Guided tour

Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

75 reviews

Activity provider: MARA’S TOURS & TRAVEL
Guided tour

Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

Activity provider: MARA’S TOURS & TRAVEL

From US$ 31.52 per person

Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of the relics of Bucharest's communism past. Learn how Communism shaped Romanian society and visit some of the most striking architectural examples of "Socialist realism," ending the tour where Ceausescu held his last speech.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Admire the stark architecture of "Socialist realism"
  • Discover the Palace of the Parliament and the buildings of the Civic Centre
  • Hear the story of '89 Revolution in the same place where it all started
  • Visit the hidden churches that the communists wished to forget
  • Learn about everyday life under Ceausescu's rule
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Enjoy a fascinating 3-hour tour exploring the communist roots of the great city of Bucharest. Discuss the day to day life of Romanians during communism, from ration cards to the black market, to propaganda and the secret police. As the dominant political ideology for more than 40 years, Bucharest is full of souvenirs of its communist past. Begin the tour in Unirii Square, one of the largest squares in central Bucharest originally built during the Communist era and bisected by the massive Unirii Boulevard. Continue the tour and explore the new districts of the "Socialist realism" built during the reign of Nicolae Ceausescu, including the Palace of the Parliament, designed as the absolute center of power, and the buildings of the Civic Centre Project. Discover the hidden churches that the communists wanted to forget about. See the contrast between the elegant city architecture and the communist blocks.  End the tour in front of the balcony where Ceausescu held his last speech, the Revolution Square. Hear the story of the '89 Revolution and Romania's transition into democracy.
  • Walking tour with English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Romanian snack souvenir
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of The Harp Bakery. It is located next to exit A of the metro station Piata Unirii 1 (yellow line).

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Elena was Superb in every aspect of this tour. We got see some extras too as I’m a WW2 enthusiast, tour went at a leisurely pace & we had enough time at each stop without feeling rushed. I learnt so much on the tour & a lot of that credit goes too Elena!!

April 2, 2023

Elena did a first class job. Her English was excellent and easily understood. She really knew the subject matter and patiently answered my any questions. Finally, she was sensitive to my age (72) and moderated her pace so that I could keep up. She was a real professional.

April 2, 2023

Fue un tour muy interesante para saber más sobre el comunismo en Rumanía. Elena, la guía, fue majísima y nos dio muy buenas explicaciones al respecto. El tour fue muy completo y en la mitad del tour pudimos descansar en un bar típico rumano alejados de los turistas. Al final del tour nos recomendó algunos libros y nos mandó algunos enlaces sobre el tema. Muchas gracias Elena por todo!!!!

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April 2, 2023

Product ID: 40386