Guided tour

Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

4.9 / 5

69 reviews

Activity provider: Interesting Times Bureau

Bucharest: 3-Hour Dark History Tour with a Local

Activity provider: Interesting Times Bureau

From US$ 45.39 per person

Explore the darker side of Bucharest on a 3-hour guided tour that delves into the city’s intriguing history. Join a local to learn the city’s fascinating secrets, see one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Romania, visit a former brothel, & much more.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the dark history of Bucharest
  • Hear the stories and legends of the famous prostitutes who stole the hearts of many men
  • Learn the story of a serial killer who terrorized the city in the 1970s
  • Visit one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Romania
  • Get a better sense of the events that helped to shape Romania
Full description
Learn the dark history of Bucharest, starting with a visit to the monumental Memorial of the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance, built as a reminder of the cruel events that unfolded between 1950 to 1977. Hear about the torture methods used at the deportation camps during the days of communism. Travel back to the beginning of the 20th century, when Bucharest was known as "Little Paris" for its sexy and sophisticated atmosphere. Stop for a drink inside a former brothel, and hear the story of the serial killer nicknamed the "Vampire of Bucharest" when he terrorized the city between 1970 and 1971. Visit one of the oldest churches in the city to explore the bloody feuds between the Muslim world and the Christian rules of Romania. End at Bellu Cemetery to look at the amazing funerary architecture and learn more about some of the site's mysteries.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Traditional street snack
  • Metro tickets
  • Refreshment (bottle of water in the summer and coffee or hot chocolate in winter)
  • Additional food and drinks will not be provided
  • Gratuities for your guide have not been included in the price of the tour
  • The cost of this tour does not include souvenirs and personal shopping expenses
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Gratuities for your guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years

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Meeting point

Meet in front of KFC on Piata Romana, near Boulevard General Gheorghe Magheru 28-39, 010336 Bucharest.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Travelers under 16 years of age are not permitted to join this tour
  • This tour operates with a maximum group size of 12 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 69 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The tour was wonderful! It was just my husband and I, (we know this is not the norm) so we had an even more personalized experience because we could ask questions on many topics related to the history of Romania. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, kind and was passionate about Romania. We would do it all over again (and the price does include a snack and metro tickets).

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November 10, 2022

our guide was fantastic (I can't remember her name) but she was so passionate about her countries history and was eager to tell us about it. she gave us a traditional biscuit and told us the history behind the rum flavouring. Bellu Cemetary was fascinating, so much history and stories. I would thoroughly recommend this dark tour. Thank you.

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November 3, 2022

I loved the walk at the cemetery! So interesting to hear about some of the persons buried there. Our guide (unfortunatly I do not remember his name) also told us about the revolution in 1989. He also told us about the serial killer in the 1970ies. One thing that we were not showed was the brothel, although it was said so when we bought the tour.

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September 23, 2022

Product ID: 55775