The Red City: Discover Bucharest's communist past

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What was life like for the people of Bucharest under communism? Hear personal accounts from your local guide as you take this walking tour of the Romanian capital.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish
Tour by Stefan
Local Expert

I’m Stefan and what I like most is traveling. My mother says that I was born with a backpack, (hopefully) just a joke :).
But the more I see this world, the more I like Bucharest, my home town. It’s a complex and crazy city, that is for sure worthy to be discovered. Days after joining my first free tour (in Amsterdam), me and a couple of friends started our own free tour in Bucharest, that you are welcomed to join!

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Highlights

  • Discover Bucharest’s communist architecture
  • Learn about the city’s relocated churches
  • Stand on the square where democracy started again

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Description

For more than 40 years Romania was under communist rule, so it’s no surprise that Bucharest is full of ‘souvenirs’ from its socialist past.

This 2.5-hour walking tour will give you insights about the way communism has shaped Romania. You’ll find out what life was like for the people of Bucharest up until 1989.

You’ll hear how education, religion, mass media and even people’s private lives were affected by communism – as well as the way it shaped town planning and the city’s architecture.

The tour starts with a short introduction on the origins of communism in the country. We then head to the Palace of the Parliament, built at the peak of Ceausescu's power, and finish the walking tour in Revolution Square – where a new era of democracy began.

Your guide will share lots of personal experiences and stories about life under communism. You’ll also get to hear some of the jokes that made people feel a bit better during those difficult times.

What’s included & not included

  • Great guide
  • Special souvenir

Meeting point

Piata Unirii, next to the clock

Reviews from travellers (4)

5.0/5

Great tour!
The tour was great and very interesting. Our guide, Elena, was very knowledgeable and could answer any question we asked. I really enjoyed it :)

Thanks!!
Very informative topic and nice guide
Communist tour Bucharest
Elena was a fantastic tour guide: she speaks excellent English and she knows her Romanian history. She answered our many questions and her explanation of the days surrounding the fall of Ceausescu was fascinating. Highly recommend this tour.
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