apartment is a small exhibition of daily family life activities during the communist regime.
The Heroes' Mausoleum
Located in one of the oldest parks of Bucharest, the Mausoleum is one of the first monuments built by the communists. It commemorates the soldiers who died 'to free the country and install socialism', one of the first public lies of the regime. From the Mausoleum, you have a great view of the Parliament.Back to top
Easy: Easy short walks on flat terrain.
Moderate: Up to 5 km walking per day or/and optional cycling routes and easy hikes.
Intense: Up to 10 km walking per day with some inclines or/and optional cycling routes and more demanding hikes
Challenge: Hiking on uneven trails at altitudes above 1,000 meters. Longer optional cycling routes. Requires good health and physical condition.
Ultimate: Full day of hikes and/or demanding cycling tours. Requires excellent health and physical condition.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three cultural sights included in the tour.
High: Cultural visits everyday of the tour.
Total: All about culture.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two or three historical sights included in the tour.
High: Visits at historical monuments everyday of the tour.
Total: All about history.
Basic: Limited interaction.
Moderate: At least two hours per day spent in nature.
High: Most activities take place in nature.
Total: All about nature.
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One person: €115
Group of 2 persons: €65 per person
Group of 3 persons: €50 per person
Group of 4 persons: €45 per person
Group of 5-6 persons: €40 per person
Extra 25 Eur/per person if you wish to include Ferestroika
Extra 5 Eur/per person if you wish to include the Heroes' Mausoleum
Discount rates for children.
tour guide services and planning costs
transportation costs (a maximum of three car rides) for up to three people.
payment-related fees (1% for credit card, 4.5% for PayPal, variable for bank transfers)
Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash (only for certain tours). The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the price.
Contact us if you’d like to get a price quotation for larger or smaller groups or a shorter/longer version of this tour.
Your hotel or other central location
Your hotel or other central location
Walking tour, partly by car
the Parliament, the Civic Center, old churches, the Revolution and the 21st of December Squares, Primaverii Palace
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