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Bucharest: Relics of Communism 3-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 40386
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.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the stark architecture of "Socialist realism"
  • Visit the Palace of the Parliament and the buildings of the Civic Centre
  • Walk through Unirii Square find out what its walls hide
  • Hear the story of '89 Revolution in the same place where it all started
  • Discover the hidden churches that the communists wished to forget
  • Learn about everyday life under Ceausescu's rule
Full description
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 surrounding the oldest park in Bucharest, Cismigiu Gardens. 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.
Includes
  • Walking tour with English or Spanish-speaking guide
  • Bucharest city map
  • Romanian snack souvenir
  • Lunch at Obor market (depending on option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

In front of The Harp restaurant and pub on the corner of Unirii Square, just across the street from the big fountains. Next to the meeting point you’ll see the Unirii bus stop, where the 783 Airport Express stops.

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Important information
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• This tour has a maximum of 10 participants
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 57 reviews

Review summary

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I really enjoyed being able to interact with my guide Elena who has spent so much time researching and looking at romania’s history from so many perspectives. It gave me a really balanced view and I know so much more now than I did before!!! It was a really excellent tour!

September 17, 2019

Excellent guide, deep insight to Romanian history and society

We had a fantastic and learning tour in the heart of Bucharest and through the last decades of Romanian history. Even though being too young to have seen it with her own eyes, our marvellous guide, Elena, gave us a very insightful and balanced view of Romania in both the years with communism and the years after the fall of the regime. This is a 'must do' when in the the beautiful capitol of Romania.

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July 14, 2017

Elena was the best guide you can get

Elena is very interested and knows a lot about the communist time. We learned a lot as she knew all the facts and also gave us her personal story. She also helped us to buy tickets for the parliament. After her guided tour we understood much more when we had the guided tour inside the parliament and saw the parade street from the balcony. Thanks Elena - you are a terrific guide!

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July 14, 2017

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Open Doors Travel

Product ID: 40386