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The Red City: Discover Bucharest's communist past


19.90 EUR

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

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Reviewed by Natalie


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

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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.

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What’s included & not included

  • Great guide
  • Special souvenir

Meeting point

In front of the Harp Irish pub (The Harp)

Reviews from travellers (4)


The most meaningful tour in Bucharest
This was the most vivid presentation i ve ever experienced. Elena was friendly, easy to chat with, excellent spoken English. The tour had a beginning a middle and an end. Under no circumstance i felt bored. Giving insights from a local on how people lived before during and days after the revolution is not something which you may find easy on books or documentaries.
Totally worth every cent.. Hope every city has more tours like that

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Thank you Elena!
Fun and interesting free walking tour in the Old part of Bucharest. We didn't walk a lot, as everything was so close, but each stop helps us learn more about the sights and history of the city.
very interesting experience
Michaela knows very good the town and the country, and she answer every our questions. The tour was very interesting, in particular the story about the country and the revolution against the dictature. We explore all the most important monuments and square of the city.
You have to do it!!
You need to do it
The tour was really great. Our guide was really good showing us a lot of places with the history of Bucharest and very helpful with all our Questions. I’m glad that I did the tour with them.
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19.90 EUR
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Tour operated by: Open Doors Travel