Bucharest Communist History Tour

Get a Glimpse of the City's Darkest Period

Adult
€47
Child
€47

Bucharest in the 21st century is a great city to live in, with a trendy food and drink scene, hipster neighbourhoods, and impressive architecture that rivals the likes of Paris and Berlin. Yet in the late 1980s, Bucharest was a place of despair, in the grips of a mass uprising. Take a tour with a local to find out what life was like here behind the iron curtain. See for yourself the impact that various occupiers have had over the years and re-live the emotion of the revolution and the fall of an egotistical dictator.

Communism in Bucharest Tour Highlights

  • Add another dimension to your Bucharest stay by getting unique insight into what life was like here under communist rule
  • Admire grand palaces and belle époque architecture alongside soviet-style tower blocks and modern skyscrapers
  • Visit Nicolae Ceausescu’s house and discover where the political elite lived during the communist ‘golden era’

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, covrig street snack, entrance fee to the rooftop of the Parliament (when available), and transportation during the tour via private car.

Exclusions: Entrance to Primaverii Palace (Ceausescu’s house), transportation to and from the meeting point, additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: In Revolution Square in front of the Carol I statue. (It’s the only horse statue in the square.). View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 10.00 AM
  • Ending point: Victoria Square.
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  • Your afternoon tour of Bucharest’s communist history starts at the infamous Revolution Square, with its many landmarks that tell the story of the city’s turbulent past. There is much to be explored in this square, including the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum of Art), the Athenaeum, and the University of Bucharest Library. We head towards the Archives, a building that still bears the bullet holes of the 1989 revolution.

    Over to Constitution Square next, where we see a stunning example of larger-than-life communist ideals at the Palace of the Parliament. The world’s second biggest administrative building after the Pentagon is quite overwhelming. Ceausescu ordered the destruction of historic neighbourhoods in order to construct this colossal, controversial complex, which he ironically named The People’s House (Casa Poporului). Here, we ascend to the roof for spectacular views across the city (subject to availability).

    A quick stop for refreshments gives you an opportunity to try Romania’s favourite street food snack, a covrig, similar to a pretzel but arguably even more delicious!

    Next, we visit a neighborhood in the east of Bucharest, where you see examples of true socialist architecture and one of the city’s famous ‘Hunger Circles’ — a canteen from the communist era, so-called because of the severe food shortages that locals suffered through at the time.

    On our way, we stop at the Romanian Television HQ (TVR). Due to the ‘energy saving programme’ introduced by Ceausescu, the TVR schedule was severely limited to only about two hours per day. Much of this was dedicated to the cult of Ceausescu and his wife Elena, featuring entertainment laced with a heavy dose of propaganda.

    For a fascinating comparison, we then make our way to the Primaverii neighbourhood, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city and still home to many politicians and local celebrities. Nicolae Ceausescu actually occupied a whole block of villas here, including one for his security guards and one for domestic servants, and the area has remained an exclusive district ever since.

    Your tour ends at Victory Square, where you see the Victoria Palace, headquarters of the Romanian government.

    Before you go, make sure to ask your local guide for tips on where to eat, drink, and shop in this hidden gem of a European capital city.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, covrig street snack, entrance fee to the rooftop of the Parliament (when available), and transportation during the Bucharest Communist History Tour via private car.

    Exclusions: Entrance to Primaverii Palace (Ceausescu’s house), transportation to and from the meeting point, additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

    Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 4 people.

    Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.

    Local contact

    Office phone number: +40 722 629 540
    Email address: [email protected]