This Communist Bucharest Tour explores the key landmarks of communism in Bucharest, a city that expanded almost double its size in this period, mainly because of Ceausescu’s vision of forced urbanization and destruction of the traditional village.
You will visit the symbol of communism in Romania, the world record Palace of the Parliament, a construction of enormous dimensions built with great sacrifices, the former residence of the Ceausescu family, and the symbols of democracy: the Revolution Square and the 21st of December Square.
You'll also see the Civic Center built as part of the model city Nicolae Ceausescu was planning to create but also two of the churches moved using an innovative technique to save them from the politically ordered demolition.
During this Communist Bucharest Tour, you'll find out how Bucharest was transformed by the communist regime but also how the communists gained the power after WW2, the main instruments they used to keep it, the most important policies and decisions that affected Bucharest and Romania, and the stories of the most influential leaders of the period.
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 itinerary can easily be adjusted depending on your hotel location. The main attractions of the tour are presented below.
Locally known as the ‘House of the People’, the Palace of the Parliament is the most famous landmark of Romania’s communist period and the second-largest administrative building in the world.
Part of Ceausescu’s vision of creating his own version of the capital, the construction is truly monumental with more than 1,000 rooms and hand-made decorations from the finest and most expensive materials, including one million cubic meters of marble and 3,5 tons of crystal.
You'll see 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.
Discover the architectural creations of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, testimonies of his ambition to completely change the capital to his idea of a 'new city' for the 'new man'.
Perhaps the most important place for the collective memory of Bucharest, 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 members of the former Communist Party.
Revolution Square is a key place for the history of Bucharest and Romania. Ceausescu held his last speech here on December 22, 1989, on the balcony of the omnipotent Central Committee of the Romanian Communist Party.
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 one of the working-class neighborhoods built during the regime. Each space of the apartment is a small exhibition of daily family life activities, from buying food to school education and hobbies.
The Heroes' Mausoleum
Located in one of the oldest and most popular parks of Bucharest, the imposing 48 meters tall Mausoleum was built in the first communist years to commemorate the soldiers who died 'to free the country and install socialism', one of the first public lies of the regime. From the Mausoleum, you'll have a great view of the Palace of the Parliament, the major communist construction in Bucharest.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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The price includes the services of a specialized guide, fluent in English, French, or Spanish. The price also includes car transportation on certain parts of the itinerary (a maximum of three car rides) for up to three people.
The price does not include transportation costs not mentioned above, meals, entrance fees.
Discount rates for children.
Credit card, bank transfer, PayPal, cash. The fees related to the payment methods are not included in the price except for credit cards.
One person: €115
Group of 2 persons: €60 per person
Group of 3 persons: €45 per person
Group of 4 persons: €40 per person
Group of 5-6 persons: €35 per person
Extra 25 Eur/per person if you wish to include Ferestroika
One person: €120
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
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
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Discount rates for children
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