The Dark Side of Bucharest

Delve in to the City's Intriguing History


Every city has a dark side and Bucharest is no exception. On this tour that delves into the city’s intriguing history, you learn all about the deepest, darkest secrets of Romania’s colourful capital. This is not your average history lesson and what you learn on this tour won’t likely be in your guidebook — so get ready to be shocked, awed, and entertained.

The Shadows and Scandals of Bucharest Highlights

  • Step back in time and discover the darker side of Bucharest’s past
  • Learn about Bucharest’s very own Jack the Ripper, who terrorised the city between 1970 and 1971
  • Visit one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Romania
  • Hear the stories and legends of the famous prostitutes who stole the hearts of many men
  • Get a better sense of the events that helped shape the Romania we know today

Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a traditional covrig street snack.

Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, and tips/gratuities for your guide.

Schedule details

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meeting point: In front of the KFC Piata Romana, near Boulevard General Gheorghe Magheru 28-39, Bucuresti 010336. View on Google Maps.
  • Starting time: 3.00 PM
  • Ending point: Revolution Square.
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  • It’s not every day that you get a peek into the seedier side of a city’s past, but that’s just what you’ll do on this exciting tour through Bucharest’s fascinating history. And let’s face it, no city is without its secrets. Start your adventure in the city centre and travel back in time to the beginning of the 20th century, to discover all about the scandalous eras that Bucharest had before the communist regime, and about some of the dark times that followed.

    Our Bucharest tour starts with a subway ride from Romana Square to beautiful Bellu Cemetery, the largest and most prestigious cemetery in Bucharest. This is where just about every great Romanian of note is buried, from writers and musicians to academics and poets. As you can imagine, this is a place filled with unique stories, some of which we’ll learn about when we visit the historic resting place.

    After Bellu Cemetery we stop at another noteworthy resting place, the Heroes of the Revolution Cemetery. Here, we delve into the events of the 1989 revolution and the many casualties suffered by the locals during that time, most of whom are buried here.

    Next, we make a short stop in a typical communist neighbourhood to learn what life was like during communist times.

    After a quick subway ride, we find ourselves at University Square, where we visit an area made famous for the violent anti-communist movements that occurred here in 1990. You have the chance to see pictures from the protests and hear stories from those turbulent times.

    Then, we make our way to a former brothel to get a taste of yet another side of Bucharest’s colourful past. You might not know this, but in the late 1920s there were close to 12,000 prostitutes and escorts working in Romania, including famous ladies of the night like the beautiful gypsy dancer, Zaraza. On the tour, you learn all about how she and others like her broke the hearts of many men all over Bucharest and beyond.

    Along our way, we stop to refuel with a traditional corvig, Romania’s version of a soft pretzel and one of the most popular street snacks in the city.

    Additional information

    Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, and a traditional covrig street snack.

    Exclusions: 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 12 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: Travellers under 16 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.

    Local contact

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

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  • Ms. Nicala H. from Australia travelled on 24 Sep 2017:

    Fantastic tour that’s gives you an insight to a side of Bucharest that isn’t usually covered in the tourist guides. The Bellu cemetery is truely amazing, along with the guides knowledge of some of the more bizarre and interesting stories made for an excellent adventure .